Wilkesboro Open Air Market

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Historic Downtown Wilkesboro is proud to announce the 2016 season of the Wilkesboro Open Air Market. “Fresh from the farm” produce and handcrafted artisan products will be available every Friday afternoon from 4 - 8 p.m., May 6th through September 16th, 2016. Market vendors offer a variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, baked and canned goods, as well as artisan crafts. The weekly Open Air Markets, First Friday Dances, and Third Friday Festivals all take place in the town-owned parking area at 102 West Main Street, located adjacent to the Wilkes Heritage Museum and across from The 50’s Restaurant.

Each season, the Open Air Market features a series of special events and entertainment in addition to traditional farm and artisan vendors. Market organizers are pleased to announce the 2016 lineup for First Friday Dances, Third Friday Festivals, Movies on Main, and Open Mic events.   

2016 Third Friday Festivals

May 20th ~ Envision

June 17th ~ West End Mambo

July 15th ~ The Legacy Motown Revue

August 19th ~ Jim Quick & Coastline

September 16th ~ TBA

The Third Friday Festival series attracts thousands of visitors each season to Historic Downtown Wilkesboro for family-oriented Friday afternoon fun from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Highlighting regional musicians, artists, locally produced food and wine, children’s activities, and community projects, the Third Friday Festivals have something for everyone!

2016 Movies on Main

May 20th ~ June 17th ~ July 15th ~ August 19th ~ September 16th 

Following each Third Friday Festival, the Wilkesboro Movies on Main series will host an outdoor movie showing beginning at 9 p.m. on the Wilkes Heritage Museum courtyard lawn. A large screen with surround sound provides a unique experience for enjoying family-friendly films. For more information, click here 


“Weekends in the Boroughs”

Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are excited to announce the continued partnership of festival events during third weekends of summer 2016. Wilkesboro Open Air Market Festivals will be held on third Fridays with North Wilkesboro presenting “Concerts on the Deck” each third Saturday from 6 – 10 p.m.  For more information regarding North Wilkesboro’s concert series, click here



2016 First Friday Dances 

May 6th ~ June 3rd ~ July 1st ~ August 5th ~ September 2nd

In partnership with the Brushy Mountain Shag Club, the Wilkesboro Open Air Market features beach music and free shag dancing lessons on every First Friday from May through September. An outdoor dance floor and an on-site DJ will be made available by the Town of Wilkesboro during the First Friday Dances.    



2016 Open Mic Nights

May 27th ~ June 10th ~ June 24th ~ July 22nd ~ July 29th ~ August 26th

On select Fridays of each month, the Open Air Market will host an Open Mic for local and regional artists to showcase their talent.  The Open Mic is also open to performing artists and other demonstrations.  If you are interested in performing at one of this year’s Open Mic events, please contact Christina Walsh at (336) 838-3951 x 238. 


Admission is FREE to ALL weekly, First Friday Dances, Third Friday Festivals, and Movies on Main events!

Come for the FRESHNESS, and stay for the FUN! 

We look forward to seeing you!  

For more infomration, please contact Andrew Carlton planning@wilkesboronc.org or Christina Walsh cwalsh@wilkesboronc.org or 336-838-3951.

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