Festivals and Events


Festivals. Farmers Markets. Art Galleries. Cruise-ins.


Tour a local gallery. Shop in a historic downtown. Enjoy local music. Browse vendors at a farmers market. From Merlefest to the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, we have great Festivals and Events in the Yadkin Valley!


Merlefest – Considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, Merlefest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event.


Brushy Mountain Apple Festival – Held in Downtown North Wilkesboro, this festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast.


Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival – The Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival is held in Downtown Elkin on the 4th Saturday in September from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Festivities begin with the Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Vendors feature everything from funnel cakes to antiques.


Yadkin Valley Wine Festival – Wine, craft vendors, food and music.


Wilkes Heritage Museum – Take in a Candlelight Ghost Tour, visit the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, purchase a brick for the Veteran’s Honor Walk and embrace the history and heritage of Wilkes County.


Tom Dooley – This outdoor drama recounts the famous love triangle that is filled with mystery, romance and the murder of Laura Foster.


Otto Wood: The Bandit – This outdoor drama recounts the life and times of this famous outlaw.


Wilkes County Cruisers – Car enthusiasts participate in a “Cruise In” every 2nd Saturday of the month from April till October.


Wilkesboro Open Air Market – The open air market is scheduled April – October on a weekly basis.


Wilkes County Farmers Market– This market is held year-round in Smoot Park on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. – noon.


Surry County Farmers Market – These markets, featuring local crops and meats, are held in Dobson, Elkin and Mount Airy.


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