Grammy-Nominated Spin Doctors to Headline North Carolina’s 2021 Cheerwine Festival


Cheerwine, the iconic 104-year-old soft drink, and its hometown of Salisbury will welcome one of America’s most vibrant rock bands to the stage when the Spin Doctors headline this year’s festival.

The multi-Grammy nominee quartet, along with Lauren Light Trio, Tsunami Wave Riders and 9daytrip, will perform live music for tens of thousands of attendees from the Hotwire Communication Stage throughout the day.

The festival will be held from noon – 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, in the heart of Salisbury’s historic downtown.

In addition to exciting live musical performances, the free outdoor celebration will feature a number of family-friendly activities. Festival goers will:

  • Immerse themselves in the soft drink’s rich southern history at the Rowan Museum’s Cheerwine exhibit, featuring rare memorabilia on loan from Cheerwine and private collectors.

  • Savor mouthwatering Cheerwine-inspired food, including tacos, kettle corn, BBQ, funnel cakes, and more, from 25+ vendors from across the Carolinas.

  • Sample delicious Cheerwine-infused craft beer from regional craft breweries, including New Sarum Brewing Company, Morgan Ridge Brewery & Eatery, Cabarrus Brewing Company and Gizmo Brew Works.

  • Visit the Food Lion “Carolina Brands” attraction and experience unique regional flavors from favorites,  including Cook Out, Cackalacky, Renwood Mills and more.

  • Play at the F&M Bank Kids Zone, which will include entertainment and activities for little ones.

  • Shop for arts and crafts, as well as fun and unique Cheerwine merchandise, from over 50 different vendor booths.

“We love all our fans who travel from near and far to celebrate all things Cheerwine with us in our hometown annually,” says Joy Ritchie Harper, vice-president of marketing for Cheerwine and fifth-generation founding family member. “We’re proud of our Carolina roots and excited to welcome other local brands and vendors from across the region to Downtown Salisbury to salute our rich heritage through a day of food and drink, arts and crafts, music and more.”

“The City of Salisbury is delighted that such a well-respected brand like Cheerwine calls us home,” says Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander. “Our residents look forward to this event every year, and we’re thrilled to welcome our out-of-town guests and show them the southern hospitality we’re known for.”