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.
Feb – Mar
Azalea Trail Drive (20-mile self-tour)
March 2 to 3
Florida Azalea Festival
March 9 to 10
Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival
National Convention Azalea Society of America
Azalea Festival in Courthouse Square
March 21 to 24
South Gate, CA
South Gate Azalea Festival
March 22 to April 7
April – all month
Honor Heights Park Azalea Festival
April 3 to 7
North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 5 to 7
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Tour
April 5 to 7
Flowertown YMCA Azalea Festival
April 11 to 14
May 31 to June 2
Brookings Harbor, OR
Annual Azalea Festival
June 22 to 23
Roan Mountain, TN
Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival