Azaleas and spring combine to be an unbeatable attraction for garden-lovers. Encore Azaleas have expanded the joy by offering us blooms in spring, summer, and fall, but they play an important role in these spring events.
As Rhododendron relatives, Azaleas thrive in the American southeast from Florida and the Carolinas to Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. On the West Coast, Oregon, Washington, and California have the weather and growing conditions to keep them flourishing.
Since they sometimes share peak bloom time and growing conditions, Azaleas often play a role in Dogwood and Rhododendron Festivals, as well.
As you plan your spring and summer travels, consult the list below and add one or more Azalea festivals to your itinerary. Most festivals are more than walks through beautiful gardens – though, that alone would be worth the stop for many of us. Regional, school, city and community events include plant sales, fun-runs, car shows, food vendors, family activities, parades and concerts.
Every effort has been made to list all the festivals in the U.S. If you know of one that is not included, please let us know so we can add it.
River Oaks Azalea Trail
Florida Azalea Festival
Annual Mary G. Montgomery High School Azalea Festival
Mar – Apr
Azalea Trail Drive (20-mile self-tour)
Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival
Pike County Azalea Festival
South Gate, CA
South Gate Azalea Festival
March 20 – April 5
Azalea Festival in Courthouse Square
Flowertown YMCA Azalea Festival
National Convention Azalea Society of America
April – all month
Honor Heights Park Azalea Festival
April 8 to 12
North Carolina Azalea Festival
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Tour
Landon School Azalea Garden Festival
Brookings Harbor, OR
76th Annual Azalea Festival
Roan Mountain, TN
Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival