Wilmington’s favorite festival is renowned for flowers and fun. Don’t miss our annual celebration of spring, heritage, and the showy shrub that fills the Port City with flowers each April. Here are a few fun things to do at the 2017 Azalea Festival:

Get Down with Azalea Festival Music

Spring into an Azalea Festival Tradition

  • Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour: April 7-9, 2017 starting at 10 a.m. The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour has been featured in Southern Living and is one of the most popular garden tours in the South.
  • Parade: Stake out your spot April 8, 2017 for the Azalea Festival Parade with floats, marching units and bands, horses, Queen Azalea and her court, and the Azalea Festival Princess.
  • Historic Home Tour: April 8-9, 2017 are the dates for the annual Home Tour by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.
  • Fireworks: Gather at the Cape Fear River at 9 p.m. April 8, 2017 for the best view of the fireworks.

Step a Little Off the Beaten Path at the 2017 Azalea Festival

Start a New Tradition with an Azalea Festival Cruise on the Cape Fear River

The Azalea Festival brings Wilmington residents and visitors alike to the banks of the Cape Fear River. We at Cape Fear Riverboats would like to invite you to start a new Azalea Festival tradition by taking a sightseeing cruise while you’re downtown.

A 1-hour sightseeing cruise is a perfect Azalea festival activity:

  • Rest your feet during a long Azalea Festival day
  • Learn about local films, the Cape Fear River, and area wildlife
  • Get the best-ever view of downtown Wilmington
  • Bring along a snack or beverage
  • Enjoy the scenery and quiet for a moment

Step down to our ticket booth on the Riverwalk at Dock and Water Streets, get tickets online, or call (910) 343-1611 to find out more. See you at the Azalea Festival!

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