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Wilkes County Attractions

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  • Music and Festivals
  • Historic Downtown, North Wilkesboro
  • 336-921-3499

One of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The festival features music, dancing, artwork, crafts, and food traditional to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The streets of downtown North Wilkesboro are filled with over 425 arts and crafts, 100 food concessions, and 4 different music stages consisting of bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, and Appalachian Heritage. Appalachian Heritage crafts such as woodcarving, chair making, soap making, pottery throwing, and quilting are highlighted. Local apple growers set up throughout the festival selling their apples, apple cider, and dried apples. The festival is held annually on the first Saturday in October. FREE admission. Presented by the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club.

  • Music and Festivals
  • 100 East Main St, Wilkesboro
  • 336-990-0747

North Carolina in the fall of the year… thinking about it conjures up images of brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. A time when life slows down and nature’s beauty speeds up! With that as a backdrop, Carolina in the Fall™ brings “New Carolina Music” to Wilkesboro, NC, located in the picturesque foothills of NC. This festival has become an annual pilgrimage of bluegrass and folk music lovers. In addition to great music, those that attend will be treated to some of North Carolina’s best food as each year trucks from the region will bring their secret recipes to feed the masses and vie for the Carolina in the Fall™ Food Truck Championship trophy. Additionally, local vineyards and regional craft breweries will be onsite to provide a taste of the region’s best beverages. As a lifestlye festival, CITF offers more than just music and food. Other events include: 1) The North Carolina Banjo Championship, 2) the Chad Lovette Memorial trail run and ride in support of the American Cancer Society and 3) the Silent Auction in support of the Wilkes music after school program. If you need a little getaway from sitting and listening, 4) Contra and clogging dance classes and 5) Artist Workshops are held both days of the festival. Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival™ welcomes you to Wilkesboro, NC. As Uwe Kruger sings… “in the hills of Carolina folks have opened up the door and for the first time in my life I’m not a stranger anymore”. Come and join our community of music and food lovers. There are no strangers here!

  • Music and Festivals
  • 842 CBD Loop, North Wilkesboro
  • 336-667-7129 Ext: 3021

Concerts on the Deck are held on 3rd Saturday of each month, from 6-10 p.m , May – October, at The Yadkin Valley Marketplace, located in the heart of historic downtown North Wilkesboro. The event features premier performers and a dance floor. FREE Admission.

  • Music and Festivals
  • 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro
  • 336-838-6100

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate "traditional plus" music. World-famous 4-day Americana roots-music festival with more than 78,000 participants including over 100 artists and bands that perform on the festival’s thirteen stages. Held on the last weekend in April each year.