• “We cordially invite you to be Mayberry’s guest of honor for the day.” –Andy Taylor

    There are plenty of Mayberry, North Carolina sights and sounds to see in Mount Airy and surrounding areas. But there’s more extending beyond The Andy Griffith Show, from the Round Peak-style of old-time string music and old-time dances to the 19th century Siamese Twins and the century-old farm on nearby Horne Creek Farm.

    Fun activities for all ages...


Attractions - Music

Blackmon Amphitheatre
145 Rockford Street

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

The Blackmon Amphitheatre is a state-of-the-art outdoor theater located in downtown Mount Airy that features a summer-long music series, events and outdoor dramas. Hot dogs and Yadkin Valley wines are sold at select events.


Free Weekly Youth Fiddle and Guitar Lessons
218 Rockford St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Each week, the Surry Arts Council hosts free fiddle and guitar lessons for children ages 6 to 16. Fiddle classes are at 5:30 p.m. and guitar lessons are at 6:15 p.m. Instructor Jim Vipperman teaches each weekly class and parents are invited to stay. No registration is required, and students can arrive without reservations. Lessons are located downstairs at The Andy Griffith Playhouse.


Historic Earle Theatre and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (800) 286-6193

arts@surryarts.org

Built in 1938, the Earle Theatre has remained much the same as it did in the 1930s. The old-time music heritage hall is open daily until 3 p.m. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m. is a free bluegrass/old-time jam session – anyone is welcome to bring an instrument and join in the fun! The Earle Theatre is also home to the second-longest-running live radio show in the nation, broadcast on WPAQ 740 AM – the Merry-Go-Round show, every Saturday at 11 a.m. for $5 per person, with a jam session after the show.
The Earle also still shows movies throughout the year. Call 336-786-2222 for features and show times.


Jams at the Earle Theatre
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

If you are a fan of live bluegrass and old-time music, plan on visiting the bluegrass and old-time jams hosted at the Earle every Thursday and Saturday by the Surry Arts Council. Local bands and individual bands play throughout the Earle Theatre. The Saturday jam session occurs from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., just before the live radio broadcast of WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round. Admission is $5 on Saturdays.


Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention
691 W. Lebanon St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Held the first full weekend in June each year, the Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention is attended by thousands of bluegrass and old-time fans. The two-day event includes camping, food, and all-night jamming at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mount Airy. Free workshops and demonstrations are held each year to enable guests to interact with local traditional music and dance masters.


Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
301 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-4478

mamrh@northcarolinamuseum.org

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is located in downtown Mount Airy in a restored mercantile store. The museum has exhibits of some of Mount Airy’s most-famous musicians, such as Andy Griffith, Tommy Jarrell, and Donna Fargo. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Groups should call ahead to arrange for a guided tour.


Old-time Dance at the Earle Theatre
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Put on your dancing shoes for a night of old-time dance tunes by The Slate Mountain Ramblers. Held the first Saturday of the month, beginners and experienced flat footers fill the dance floor while musicians feel the air with popular bluegrass, country and old-time music tunes. Concessions are available before and during the event. The old-time dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5.


Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Earle Theatre
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Self-guided audio tours of the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall are available where artifacts and portraits of Surry County’s old-time music icons reside. Additionally, the theater movie screen continuously plays the UNC-TV Folkways documentary. The old-time exhibits are open daily, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.


Tommy Jarrell Festival
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

This music festival commemorates Tommy Jarrell, one of the most influential old-time musicians. Jarrell was born in Surry County in 1901 and was known for his Round Peak style of picking. The Round Peak region of Surry County is well-known for its rich history of old-time music. Dances, music, concerts, and workshops are held during the last weekend of February each year – just before Tommy’s March 1st birthday.


Voice of the Blue Ridge at the Earle Theatre
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

This Saturday night tradition is held every third Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. The Voice of the Blue Ridge is a celebration of the twangy sound of bluegrass, old-time and gospel music that is rich in Surry County. The concert is a live broadcast featuring local and regional bands. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


WPAQ’s Saturday Morning Merry-Go-Round
142 N. Main St.

Mount Airy NC

Local Phone: (336) 786-7998

arts@surryarts.org

Known as the nation’s second longest-running live radio show (The Grand Ole Opry is the oldest), WPAQ 740 AM produces a two-hour live concert in the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy. Beginning in 1948 by Ralph Epperson, the live broadcast has hosted music giants such as Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, the Carter family, and more. Concessions are available and admission is $5.