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 Wilmington area draws a large number of visitors who come to the festival each year. Several of the celebrations have been recognized as outstanding regional or national events. With such an abundance, we have room to highlight only the current major festivals and make mention of some of the rest. Additional information is updated throughout the year on wilmingtontoday.com.