Carolina in the Fall audience at night

Can I bring my pet into the festival grounds?

Dogs are welcome on the street portion of the festival, but not inside the music venues. The music venue areas include The Carolina Stage, The Great State Stage, The Heritage State and The Blue Ridge Artisan Center. As a reminder, the festival is held in Downtown Wilkesboro which has a leash law, so if you bring your pet to the street portion (food trucks & vendors), they must be on a leash.

Do I need to bring a chair?

Yes, bring your own chair to leave at The Carolina Stage. The other three stages are indoors and chairs are provided. *If you are a VIP/Reserved Seat ticket holder, you do not need to bring your own chair.

Can I bring a lawn blanket?

No. With the festival being held in Downtown Wilkesboro where space is limited, chairs work much better than blankets.

Are coolers allowed?

Small coolers are allowed and subject to being checked before entering the music venues.

Can I bring in outside food?

Outside food is allowed and it needs to fit in a small cooler or backpack.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No outside alcohol is allowed. There is a beer/wine garden for those of legal age wishing to sample what this region has to offer. Carolina In The Fall features great local breweries and wineries each year. ID’s will be checked here.

Can I bring a pop up tent?

Pop-up tents are not allowed due to space limitations. There are trees in and around The Carolina Stage park area which supply nice shade during sunny days!

Is this a rain or shine event?

Yes, Carolina in the Fall will happen rain or shine! Whether you are wearing a ball cap and sunglasses or a poncho and rain boots, the show will go on!

Where can I stay the night?

Hotel rooms are first come first serve and are available at the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn or Red Carpet Inn. There is also camping available at WFD Campground (Sewerfest) and at W. Kerr Scott Lake.

Can I purchase tickets at the gate?

Tickets that are available on the days of the festival will be able to be purchased at the gate. *TIP: All tickets are first come, first serve. It is not guaranteed that the ticket you would like to purchase will be available the day of.

Can I make purchases from all vendors with a credit card, or do I need to bring cash?

Most vendors will have tablets or smartphones you can make purchases on with your cards. *However, not all vendors will and it would be smart to have some cash on hand. There is not an ATM on festival grounds, but there are banks within a short driving distance.

Recommended things to bring:

Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, jacket for the evenings, comfortable shoes for walking between different stages, poncho or umbrella for an unexpected rain shower, camping chair, cash


If you have additional questions, please reach out to us on Facebook or feel free to contact us here.