Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea festival 2015

Azalea Festival 2015 info

2015 Azalea Festival dates

April 8 – April 12, 2015

Wilmington NC

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/

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Due to increased traffic and road closures to stage the North Carolina Azalea Festival, normal traffic and parking flow will be altered.

Please see information on last year’s Azalea Festival below for a general guideline of traffic and parking options.

PARKING INFORMATION

2015 Festival

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Master Map
CLICK HERE to view 2015 Road Closures
Parking decks:

During the Festival Street Fair and Parade all City and County parking decks will be $7/day to park; cash and bank cards accepted
One should anticipate possible delays upon entry and exit during high-volume times
Wilmington Convention Center – 515 Nutt Street. This deck will be $8/day to park; cash and bank cards accepted.
Market Street Parking Deck – N 2nd Street
2nd Street Parking Deck (between Chestnut Street & Princess Street) – 100 N 2nd St
Library Parking Deck – 200 N. 2nd Street
Cape Fear Community College Parking Decks will also be available; cash only
Nutt Street Deck
Hanover/3rd Street Deck (limited public parking available at this lot – this will be the first lot to fill during the Concerts)
Please note access to these parking decks will be unavailable on Saturday, April 12th from 8am-2pm, during the time of the Parade.

Meters:

$1/hr
Parking meters are free after 6:30pm daily, and all day Saturday and Sunday (April 11th & 12th) during Azalea Festival weekend.
Access to Concerts:

Concert dates/times:
Thursday, April 9 at 7pm – Alan Jackson
Friday, April 10th at 7pm – Nelly
Saturday, April 11th – TBD
Parking Decks available to public:
2nd Street, Market Street, Wilmington Convention Center, and Library Parking Decks; as well as CFCC’s Nutt Street and limited Hanover/3rd Street Decks
Suggested Routes:
Suggested route for General Admission ingress traffic:
Market Street – Second Street – Enter into 2nd Street, Market Street, or Library City parking decks, or proceed to Nutt Street for Cape Fear Community College’s Nutt Street parking deck and the Wilmington Convention Center parking deck
Suggested route for Sponsors/ADA/VIP parking ingress traffic:
Southbound from MLK Pkwy – Third St -Right on to Hanover Street – Left into CFCC parking deck
***Limited public parking will be available in this lot***

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Access to Street Fair:

Street Fair dates/times:
Friday, April 10th at 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 11th from 10am-10pm with Fireworks at 9pm
Sunday, April 12th from 10am-6pm
Preferred parking: 2nd Street Parking Decks and Metered Spaces; also available Wilmington Convention Center parking deck
Suggested route: Market Street – Right onto 2nd Street – Enter into parking decks

Access to Parade:

The decks with entry on 2nd Street will be open until 8:30 am Saturday, April 11th, day of the Festival Parade. Access to 2nd Street for these decks will be via Chestnut Street from 5th Avenue. Or for those arriving via MLK, traffic will be directed off of 3rd Street via Davis Street, to 4th Street, and then to Chestnut St.
Please note access to these parking decks will be unavailable on Saturday, April 12th from 8:30 am-2pm, during the time of the Parade.

PARADE SHUTTLE INFORMATION:

WAVE Transit is providing a Parade Shuttle on Saturday, April 11th from 7am – 2pm
Pick-up location is at Independence Mall, in the parking lot behind Firehouse Subs, by the Wells Fargo/Sears
Drop-off location is at Dock/Second Street
Shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes
Fare is $4 round trip ($2/each way)
Children under 5 yrs old ride free with a paying adult
There is a reduced rate of $1 for individuals 65 years of age or older, individuals with disabilities, local college students and students K thru 12th grade. Valid ID is required.
UNCW staff and students ride free with a valid ID
For those staying downtown after the last Parade shuttle (past 2 pm), you can ride Wave Transit’s Route 202 bus directly from the downtown transfer center, located at 2nd St. and Princess St., to Independence Mall. Individuals can catch Route 202 from the downtown transfer center at the top of every hour from the hours of 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
For more information on the WAVE Transit Shuttle, please visit their website HERE.

Tour Bus Parking:

Tour buses can park at 4th/Nixon Street Lot or at the Dramtree Park Lot located under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.
Buses can unload people at the corner of 4th/Grace Street; then go back to 4th/Nixon Street Lot or the DramTree Park Lot to park the bus
Parking for ADA

Chestnut Street Parking Lot (beside Thalian Hall) will be used for those with approved Handicapped decals

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AT THE NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL

For more than 60 years, the folks of Southeastern North Carolina have been throwing the best party in the South and you’re invited!
There’s something for everyone among our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture.
Come join us for the 68th North Carolina Azalea Festival, April 8-12, 2015.
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Azalea fest 2015 events

Official Party
Festival Queen-2015
Princess-2015
Queens Court-2015
Cadets-2015
Celebrities-2015
More Festival Events
After Garden Get Down(4/10)
Airlie Luncheon Garden Party(4/10)
Alan Jackson(4/9)
Art Unveiling(10/16)
Azalea 5K/10K/Fun Walk(4/4)
Boxing(4/11-12)
Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit(4/9)
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour(4/10-12)
Celebrity Reception(4/9)
Children’s Art Contest(1/16)
Children’s Tea(3/22)
Coin Show(4/11-12)
Cole Bros Circus(4/9-12)
Concerts(4/8-12)
Festival Finale(4/12)
Fireworks(4/11)
Hedrick Gardner Parade Mile(4/11)
Historic Home Tour(4/11-12)
Juried Art Show(4/10-12)
Nelly(4/10)
Old School Concert(4/11)
Parade(4/11)
Patrons’ Party Gala
Queen’s Coronation(4/8)
Scholarship Pageant(3/14)
School Visit(4/9)
Spring Soiree(3/6)
Street Fair(4/10-12)
Street Fair Children’s Area(4/11-12)
Street Fair Multicultural Stage(4/11-12)
Visiting Ships(4/10-12)
Wilmington Volleyball Series Azalea Festival Beach Volleyball Tournament(4/11-12)

A SCENE to be SEEN
CELEBRATE SPRING Southern Style
AT THE NC AZALEA FESTIVAL

For more than 60 years, the folks of Southeastern North Carolina have been throwing the best party in the South and you’re invited!
There’s something for everyone among our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture.
Come join us for the 68th North Carolina Azalea Festival, April 8-12, 2015.
Patron-Postcard

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EXPERIENCE THE 2014 NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL:

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Get detailed event information, ticket prices, and interactive maps to help you find your way to all Festival events.

Interact with your favorite Festival Celebrity Guests through our social media integration.

Find detailed information on all our favorite local spots and attractions in Wilmington NC.

Be the first to receive breaking news on entertainment announcements, behind the scenes information, and insider tips to complete your Festival experience.

History
The first Azalea Festival was held in 1948 with Hugh Morton serving as President. The following is a letter written by Mr. Morton to Gayle Ward in response to her request for information about the Festival beginnings:

Dear Gayle:

Dr. W. Houston Moore, M.D., a wonderful old gentleman who lived in the 1800 block of Market Street, had been active through the Rotary Club in beautifying Greenfield Park with azaleas, dogwoods, and other flowering plants. In 1947 he decided to invite all of the leading civic clubs in Wilmington to send a representative to a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in its building behind City Hall to discuss the feasibility of holding an Azalea Festival that would celebrate the beauty of Greenfield, Orton, Airlie and other gardens around town. I was sent by the Wilmington Jaycees as their representative to that first meeting.

There are probably minutes somewhere that list all of those who attended that first gathering. I can recall Henry Rehder, Wallace Murchison, Kenneth Sprunt, Star-News Editor John Hope and Paul T. Marshburn as being among ones who were particularly supportive of Dr. Moore’s idea.

I had a business trip that caused me to miss the second meeting of the somewhat informal Committee, but upon returning to town I was advised that I had been elected-selected President of the first Azalea Festival. I did my level best to talk my way out of that, but Dr. Moore was a persuasive and determined guy, and there were promises of support from all around the room from others on the Committee.

When the first Azalea Festival took place in April 1948 the gardens were at peak beauty, the weather was perfect, and the Festival cleared $5,000, a profit we knew we had to have or we would never see the second Festival. Our first, and absolutely Ideal Queen was Jacqueline White of RKO Radio Pictures. The top other celebrities were Ted Malone, who originated his coast-to-coast ABC Radio Network program from a platform in front of the Community Center on Second Street, and NC Governor R. Gregg Cherry, who crowned the Queen at Lumina Ballroom on Wrightsville Beach. The community was saddened when Dr. Moore died during the summer following the 1948 Festival, but the whole town was pleased to believe he died happy that the first Azalea Festival was a rousing success.

Best regards,

Hugh Morton

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