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Entertainment & Dining

Providing quality entertainment, education, and enrichment through performing arts, the Surry Arts Council provides the northwest area of North Carolina with the opportunity to be a part of the arts. The Andy Griffith Playhouse, in downtown Mount Airy, features the original stage floor where Andy Griffith first performed. A variety of plays and performances and the music of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Doc Watson (a five time Grammy winner) or one of the weekly free jam sessions by local musicians offer something special for all ages and interests.

The Surry Arts Council provides entertainment throughout the year with performances of plays, musicals, talent shows, workshops for children and adults and the popular Mayberry Days Festival. One weekend each fall, the downtown streets are closed to automobiles for the Autumn Leaves Festival. This festival showcases crafts, talents, home-baked goods and on-the-spot cooling. Attendance exceeds 250,000 people annually.

From down home Southern-style cooking to sushi, fine steaks and seafood, Mount Airy rivals many much larger cities with a choice of 60+ restaurants and eateries. Stop in for a real Mount Airy original pork chop sandwich in downtown or pack up a picnic lunch and head for nearby Blue Ridge Parkway or Pilot Mountain State Park.

Yadkin Valley Wine Region

Spend a day exploring our "Wine Country" and tasting some of our award-winning local wines.

The Yadkin Valley Wine Region, which includes Mount Airy, is the first American viticulture area in the state. With over 1.4 million acres, the wine region includes all or parts of seven counties stretching from the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the eastern edge of the Piedmont in northwestern North Carolina.

The region's 400 vineyards take full advantage of the unique climate and geographic characteristics of the Yadkin Valley. The area is especially well suited to growing vinifera grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Yadkin Valley's nine bonded wineries and four wine producers create internationally award-winning wines and offer year-round tours and tastings.

The Great Outdoors

Mount Airy enjoys a temperate climate with sparkling springs; long, warm summers blessed with mountain breezes; spectacular fall foliage; and mild winters with a touch of excitement in an occasional snowfall. Surry County’s mild climate entices you to enjoy outdoor activities year round.