The Surry Arts Council Presents

Mayberry Days

September 19-24, 2017
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, Andy Griffith Museum 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 2016 festival


Special Guests

The Surry Arts Council is pleased to have these Special Guests join us for this year's festival. Additional guests will be announced once they are confirmed or as their schedule allows.

There are plenty of opportunities to see and meet them throughout the festival, whether a performance event, in the parade or at one of many autograph session. Note that a nominal fee is charged for autographed photos or your items brought to get autographed, but always no cost to meet you just say hello (or 'hey') and get a picture with you.

Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou

Rodney Dillard
The Darling Boys

Clint Howard

Margaret Kerry
Bess Muggins/Helen Scoby

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

Karen Knotts
Actress, Comedian and daughter of Don Knotts

Maggie Peterson
Charlene Darling

LeRoy Mack
The Country Boys

George Lindsey Jr.
Son of George "Goober" Lindsey

Bettina Linke
Wife of late associate producer Richard O. Linke





2017 Mayberry Days Tickets

Tickets for select shows for the 28th Annual Mayberry are now on sale through our Eventbrite site or by calling the Surry Arts Council at 336.786.7998 or stopping at the office in the Andy Griffith Playhouse during normal business hours All ticket sales for Surry Arts Council events are non-refundable.




Monday, September 18th

John Floyd, The Mouth of Mayberry



Tuesday, September 19th

John Floyd, The Mouth of Mayberry



The Embers featuring Craig Woolard



Wednesday, September 20th

Caribbean Chillers, Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band



Thursday, September 21st

The Emmett Golf Tournament (includes dinner and entertainment)



Margaret Kerry "Tinker Bell meets Andy Griffith"

2:30 p.m.


Golf Dinner and Entertainment

4:30 p.m.


The Tams



Friday, September 22nd
Karen Knotts: "A Deputy’s Daughter"



The Dillards: Doug Dillard Tribute Concert

1:00 p.m.


Ronnie Schell "Third Time Around, Funnier Than Ever"

1:30 p.m.


LeRoy Mack: "Bluegrass Mayberry Style"



Michael Hoover "Memories of Elvis"

3:30 p.m.


Malpass Brothers

7:00 p.m.


James Gregory "The Funniest Man in America"

8:00 p.m.


VW Boys "Salute to Mayberry"

9:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 23rd
Karen Knotts "Tied Up in Knotts"



Professor Brower's Lecture / TAGSRWC Meeting

2:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Talent Time Matinee

2:00 p.m.


Colonel Tim's Talent Time Evening

7:00 p.m.


Balsam Range

7:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 24th

The Lisemby Family

6:30 p.m.


*Includes 7% NC sales tax


Many thanks to our 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 28, Issue 1 of Mayberry Confidential is the official festival newspaper of The Surry Arts Council. Be sure to pick one up after Mayberry Days to see all the great shows, concerts and arts programs during our 2017-2018 SAC Season. Printed copies will be located around town including the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Andy Griffith Museum, Historic Earle Theatre and Visitors Center. An electronic copy of each page is still available online and the new edition will be issued shortly before the festival.

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 2017 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 and competing for $1,000 in prize money. 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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