Residents of and visitors to Wilkes County seldom are at a loss for something to do with the wide array of cultural and recreational activities available. There are nine municipal parks in Wilkes -- three in Wilkesboro and six in North Wilkesboro -- as well as Stone Mountain State Park and W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir.
The Yadkin River Greenway is a great place to walk, run, or bike and offers beautiful views and insights into our community's rich history. Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the facilities at the Wilkes YMCA, and several local golf courses. We also have a more complete guide to fun things to do in Wilkes.
Wilkes Agricultural Fair, The Wilkes Art Gallery and Wilkes Arts Council each sponsor a number of community events throughout the year. Each spring, music fills the air as Wilkes Community College welcomes musicians and guests from all over the world to the annual MerleFest held the last weekend in April each year. During the summer months, the Blue Ridge Wagon Train travels between Wilkes and Ashe counties. In the fall, the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, and the Wilkes Agricultural Fair draw tens of thousands of visitors to the area.
We have a varied array of entertainment from local theatre at Benton Hall to professional Broadway shows and entertainers. The Walker Center has been host to Broadway hits, Motown greats, North Carolina's Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir, David Copperfield and many, many more. The Wilkes Playmakers is a community theatre organization dedicated to performance art in Wilkes County. It is open to all ages and features "Seniors on Stage" and "Children's Theatre", which includes an after-school program.