An Arts Festival with Hometown flare!
Arts and Crafts Vendors · Live Bands · Family Fun · Food · Free Kids Area

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Join us in Wilson, NC
November 7-8, 2015

  • Saturday, November 7 - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday, November 8 - 12 noon - 5 pm
  • Downtown, Wilson, NC
  • 35,000+ attendees
  • 200+ vendors
  • 3 stages of entertainment
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food vendors
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • FREE! Whirli-Kidz Zone
  • Special events
Festival held - Rain or Shine!
The Whirligig Festival is held rain or shine. All vendors and attendees are encouraged to come prepared - sunglasses, coat or umbrella! Entertainment schedule may be altered for indoor venues, if any changes are made, they will be posted on the website and Facebook.

Wilson Whirligig Festival - Award Winner! 
2013 Showfest Excellence Awards
The Wilson Whirligig Festival was once again recognized at the state level. This year the festival brough home the Best Brochure award, Sponsor of the Year - City of Wilson and Volunteers of the Year - Wilson Youth Council.
2012 Stars of the Carolina -  Showfest Excellence Awards
The Wilson Whirligig Festival brought home 5 awards! Two for print media, including Best Poster and Best Print Media for a medium festival. Three awards for community partnerships including Best Volunteer for Hunt High School JROTC, Best Associate Member for Jeremy Munn of Leonard Buildings and Best Service Provider for interactive artist Dan Nelson. Read more about the festival's awards on the Wilson Times website.
2012 "Special Event" Gem of the Year
The Wilson Whirligig Festival Board (ie: festival) has been recognized for being the Event of the Year by the Wilson Dowtown Develoment, Inc. The festival was chosen for it's board's dedication to downtown and bringing the largest amount a visitors to downtown each year. 
2011 Stars of the Carolina -  Showfest Media Award
The Wilson Whirligig Festival received the 2011 Best Poster Award for the medium sized category of festivals held in both NC and SC.
2011 Community Spirit Award!
Recognized by the Human Relations Commission during the 2011 Humanitarian Banquet. The festival received recognition for being an organization that gives back to the community.
Top 20 Event Recognition by Southeast Tourism!
The Southeast Tourism Society has recognized the Wilson festival as one of the top 20 fall events. For over two decades the best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation. Through a nomination process, the Southeast Tourism Society judges choose the twenty events held in the Southeast for each month of the year. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 media outlets.

T-shirt Sales
Want a festival t-shirt? We will have them for sale soon. Give us a few days to re-organize the inventory and we will post what's left and sell them thru Christmas!

New Map APP
Click here to open the festival map on your smart phone, iPad or tablet.

Whirligig Contest Winners:
The 10th Annual contest was just as exciting as the first! The gigs built by both ameteurs and professionals were great. 1st Place - Amateur is John Wright with "Windependent". 1st Place - Professional is the City of Wilson Water Dept. (Photos to be posted soon)

Photo Contest Winners

We had the largest number of entries in this year's photo contest! Thanks to everyone that entered! The photos were reviewed with the photographer's name hidden and in all three categories the top prize went to Krystal Sheldon!  See the full results on the Photo Contest page.
(Photos to be posted soon)
Cake Dive
Sign up for the messiest event at the festival. Dive into a GIANT cake for prizes buried deep inside. Jewelry, Gift Cards and more!  Pre-register at one of our Prize Sponsor location and get ready to Dive In! , location and save $$$.
Cupcake Challenge
Pull out your favorite recipe and give it a whirl! We are looking for home made Amateur cupcakes and Professional entries.  With several categories for creativity, taste and whirl factor, you are bound to have a chance in this challenge!  Pre-register bu Friday, October 24th. This event is sponsored by Cupcake Dream.
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