In hillside meadows, grassy prairies and desert valleys, color-drenched wildflowers herald warmer weather. You can celebrate them in their native habitats at these spring and summer wildflower festivals across the U.S. After many of these events were either canceled or held virtually in 2021, this year marks their welcome return.
North Carolina Azalea Festival (April 6–10)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Now in its 75th year, North Carolina Azalea Festival in the charming coastal city of Wilmington celebrates the arrival of one of the South’s favorite shrubs. In spring, the area bursts forth with vibrant azalea blossoms just as colorful as the varied festival events, including Southern music concerts, street fairs, parades, home and garden tours, art shows, fireworks and the crowning of an azalea queen and princess. Azalea flowers, which reach their peak in April, take center stage during the Azaleas on Tour Porch Parade, when residents adorn their porches, yards or windows with azalea-themed decorations. More than 250 vendors line the streets of historic downtown Wilmington to sell their wares and food items.
Location: All around the Wilmington area
Hours: Vary by event
Admission: Required for garden tours, concerts and parade bleacher seats; prices vary widely. Book tickets online.
Bluebonnet Festival of Texas (April 9–10)
Chappell Hill, Texas
Deep in the heart of Texas, be dazzled by blue-blanketed fields during the Bluebonnet Festival of Texas in the tiny town of Chappell Hill, halfway between Houston and Austin. In this celebration of the bluebonnet — a beloved symbol of springtime that lines the highways of central/east Texas from late March to mid-April — you’ll find more than 250 juried exhibitors (arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing and more), craft demonstrations, country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community.
Location: 5070 Main St.
Hours: April 9, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; April 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.