2019 Azalea Festival

The North Carolina Azalea Festival has been throwing the best party in the south for over 70 years!

The Azalea Festival has several events that cover a period of five days – April 3rd – 7th. Events include street fairs, concerts, coin shows, boxing matches, art shows, a parade, and tours of homes and gardens. The main event of the festival is the garden tour that highlights the Wilmington area’s most beautiful gardens.

The Azalea Festival began in 1948 as an idea of Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D. Dr. Moore held a meeting in Wilmington’s Chamber of Commerce with leading civil club representatives to discuss and begin planning for the first Azalea Festival. The festival would take place in April 1948 and would serve the purpose of showcasing the beauty of the local gardens such as Airlie Gardens, Orton Gardens, and Greenfield Gardens. The first sidewalk show was also held in 1953 and has continued as a tradition since.

A unique tradition held by the Azalea Festival is the Belles. The belles are young ladies serve as hostesses and guides to the gardens in the area. They wear antebellum attire and serve as a traditional accent of the NC Azalea Festival. To become an Azalea Belle, one must apply for the position; however, precedence is given to those girls who are either daughters or granddaughters of Cape Fear Garden Club members. The number of belles needed for each year is dependent upon the size of the gardens in the tour.

The Azalea Festival is a local favorite of Wilmingtonians and visitors alike. There’s an event for everyone. This year’s festival begins on April 3rd and goes through April 7th. Tickets and more information can be found on the Azalea Festival’s website www.ncazaleafestival.org

Featured Concerts: 

Tyler Farr with Josh Phillips

The Azalea Festival is proud to bring Tyler Farr to the Main Stage! Tyler Farr’s a thinker, an observer of the human condition, a man in the middle of a surging testosterone country movement in today’s Nashville who insists on digging a little deeper, getting a little more real and owning how hard it can be. On Suffer In Peace, the son a Garden City, Missouri farmer opens his veins and examines the pain that comes from being truly engaged with living.

Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Suffer In Peace, in 2015  making its debut in the top 5 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Billboard Country Albums Charts. Previous with the release of his debut album Redneck Crazy, which released in 2013, Farr landed at No.2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and $5 on the Billboard Top 200 making Farr the only solo male country artist in the last 10 years to have his first two studio albums debut in the top-5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Tyler’s first single off the newly released Suffer In Peace album, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” proved to be Farr’s third No.1 hit and is now RIAA Certified GOLD. Farr’s #1, platinum-selling title-track “Redneck Crazy” projected Farr forward to celebrate back-to-back #1 singles, including his first #1 as a songwriter, with his Gold-certified hit “Whiskey in my Water.” The Missouri native’s dry wit and energetic live show have earned him industry recognition as a 2014 CRS New Faces of Country Radio and 2014 Music Row “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” nominee, as well as rave reviews for his coveted opening slots touring with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Lee Brice.

Josh Phillips will be opening for Tyler Farr on Thursday night on The Main Stage!

Ticket Prices

Pricing (February – April 4th): $40 • Day of Show: $50

Hank Williams Jr. with Frank Foster

The Azalea Festival Main Stage is proud to introduce Randall Hank Williams, commonly known as Hank Williams Jr.  By the age of 10, Hank never had much in the way of a career choice. The choice wasn’t whether he’d sing, but what, how, and why. “Other kids could play cowboys and Indians and imagine that they’d grow up to be cowboys,” he wrote in his Living Proof autobiography. “I couldn’t do that. I knew that I would never grow up to be a cowboy or a fireman or the president of the United States. I knew I’d grow up to be a singer. That’s all there ever was, the only option, from the beginning.”

In the beginning, mother Audrey Williams worked to mold her son into a miniature version of his late father, and for 20 years he struggled, uncomfortably, to break the mold. When he finally found his own sound and style, he reached sales plateaus that his father never dreamed of: 20 gold albums, six platinum albums (one of which has sold more than five million copies) and 13 chart-topping albums. He has been selling out massive venues for a longer period of time than his father spent on earth. He has done more than honor his father’s legacy; he has extended it, enriched it, enhanced it and elevated it. “My name’s a reminder of a blues man that’s already gone,” he once sang. But the name “Hank Williams, Jr.” is much more than that.

Ticket Prices

Pricing (February – April 4th): $55 • Day of Show: $65

Ice Cube

“Whether you’re making music or you’re making a movie, you do whatever you have to be great, and make it memorable,” says Ice Cube. “Whether it’s cassettes, wax, or digital downloads, VHS tapes, satellite TV or Netflix, people don’t care what format it’s in as long as the content is quality.”

Actor, writer, producer, director, rapper, father – reigning renaissance king could be a good term to describe the one and only Ice Cube. Coming of age in 1980s Los Angeles, Cube experienced the roiling stew of street knowledge, sports fanaticism, and social injustice in a city at the forefront of hip-hop’s expansion from local sound to global phenomenon.

Twenty-seven years after N.W.A – the group Cube co-founded with Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella – released their archetypal gangsta rap masterpiece Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless/Priority, 1989), the group’s 2016 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with an introductory speech by their spiritual heir Kendrick Lamar, is a mark of how far Cube has come.

*Tickets will be on sale at an Early Bird rate of $40/ticket thru March 20th.


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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!


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The North Carolina Azalea Festival
P.O. Box 3275
Wilmington, NC 28406
Phone: (910) 794-4650
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