The North Carolina Whirligig Festival Returns This Weekend
North Carolina is no stranger to unique festivals. And one of the most uniquely named festivals in the state returns this weekend. It’s the North Carolina Whirligig Festival! This is an all-inclusive, two-day arts festival in Wilson, NC. Wilson is about 40 miles east of Raleigh. The festival showcases the arts of the region, including the NC Folk art known as Whirligigs that are created by local artist, Vollis Simpson. The Whirligigs the festival is named after are 20-50 feet tall. These unique pieces of art incorporate items such as highway and road signs, HVAC fans, bicycles, ceiling fans, various kinds of wood, steel rods, milkshake mixers, and many more.
The North Carolina Whirligig festival is held annually, on the first full weekend in November. You can of course view and purchase art, check out two stages of entertainment, and a kids zone. There are also art competitions and a “Whirlirun” 5k run/walk. The festival will run 10-5pm Saturday and Sunday with a concert following the festival Saturday night. This year’s headliner is Uptown Funk a Bruno Mars tribute band.
Get all the info on the Whirligig Festival here.