2020 Azalea Festival Events Calendar

by Jan 20, 2020Attractions & Entertainment, Festivals, The Blog

Mark your calendars for April 1-5, 2020, because the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC is back!

From its beginning in 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has blossomed into a five-day event showcasing exquisite gardens, great artwork and our rich cultural history and heritage. It is held in April each year at the height of azalea blooming.

The Azalea Festival includes a parade complete with Azalea Queen, street fair, concerts, major entertainment, home and garden tours, children’s tea, pageantry from a bygone era and much of the charm and culture that makes Wilmington a proud Southern city.

Many of the events are free, and there is fun for the whole family! Check out the full event list below, starting with the kick-off event on February 1. Also, be sure to check out our other post, “The Insider’s Guide to the Azalea Festival,” to help you prepare!

Chefs’ Showcase: a Kick-Off Event
February 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water St

Scholarship Pageant Presented by BB&T
March 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kenan Auditorium, 601 S College Rd

Paws on Parade
March 14 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr

Children’s Tea Hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center
March 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Juried Art Show and Sale
March 28 – April 5
Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St

Azalea Sweep
March 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St

Azalea Festival Pops
March 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College, 703 N. 3rd St.

Youth Art Contest
April 1 – April 5

High School Writing Contest Presented by Wrightsville Beach Magazine
April 1 – April 5

Queen’s Coronation
April 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr

Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit
April 2
Brigade Boys & Girls Club, 2759 Vance St

Celebrity Reception
April 2
Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd

Hospital Visit
April 2

Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA Performed by Thalian Association Community Theatre
April 2 – April 5
Kenan Auditorium, 601 S College Rd

Aaron Lewis
April 2 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Airlie Luncheon Garden Party
April 3
Airlie Gardens, 300 W Airlie Rd

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
April 3 – April 5

Sublime with Rome and Michael Franti & Spear
April 3, 7pm

Waterfront Street Fair
April 3 – April 5
Water Street & Front Street, Market St & Front St

After Garden Get Down
April 3 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St

Chalkfest Presented by Harris Teeter
April 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Check In, 208 N. Front Street

Wilmington Grill Music & Beer Garden
April 3 @ 6:00 pm – April 5 @ 6:00 pm
Street Fair Music Stage and Beer Garden, 15 S 2nd Street

Boxing Tournament
April 4 – April 5
Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street

Coin Show
April 4 – April 5
Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Dr

Historic Home Tour
April 4 – April 5

Patrons’ Party Gala
April 4

Waterfront Street Fair Multicultural Stage Presented by El Cerro Grande Restaurants & Zócalo Street Food | Tequila
April 4 – April 5
Corner of Market and 2nd Street, Market St & S 2nd St

MGC Parade Mile
April 4 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St

Parade
April 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
S 3rd St, S 3rd St

Waterfront Street Fair Children’s Area
April 4 @ 10:00 am – April 5 @ 6:00 pm
The Cotton Exchange, 321 N Front St

Riverwalk Shag Contest…on the Banks of the Cape Fear
April 4 @ 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water St

The Avett Brothers
April 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fireworks
April 4 @ 9:00 pm – 9:15 pm
N Water St, N Water St

Festival Finale
April 5 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St

For more details on any of these events, check out the Azalea Festival’s website.

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