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

Join us in
Historic Downtown 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! 
2015 Showfest Excellence Awards
The Wilson Whirligig Festival was recognized with T-shirt of the Year for medium sized festivals. The Vollis Simpson Legend t-shirt was chosen for its depiction of Simpson's metal-smith workshop and his infamous whirligigs. 

2013 Showfest Excellence Awards
The Wilson Whirligig Festival was once again recognized at the state level. This year the festival brought 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.

Vendor Booth Applications OPEN!
Vendor applications are now available! Click here to jump to the Vendor page. Deadline to register is Friday, October 2, 2015.
Seeking Interactive Artisans!
The Whirligig Festival is looking for recommendations for artists that interact with the crowd. Caricatures, Spray Paint, Spinning Art,, hat making, etc....

If you have questions, please contact us thru our email:
We are an all-volunteer planning committee so we do not have a physical office location or phone number to call, sorry. Our committee is comprised of small business owners, educators, insurance sales, non-profit directors, etc... We all work full jobs during the day and WHIRL on weekends! We respond to emails as a TEAM! Send in your questions, and we will reply as soon as possible (typically nights and weekends). Thanks for your interest in the best Whirligig Festival!
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