If you really want a full dose of Mayberry, plan your visit now for Mayberry Days. Mayberry Days is an annual event which began in the late 1980s. Each September, thousands flock to Mt. Airy for a multi-day family-friendly celebration of The Andy Griffith Show. The festival features special guests from the show, fun activities and plenty of Mayberry happenings. I had the pleasure of attending and must say, the parade was the absolute highlight of Mayberry Days.
Arrive early, find a spot on the curb and watch as marching bands, cast members, squad cars, and the like pass by in a nostalgic parade certain to bring smiles to young and old.