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September 23 - 24, 2016


100 E Main St, Wilkesboro, NC 28697



20+ Artists

Carolina in the Fall … thinking about it conjures up images of brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. A time when life slows down and nature’s beauty speeds up! With that as a backdrop, Carolina in the Fall brings “New Carolina Music” to the foothills of North Carolina. Heart of Folk, LLC is proud to announce a new (but not so new) music and food festival.

On the old Courthouse Square in historic downtown Wilkesboro, the Kruger Brothers will host some of North Carolina’s best folk/ roots music bands. They will be joined by bands from other areas that tip their hats to the rich musical history of Wilkes, the heart of American Folk Music. This year’s line-up will be announced on March 1.

Have questions or want more information?  Call 336-990-0747 or email!

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Artists / 2016 Line Up

The Kruger Brothers | The Infamous Stringdusters | The Steel Wheels | Symphony of the Mountains | Flatt Lonesome | Humming House | Snyder Family Band | Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line | Front Country | Molly Tuttle Band | Slocan Ramblers | Sarah Siskind (w/ Travis Book) | Locust Honey | The Contenders | BackPorch Bluegrass | The Honey Dewdrops | The Buck Stops Here | Hook & Bullet | Moore Family Band | The Non-Prophets | Time Sawyer | The Trailblazers | ShadowGrass | Wayne Henderson & Friends | Bandits Roost | Strictly Strings | Uncle Joe & the Shady Rest | Cane Mill Road | Bob & Roberta Kogut | Foothill Cloggers | High Country Cloggers|

Carolina Jam /

Each evening, the festival will shut down on Main Street around 9 pm and move to the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the Holiday Inn Express Wilkesboro for the Carolina Jam.  The Carolina Jam will be hosted by the Kruger Brothers and feature artists from the day’s performances, as well as special guests.  These jam sessions will provide unique performances and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between the artists on hand.  Late night sessions will begin after all music has ended downtown.  There are a limited number of  VIP tickets available which grant access to the Carolina Jam, so act quickly.   If you are a music lover, these intimate performances are some of the most enjoyable memories you will make.

NC Banjo Championship /

Carolina in the Fall will be hosting the 2016 North Carolina Banjo Championships. Jens Kruger, of The Kruger Brothers and one of the top banjo players in the world will serve as the host for the championships. “I am thrilled to host the banjo championship and I look forward to welcoming many of the nation’s top pickers as they compete to hold the annual title. Carolina in the Fall is the perfect setting for the North Carolina Banjo Championship and we look forward to many years of great banjo competition”, said Jens.

The North Carolina Banjo Championship is sponsored by Deering Banjos, makers of the world’s finest instruments. There will be prizes for the top three spots.  Judges for the championship will be respected local and national banjo artists and instructors.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Ticket Options / Round 2 Pricing

Single Day General Admission


Access to festival grounds for Friday or Saturday
Access to Food Trucks
Access to Beer Garden

2-Day General Admission


General Admission Ticket
Access to festival grounds for both days
Access to Food Trucks
Access to Beer Garden

Vendors / Information & Applications

We look forward to showcasing some of the regions best food with the Carolina in the Fall Food Truck Championship! Representatives from the region will be selected to judge the competition with a prize of $500 going to the winner.  Judges will be announced prior to the festival.  All food vendors participating in the festival must serve from a self-contained food truck.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please download the following document and email to  The deadline to apply is July 1.   Food Truck Application
Carolina in the Fall will serve as the host to a Bier Garten full of the areas finest craft brewers and vintners!  If you are interested in being a part of this event, please download and complete the application.  Submit inquiries to  The deadline to apply is July 1.  Craft Brewer / Vintner Application
A limited number of arts/crafts/goods vendors will be selected to participate in this year's festival.  If you are interested in applying to be a vendor, please fill out the application and email to  The deadline to apply is July 1.  Arts / Craft Vendor Application

Event Location

Historic Downtown Wilkesboro
100 East Main St Wilkesboro, NC 28697, United States

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