After living in North Carolina for most of my adult life and within very easy reach of Wilmington, I finally attended the North Carolina Azalea Festival last year and I came away from it wondering why this had been the first time I ever attended! What a wonderful celebration this is and there's no much to offer everyone who attends. The 2015 NC Azalea Festival is scheduled for April 8-12th this year and the line-up of fun and entertainment is outstanding!
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Everything from tours of local gardens and historic homes, big-name entertainment, festive galas, a parade, the Cole Brothers Circus, tours of visiting ships, fireworks, fun family events and lots of Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. This year, the big name entertainment includes Alan Jackson on his 25th Anniversary "Keepin' It Country" tour on Thursday, April 9th and the following night, April 10th, you can see Nelly. Both of the concerts require tickets so jump on the Azalea Festival website and buy them NOW to ensure that you get in. Tickets sell quickly!
More than 200,000 are estimated to attend the annual two-day Street Fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the Festival Parade. Each event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina. The Southeast Tourism Society often selects the North Carolina Azalea Festival as one of its Top 20 Events which means that if you don't attend, you're really missing out on a real treat!
Just as I was, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun this event can offer you and your family. So put it on your calendar and be there!
Here's a link to the 2015 North Carolina Azalea Festival website for a full line-up of the events: