Southern Charm is in Full Bloom at the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington

In its 67th year, the North Carolina Azalea Festival celebrates the arrival spring in grand Southern style. Mark your calendar for April 9-13 for this year's festival offering an array of community artwork, gardens, history and culture. The first Azalea Festival was held in 1948 in celebration of the beauty of the local gardens combined with the unique spirit and charm of this river-to-sea Southern community. You can read more about the festival's history here.
NC Azalea Festival
Today, the Azalea Festival is recognized as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and still focuses on the same founding principles as it did in 1948. Known as one of Wilmington's premier events, the festival has blossomed into a five-day event that is jam packed with cultural, educational and recreational activities for every age and interest.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival offers natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality all while showcasing the charms of the Wilmington area. It is centered on community pride and springtime pageantry.

More than 200,000 people are estimated to attend the annual two-day street fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the festival parade. The North Carolina Azalea Festival begins with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening day of the festival. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. The blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina.
NC Azalea Festival
There is so much to see and do from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus, visiting ships, and a variety of other entertainment and events. This year's concert headliner is Widespread Panic on April 11 and 12. The Off the Beaten Bath Tour on April 10 features country music stars Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. You can find the full schedule of events for the North Carolina Azalea Festival here.

The festival offers free admission to some of its events and activities including the Queen's Coronation, parade, and street fair. Other events are ticketed individually. You can view the North Carolina Azalea Festival's event details and pricing, in addition to purchasing your tickets here.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival makes for a great day trip during your stay in Topsail Island. Enjoy a Topsail Island beach vacation rental on the pristine barrier island shores with all the amenities you desire, while still being conveniently located to the bigger cities such as Wilmington and Jacksonville.

Let us know if you have plans to be at the North Carolina Azalea Festival. We'd love to hear from you.

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*Photo Credit: John Davis & the North Carolina Azalea Festival

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