Outdoor weekend events will soon return to downtown North Wilkesboro, with car shows, farmers’ markets and music events scheduled starting in April.

On Saturday, the Wilkesboro Crew will present a Hot Rod Car Show at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace, located at the corner of Ninth Street and the CBD Loop. The show starts at 12noon and is free and open to the public. 

The new downtown automotive event is expected to bring a crowd with more than 400 muscle cars, big blocks and dragsters, as well as vendors and music to downtown North Wilkesboro, Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership Director Crystal Keener said.

The following weekend will bring the return of the monthly Wilkes County Cruise-ins. The club’s classic, antique cars and motorcycles will be on display at C and Ninth streets on April 7 from 3-7 p.m. They’ll return on the second Saturday of each month April through October.

On April 16, the Wilkes County Farmers’ Market will open at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace. The first market of the season will feature spinach, lettuce, herbs, kale, arugula and berries, as well as live music from Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest Band on the marketplace stage, Keener said. The market will be open every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-noon through September. Some farmers will be accepting EBT/SNAP benefits and debit card payments in addition to cash.  

On April 17, Appalachian State University’s Cycling Team will host its annual Foothills Cup starting on Main Street. This event always proves exciting for spectators and a real challenge for the racers, Keener said.

Other events coming up

In May, the town is again partnering with Window World Inc. to present Concerts on the Deck, an outdoor music series. Performances will be held from 6-10 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, May through October. This year’s lineup includes new acts like Midnight Allie, Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot and The Entertainers, as well as favorites Jim Quick & Coastline and The Band of Oz, Keener said.

To coincide with June’s concert, the town is partnering with Yadkin Valley Motors to host a Mustang Cruise-in on the CBD Loop.

In August, the annual “Beach Music and Vettes” cruise-in will return with music by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard.

This will be the second year Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro partner to host “Weekend in the Boroughs,” live concert events on the third weekend of each month. Wilkesboro’s music acts will perform during its “Third Friday” festivals at the town’s Open Air Market.

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