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 state, and celebrates the season with craft vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment and food.
Originally, this event was run by the United Arts Council as an arts and crafts show, but due to ever increasing popularity, Rowan County took over to facilitate the event. The event happens rain or shine! Autumn Jubilee is such a robust celebration that the planning for the next year begins as soon as the current year’s ends.
The festival typically boasts more than 120 vendors selling hand-made soaps, local honey, candles, iron works, jewelry and more. All crafts are hand-made with no duplicate vendors.
If you have children in tow, plan to spend some time in the Kids Zone. Previous years have included bungee jumps, climbing walls, magicians, face painting, sand art, pumpkin painting, wax hands, obstacle courses, soap bubble circus and more! Don’t forget to check out the live music on the stage throughout the weekend.
Regional and local bands take the stage throughout the weekend to provide outstanding entertainment. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time and grab a seat to hear your favorite artists and tribute bands.
Plus, you certainly won’t go hungry at Autumn Jubilee, and you’ll be able to smell the flavors throughout the park as you explore. The festival typically has more than a dozen food vendors with home made ice cream, barbeque, kettle corn, fried pies, tacos and so much more.