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Apr
12
Sat
The North Carolina Azalea Festival @ Various Venues Wilmington, North Carolina
Apr 12 – Apr 16 all-day

Azalea FestivalFor 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.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event.

Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!

The Festival’s concerts, fairs and special events are viewed by more than one million people each year, in person and through media coverage. More than 200,000 are estimated to attend the annual two-day street fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the Festival parade. Each event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina.

The Festival is a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in displaying Wilmington to the world in its finest colors. More than 1,000 volunteers are required to stage over 50 events ranging from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus and a variety of other entertainment and events.

Apr
13
Sun
The North Carolina Azalea Festival @ Various Venues Wilmington, North Carolina
Apr 13 – Apr 17 all-day

Azalea FestivalFor 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.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event.

Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!

The Festival’s concerts, fairs and special events are viewed by more than one million people each year, in person and through media coverage. More than 200,000 are estimated to attend the annual two-day street fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the Festival parade. Each event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina.

The Festival is a great source of local pride, with the entire community involved in displaying Wilmington to the world in its finest colors. More than 1,000 volunteers are required to stage over 50 events ranging from concerts to art shows, a street fair with interactive displays, home and garden tours, a parade, special exhibits, a circus and a variety of other entertainment and events.

Apr
18
Fri
Rims on the River @ Downtown Wilmington
Apr 18 – Apr 20 all-day

Rims on the RiverRims on the River is an annual event featuring cars and motorcycles dating to 1980 and older lining the streets of historic downtown Wilmington, NC, with the Cape Fear River as their backdrop. The event begins with live music in various venues, and includes a free live rock n roll show .

Battleship NC Easter Egg Carnival @ USS North Carolina Battleship
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come join Buddy the Battleship Bunny Friday April 18 from 10:00am to 2pm for games, an inflatable bounce house, a petting zoo, pony rides, continuous egg hunts for a day full of Easter fun. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny.

Battleship Egg HuntEgg hunts will run throughout the event so that kids are guaranteed a chance to find eggs and will be able to “hunt” as many times as they like. Offered again this year is a slower paced hunt area for kids who need a less stressful environment or for children with special needs who choose a slower paced environment.

Admission for the Easter Egg Hunt Carnival only $5 per person, kids 2 and under are free. There will be excitement everywhere you turn, so come have fun and enjoy the festivities. Everyone is guaranteed to find eggs!

Call 910-251-5797 for Reservations
Battleship NC
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28402

http://www.battleshipnc.com/

Southport Spring Festival @ Franklin Square Park
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm

Southport Spring FestivalCome out and welcome spring in style at the Southport Spring Festival, a tradition for more than 25 years. Running from 10 am until 5pm on Friday and 10am until 4pm on Saturday, this festival features a wide variety of activities such as musical entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, azaleas and other plants for sale, and food vendors. Included is a Chili Cook-off, so get your taste buds ready to vote for the People’s Choice Award. There will also be a 5K Run/Walk.

Animal Adventures Story Time & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers @ Museum of Coastal Carolina
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Child_200x200Bring your preschoolers to an interactive story time featuring stories about marine animals found off of the NC coast. Then bring your children to the Museum’s Touch Tank where they can help docents feed live animals.

Undiscovered Worlds @ Ingram Planetarium
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

PlanetsThe discovery of exoplanets — the hundreds of planets that orbit the stars beyond our own Sun — brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world and causes us to redefine our understanding of planets and the solar system.

 

Astronaut @ Ingram Planetarium
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Astronaut_200x200Learn what it takes to become an astronaut. See the perils that astronauts face. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body.

 

Dynamic Earth @ Ingram Planetarium
Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

EarthDynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. This cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into volcanoes. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

 

Seven Wonders @ Ingram Planetarium
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

imagesExperience the seven wonders of the ancient world as well as seven cosmic wonders.