Events

Spring Bloom

When warmer temperatures approach, Airlie Gardens’ springtime blooms are a sight to see! Experience over 60,000 tulips and 75,000 azaleas within the gardens.

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NC Azalea Festival & Garden Tour

Wilmington, N.C., hosts the annual Azalea Festival each April. As the largest festival of its kind in the state, the Azalea Festival showcases the charm of our community. Due to COVID-19 restrictions most 2021 events have been canceled or postponed!

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April 17, 2021

Take Part in Nature Art

Join Airlie Gardens Education staff on a deep dive into Maria Sibylla Merian's scientific illustrations and her discoveries of butterfly metamorphosis! Then staff will provide materials to do a step-by-step how to create a biological illustration of your own!

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April 22, 2021

Earth Day Celebration

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day on a morning Bird Hike with Wild Bird & Garden and evening yoga with Longwave Yoga! These programs are sure to be fun for beginners and experienced birders and yogis. Evening yoga includes a walking meditation of the grounds. 

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April 29, 2021 - May 27, 2021

Yoga in the Gardens

Airlie Gardens is excited to have Longwave Yoga for a five week series! Join us each Thursday from 6:00PM - 7:00PM to enjoy the blissful surroundings of nature's magic on our Oak Lawn.

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April 30, 2021

Airlie Gardens Tree Walk

Join Airlie Gardens educators on a walk through the grounds to learn about the various tree species throughout the garden! Highlights will include both native and introduced species and the history of the grounds and its plantings.

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May 2, 2021

New Hanover County Resident Free Day

Free admission for New Hanover County Residents the first Sunday of each month! One New Hanover County ID is valid for 2 adults and accompany children under 18. Additional adults must purchase general admission tickets. Tickets must be reserved in advance and can sell out. Please bring proof of residency upon arrival. Photo by Anna Taylor.

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May 7, 2021

Airlie Member Evening

Enjoy an after-hours evening in the Gardens exclusively for Airlie members, 5:30-7:30pm. All member tickets must be reserved in advance and tickets will sell out. Last entry at 7pm, all guests must exit by 7:30pm.

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May 12, 2021

Monthly Bird Hike

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8am the second Wednesday of every month. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

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June 8, 2021 - September 29, 2021

Butterfly Releases

You're invited to take part in Airlie Garden's butterfly release. Look forward to an educator who will be in our native Butterfly House discussing the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies in the House that week.

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July 2, 2021 - September 17, 2021

Summer Concert Series

Bring your chairs and join in on our summer tradition by the Airlie Oak. These family-friendly concerts allow guests to enjoy live music while taking in the beauty of Airlie Gardens. Concerts are held the 1st and 3rd Friday, July through September. Tickets are limited in accordance with Governor Cooper's Executive Order and CDC Guidelines. Concerts will sell out.

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October 15, 2021

Oyster Roast

Join us for a spectacular evening featuring an oyster feast along the banks of Bradley Creek. Proceeds from this event support Airlie’s Environmental Education Programs.

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November 26, 2021 - December 22, 2021

Enchanted Airlie

A tradition since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season.

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