What's Up in Elkin? This page highlights a few unique events occurring in Elkin during each month...for even more (and equally interesting) things to do... make sure you visit the ELKIN EVENT CALENDAR ...you can stay busy all weekend long! 

The photo above is from the annual Light Up Night event held the first weekend each December. 

January events 

Second Saturday Music and Wine Series every month at:

Grassy Creek Vineyard


 February Events

2017 Foothills Theatre's  Dessert Theatre 

This year's play is a comedy called "Dearly Beloved" Performances will be at First Baptist Church Elkin fellowship hall on Feb. 24, 25 and 26. Dessert served at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with curtain at 7:30 pm; Sunday dessert at 2 with curtain at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $12 at the door and includes dessert, coffee, tea. 


 March Events

40th Anniversary of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail 

Gathering of Friends Annual Meeting

When: March 24th - 26th 2017

What: Join in the fun and explore Elkin like never before! Come to the Gathering of Friends event celebrating 40 years of the MST, which is now along Elkin's downtown Main Street where the event is being held.  Dozens of events planned for this 3-day event offering numerous things to do on the trail and around the region and a fabulous way to learn about this fun group, which is open for membership!  REI will be on hand for a mountain bike demo, keynote speakers, live music, dinner celebrations, and trail and town excursions make up this fun-filled weekend. 

 April Events

2017 Elkin Farmers Market opens!

Opens mid-April (the 15th) and is offered every Saturday morning from 9am-noon.

Located in the Elkin Town Hall parking lot, the event is fun and offers live music most weekends. Go to www.elkinfarmersmarket.com for full schedule.

Mid-April thru end of October!

2017 Habitat Hammer 5K Race/Walk and Fun Run

When: Saturday, April 8th.  Fun Run at 7:30 am; 5K Race at 8:00 am. Starting and finishing at Elkin Municipal Park. Timing by Twin City Track Club. 

Fund Raiser: Proceeds go to support the work of the Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity. Medals awarded to top 3 finishers in each age group, prizes to top 3 men and women, and door prizes.  

 May Events

The 15th Annual Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Wine Gala
This event is scheduled every year on the night before the wine festival.  This is a fund raiser for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Reservations required. 

16th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

 Date: Always the 3rd Saturday in May (May 20th, 2017)

Time: All afternoon (11am-6pm)

Location: Elkin Municipal Park

What to expect: Vendors, approximately 36 wineries and vineyards represented, food vendors, live music all day, shade trees (yes that is important!), fun for kids too. This is the best wine festival you'll ever experience! Tickets now on sale, go to http://www.yvwf.com/.  Amazing event!


Tour de Vino 

Tour de Vino cycling in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region AVA : Start the morning with a ride through wine country before the wine festival begins.  Cost for Tour includes admission to the Wine Festival!  Learn more at:  http://yvtdv.com/  All rides begin at 8am. 

2017 Cruise! Downtown Elkin

The Elkin cruise event is back -and bigger and better than ever.  May to September, they are  scheduled the 4th Saturday of every month, 4pm to 9pm.

Dates for 2017:

May 27, June 24,  July 22, August 26 , and October 28

September 23rd is not a cruise, but a car show that will be held during the Pumpkin Festival 

Questions?                                                                                                                  Email Vicki Roberts at vkroberts@embarqmail.com, Cruise organizer

 June Events

Foothills Arts Council

Annual Mid-Summer Eve Garden Gala 40th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Friday, June 23, 6-10pm.  Food, winery, live music, and lots of fun!  Consider joining the FAC to help support future events like this, and bring your friends and family! 

 Elkin Valley Fiddlers

Friday, June 23rd - ELKIN ROOTS MUSIC FEST 

will be held at the Foothills Arts Council at the same time of their Annual Gala!  Time is from 6pm to 10pm. Bring a lawn chair and spend the evening with 3 fabulous bands, food, and fun! Donation suggested of $10 at the door. Learn more at www.elkinrootsmusicfest.com 

 July Events

KidsFest 2017 - 

Where: Foothills Arts Council, corner of Church Street & W Market St, one block up from Main Street

Date: Saturday, July 8, from 11 am till 2 pm

This year's Kidsfest will feature art & craft activities, a water-slide, a LEGO art competition, snow cones, food, face-painting, a steel drum band, and more!  Kidsfest is fun for kids and kids at heart. If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event email us at info@foothillsartscouncil.org

4th of July Celebration / FREEDOMFEST 2017

at Elkin Municipal Park

Presented by the Elkin Jaycees

DATE:  Saturday, July 1st

Elkin Municipal Park

Festivities begin at 5pm 

 August Events

Reevestock 2017  will be held Saturday, August 5th


Friday night, August 4th, Free kick-off party for Reevestock Music Fest called the "Downtown Get Down" at The Liberty, 222 E Main St.


Saturday, August 5th, come to Elkin's Hidden Amphitheater for a music experience like no other! Tickets at Reevestock.com or at the amphitheater entrance. Parking off-site with shuttle service. 

For more artist info and press visit reevestock.com or our Reevestock Music Festival page. 


2017 Yadkin Riverkeeper Paddle - ELKIN

When:  Friday-Saturday   - August 19, 2017

Where: Downtown Elkin /Crater Park.  For more information & sign up, please go to:

 September Events

Elkin's 21st Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival

When: Saturday, September 23, 9am-4pm, 2017

Where: Come to historic downtown Elkin's Main Street. Call the Chamber for more info at 336-526-1111. 

 What: Pumpkin weigh-off, craft and food vendors, kids fun area with bouncy houses and more; live music, car show (located at Crater Park) 11am to 5pm with live music from Backwater and  DJ  "Doctor T", quilt show at West end of Main St at the Episcopal Church from 9am to 4pm, farmers market open at the Elkin Town Hall parking lot 9am to 3pm, EVTA duck and turtle regatta at 5pm on Big Elkin Creek, Library hosts annual used book sale all day long. 

Visitors can enjoy a shuttle from local hotels to: Big Elkin BeerFest event 2 blocks away from 3pm to 9pm at Elkin's Municipal Park with live music, over 12 dozen booths with local craft beers from around North Carolina, food trucks, walking trails and more! More info to come!

 Big Elkin Brewfest 2017

After the Pumpkin Festival, walk or drive over to the Elkin Municipal Park two blocks from Main Street, and enjoy Elkin's Brewfest with live music, food trucks and a wide variety of NC Craft Beers!

DATE:  September 23, 2017

$25 at the gate for tasters, $5 admission for all others

Insane Terrain 5K Road Race

Saturday, September 23rd, 8:30am

Benefits the EVTA (Elkin Valley Trails Association).  The 2017 Insane Terrain coincides with the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival and the Big Elkin Brewfest, offering a perfect trifecta! 

For more info see facebook

October events

 Trick or Treat on Main Street

Shops along Main Street are open for kids to Trick or Treat...find fun Halloween events from East Main all the way up into W Main Street's neighborhood. See you on Main Street October 31st!

November Events 

Foothills Arts Council's hosts Habitat for Humanity's Art for Homes 2016

Saturday, November 5 - Art for Homes auction will be in our garden beginning at 6:30pm. Come join us for this great live auction, food and wine, all for a good cause. Local artists have taken objects from the Home Shoppe and re-fashioned them. You may find something cool to bid on, and it will be a one-of-a-kind item!


Annual Winter Wine Passports

(winter through spring each year)

Passports go on sale every October at any participating Surry County winery. These "passports" make fabulous gifts for your friends and family. Passports provide a ticket to experience 10 area wineries & craft breweries from Nov thru March each year...and include wine & beer tastings, weekends featuring live music, wine and food pairings, and discounts to area restaurants and cabins.


December events

2017 Annual Open Air Art Market at The Liberty (indoors)

When:  November 25 - Dec 23rd.

Time : Thursday - Sat noon till 6pm.  

This year, the Open Air Art market will relocate from its previous location at the FAC to The Liberty's Coley Hall. This event will then become a 3-day event from Friday to Sunday with vendors set up all weekend long Nov 31- Dec 2.

The arts council will also feature holiday gifts indoors for holiday shoppers from NOV 25 to DEC 23rd at the arts council for holiday shoppers looking for unique hand made items. 

2017 Light Up Night 

When: Friday, December 1st, 2017

Time:  From 6-8pm

  • Tree lighting ceremony
  • Visit with Santa
  • Foothills Holiday Craft & Gift Market 5-9 pm, Coley Hall @ The Liberty, 222 E. Main St.
  • Holiday dance performances Coley Hall @ Angry Troll Brewing, 222 E. Main St. & The Reeves Theater 129 W. Main St.
  • Downtown Carriage Rides (or train rides. pending confirmation)
  • Holiday Sales and promotions from Downtown Merchants
  • Rock Facade Park unveiling
  • Check back soon for additional events and updates!

poster is from 2016


2017 Elkin/Jonesville Christmas Parade 

When:  Sunday, December 10th (2nd Sunday in Dec)

Time: 3:00 pm - 5pm

Begins in Jonesville and continues over the bridge into Elkin along the entire length of Main Street towards the library, and ending at the Elkin High School. Over 100 groups participated last year - this was one fantastic parade! Don't miss it! Fun for the entire family.

Parade organizer is Vicki Roberts. Email her for information on how to sign up at: vkroberts@embarqmail.com. 

57th Annual Community Chorus of Elkin

When: Sunday,  December 3rd, 2017

Time:  Two shows, 4pm and 7pm

This year the Community Chorus will be performing at the Elkin First Methodist Church on Hawthorn St.  Singers from communities all over the area practice for 2 months to offer you a beautiful holiday show to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Free event. Everyone welcome! Donations gladly accepted. 

the Nutcracker live performance 2016

Presented by Rhythm on Main dance studio on E Main St, this holiday classic will be performed in Elkin on December 17th!

Time: 2pm

Where: Dixon Auditorium, Elkin High School, 334 Elk Spur Dr

Cost: $10 

Contact: 336-825-5272 for more information

 **Feature EventsTwo to three events are "featured" here each month because they are unique and original to Elkin.  For full listing of weekly events, please click above on "Elkin Event Calendar" tab, and to view photos of events that have already taken place, go to  "Elkin Photo Blog/Past Events" tab.

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