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Archives for May 2016

2016 Biltmore Summer Concert Series

Once again, the 2016 Biltmore Summer Concert Series has us queueing for tickets and booking hotel rooms on the estate so we can listen to outstanding artists under the stars on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. We’ve seen quite a few memorable performances at Biltmore, made more so by the mesmerizing sunsets, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the beauty that is Biltmore.


This year, Biltmore has an eclectic line-up of concerts that will appeal to a wide variety of visitors and music fans. Tickets for all shows go on sale May 18th.

North Carolina’s own, Daughtry, will rock out on the South Terrace on Thursday, July 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Rock General Admission: $62
Reserved Seating: $72
Premium Seating: $87

Daughtry is part of the 2016 Biltmore Summer Concert Series

Casting Crowns, with special guest Jeremy Camp, will perform Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.

General Admission: $60
Reserved Seating: $65
Premium Seating: $75

Casting Crowns will be part of the featured entertainment this year during the Biltmore Summer Concert Series

Twelve-time Grammy award winner Emmylou Harris will perform on Sunday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Mary Chapin-Carpenter.

General Admission: $51
Reserved Seating: $61
Premium Seating: $86

12-time Grammy Award winning artist Emmylou Harris will take the stage as part of the Biltmore Summer Concert Series

photo by Michael K. Riley

The 80’s are back as Rick Springfield will be on hand with Night Ranger and The Romantics on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Rick Springfield will take part in the Biltmore Summer Concert Series

General Admission: $65
Reserved Seating: $75
Premium Seating: $90

The 15th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

The 15th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival will be held Saturday, May 21, in beautiful Surry County at Elkin Municipal Park. Started in 2002 with 7 wineries the festival had 4,500 attendees. Organizers are expecting 10,000 attendees this year

Showcasing the top wineries from North Carolina’s wine country, festival-goers will have the opportunity to sample from 30 wineries that are either located in the Yadkin Valley or use grapes harvested from Yadkin vineyards.

Originally developed to promote viticulture, local vintners now find themselves competing with well-established wine-regions, like California, and are taking home top prizes.

The 15th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

Many people think of wine as a scary adventure and aren’t sure what to expect. Education is an important component of the festival, with winery representatives on-hand to answer questions and help people find wines that suit their tastes.

In addition to wine tastings, the festival includes food, music and crafts. Taylor Vaden’s Tribute to Elvis and Phatt City, a beach music and R&B band, will provide entertainment. Between music sets, kids can participate in a grape stomp.

The 10th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Auction will take place in downtown Elkin the night before the festival, Friday, May 20. The gala-style affair includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Items up for auction include furniture, travel packages, home decor items, college football tickets and more. That event is at The Liberty events hall and starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50, with all proceeds benefitting the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation.


Yadkin Valley Wine Festival tickets are $22 in advance and $30 at the gate. Active duty and retired military can purchase day-of tickets for $20. VIP tickets are available for $100. The VIP package includes preferential parking and access to the hospitality tent. Shuttle service is available to and from participating hotels for $5 per person.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit www.YVWF.com or call (336) 526-1111. To learn more about the Yadkin Valley area and explore lodging options, visit www.YadkinValleyNC.com.