Friday, April 3rd 2:00 pm
Spring is almost here, which means we are closer to one of our favorite events in Wilmington – The Azalea Festival.
The Azalea Festival is a week-long festival showcasing the culture and history of Wilmington, and a long-standing tradition of 79 years. This year, the festival will be held from April 1 through April 5. Join us during the week to join in the fun and celebrate Spring Southern-style.
The premier event of the Azalea Festival, the Airlie Gardens Luncheon Garden Party, brings 2,500 people to the Airlie Gardens to celebrate all that the Azalea Festival stands for – showcasing our art, culture, history, and gardens. Once the Garden Party is over, hop onto the trolley waiting outside the entrance to the Airlie Gardens and head over to the Official Garden Party After Party. We’ll have live music from the hottest party band, Uptown Easy, from 2-6pm on our waterfront patio, with a meet and greet with Queen Azalea and celebrity guests! The transportation pick up will be clearly marked.
The After Garden Get Down is open to the public, so if you didn’t make it to the Garden Party, no worries. We’ll be keeping the party going at Bluewater! If you would like to purchase tickets to the Garden Party, Bluewater offers a VIP Garden Party ticket package, which can be purchased here.
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The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!