Attractions in Wilkesboro, NC
Amongst the other various things to do, Wilkesboro features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Wilkesboro and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
Like any of the artists and artisans participating in the Wilkesboro Open Air Market, Rebecca Catrett appreciates the income she receives from selling her craft there. But she says the true benefit of being a part of the weekly market can't necessarily be measured in dollars and cents.
Moonshine, fast cars and the law provide all the makings of a great story – and it’s the true tale of Wilkes County’s colorful past.
Several crowd-pleasing sites and sounds grace Wilkes County, with plenty of eye- and ear-candy attractions to go around. Here is a brief background: Downtown North Wilkesboro
Wilkes County has a ripe atmosphere for festivals‚ the largest of which is the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival. The event on the first Saturday of October draws more than 160‚000 visitors to downtown North Wilkesboro and features arts and crafts vendors‚ musical performances‚ delicious foods and of course‚ an abundance of apples. The annual festival is one of the biggest in the Southeast and is the primary fundraiser for the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club.
There is a lot to see at Whippoorwill Academy and Village, all adding up to provide visitors to the site a better understanding of 19th century history.
One of the race cars driven by NASCAR legend and Wilkes County native Junior Johnson is here‚ and so is a piece of the military jacket worn by Gen. Robert E. Lee. They are among the hundreds of exhibits being showcased at the Wilkes Heritage Museum‚ which opened to the public in November 2005.
Celebrate Americana music at MerleFest. Held every spring in Wilkesboro, MerleFest started in 1988 as a tribute to banjo player Merle Watson, and has since become a venue for artists across many genres and a way for fans to celebrate the evolution of Americana music.