The Stokes County Arts Council is a community organization that.....

  • Touches the lives of more than 20,000 people of all ages each year.
  • Provides affordable cultural and leisure time activities for every member of the family.
  • Reaches Stokes County children from grades K-12 with FREE programs that encourage creativity and build self esteem.
  • Gives local artists a venue for their work so that their talents can be appreciated by everyone.
  • Boosts tourism & economic development, drawing people and businesses to a community that is culturally alive & exciting.
  • Enhances the quality of life, quickens the mind and refreshes the Spirit!!



Announcements & Events

40th Stokes StompStokes Stomp - Sept. 13th & 14th at Moratock Park

Danbury, N.C. – The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 13th and 14th is adding a few new wrinkles on its fourtieth birthday, with activities aimed for the young and young at heart. The longest running arts council sponsored event in North Carolina, the Stokes Stomp is held annually along the banks of the beautiful Dan River at Moratock Park, 1077 Sheppard Mill Road in Danbury, North Carolina.

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule Saturday, Sept. 13th 
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Stained Glass Canoe
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Stokes Stomp Parade (Theme: Stokes County, Time Remembered)
At Parade Conclusion North, South, West Stokes Marching Bands
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jordan Covington
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Star Catchers
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Loose Cannons
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Lonesome River Band
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Blues Creek
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Lonesome River Band
Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio will perform
Main Stage Area - 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule Sunday, Sept. 14th
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. David Via
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Back Step Old Time Band (Old Dominion Cloggers will dance in front of the stage)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rich In Tradition
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. John Cowan, John McFee & Friends
CC Dance Company will perform
Main Stage Area - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00

Parking Information

Parking and Traffic for the Stokes Arts 40th Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 13 & 14 at Moratock Park in Danbury, will be a little different than in Stomp’s past in order to make the event safer for pedestrians and vehicle traffic.

Instead of the previous Stomp parking of first come first serve at Moratock Park, this year’s event will feature shuttle service from the Stokes County Government Center (1014 Main St) and Hilltop Market Tubing parking area (1039 NC 8 & 89 S) near the intersection of Sheppard Mill Road. Digital Road Signs will direct Stomp visitors to these parking areas. Once parked, visitors will wait to load the shuttle at a designated location and then be transported to the Stomp at Moratock Park. Four shuttle vehicles will run every 15/20 minutes beginning at 9am and ending at 8pm on Saturday, September 13 and beginning at 11am and ending on 7:30pm on Sunday, September 14. Due to the 10am Stomp Parade, Government Center Shuttle Service on Saturday, September 13 will not begin until 11:30am.

To relieve traffic congestion on Sheppard Mill Road, parking at Moratock Park will be limited to handicapped, Stokes Stomp entertainers, vendors, volunteers, and emergency personnel. Drivers without a Moratock Parking Pass will have the option of circling through the park to drop off, but will not be allowed to park unless a valid parking pass is visible. Traffic personnel will be at parking lots and intersections to assist with parking concerns and directions.

“With Stokes Stomp attendance getting larger every year, and with our headliners and entertainment lineup scheduled for this year’s 40th Stomp celebration, changes had to be made to relieve the traffic congestion and make the festival safer for pedestrians and vehicles” stated Stomp co-chair Tory Mabe. “The changes will take some getting used to by the regular Stomp attendees, but will make the event much safer for everyone involved” he added.

The 40th Stokes Stomp Traffic and Parking plan is a coordinated effort by the Danbury Fire Department, Stokes County Sheriff’s Department, Stokes EMS, Stokes Fire Marshal, Stokes Economic Development and Stokes Arts. Download this press release.


Become a STOKES STOMP VIP! We have set up a nice package to experience our 2 awesome headliners at this years 40th Stokes Stomp in a completely different way, you will personally be treated with first class service, backstage access to The Lonesome River Band, John Cowan and John McFee and limited edition special offers that no one else will have access to.

Parking at Moratock Park this year will be LIMITED to only a Parking Pass, so if you want to park close and not have to ride the shuttle, grab this opportunity fast! ONLY 25 SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR EACH DAY! Email just scan the QR Code from your smart phone.

Be Part of the FIRST EVER Stokes Stomp VIP Experience at this years 40th Festival on the Dan! This is guaranteed to be a BIG year for the Stokes Stomp, if you want Red Carpet Treatment that only Stokes Arts can provide, take advantage of this offer NOW, limited to only the first 25 people per day. In order to sign up for this offer please email or contact us on FB and we will contact you back with the form for needed information for this VIP Package.

Individual Daily Parking Passes are $10 per car, email to purchase one of 50 TODAY

Reach the Peaks - Sept. 27th at Hanging Rock State Park

Reach the Peaks is the premier single day hiking challenge in North Carolina.  The event is a strenuous 11 mile hike that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore's Knob, Cook's Wall, House Rock, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock.  Co-organized by the Stokes County Arts Council and Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, all participants will report to Event Start/End location at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Parking Lot from 7:30am to 9:30am, with all participants required to begin the hike no later than 9:30am. Advance registration is $25 per person (either online via Brown Paper Tickets or in person at the arts council) and ends Sept. 25th at 5:30pm, day of registration $35 per person.  Participants will receive an event t-shirt, event stainless steel water bottle, trail map, post-hike meal, trail comfort/hospitality, entertainment, and trail safety team sweeps.   Day of Registration are not guaranteed a t-shirt or water bottle on that day, but can work with event staff for pick-up or delivery on a future date. Participants who complete the hike will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of hikers who have completed this single day hiking challenge. Participants interested in pre-registering and including their dog on the hike are encouraged to contact 336 593-8159 prior to the event.  Dog registration is $15 per dog, with each receiving a Reach the Peaks bandana (and patch should they complete the hike). Only well-behaved dogs welcomed, with ALL dogs required to be on a leash throughout the entire event.  The event will take place rain or shine.  

Burgess - Danbury Community ChurchIn the Gallery - Bruce Burgess

An opening reception was held in honor of local artist Bruce Burgess on Friday, August 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Apple Gallery at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury.  The exhibit will be on display August 29th through September 23rd.   The public is invited to visit the Apple Gallery Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and view this lovely exhibit of oil paintings and drawings. 

About the Artist… Bruce Burgess enjoys drawing and painting directly from life.  Capturing the feelings of an experience and sharing those is the greatest connection between the artist and the viewer, hopefully evoking an emotional response that is also deeply personal.  Drawing on a background of illustration where many photo references and studies are produced for each composition, painting directly from the subject demands a spontaneity and accuracy that is challenging and rewarding. 

His formal studies began at NOVA Community College and continued with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University, studies in painting and printmaking from Saatchi Art School, Florence, Italy, and continued studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Burgess participates in “plein-air” outings and shows, including the Painting North Carolina show at Germanton Gallery every April.  His artwork may be found at fine restaurants in the area, including Milner’s American Southern in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Burgess painting at SingleTree InnThis show is a combination of oil paintings and drawings celebrating the life, beauty and culture of the state.  These works were created on location, “en plein-air” in North Carolina, in most cases “alla prima” – completed in one sitting.

Burgess was raised mostly in northern Virginia, then moved to Stokes County after school and travelling the country to be close to his wife and raise a family.  Burgess and his family enjoy the outdoors, exploring the natural world and spends time painting and drawing through commissions including portraits, illustrations, and murals in a variety of mediums.  The artist may be contacted at

For more information about this exhibit or upcoming opening reception, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit us at  The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The gallery and offices are closed 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily and closed on Saturday and Sunday.  The viewing of this exhibit and opening reception is free to the public.

Stokes County Artists - There are many talented visual artists living in Stokes County. The Visual Arts Committee has started to gather those talented folks in one place in order to showcase their artwork. If you are an artist and would like to submit images to the gallery, please email For more artists and images please vist the Stokes County Arts Council's Visual Artist's page at:

Please Note: Anyone with disability(ies) who needs an accommodation to participate at any Stokes County Arts Council event or program is requested to inform us 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of the event or program.


The Stokes County Arts Council continues to expand and to successfully present high quality arts and arts education programming for Stokes County citizens. Our programs create shared and lasting experiences that connect the participants to their heritage. The Stokes County Arts Council is committed to the promotion and support of the Arts through our current goals to:

  • Support local artists and provide a means to promote their work
  • Facilitate quality arts education programs in all Stokes County Schools
  • Educate and provide opportunities for life-long learning for all citizens
  • Target and identify Arts needs in the community
  • Form meaningful community partnerships

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