There are many annual festivals and events in Lexington and surrounding towns. Check the monthly calendar for exact dates each year.
May through October
Music in the Vineyards
Every Saturday and Sunday at Childress Vineyards
For more information call 336-236-9463 or visit www.ChildressVineyards.com.
Pigs in the City
Hoof it to Uptown Lexington to feast your eyes on the popular public art initiative. For more information call office of Uptown Lexington, Inc
336-248-0383 or visit www.UptownLexington.com. Hoofin Map
BBQ Capital Cook-Off
In a city renowned for its heritage of slow cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood that is known worldwide as Lexington-style barbecue, it seems logical that a barbecue cook-off would take place on our streets! Experience the excitement of international teams competing in Lexington’s acclaimed BBQ Capital Cook-off. Come Friday night at 6 pm to watch things get started, and stay over through Saturday to enjoy the final awards and all the entertainment. For more information call 336-249-0383 or visit www.BBQCapitalCookOff.com.
This event is a cultural experience with culinary cuisine, music and dance sponsored by the Lexington Parks and Recreation Department at Finch Park. Five recreated villages consisting of Hispanic, African-American, European, Asian and Native-American cultures exhibit examples of the lifestyles from each country. For more information call 336-248-3960 or visit www.Lexingtonnc.net/Recreation/FestivalsAndEvents.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival
Special performances by the original Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver along with a children’s area with rides & games (on Saturday) provide great weekend entertainment. Campsites are available, along with 3 full days of music at Denton FarmPark. For more information call 800-458-2755 or visit www.DentonFarmPark.com.
Memorial Day Celebration
North Carolina’s largest Memorial Day celebration is held annually in Thomasville. Parade down Main Street with military leaders, POWs, Purple Heart recipients, military equipment and more. The event culminates at Cushwa Stadium with bands and military flyovers. For more information call 336-472-4422.
Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion
This event at Denton FarmPark showcases the greatest steam, gas and antique farm machine show in the Southeastern US. Historical buildings include an old country store, US Post Office, the old Jackson Hill church, a Radio Museum and log cabin structures.
Horse powered demonstrations include threshing, shelling corn, plowing and more. Over 1,000 antique gas tractors are on exhibit. For more information call 800-458-2755 or visit www.DentonFarmPark.com.
Fantastic July Festival
This annual festival, sponsored by the City of Lexington Parks & Recreation Department, at Finch Park provides a “Fireworks Extravaganza,” amusement rides, live entertainment and concessions. For more information call 336-248-3960 or visit www.LexingtonNC.net/recreation.
Everybody’s Day Festival
The festival offers hundreds of crafts, a food court, children’s rides and entertainment stages. It is held annually in downtown Thomasville on the last Saturday of September and is North Carolina’s oldest festival. For more information 336-475-6134 or visit www.EverybodysDay.com.
The Barbecue Festival
Recognized as one of the top Ten Food Festivals in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine, the Barbecue Festival is Lexington’s premier event. Each year the uptown area is filled with arts and crafts vendors, six entertainment stages, street performers, and festival food. Three large tents serve up thousands of pounds of barbecue sandwiches, freshly made from the festival’s official area restaurants. For more information 336-956-1880 or www.BarbecueFestival.com.
Uptown Lexington Christmas Open House
Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, musical performances, Victorian carolers and rides on the North Pole Express train during this annual event the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Explore the many unique Uptown specialty shops to find the perfect gift. For more information contact 336-249-0383 or visit www.UptownLexington.com.
Country Christmas Train at FarmPark
Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad, enjoy the Christmas lights, view the progression of the Nativity and more! For more information contact 800-458-2755 or visit www.CountryChristmasTrain.com.