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Mayberry Days - September 23-27, 2015 in Mount Airy, North Carolina

The Surry Arts Council Presents

Mayberry Days

September 23-27, 2015
Mount Airy, North Carolina

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Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple and the sheriff didn't carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with and performed on The Andy Griffith Show.

Only one word to describe Mayberry Days - BIG ! From the first swing at the "The Emmett" golf tournament on Thursday morning to eating a barbecue sandwich to singing the last song at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Sunday morning, it's big! The Surry Arts Council and City of Mount Airy welcomes fans of all ages and from all around the world to Mayberry Days. Make plans now to attend this family friendly festival and enjoy four full days of Mayberry spirit.

There is so much to do during the festival with all types of shows, a parade, Special Guests, contests, a Silent Auction, food, and games. Something for the entire family! Enjoy it all, but remember to to take time to slow down and enjoy what Mayberry means to you.

Mayberry Days events take place in locations around Mount Airy, with the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre being the hubs of activity. Most everything is within walking distance, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes (the festival goes on, rain or shine). There is free parking in the numerous municipal lots downtown. Events are scheduled for minimal overlap where you can enjoy nearly everything.

Be sure to come visit Mount Airy during other times of the year as well. The Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week and the Surry Arts Council has events going on throughout the year, so there are plenty of reasons to return.

Kenneth "Otis" Junkin and David Browning "The Mayberry Deputy" on parade


Photo Galleries
of the 2014 festival

Special Guests

We are pleased to welcome so many special guests to this year's festival, including first time Mayberry Days attendees Barbara Eden, Mayberry's first manicurist, and Clint Howard, Leon, the peanut butter sandwich totin' cowboy. Each one them has a special connection to The Andy Griffith Show as a cast member (Betty Lynn, Clint Howard, Barbara Eden, Maggie Peterson, Rodney Dillard, Elizabeth MacRae, Ronnie Schell, Morgan Brittany, Margaret Kerry and George Spence), Assistant Director (Bruce Bilson) or they are part of true Mayberry family (Karen Knotts, George Lindsey, Jr. and Dorothy Best). You will have multiple opportunities to see them perform at shows, hear their stories and meet them in person during the autograph sessions. 

Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou

Clint Howard

Barbara Eden
Ellen Brown


Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling

Rodney Dillard
The Darling Boys

Elizabeth MacRae
Betty Parker (TAGS)
LouAnn Poovie (Gomer Pyle)

Morgan Brittany
Mary Alice Carter
(as Suzanne Cupito)

Ronnie Schell
Jim Martin / Bernie the furrier/
Duke Slater (Gomer Pyle)

Margaret Kerry
Bess Muggins/Helen Scoby

George Spence
Frank the Fiance'

Karen Knotts
Actress, Comedian and daughter of Don Knotts

George Lindsey, Jr.
Actor and son of George "Goober" Lindsey


Dorothy Best
Wife of James Best

Bruce Bilson
TAGS Asst. Director


2015 Mayberry Days Tickets

Tickets for scheduled 2015 Mayberry Days shows are available online and by phoning the Surry Arts Council at 336.786.7998 during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). All ticket sales for Surry Arts Council events are non-refundable.




Wednesday, September 23rd

Band of Oz

7:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 24th

The Emmett Golf Tournament (includes dinner and entertainment)



Smoke On The Mountain

2:00 p.m.


Golf Dinner and Entertainment

4:30 p.m.


The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

8:00 p.m.


Friday, September 25th
Karen Knotts "Tied Up in Knotts "



Doug Dillard Tribute Concert with Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band featuring Maggie Peterson

2:00 p.m.


Remember Me With Laughter: A Tribute to James Best with Dorothy Best and David Browning

3:45 p.m.


James Gregory "The Funniest Man in America"

7:00 p.m.


Smoke On The Mountain

7:00 p.m.


The Magnificients Band

7:30 p.m.


VW Boys "Salute to Mayberry"

9:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 26th

Professor Brower's Lecture / TAGSRWC Meeting

2:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Matinee

2:30 p.m.


Michael Hoover's "Memories of Elvis "

7:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Talent Time

7:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 27th

Smoke On The Mountain

2:00 p.m.


*Plus tax


Many thanks to our Sponsor

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Follow Mayberry Days on Facebook and Twitter

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Mayberry Days Shows

Mayberry Days has a full range of shows for the whole family every day of the festival. There is bluegrass music, variety shows, beach music, educational lectures, gospel music, comedy & magic, and just plan fun! Learn more about all these shows and tickets early so you don't miss any of the fun.

Colonel Tim's Talent Time


Mayberry Confidential

Volume 25, Issue 1 of Mayberry Confidential is the official festival newspaper of The Surry Arts Council and your guide Mayberry Days events, plus other great shows, concerts and arts programs during our 2014-2015 SAC Season. Copies are still located around Mount Airy and all pages are available online .

Pick one up any time and see what other events occur throughout the year. Be sure to support the businesses who advertise in the Mayberry Confidential and tell them "thanks for supporting Mayberry Days and the Surry Arts Council!"


The Mayberry Deputy & Floyd the Barber

Mayberry Days wouldn't be the same without David Browning as The Mayberry Deputy, and Allan Newsome as Floyd the Barber. The Surry Arts Council appreciate all their efforts, along with the other tribute artists to make the festival so much fun for everyone.


Games and Family Fun

Mayberry Days has something for kids and those of us who are kids at heart. Lots of free events and children's activities along with games of skill and mental challenges. Highlights include Autograph Sessions, Mayberry Days Golf Tournament, Trivia Championship for youth and adult, Mrs. Wiley's Tea, WBMUTBB Silent Auction, and Pickleland to name a few. More fun that you can throw a rock at!

See all the details and plan your weekend of fun for the whole family.


Mayberry Days Championship Barbecue Cook-off

The Barbecue Cook-off will return in 2015 with another weekend of great food and fun. Starting on Friday night, cookers from all over the state will be tending the fires to create some of the best tasting NC barbecue this side of Mount Pilot. Barbecue judging is Saturday morning. Special Guests will announce the winners on stage at the Blackmon Amphitheatre Saturday afternoon.

Pre-Order your 1-lb containers of barbecue by calling SAC at 336.786.7998. The cost is $10 each. Barbecue sandwiches are available starting at 10 a.m. in front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Information for barbecue cookers interested in completing this year can find all the information on our Barbecue Cook-off page.


Getting Here and Accommodations

For driving directions and an interactive map from your hometown to the Andy Griffith Playhouse, click on the map at the right. Once you are in town, you can use the Mayberry Days Venue Map to help you get around town.

Local hotels fill up so early reservations are recommended. There are many hotels and great Bed & Breakfasts in Mount Airy and the surrounding communities. Visit the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce website at or call 800.948.0949 or 336.786.6116 for information.

Once you arrive in town, stop by the Mount Airy Visitors Center, located inside the Chamber of Commerce building at 200 N. Main Street "under the big copper clock" downtown for more area information and maps.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Mayberry Days

Whether you live in Mount Airy or are traveling in for the festival, volunteering is a great way to show your support of events like Mayberry Days. Help make the good times happen!

If you have any suggestions or would like to help out, please let send us an email or stop by the office or Information Station and ask how you can help.

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