Carolina in the Fall audience at night

March 20, 2015

Wilkesboro, NC – March 26, 2015 –– MUSIC | FOOD | DRINK -- This September, the first annual Carolina In The Fall™ Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. celebrates the heritage of western North Carolina through music, food and beverage. On September 25th and 26th, 2015, over 100 musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region will gather on Main Street in Wilkesboro, NC to engage audiences with the best of their craft.

Carolina in the Fall™ … hearing those words brings to mind 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.

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 includes The Kruger Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Balsam Range, The Secret Sisters, Mipso, Barefoot Movement and many others.

Each evening during the festival, the Kruger Brothers will host the Carolina Jam™ at the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express. Artists from each day will come together to present once in a lifetime, unforgettable jam sessions. The Carolina Jam™ sessions will be from 10PM through midnight.

In addition to great music, those that attend the festival will enjoy some of North Carolina’s best food as food trucks from across the state will bring their amazing recipes to feed the masses and vie for the Carolina in the Fall™ Food Truck Championship trophy. If you have a grown-up thirst, local vineyards and regional craft beer breweries will be onsite to provide a taste of the region’s best adult beverages.

Michelle Isom, Festival Director says, “We tip our hats to a great festival by the same name from a few years ago. Held on the Shepherd farm in Wilkes County, Carolina in the Fall™ introduced our region to the music of the Kruger Brothers. Robert and Brenda Shepherd hosted the festival and gave the brothers a place to call home. And as the song goes… “in the hills of Carolina folks have opened up the door and for the first time in my life I’m not a stranger anymore”. Come and join the community of music and food lovers… there are no strangers here.”

Destined to become an annual pilgrimage for music and food lovers from around the nation, Carolina in the Fall™ presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. will be held the last weekend of September each year. Save the date and make the annual pilgrimage to Wilkes, the Heart of American Folk Music.

Local accommodations are very limited. The Town of Wilkesboro is opening up the Sewerfest Campground for the Carolina in the Fall™ festival. Contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your campsite or click the link on the festival website. Hotel rooms are in short supply, so make your reservations soon to ensure you have a place to call home during the festival.

Make plans now to be in Wilkesboro on September 25th and 26th to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season of Carolina in the Fall™. Festival tickets are very limited and are available at Two day passes are $20.00. The VIP package that includes both days and the evening jam sessions is $60.00.

Carolina in the Fall ™ is made possible through the partnership of Heart of Folk, LLC, Wilkes Communications, Inc., the Kruger Brothers, Town of Wilkesboro, Wilkes Heritage Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.