Annual Events & Festivals in Rowan County, NC
Tradition runs deep in Rowan County, and we’re proud of our line up of annual events and festivals. From the Cheerwine Festival in Downtown Salisbury and Autumn Jubilee at Dan Nicholas Park, to China Grove Farmers’ Day and the Woodleaf Tomato Festival, Rowan County has endless opportunities to experience original. Explore the best of agriculture during the Rowan Arts & Ag Tour, jump aboard the Polar Express for some holiday magic, warm up from the cold during the Wine About Winter wine crawl in Downtown Salisbury, or choose from our many other original events and festivals. Check out our upcoming annual events below!
EVENT SEASONS IN ROWAN COUNTY
Spring & SummerBack to Top of List
Rowan County comes alive during the spring and summer months. Our local events and attractions heat up for some of our most well known events in the region. If you're looking for something sweet, you'll want to catch Strawberry Season at Patterson Farm, or the well known Cheerwine Festival that takes place each May in Downtown Salisbury. For more niche interests you'll find the Firetruck Festival at the NC Transportation Museum, Hippie Fest at the Rowan County Fairgrounds, Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Festival, Farmers Day in China Grove, Pops at the Post at the Bell Tower Green, Woodleaf Tomato Festival, and the nationally known Faith Fourth of July Celebration. You're sure to find some fun in Rowan County during spring and summer!
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After a warm southern summer, it's always nice to cool down during fall in Rowan County. From festive fun like Autumn Jubilee and the Rowan County Fair, to historic events like German Fest, Gold Hill Founders Day and OctoberTour there's something happening almost every weekend. For spirited events check out Brew & Choo or Wine About Winter, and for musical specialties check out Busker's Bash in Downtown Salisbury. If you're looking for something kid specific, check out Fall Fun on the Farm at Patterson Farm or take a ride on Thomas the train during Day Out with Thomas at the NC Transportation Museum. There's so much fun to be had in Rowan County!
For more than 40 years Autumn Jubilee has arrived at Dan Nicholas Park the first weekend of October. The annual festival attracts more than 60,000 visitors from across Rowan County and the…
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The magic of the holiday season comes alive in Rowan County. No matter what or how you celebrate, we know that you’ll find joy here. Anticipation builds each year as we await our annual holiday events line up. Our celebration includes holiday parades, Christmas light shows, brunches with Santa and so much more. Kick off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Fall Fires in Historic Gold Hill, and prepare to take a ride on an antique firetruck with Santa and the Grinch; take a stroll through a traditional German Christmas Market during Winterfest; experience Christmas as our Rowan County ancestors did during Christmas at the Old Stone House; take in thousands of lights and sounds aboard the Winterland Express and Festival of Lights; or hop aboard the Polar Express train ride for a lasting family experience. There's so much to do and see during the holidays in Rowan County.
Experience original holiday magic aboard the Polar Express! Learn how you can earn free tickets to the event by booking your stay at a Rowan County lodging property.