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If music and the fine arts are your passion, Kernersville has a lot to offer. The sounds of local and regional artists can be heard at several venues downtown on Friday and Saturday evenings. Retail stores such as Eclection, Brewer’s Kettle and Prissy Pollys Barbecue provide free country, bluegrass and other genres of music. Christian concerts and Gospel singing are often held in Harmon Park. Music at Twilight concerts are held on the town hall lawn the last Thursday from May through August. All of the musical performances are offered free of charge.

Kernersville is known for its big music festivals. With music on two stages, Spring Folly is held the first full weekend of May each year, bringing in excess of 30,000 people downtown. Ranked as a top 20 festival in the Southeastern United States, Spring Folly also includes an art show, classic car show, carnival rides and specialty entertainment, in addition to tasty festival food. The third Saturday of August the Honeybee Festival is held at 4th of July Park, with live music and crafters taking the biggest spotlight. All are free to the public. Kernersville lays claim to being the home of Chris Lane, an up-and-coming national country artist.

The 4th of July attracts thousands of people to celebrate Independence Day. A two hour up-tempo concert gets the crowd pumped for the fireworks display. The central viewing location for the concert and fireworks is the Raider football field at Kernersville Elementary School, although it can be viewed from many locations around town.

July 4th features a festive community parade while Kernersville’s annual Christmas Parade, held the first Sunday of December, is the Triad’s largest Christmas parade. The other major community-wide gathering is the Downtown Trick-or-Treat. Monitored by the Kernersville Police Department, it is a safe place for young children to trick or treat on Halloween.

Kernersville Little Theatre gives local actors an opportunity to perform in one of their four major shows each year. KLT has also placed a priority on getting children excited about the arts. KLT partners with Kernersville Elementary School to give each student a children’s story book and then perform that story on the school stage a month later. The initiative is appropriately titled “Bring a Book to Life.” As Oscar Wilde once said, “The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.” KLT has often had its actors participate in community events, such as playing the role of historic Kernersville characters at Spring Folly.

Kernersville has its own Arts & Craft Guild and several writers groups for the creative type.

Public art is a new initiative in Forsyth County, including Kernersville. The Kernersville Rotary Club placed four figures at the farmers market, depicting the types of programs supported by the club. Kernersville is included in a county-wide public art initiative.

Kernersville has its own movie theatre, bowling alley, and skating rink. Countryside Cinema shows recent release movies and Countryside Lanes attracts bowlers of all ages.

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