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The region springs alive in Wilkes County when the fun-filled festivals begin. Whether you are sipping wine at the Shine to Wine festival or tapping your toes at Merlefest, everyone will welcome the spring season with great festival food and entertainment. Ahhh….exhale.

There is something for everyone all year long in Wilkes. For more information click on the links below and remember to visit our Calendar for a list of more upcoming events.

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Shine to Wine Festival - Wine festival held in Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro since Spring 2004 Shine to Wine FestivalfeaturingYadkin Valley wines, live music, crafts, food, and culinary chef’s competition. We've moved the festival to later in the year and look forward to celebrating the harvest with you! Click here to learn more...

brushy mountain Apple FestivalBrushy Mountain Apple Festival - One of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast held the 1st Saturday of October since 1978 in downtown North Wilkesboro.  And remember to bring your lawn chair for Friday night's “Apple Jam” - live entertainment on the corner of 10th and Main Streets in the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Park. Click here to watch a great video!

Leatherwood Mountains Fall Colors Ride with RFD-TV's Best of America by Horseback - Nationally televised "Best of America by Horseback" comes to Leatherwood Mountains at the end of October to film a Fall Colors Ride Special. Guests are invited to come and ride their own horses or rent one of Leatherwood's for a full weekend of fall colors, fun and fellowship. Nightly dinners, lunches on the trail and clinics and demostrations thoughout the day. Click here for more information...

light up downtown north wilkesboroLight-Up Downtown North Wilkesboro - Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro annually kicks off the Holiday Season with the Lights, Joys, Smells, and Sounds of Christmas on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  Santa never tires of having his picture taken with the little ones.  Enjoy hay rides, live music and entertainment, food, crafts and more.

Trail of Treats on the Yadkin River Greenway - Happy Halloween!!!  Trick or Treaters have safely ventured on the Yadkin River Greenway Trail of Treats for some spooky and some not so scary treats!   Sponsored annually since 2003 by the NWPD on the Saturday before 10/31 unless October 31st falls on Saturday.

Wilkes Agricultural Fair

Wilkes Agricultural Fair - Fun rides, music, entertainment, and agricultural exhibits featuring the county's many natural resources, varieties of garden produce, canned goods, country crafts, baked goods, hand crafted quilts, livestock and more.  Annually in October beginning the 2nd Tuesday through Saturday held at the North Wilkesboro Rotary Fairgrounds. 

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Wilkes Heritage MuseumChristmas with Old Wilkes

Live Holiday music ~ refreshments and merriment for all!  Tours include the Wilkes Heritage Museum (20th Century), Old Wilkes Jail (19th Century), and Robert Cleveland Cabin (18th Century) decorated in period style Holiday splendor.  Santa is always there too!  2008 features a Revolutionary Reenactment.  2nd Saturday in December since 2005.

Christmas Parade

On the 1st Saturday of December beginning at 1:00pm community businesses and organizations parade through downtown North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro in the splendor and majesty of Christmas with all the trimmings and of course Santa will be there but not in a sleigh.... he will be riding atop a Fire Truck!

Festival of Trees

Each year festively decorated trees, wreathes, and gift baskets donated by local businesses and various hospital departments are on display in Wilkes Regional Medical Center's hospital lobby as a gift to the community.  Items auctioned benefit health care programs sponsored by The Health Foundation.

Check our Calendar of Events for the area's New Year's Eve Celebrations!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  See you in 2014!

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Wilkes County Open Air Market -The Open Air Market is scheduled April - October 2013 on a weekly basis. The regular market is open every Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm. This market will take place in the town owned parking lot beside Steam Systems and across from the 50's Restaurant and Royall's Framing. The Special Event Series area will open on the 3rd Friday of each month April - August 2013 from 4:00-9:00 pm. Click here for more information...
Wilkes County Cruisers Car Show - Car enthusiasts participate in a "Crusie In" every 2nd Saturday of the month from April till October. Click here to learn more...

Harley Davidson Beach BashBeach Bash

Bike enthusiasts gather for live entertainment, music and more in May since 2000 at CrossRoads Harley Davidson-Buell in Wilkesboro. 

MerleFest a Music Festival


MerleFest is a four-day annual music homecoming held beginning on the last Thursday of April. Some of music’s greatest and their fans gather for music, moments and memories on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Along with the thrill of traditional roots music, you’ll enjoy heritage crafts from regional artisans, a family-friendly atmosphere, delicious food, children’s activities, contests and more!

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The Gandy Dancer Jam - Will be held each Friday this Summer at the Old Train Depot on Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro. The Jam begins at 7pm and is a free event open to the general public.

Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Induction ceremony each year in June honoring rich musical heritage of the greater Blue Ridge Mountain area from northern Georgia to northern Virginia . The Hall of Fame is on display in Wilkes Heritage Museum located in Wilkesboro. 

Singing in the Foothills - Singing in the Foothills is the annual concert to support the children at Ebenezer Christian Children's Home. Held on the 3rd Thurday, Friday & Saturday every June at Wilkesboro Raceway Park. This festival is one of the biggest of its kind and is held rain or shine under a huge 6000 seat tent.

independence day celebrationIndependance Day Celebration

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this American tradition!  The whole family will get excited about the Emergency Vehicle Parade that begins one hour before the fireworks begin at dusk.  Happy Birthday America!

Harley Davidson Night of Fire

Night of Fire

Bring your family and lawn chairs for the PRE-Fourth of July celebration with afternoon live entertainment, food and beverages with fire works beginning at dusk @ CrossRoads Harley Davidson-Buell.

the story of Tom Dula in outdoor drama

"Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend'       

People have been intrigued with Tom Dula (also known as Tom Dooley) for over a century... the hanging of a man, many believed innocent.  This true story of love & murder has been told in a gripping performance by BlueMoon Productions.  Outdoor performances held in Summer at Forest Edge Amphitheater in Wilkesboro.
Explore the Legend of Tom Dooley for yourself...




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