Events

February 5, 2023

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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February 8, 2023

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 am. Advance registration required.

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February 17, 2023 - February 18, 2023

Great Backyard Bird Count

Take part in a global citizen science project initiated by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Birds Canada to help scientists learn more about global bird populations before their annual migration.

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February 22, 2023

Homeschool Day

Hands-on, standard based programs to get your homeschool students excited about the outdoors! Designed for students ages 9-13 years old, parent or guardian participation required.

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February 28, 2023

Tree Walk

Join 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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March 1, 2023 - April 15, 2023

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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April 10, 2023 - April 16, 2023

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.

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June 1, 2023 - September 5, 2023

Butterfly Releases

Each Tuesday at 2pm you're invited to take part in Airlie Garden's butterfly release. An Environmental Educator will be in our native Butterfly House discussing the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies in the House that week and then will release butterflies into the house. Pre-registration is required for this program and tickets can sell out.

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June 2, 2023 - September 1, 2023

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. 2022 Concert Series dates coming soon. Tickets are limited and concerts will sell out.

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October 20, 2023

Oyster Roast

A spectacular evening supporting Airlie's Environmental Education Program! Featuring an oyster feast and live entertainment along the banks of Bradley Creek.

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November 24, 2023 - December 21, 2023

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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