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Mayberry Days - September 21-25, 2016 in Mount Airy, North Carolina

The Surry Arts Council Presents

Mayberry Days

September 21-25, 2016
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 full of unique Mayberry items, 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, the Historic 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 2015 festival

Special Guests

The complete list of this year's special guests continues to be finalized with the following stars confirmed for 2016: 

Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou

Rodney Dillard
The Darling Boys

Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling


Margaret Kerry
Bess Muggins/Helen Scoby

Clint Howard

Karen Knotts
Actress, Comedian and daughter of Don Knotts

Ronnie Dapo
Arnold Winkler

Joy Ellison
Effie Muggins, Mary Scoby, Mary Wiggins and Iris

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


Laura Hagen
Wife of Earle Hagan, TAGS Music Director


Dorothy Best
Wife of James Best


2016 Mayberry Days Tickets

Tickets for select 2016 Mayberry Days shows are available at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in person or by calling 336.786.7998 between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.  All ticket sales for Surry Arts Council events are non-refundable.




Tuesday, September 20th

John Floyd: The Mouth of Mayberry



Wednesday, September 21st

The Embers featuring Craig Woolard



Thursday, September 22nd

The Emmett Golf Tournament (includes dinner and entertainment)



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

2:00 p.m.


Golf Dinner and Entertainment

4:30 p.m.


The Tams



Friday, September 23rd
Karen Knotts "A Deputy's Daughter "

11:30 a.m.


Ronnie Schell Again: A Serious Afternoon of Hilarious Comedy

1:30 p.m.


The Dillards: Doug Dillard Tribute Concert

3:00 p.m.


Margaret Kerry: "Tinker Bell Meets Andy Griffith"

4:30 p.m.


Malpass Brothers

7:00 p.m.


Michael Hoover "Memories of Elvis"

7:00 p.m.


VW Boys "Salute to Mayberry"

9:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 24th

Karen Knotts "Tied Up in Knotts "



Professor Brower's Lecture / TAGSRWC Meeting

2:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Talent Time Matinee

2:30 p.m.


James Gregory "The Funniest Man in America "

7:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Talent Time

7:30 p.m.


*Includes tax


Many thanks to our 2015 Sponsors

Shop online at TAGSRWC for licensed merchandise


Follow Mayberry Days on Facebook and Twitter

You can keep up with the latest festival updates through our official Facebook page or on Twitter by clicking on the logos:




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 26, 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 2015-2016 SAC Season. Copies are located at the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Andy Griffith Musuem, and Visitors Center. An electronic copy of each page is 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 2016 Mayberry Confidential will be available a few days before the festival begins.


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 2016 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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