The Old-Time music tradition born in Surry County and the sounds of sweet music carries throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from local, national and international musicians at the Annual Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
Traditionally held the first weekend in June, this family friendly event brings together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and family entertainment . This popular festival, established in 1972, is dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music, as well as dance. The Fiddlers Convention features solo and band competitions whose winners are awarded cash prizes.
Camping rates are $35 per day for full hook-up campers plus an additional $10 for the wrist band and parking pass. The fee for tents (only) and no full hook-up is $10 per day plus an additional $10 for the wristband and parking pass. Advance reservations must be for the full week and include the wristband fees.
Veterans Memorial Park Inc. is working with the Surry Arts Council to host workshops on Thursday prior to the Fiddlers Convention along with free workshops all day on Friday in addition to the regular events. The workshop schedule and details will be updated as instructors and details are confirmed. Follow us on Facebook page for all updates and old-time workshop registration information.
Come visit Mount Airy! Learn more about Surry County Music and take in a show at the Historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Also, the Andy Griffith Museum will be open 7 days a week and the Surry Arts Council will have events going on throughout the year.
- 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Hourly Old-Time Workshops hosted by the Surry Arts Council
- 7:00 pm: All Bands Perform
- 9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Folk Song in Grandstand
- 9:30 am – 2:00 pm: Bluegrass & Old-Time Banjos and Fiddles
- 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm: Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Dulcimer, Autoharp
- 5:45 pm: Youth Dance and Awards
- 6:00 pm: All bands perform
Adult dance after the completion of the band competition