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Here you will find local art accessible, affordable, and very entertaining!

The Clayton CenterFor enjoying the performing arts in Johnston County we encourage you to frequently check our calendar of events to see what local, regional or national acts may be in town at either the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium or Neuse Little Theatre in Smithfield, The Clayton Center in historic downtown Clayton or the W. J. Barefoot Auditorium in Benson.  The Farm Entertainment Venue just opened last year and is hosting national country and beach music concerts.

For a touch of glamor and Hollywood film heritage, visit the Ava Gardner Museum in downtown Smithfield, which pays tribute to native daughter and screen legend, Ava Gardner.  The museum is home to an incredible collection including scripts, photos, costumes, and personal effects of the star, who was born seven miles east of Smithfield. The Tom Banks Library holds a collection of portraits painted by Dutch artist, Bert Pfeiffer, colorful and quirky, they are a favorite of visitors to the museum.

Several local art studios and the Frank Creech Art Gallery at the Johnston Community College campus in Smithfield and Clayton Visual Arts shows held in the lobby of The Clayton Center showcase local artists and their talents all year round.

For a touch of Branson and Myrtle Beach musical theatre, the Town of Selma is home to the American Music Jubilee Theatre which performs weekly with a ten-member cast. Visitors enjoy country, rock classics, and gospel…all wrapped up with a touch of comedy!

For more information on the arts and entertainment, visit our town websites:

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Beer Wine & Shine Trail

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Travel around the county to four award-winning wineries, two breweries and get a taste of brandy along the way!  Receive a Free $30 coupon book when you complete the trail.


Meeting Planners

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Johnston County offers conveniently located and affordable conference facilities for meetings, reunions, and unique destination weddings sites.  Why not select a historic home or horse farm for your next event?


Group Tour Operators

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Groups have discovered exits along I-40 and I-95 for outlet shopping, music theatre, museums and heritage sites.  Call today for custom itinerary planning.


Hotel Packages

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We have created several special hotel packages including a Girlfriends Getaway for outlet shopping, we know you need a break and great deals on shoes!  Click here to book your getaway today.


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