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Festivals and Events this fall

Fall is almost here, and there’s much to see this year. From eating festival food and weighing pumpkins to Mayberry fun to wine tasting, there’s much to explore. Check out the upcoming events mentioned for our area on’s newsblog. For other events in the US, go to


Grayson County Independence Festival

If you’re short on Independence Day plans, head to Grayson County, Virginia and enjoy a 5K fun run, a bottle boat regatta, a watermelon eating contests, and, of course, amazing fireworks to top off the night. The fun begins July 3rd and last through July 4th. There will be music, entertainment and food, so the whole family can have a great time!

God and Country Celebration

The God and Country Celebration in Yadkin County is a daylong town festival with a patriotic theme featuring music, food, crafts, parade, speeches and fireworks. This popular event will take place the Saturday before July 4th and will begin at 9:30 am. Estimates put attendance at this popular event between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The celebration starts off with a parade that features floats and bands, which compete for prizes.  At noon, music begins on the music stage at the school and features local and regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time string band, gospel, and rock & roll. Beginning at 6:00pm, there is a patriotic program featuring a special speaker each year who talks about “God and Country”. There is also gospel singing and a special feature to the evening program honoring local veterans, which includes military music.  Fireworks begin at 9:00pm.

Wine, Bid and Boogie

Looking for an exciting way to help out a community? Visit the Wine, Bid and Boogie Art Auction in Germanton, North Carolina. Slip on your dancing shoes, tip up your glass and buy some great art in order to raise money for the Stokes County Arts Council. Musical entertainment is provided as well as a wine tasting from Germanton Winery and a live and silent auction of beautiful and unique artwork. The event usually takes place sometime in June. Grab your friends and family and head to the Wine, Bid and Boogie event to have a great night.

Old Time Dance

North Carolina really knows its music and bluegrass. Mount Airy, North Carolina is home to the Old Time Dance, an event where country bands come to entertain visitors and teach them some dance steps. This event is a monthly event and in March, it takes place on the 6th at 7:00 pm at the Old Time Music Heritage Hall. This is a fun event that everyone can enjoy, so bring your friends and family and head to the Old Time Music Heritage Hall in March! For a full schedule of events in North Carolina, visit this website.


Music lovers unite; Come and enjoy this annual event in Wilke’s County that is sure to make you get up, dance and smile. MerleFest showcases some Virginia’s finest bluegrass musicians and artists from around the region. This event was founded in 1998 and has been a looked-forward to sensation ever since. Mark your calendars for April 28th thru May 2nd for this not-to-miss celebration. For more information regarding directions, the line-up and other amenities this festival holds, visit .

Art, Food, & Wine

Bud-Break-Wine-FestivalThe newest wine festival to the Yadkin Valley promises to offer up fine wine with food to match. The Bud Break Wine Festival will be held on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 in downtown Mount Airy. This two-day affair offers up samples of North Carolina wines along with food and art vendors, and a wine competition on Friday. This is the second year for the event for Mount Airy, and it is expected that they will have a stellar line-up of judges for the wine competition. The wine tastings will be on Main Street in downtown from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The wine competition will be held on Friday with a public viewing at 6 p.m. For info, visit