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Photo Archives

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Recent Press Releases

January 27, 2017 – Cole Swindell, Duran Duran, and Jason Derulo to Headline Miller Lite Main Stage Concert Series at the North Carolina Azalea Festival

January 12, 2017 – Executive Director To Serve On International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Foundation Board of Directors

December 13, 2016 – North Carolina Azalea Festival Announces Exciting Updates To 2017 Events: Pre-Festival Party, The Tempations featuring Dennis Edwards, and Riverwalk Shag Contest ON SALE NOW

October 27, 2016 – Experience the “Power of Water” with North Carolina Azalea Festival 2017 Official Artist, Sean D. Ruttkay; Children’s Art Contest and NEW High School Writing Contest Now Open

October 6, 2016 – International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Announces 2016 Pinnacle Award Winners


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns/manages the North Carolina Azalea Festival?

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is a non-profit organization that began in 1948 under the direction of several leading civic organizations.

How is the City of Wilmington involved with the North Carolina Azalea Festival?

While the City of Wilmington does not put on the Festival, we receive a lot of support from them. We work closely with both the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County representatives to ensure that interests of all parties are considered.

How is the North Carolina Azalea Festival structured?

As a non-profit organization, the Festival operates under a Board of Directors. Board members are volunteers who have served previously as a Committee Chair or Co-Chair.   Since the Board functions as a ladder board, each Board member commits 6 years to the Azalea Festival Board and only serves as President during their 6th year. While this model ensures that the Festival President has extensive knowledge of their role, it also demonstrates loyalty and dedication to the team of volunteers they’re leading.

The Board of Directors lead over 80 volunteer committees with over 1,000 volunteers, a permanent staff of five, and a seasonal ticket office staff.