Duran Duran, Morris Day and the Time among entertainers announced for North Carolina Azalea Festival

Morris Day and The Time will perform at the 2017 North Carolina Azalea Festival in April.

WILMINGTON – Duran Duran, Cole Swindell, Jason Derulo and Morris Day and the Time will be performing at the Azalea Festival this year. The festival’s musical acts will perform over three nights. Swindell will perform Thursday, April 6 (tickets $38.50, $48.50 day of show). Duran Duran will play Friday, April 7, (tickets $68,50, $78.50 day […]

Wilmington author Nan Graham to judge 2017 Azalea Festival writing contest

WILMINGTON — Azalea Festival organizers are adding a writing contest to this year’s activities, selecting local writer and radio commentator Nah Graham as a judge. The contest is open to high school students in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Students have 400 words – in essay or poetry – to address the prompt: “how […]

2017 Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest is open to submissions from all over

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WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Azalea Festival organizers are offering young students a chance to be part of a 70-year tradition and hope they’ll be part of the next 70 years. The Children’s Art Contest, founded in 2010, asks students to provide an artistic answer to the question: “what does the Azalea Festival mean to […]

Azalea Fest: Road closures, where to park

Bring on the pageantry--the 69th annual NC Azalea Festival Parade will take over downtown roadways Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Azalea Festival weekend brings colorful parade floats, pageant queens, live music, local talent, arts and crafts and all-you-can-eat fair food to Wilmington’s riverfront. It also brings throngs of tourists and local residents and, with them comes traffic. When crowds converge on the riverfront for the 69th annual N.C. Azalea Festival, getting in and around downtown […]

Azalea Fest is in full bloom

More than 300 arts and crafts vendors and 40 food trucks will line downtown streets this weekend during the 69th annual NC Azalea Festival. Courtesy photos.

Now that this year’s NC Azalea Festival queen has her crown, the annual springtime celebration is in full swing. Festival royalty Anna Kooiman – a Fox News personality and former Wilmington resident – returned to the Port City this week, signaling the official start of the 2016 festival. The local tradition, which started nearly seven […]

Fox News reporter is this year’s Azalea Fest queen

This years Azalea queen, Fox News personality Anna Kooiman, will make appearances throughout the days-long celebration.

A Fox News personality who began her career here in Wilmington is returning to the Port City next month as the 2016 N.C. Azalea Festival’s queen. Festival organizers announced today that Anna Kooiman will wear the coveted crowd during this year’s festivities. The “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host and general assignment reporter for the Fox […]

Aspiring artists take home top prizes in Azalea Fest competition

Carolina Beach Elementary students Elajandra Torres and Marea Bradley, seen here art teacher Melony Conner, were top winners in this year's Azalea Fest art contest. Courtesy photos.

Some budding spring-inspired artists recently received accolades for their N.C. Azalea Festival creations. After reviewing nearly 900 entries from K-8 students in New Hanover and Pender counties, judges in the festival’s annual children’s art contest recently selected their favorites in elementary and middle school categories. Submissions came from at 26 different public, private, charter and […]

Azalea Fest named among best flower festivals in the nation

Among other events, an annual home garden tour helped land the N.C. Azalea Fest on USA Today's list of the top flower festivals in the country. Photo courtesy N.C. Azalea Festival.

Since 1948, the N.C. Azalea Festival has paid homage locally to the flowering shrubs that annually usher in the spring. Now, the brilliant shades of pink that pepper the Port City are getting some national attention. A panel of gardening experts recently named the Azalea Fest as among the 20 best floral-themed celebrations in the […]

Snoop Dogg to perform during 2016 Azalea Fest

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Gin and juice, anyone? Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg will be rolling into the Port City to perform during the N.C. Azalea Festival, set for April 7-9. Friday, festival organizers announced Snoop as the final headlining act for the downtown outdoor concert series, which includes bluegrass band The Avett Brothers and country singer Chase Rice. He’ll […]

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