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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
  • 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.