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Upcoming Events in Wilkesboro North Carolina


April

15 - 18 MerleFest - Since 1978 - Americana music celebration hosted by Doc & Richard Watson in memory of Eddy Merle Watson. Come and join the 80,000+ folks who attend this 4 day event each year starting on the last Thursday in April. Crafts, food, dance, and family activities. Visit our website for tickets & information.

US 421 to exit #286B onto NC 268 West to Wilkes Community College. Festival is held on the entire campus.

Address: WCC Campus , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: 800-343-7857 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: merlefest@wilkescc.edu
Web: www.merlefest.org/

May

1 CandleLight Ghost Tours - Experience a historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley that spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant).

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are owned and operated by Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Address: Old Wilkes Jail, 203 N. Bridge St., Wilkesboro Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com/Ghost/
Fee: $10

June

4 - 19 Tom Dooley; A Wilkes County Legend - Outddor Drama - The intriguing true story of Tom Dula (aka Dooley), of love + murder & the hanging of a man many believed innocent. ?Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley?....Pardon Tom Dooley...Seem familiar? Admission TBA. Show dates: June 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and July 1, 2, 3, & 5.

Address: Forest Edge Amphitheater, Fort Hamby, Wilkesboro
1534 South Recreation Road
Wilkesboro, NC 28697 , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)838-7529 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: playmaker@pcshome.net
Fee: Fee

5 CandleLight Ghost Tours - Experience a historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley that spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant).

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are owned and operated by Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Address: Tours begin at the Old Wilkes Jail, Wilkesboro Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com/Ghost/
Fee: $10

19 Bandit's Challenge Triathlon - Nationally recognized NC Triathalon Series - 1 of 15 that comprise the NCTS. 9th annual challenge in the uniquely beautiful and scenic venue of W. Kerr Scott! Only 1 other competition matches the same distance and difficulty level in the NCTS. Intl. distance race legs are: 1500 meter SWIM, 45K BIKE, & 10K RUN. Individuals can choose to compete in the triathlon as a 2-3 person relay team. Also includes an AquaBike race category - swim 1500 meters and bike 45K.

Address: W.Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir, 499 Reservoir Road , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)838-3991 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: jonesracingcompany.com/bandits-challenge-triathlon

July

4 CandleLight Ghost Tours - Experience a historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley that spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant).

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are owned and operated by Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Address: Tours begin at the Old Wilkes Jail, Wilkesboro Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com/Ghost/
Fee: $10

August

7 CandleLight Ghost Tours - Experience a historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley that spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant).

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are owned and operated by Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Address: Tours begin at the Old Wilkes Jail, Wilkesboro Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com/Ghost/
Fee: $10

September

21 Blue Ridge Gospel Music Morning - In the court room of the restored courthouse ? now museum, local church choirs, praise bands, and quartets perform live and are broadcast as a part of the WWC 1240AM Saturday morning radio show. Event is free to the public but Museum admission fees apply to tour.

Address: Wilkes Heritage Museum, 100 East Main Street, Wilkesboro
100 East Main Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697 , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Fee

7 Zombie Festival - Wilkes Heritage Museum and The Candlelight Ghost Tours of Wilkes Announce - A ZOMBIE FESTIVAL!!! 6:00 - 9:00pm.

6:00-8:00 events for ages 12 and under.
8:00-9:00 competition/walk/dance for ages 13 and over.

*** MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW ***

Please check back OR follow us on Facebook for the latest information!

www.facebook.com/WHMZombieFest?ref=hl

Address: Wilkes Heritage Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.facebook.com/WHMZombieFest?ref=hl

October

2 CandleLight Ghost Tours - Experience a historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley that spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant).

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are owned and operated by Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Address: Tours begin at the Old Wilkes Jail, Wilkesboro Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com/Ghost/
Fee: $10

22 CandleLight Ghost Tours - Experience a historical tour of Old Wilkes by candlelight with an excellent storyteller in period costume describing tales of ghostly happenings such as the infamous Tom Dooley that spent time in the Old Wilkes jail, and the Smithey family that still haunts the old Smithey Hotel (now Tory Oak Restaurant).

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are owned and operated by Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Address: Tours begin at the Old Wilkes Jail, Wilkesboro Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com/Ghost/
Fee: $10

December

4 Christmas with Old Wilkes - Enjoy pleasant Holiday music from local church choirs! Little ones visit with Santa! Refreshments and merriment for all! Tour the museum, the Old Jail and the Robert Cleveland house.

Address: Wilkes Heritage Museum, 100 East Main Street , Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Ph: (336)667-3171 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: directorwhm@candlelightghosttours.org
Web: www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Wilkes Community College Gardens

Specialty gardens include the unique Eddy Merle Watson Garden of the Senses featuring Braille-labeled plants and sculptured music and alphabet walls; the Vernon and Louise Deal Native Gardens containing a one-mile walking trail that includes a duck pond; Ruth Colvard Rose Garden;

Wilkesboro, NC Gardens

Wilkes Community College

Wilkes Community College is committed to providing comprehensive education & educational support services for Wilkes, Ashe & Alleghany county students and beyond w/a variety of services +

Wilkesboro, NC Colleges

Burger King

Located at Wilkes Community College, we're within walking distance of the MerleFest (Merle Watson Festival), Hampton Inn and College Park Inn.

Wilkesboro, NC Businesses

Red Carpet Inn

Stay with us! We offer complimentary continental breakfast, cable, internet access, pets allowed in some rooms (and dog kennel), moderate restaurant on-site and meeting room available. Centrally located off US Hwy 421

Wilkesboro, NC Businesses

Don's Seafood & Steak

Enjoy a variety of seafood, steaks, and sandwiches in a casual dining atmosphere. We are conveniently located off Hwy 421 N at the Wilkes Community College exit, close to hotels and within walking distance of the MerleFest (Merle Watson Festival)

Wilkesboro, NC Businesses

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