Azalea Festival marks spring this weekend

Posted April 1, 2009 2:32 p.m. EDT
Updated April 1, 2009 4:23 p.m. EDT

— Two familiar faces from “American Idol” are the musical headliners at this weekend’s Azalea Festival in Wilmington.

Season 7 Idol David Cook will perform Thursday and Season 5 finalist, and North Carolina native, Kellie Pickler, will perform Wednesday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Trask Coliseum. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.

The Azalea Festival is a spring tradition marking its 62nd year Wednesday through Sunday with crafts, contests, music and family fun.

The Azalea Garden Tour offers entry to 12 public and private gardens for a mix of “Something Old, Something New” Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets, which cost $20 each, offer entry any time during the tour hours. They can be purchased at Belk, Sterling House, The Fisherman’s Wife, and local garden centers.

The Azalea Home Tour – Saturday from 1-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. – showcases 10 private homes of historical and architectural interest.

The three-day, downtown street fair features a parade Saturday morning at 9 a.m. where floats, marching bands, clowns, animals and Queen Azalea will greet the public.

WRAL wants your photos from the Azalea Festival. Send us pictures, stories or video of your family enjoying this milestone of spring. We may feature them online or TV!

A complete festival schedule and ticket information is available at or by calling 910-794-4650.