Festivals



Festivals are a celebration for a variety of reasons and seasons. The origins of some are lost in time. The opportunity to explore a community and its time-honored traditions can help truly understand our ancestors and their lives. Enjoy!



FestivalLocationStartedScheduledWebsiteNotes
Lexington Barbecue FestivalLexington1983OctoberWebsite 
North Carolina Azalea FestivalWilmington1948AprilWebsite 
North Carolina Black Film FestivalWilmington2001Marchrenamed from Cine Noir Festival of Black Film
North Carolina Potato FestivalElizabeth City1940MayWebsitebetween 1970 and 2001 no festival held
revived in 2001
North Carolina Watermelon FestivalMurfreesboro1957WebsiteAugustoriginally held in Raleigh
moved to Murfreesboro in 1985
Roanoke-Chowan Pork FestivalMurfreesboro2001MayWebsite 
North Carolina Wine FestivalClemmons2001MayWebsite 
Yadkin Valley Wine FestivalElkin2001MayWebsite 
Brevard Music CenterBrevard1936AugustWebsitesummer music institute, culminating in a festival and performance at several locations.
End of Summer Weenie RoastCharlotte2012September  
MerleFestWilkesboro1988AprilWebsite 
MoogfestDurham2010MayWebsitein New York 2004-2008
in Asheville 2010-2014
moved to Durham
Mount Airy Fiddlers ConventionMount Airy1972JuneWebsite 
Predmestky Festival    no further information available
Shakori Hills Grassroots FestivalSilk Hope2003OctoberWebsite 
SparkconResearch Triangle2006September  
Hopscotch Music FestivalRaleigh2010SeptemberWebsite 
100 Words Film FestivalCharlotte2014NovemberWebsite 
ActionFestAsheville2010April  
Carolina Renaissance FestivalHuntersville1993October & NovemberWebsite 
Wooly Worm FestivalBanner Elk & Beech Mountain1973OctoberWebsite 
Brushy Mountain Apple FestivalNorth Wilkesboro OctobertWebsite 
North Carolina Apple FestivalHendersonville1946SeptemberWebsite 




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