When you’re looking for something fun to do each week, check our curated guide to what’s going on in Wilkes County and the area from Sept. 20-Sept. 24.
Friday, Sept. 20
5th Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival starts at noon in downtown Wilkesboro and continues until 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 21; gate tickets $45 for single day, $80 for both days, or $150 for VIP both days, with ages 12 and under free with paying adult.
Hillside Horror, a haunted farm and corn maze, continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at 2122 Hoots Rd., Roaring River; $15 until Sept. 28, $20 until Oct. 26.
Tim O’Brien Band plays from 8-9:30 p.m. at Reeves Theater & Café in Elkin; tickets $25-$32.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Fun Day at the Airport from 9 a.m.-noon at Wilkes County Airport in North Wilkesboro; games, food, music, parachute jumps and helicopter rides sponsored by Mountain View Ruritan Club and Wilkes County Cruisers.
“Making Sense of the Civil War,” third of a five-part reading and discussion series led by Judkin Browning, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Wilkes Public Library in North Wilkesboro; free; recurs Oct. 12 and Oct. 26.
Candle Making Workshop (Jewell of All Trades) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Midtown Garden Market in North Wilkesboro; $40 includes all materials; prepay at 336-667-4852.
25th Mountain Heritage Festival from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in downtown Sparta; live music, over 100 vendors.
14th Festa Italiana from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery in Ronda; $20 admission; food, wine, art, music.
Open Mic for poetry, spoken word and storytelling from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Wilkes Public Library; free.
Dean Carlton & Friends play from 2-3 p.m. at Wilkes Public Library; free celebration of Gospel Music Heritage Month.
Three Paintbrushes and a Canvas (Connie Ledford) runs from 2-4 p.m. at Key City Antiques in North Wilkesboro ($30 for 16x20 canvas; pre-pay at 336-990-0711).
Stamped Wood Pendant Workshop (Stephanie Elliott) from 2-4 p.m. at Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro; $40 includes all supplies.
The Smelly Belly Buttons: Music for Kids & Families from 3-4 p.m. at Reeves Theater; $5 with ages 2 and under free.
The Entertainers perform from 6-10 p.m. at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace in North Wilkesboro, part of the Window World Concerts on the Deck series; free; rain or shine, leashed pets, no coolers.
Carolina Jam, the finale of Carolina in the Fall, from 11 p.m.-until at the Holiday Inn Express’s Yadkin Valley Event Center in Wilkesboro; hosted by the Kruger Brothers; VIP ticket required.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Oktoberfest continues from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Skull Camp Brewing in Elkin; free admission; German-style food and drinks; George Smith plays live music from 3-6 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 23
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society meets from 7-9 p.m. on the Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College; free; recurs fourth Mondays.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Chicks with Sticks meet from 5-6 p.m. at Wilkes Public Library; recurs Tuesdays.
Wilkes Genealogical Society meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Wilkes Public Library; recurs fourth Tuesdays until October.