Events

June 4, 2024 - September 10, 2024

Butterfly Releases

Each Tuesday, June-September at 10am, an 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 7, 2024 - September 6, 2024

Summer Concert Series

Bring your chairs and a picnic 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. Tickets are limited and concerts will sell out.

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June 13, 2024 - September 12, 2024

Airlie Member Evenings

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

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July 17, 2024

Evening Birding

What do our birds do in the evening? Come explore the garden as our birds prepare for the night’s activities! No experience is necessary, all are welcome.

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July 18, 2024

Pollinator Walk

Join an environmental educator on a guided walk through Airlie Garden’s Pollinator Garden. Check out what’s blooming and the many pollinators that call that garden home.

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July 20, 2024

Nature Art: BUZZWORTHY! Stamps

Learn about native bee species and make your own linocut stamp to take home!

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July 20, 2024

Guided History Tour

Dive into the rich history, horticulture, and ecology of Airlie Gardens on a walking tour of the grounds.

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July 24, 2024

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 a.m. Advance registration required.

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August 1, 2024

Pollinator Walk

Join an environmental educator on a guided walk through Airlie Garden’s Pollinator Garden. Check out what’s blooming and the many pollinators that call that garden home.

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August 3, 2024

Guided History Tour

Dive into the rich history, horticulture, and ecology of Airlie Gardens on a walking tour of the grounds.

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August 4, 2024

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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August 7, 2024

HOPS & TALKS: Trees

Airlie Gardens is excited to welcome guests back for one of our most popular education series: HOPS & TALKS. Join us for a special adult series where we pair one local brewery with a different guided tour.

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August 8, 2024

Accessible Birding

Birding is fun for everyone! Join Airlie's educators for a guided tram ride around the gardens to some of our bird hotspots. Ideal for birders of any experience level who may not have the mobility to walk for extended periods of time, who can board and exit our tram.

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August 14, 2024

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 a.m. Advance registration required.

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August 15, 2024

Pollinator Walk

Join an environmental educator on a guided walk through Airlie Garden’s Pollinator Garden. Check out what’s blooming and the many pollinators that call that garden home.

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August 17, 2024

Guided History Tour

Dive into the rich history, horticulture, and ecology of Airlie Gardens on a walking tour of the grounds.

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October 18, 2024

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 29, 2024 - December 21, 2024

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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March 1, 2025 - April 15, 2025

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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March 21, 2025

Blooms & Brews

Celebrate Airlie Gardens' Spring Bloom at our newest event - Blooms & Brews! Featuring food, drinks and live entertainment on the Airlie Oak Lawn.

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April 2, 2025 - April 6, 2025

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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