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North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.

North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc. Join us April 12-16, 2023! Visit http://ncazaleafestival.org for details!

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We are so glad you are here! We have a few guidelines to keep things fun and friendly in our social media space. It is important to the North Carolina Azalea Festival that guests have a forum to provide feedback as we take your feedback very seriously. To ensure the best experience for all of our guests, we have some guidelines that we ask that you follow.



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It's the first day of fall, and there's no better time to enjoy some of our city's beautiful parks and green spaces. Air...
09/22/2022

It's the first day of fall, and there's no better time to enjoy some of our city's beautiful parks and green spaces. Airlie Gardens in the fall is a tranquil escape into nature where you can take full advantage of the cooler weather. The Gardens are open year-round for visits, and New Hanover County residents can even get free admission on the first Sunday of each month! ​​​​​​​​
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Where's your favorite spot in town to enjoy the crisp fall air?

 to Our 1991 Queen Azalea Tonja Walker presenting an award to a young rider at the horse show!
09/19/2022

to Our 1991 Queen Azalea Tonja Walker presenting an award to a young rider at the horse show!

In today's , you might recognize actress Charlotte Stewart (left) from her role as Miss Beadle on Little House of the Pr...
09/16/2022

In today's , you might recognize actress Charlotte Stewart (left) from her role as Miss Beadle on Little House of the Prairie and countless other guest starring roles in film and television.

Check out this sneak peek of the Official 2023 Azalea Festival Artwork! The full piece will officially be unveiled on Oc...
09/14/2022

Check out this sneak peek of the Official 2023 Azalea Festival Artwork! The full piece will officially be unveiled on October 19th!​​​​​​​​
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Thanks to our 2023 Official Artwork Sponsor, Neil Leonard, Berkshire Hathaway Carolina Premier Properties for making this possible!

✨Volunteer Spotlight✨: Samantha Cleary, Festival Fun Guide Co-Chair!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"I have lived in Wilmington since 20...
09/12/2022

✨Volunteer Spotlight✨: Samantha Cleary, Festival Fun Guide Co-Chair!​​​​​​​​
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"I have lived in Wilmington since 2011 when I moved to attend UNCW. The beach and city had me hooked and decided to make my life and career here. I first became involved with the Festival when I worked with paws4people foundation and we started the Paws on Parade Event with the Azalea Festival. It was the first dog centric event with the Festival and I loved being able to help plan it and bring it to life! Last year I worked on the Festival Fun Guide Committee and I am looking forward to working on more committees."​​​​​​​​
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Many thanks to Sam for bringing the dogs out to the Festival, and for her work on the Festival Fun Guide!

We spent the morning with  students sharing ways to get involved in Azalea Fest. What an incredible program filled with ...
09/10/2022

We spent the morning with students sharing ways to get involved in Azalea Fest. What an incredible program filled with so many amazing students!

2023 Pin Pals Pins are now on sale! πŸŒΈβ€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹The Azalea Festival Pin Pals is a commemorative pin program serving...
09/09/2022

2023 Pin Pals Pins are now on sale! πŸŒΈβ€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹
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The Azalea Festival Pin Pals is a commemorative pin program serving as a fundraiser for the North Carolina Azalea Festival AND a way to include more small, local businesses in the Festival Family…all while giving YOU the chance to win big!​​​​​​​​
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Take home a commemorative keepsake Azalea Festival pin while vying for one of three Grand Prizes while also enjoying discounts at area businesses in the month of April. A drawing for 3 Grand Prizes will be held on Facebook LIVE the week of the Festival. Purchase Pin Pal Pins here: https://north-carolina-azalea-festival-at-wilmington-inc.square.site/product/azalea-festival-pin-pals-2023/271?cs=true&cst=custom

How are you coping with the end of summer? Mentally we're here: at Bill's East Coast Open enjoying the sunshine and a fr...
09/07/2022

How are you coping with the end of summer? Mentally we're here: at Bill's East Coast Open enjoying the sunshine and a friendly game of volleyball 🏐

Happy Labor Day! Wishing you a safe, restful, and fun day off!
09/05/2022

Happy Labor Day! Wishing you a safe, restful, and fun day off!

Wedding bells are in the air!!!The Festival Ticket Office will be closing today at 1 pm to attend an afternoon wedding o...
09/02/2022

Wedding bells are in the air!!!

The Festival Ticket Office will be closing today at 1 pm to attend an afternoon wedding of .
The Ticket Office will also be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

We'll see you back in the shop Tuesday at 9 am!

 to 1992 when Queen Azalea Clare Carey posed for these unforgettable photos with some members of our Wilmington police f...
09/02/2022

to 1992 when Queen Azalea Clare Carey posed for these unforgettable photos with some members of our Wilmington police force!

Did you know that the North Carolina Azalea Festival used to include a golf tournament? The Azalea Open was part of the ...
08/31/2022

Did you know that the North Carolina Azalea Festival used to include a golf tournament? The Azalea Open was part of the PGA Tour and drew amazing golfers from all over the world, with Arnold Palmer taking home the top prize in 1957!

Our 2013 Queen Azalea is up to something big! Jennifer Wayne will be teaming up with fellow country star Brad Rempel in ...
08/30/2022

Our 2013 Queen Azalea is up to something big! Jennifer Wayne will be teaming up with fellow country star Brad Rempel in the new show, Flip U! The series will follow Jennifer and Brad as they help flip homes in Nashville, showing viewers everything that goes into a successful house flip. We can't wait to check it out in spring 2023!

The Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant invites Junior high school students from area high schools to compete based on a...
08/29/2022

The Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant invites Junior high school students from area high schools to compete based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. The winner is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Over $12,000 in college tuition is given away at this competition.​​​​​​​​
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Sign up here to receive more information on being a contestant: https://forms.gle/EgEcrFgoQt1Vzi4c9.​​​​​​​​
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A huge thank you to for being a proud supporter of this event for over 10 years!

Happy National Dog Day! We love celebrating our pups today and every day, but there's no event that draws more dog-lover...
08/26/2022

Happy National Dog Day! We love celebrating our pups today and every day, but there's no event that draws more dog-lovers and their furry friends than our annual Paws on Parade event! ​​​​​​​​
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We partner with to host Paws on Parade, the Official Dog Garden Paw-ty of the Azalea Festival! The 2023 event will take place on Saturday, March 18th, so mark your calendar and kick off your Festival fun a few weeks early with some puppy love!

Register now to participate in the 2023 Azalea Festival DGX Street Fair! Art, food, and commercial vendors and nonprofit...
08/25/2022

Register now to participate in the 2023 Azalea Festival DGX Street Fair! Art, food, and commercial vendors and nonprofit organizations are all eligible to participate in this beloved tradition! Booths placements are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so register now at https://2023azaleastreetfair.my-trs.com/ ​​​​​​​​
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Vendors who register by October 31st will receive an early bird discount. Registration closes February 15th.

 all the way back to 1954, with our Queen Azalea Ella Raines looking like true royalty after her crowning!
08/24/2022

all the way back to 1954, with our Queen Azalea Ella Raines looking like true royalty after her crowning!

New blog post up from Azalea Festival Princess McKinley Lanier...check out her recent travels here: http://ow.ly/b1jM50K...
08/23/2022

New blog post up from Azalea Festival Princess McKinley Lanier...check out her recent travels here: http://ow.ly/b1jM50Kqwrh

Is the 2023 North Carolina Azalea Festival on your calendar yet? On April 12th, 2023 we'll kick off a full week of event...
08/22/2022

Is the 2023 North Carolina Azalea Festival on your calendar yet? On April 12th, 2023 we'll kick off a full week of events that celebrate our vibrant community and all it has to offer. But don't worry--if you're feeling impatient, we'll have several other events happening in the months leading up to Festival week! Check out the full event schedule here: https://ncazaleafestival.org/events/

We still can't believe we celebrated three-quarters of a century of the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year. An ent...
08/19/2022

We still can't believe we celebrated three-quarters of a century of the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year. An entire century will be here before we know it!

Congratulations to Festival Committee Chairs Trevor Todd, Luke Waddell, and Adam Keen on this prestigious recognition! T...
08/18/2022

Congratulations to Festival Committee Chairs Trevor Todd, Luke Waddell, and Adam Keen on this prestigious recognition! The Wilmington 40 Under 40 Award is presented by StarNews and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to a group of forty talented and dedicated young professionals making waves in our community. Congratulations to Trevor, Luke, and Adam, and to all of the 2022 recipients!

Registration is now open for our 2023 Dollar General Azalea Festival Parade! If your business, organization, or group wo...
08/18/2022

Registration is now open for our 2023 Dollar General Azalea Festival Parade! If your business, organization, or group would like to participate in one of our community's oldest traditions, you can find all pricing and float options as well as sign up here: https://2023ncazaleaparadereg.my-trs.com/.​​​​​​​​
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Register before November 15th for an early bird discount! Registration closes February 15th.

Did you know that one of the biggest TV stars of her time, Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch, was in attendance at the 197...
08/17/2022

Did you know that one of the biggest TV stars of her time, Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch, was in attendance at the 1972 Festival? We've been lucky to have some incredible stars join us over the years. Who was your favorite Azalea Festival guest or performer?

The Henrietta III was truly a sight to see cruising down the Cape Fear River! Did you ever catch a glimpse of (or better...
08/15/2022

The Henrietta III was truly a sight to see cruising down the Cape Fear River! Did you ever catch a glimpse of (or better yet, a ride on) this classic riverboat?

Reliving the REO Speedwagon show from our 2022 Festival and counting down the days until we can announce our 2023 perfor...
08/12/2022

Reliving the REO Speedwagon show from our 2022 Festival and counting down the days until we can announce our 2023 performers!​​​​​​​​
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Who would you like to see?!

Today's  is our 1981 Queen Azalea Maureen Teefy looking chic as can be as she steps onto the dock on the banks of the Ca...
08/10/2022

Today's is our 1981 Queen Azalea Maureen Teefy looking chic as can be as she steps onto the dock on the banks of the Cape Fear!

Another travel update from Festival Princess, McKinley Lanier....Check it out on the Princess Blog:http://ow.ly/IBMe50Ke...
08/08/2022

Another travel update from Festival Princess, McKinley Lanier....

Check it out on the Princess Blog:
http://ow.ly/IBMe50KeQWF

We love seeing everyone's best spring fashion at our annual Airlie Luncheon Garden Party! We may or may not have already...
08/08/2022

We love seeing everyone's best spring fashion at our annual Airlie Luncheon Garden Party! We may or may not have already started picking out our outfits for 2023 🌸

Only 250 days until Festival week! We are hard at work making preparations for this year's North Carolina Azalea Festiva...
08/05/2022

Only 250 days until Festival week! We are hard at work making preparations for this year's North Carolina Azalea Festival, and can't wait to bring another amazing event to the Port City. Which event are you most looking forward to?

Happy International Friendship Day! Celebrate by getting your best friends together for a friendly game of volleyball, y...
07/30/2022

Happy International Friendship Day! Celebrate by getting your best friends together for a friendly game of volleyball, your favorite meal, or something else you love to do together and just enjoy each other's company. Tag those friends in the comments and let them know how much they mean to you!

The Festival Ticket Office will be closed on Fridays now through the month of July. We will still be open from 9 AM to 5...
07/29/2022

The Festival Ticket Office will be closed on Fridays now through the month of July. We will still be open from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday, and will return to normal hours in August.

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07/27/2022

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The North Carolina Azalea Festival draws an estimated 300,000 visitors to Wilmington each year. The Festival is an opportunity to celebrate our community and provide family entertainment all week long, as well as boost our local economy and introduce visitors to everything Wilmington has to offer.

The Brigade Boys & Girls Club does incredibly important work serving kids in New Hanover, Pender, and Onslow counties, s...
07/25/2022

The Brigade Boys & Girls Club does incredibly important work serving kids in New Hanover, Pender, and Onslow counties, so our 2022 Queen Azalea Nia Franklin and Festival President John Russ paid them a visit to get a first-hand look at the work they do and get to know some of the kids who benefit from their programs.

 to the crowning of our 2005 Queen Azalea, actress Kelly Packard!
07/22/2022

to the crowning of our 2005 Queen Azalea, actress Kelly Packard!

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5725 Oleander Dr, Ste B7
Wilmington, NC
28403

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(910) 794-4650

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Executive Director of the North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc., Chair of the UNCW Alumni Association Board, advocate for Wilmington.

Is there anything Alison Baringer '04 doesn't do? Probably not. But you can read more in our latest Hawk's Eye View.

πŸ”— https://alumni.uncw.edu/stories/hawks-eye-view/alison-baringer
Andy Griffith and his wife, Barbara, greet fans at the 1958 North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina! 🌺

This image is featured in our photography exhibit, "Are We There Yet? North Carolina's Variety Vacationland, 1930s–1970s!" Learn more: bit.ly/3dBwez2
It's hard to believe it's been over a month since the princesses floated through downtown Wilmington for the Azalea Festival Parade 🌸✨ Did you spot this magical float in the lineup? It was a dream working with UScellular to create this unforgettable experience. We love our community and the opportunity to be a part of special events like this!

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Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea - Princess Parties and Character Entertainment Services | Based in Wilmington, NC and traveling to YOU to make dreams come true ☁️🌊
We wish to thank WRAL Kathy Hanrahan from WRAL TV for joining us for our USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship investigation during last April’s North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.! We loved hosting you, and we’re always grateful when we can share what we do. This ship is an incredible example of history and wonder. No matter how many times we visit, we find ourselves diving headfirst into the unknown. We’re happy you shared in that experience with us.

If you want to enjoy more of Kathy’s experience with us, check out the WRAL Out & About podcast. Also, be sure to join our VIP mailing list to be notified of upcoming public investigations.

https://www.wral.com/go-ghost-hunting-aboard-the-battleship-north-carolina/20274682/

Highlights from the 2022 North Carolina Azalea Festival in downtown Wilmington 🌸✨

Thank you UScellular for being so supportive and helping us create an unforgettable experience! We hope you had a chance meet (or wave!) to the princesses. Tag us for a chance to be featured 🌈

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Wilmington, NC Princess Parties and Character Entertainment Services with Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea ☁️🌊
✨🌸 It was so magical being a part of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade 🌸✨Thank you UScellular for the most perfect float and the opportunity to see so many smiling faces 🌈 We can't wait for next time!

North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc.

Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea - Princess Parties and Character Entertainment Services | Based in Wilmington, NC ☁️🌊
New Member Monday!

Join us in welcoming these new members to the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. We are excited to watch these businesses grow and contribute to the community. Give them a follow and welcome them to the Chamber!

Dualboot Partners, Wilmington Brewing Company, Essential Personnel, Loggerhead Golf Co., Riverwood Apartments, Highland Roofing Company, North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc., The Gallery Of Oriental Rugs & Mulberry Interiors
Would love to see more publicity and information about the dancers and performances on the MultiCultural Stage.
This photo is the Ameribic Fusion Belly Dance Group!
I hope the street fare will be back in the streets of Wilmington next year. No fun walking in a crowded parking lot plus I'm sure it didn't help the local businesses.
Absolutely horrible this year. It reminded me of a lame small town carnival. The vendor choices were bad, as was the venue (parking lot). Why weren’t there local vendors? Please get it together for next year. It needs to be downtown again, and it needs to have 100% local vendors. Remember community inclusiveness is the reason for the Azalea Festival. Make it fun and exciting again! If you want a random carnival atmosphere, with out of town vendors and no ties to the city, go to a county fair.
What a wonderful weekend. The concerts were much better now that we have a nice venue to see them instead of a parking lot. However, I can't believe they only had 2 Live Nation food vendors for 7000 people! Ran out of food before concert even started. Every other concert there are a lot of food trucks. They had way too many cocktail trucks. I hope they fix that before another concert.
Alison Fowler’s favorite garden was at 6451 Quail Run Rd. The Parnell’s uniquely created various trails and settings in the trails which made their garden interesting and fun! Thank you!
I was proud to have a visit with the first male ambassador for the Azalea Festival. I am sure that there will be many more next year as he β€œbroke the ice” for others to apply for next year.
What a shame that you decided to do away with a time honored tradition of the Azalea Belle's. Not a good move!
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