Alive After Five Summer Concert Series (Uptown Lexington)
Crowd-pleasing musical acts are featured at the Alive After Five Concert Series. These concerts are hosted by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce and take place at Breeden Insurance Amphitheater five times throughout the summer. Food and refreshments are available.
1870 Train Depot (Thomasville)
The Thomasville Visitors Center is located in one of the state’s oldest standing railroad depots, built in 1870. The restored building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes the original passenger waiting benches and other historic features. www.tvillenc.com
BBQ Capital Cook-Off (Lexington)
Each year, more than 50 teams compete for awards at the BBQ Capital Cook-Off. The whole family will enjoy sampling tasty pork, chicken, ribs and brisket at this late April event.
Boone’s Cave Park (Lexington/Churchland)
This newly remodeled 110-acre park includes a picnic area, hiking trails, a 1700s-style cabin and a small cave that was apparently Daniel Boone’s hideout when his family lived nearby. The newest parts of the park are a canoe and kayak trail that goes to the Yadkin River and several campsites. Also, more than 30 native wildflowers can be seen in the park.
The Barbecue Festival (Lexington)
During the last 35 years, the Barbecue Festival has become much more than just the festival itself. October is now “Barbecue Month” and includes cycling, golf, fishing and running events. The festival attracts more than 200,000 spectators to a 10-block area of Uptown Lexington, with more than 400 exhibitors, seven stages of entertainment, rides and games for kids and an antique car show. www.barbecuefestival.com
The Big Chair (Thomasville)
This 30-foot landmark in downtown Thomasville pays homage to the area’s furniture industry heritage, and is
considered the “World’s Largest Chair.” www.visitnc.com/listing/world-s-largest-chair
Bull City Ciderworks (Lexington)
Enjoy a variety of cider and other beverages at Bull City Ciderworks, where live music, games and more create a lively atmosphere. The facility also hosts private events. www.bullcityciderworks.com
Cedar Lodge Market (Thomasville)
Family owned since 1963, Cedar Lodge Market offers fresh-cut quality meats, locally grown produce and more. www.cedarlodgeiga.com
The Candy Factory (Lexington)
Named the No. 1 candy store in the state by Food Network Magazine, the Candy Factory has been satisfying sweet-tooth cravings for nearly 40 years. The family owned store offers old-time candies, chocolate, peppermint puffs, store-made fudge and much more. www.lexingtoncandyfactory.com
Christmas Trees of Davidson County (Thomasville)
Explore a winter wonderland at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center every year. The month-long display inside the hospital’s lobby kicks off with a lighting ceremony. www.novanthealth.org
Conrad & Hinkle Food Market (Lexington)
Conrad & Hinkle Food Market has been a local favorite for 100 years, offering locally grown produce, homemade jams and relishes, hand-cut meats and an assortment of other items.
The Davidson County Historical Museum (Lexington)
Discover the area’s history at this local museum, located in a Greek Revival-style courthouse built in 1858 that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum has a permanent collection that highlights the natural history and culture of Davidson County, as well as changing exhibits. Admission is free.
Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail (Lexington)
This 22-mile trail along the Yadkin River includes 10 historical markers relating to Daniel Boone and his family. www.visitnc.com/listing/daniel-boone-heritage-canoe-trail
Denton Street Festival (Denton)
Every September, the streets of Denton are lined with musical performances, pony rides, inflatables, arts and crafts and food and refreshments for this one-day event. www.townofdenton.com/denton-street-festival
Farmers Market (Thomasville and Lexington)
Find locally grown fruits and veggies, fresh eggs, flowers and more are available at local farmers markets. Visit the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturdays in May through October and stop by the Thomasville Farmers Market on Tuesdays (mid-June through mid-August) and Saturdays (May through mid-October). www.thomasvillefarmersmarket.com and www.lexingtonfarmersmarketnc.com
High Rock Outfitters (Lexington)
High Rock Outfitters is a gathering spot where friends can sip on craft beer, hard cider or coffee, all while listening to live performances. www.highrockoutfitters.com
Everybody’s Day (Thomasville)
The Everybody’s Day festival has taken place for more than 100 years and is the oldest festival in North Carolina. Admission is free at this annual event, where residents and visitors from around the Southeast gather to enjoy music, rides, arts and crafts, tasty food and other festivities. Everybody’s Day takes place on the last Saturday of September. www.everybodysday.com
High Rock Lake Marina and Campground
High Rock Lake includes 365 miles of beautiful shoreline, where you can participate in swimming, fishing, camping, boating and other outdoor adventures. Cabins, pontoon boats and more are available for rental.
HiToms Baseball (Thomasville)
The High Point-Thomasville HiToms play at Finch Field, where they face off against rivals from the Coastal Plain League, one of the top summer collegiate baseball leagues in the country. The team plays from late May through early August. www.hitoms.com
Memorial Day Parade & Celebration (Thomasville)
Beginning with a wreath-laying ceremony along the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall, followed by a parade, guests can honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. After, attendees can enjoy food, refreshments and entertainment.
Hill’s Farm and Garden (Thomasville)
Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Hill’s Farm and Garden offers a wide range of products, including fresh produce, plants, seed, baked goods and eggs. There is also a play area for smaller children and a pet room for kids of all ages to enjoy. www.ncagr.gov/ncproducts/showsite.asp?id=100498
Lanier’s Ace Hardware (Lexington)
A Lexington landmark since 1940, Lanier’s Ace Hardware carries more than 100,000 hardware items, plus housewares, toys, sporting goods and much more. www.lanierhardware.com
Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies (Clemmons)
Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies, which are rolled out by hand, are available both in store and online. The cookies are made from a family recipe and come in a wide variety of flavors, including sugar, ginger, lemon, chocolate, butterscotch and black walnut. www.hanescookies.com
Nightmare on Main Street/Ghost Walk (Thomasville)
This family-friendly event includes ghost tales while strolling the streets of Thomasville. Listen to scary stories and tour the city, visiting notable stops such as city hall and the historic cemetery.
Richard Childress Racing Museum (Welcome)
The museum is a main feature on the 52-acre Richard Childress Racing campus and tells the story of how the RCR team became one of NASCAR’s pre-eminent organizations. The 47,000-square-foot museum is in the shop that was home to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and includes the biggest collection of No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolets. www.rcrracing.com/rcr-museum
Multicultural Festival (Lexington)
Each May, the Multicultural Festival hosted by Lexington Parks and Recreation includes two entertainment stages, a variety of cultural presentations, vendors, interactive art, a parade of flags from around the world and much more. www.lexingtonchamber.net
North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Thomasville)
The memorial, which is made of red brick from North Carolina, includes the names of more than 1,600 North Carolinians killed or missing during the Vietnam War. The evergreen trees around the monument were planted as an everlasting memorial. The park is off Interstate 85, just two miles south of Thomasville. www.legion.org/memorials/238022/north-carolina-vietnam-veterans-memorial-lexington
Sophie’s Cork and Ale (Lexington)
The restaurant became part of the Uptown Lexington community in 2016 and focuses on fine wine and craft beers sophiescorkandale.com
Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion (Denton)
Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion is the largest antique tractor and engine show in the southeastern U.S., featuring five days of food, music, demonstrations and antique tractors; Doyle Lawson and the Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival; and the Country Christmas Train. www.dentonfarmpark.com
Spring Daze (Thomasville)
Sponsored by the Thomasville Beautification Committee, Spring Daze & Antiques on Main features beautiful plants, crafts, garden décor, antiques, food and music. www.thomasville-nc.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/158/18
Thomasville Emporium Antique Mall and P&G Antiques (Thomasville)
Hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered at Thomasville Emporium Antique Mall and P&G Antiques. At Thomasville Emporium, guests can browse booths from Chartreuse Barn, Fancy Finds, Odditorium, Salem Vintage and Refined & Co. P&G offers fruit jars, furniture, clocks and more.
Sunset Sounds (Thomasville)
Concerts are every third Thursday from June until September. This free, family friendly event offers a wide range of genres, from jazz to rock.
Uptown Lexington includes almsot 200 retail, service and professional businesses, drawing tourists to the area year-round. Uptown is often the backdrop for annual events, concerts and festivals. www.uptownlexingtonnc.com
Uwharrie National Forest
There are about 51,000 acres to explore at Uwharrie National Forest, which includes land in Montgomery, Randolph and Davidson counties. Enjoy hiking, water activities, camping, horseback riding and off-road trails. www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48934
Welcome Easter Parade (Welcome)
The Welcome community celebrates the holiday, a tradition that has taken place for more than 20 years with floats, bands and more.