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Visit Us for the Clayton Harvest Festival!

This year's festival is scheduled for October 24-27, 2024 - stayed tuned for more details.

Join us at CCOC's 2024 Clayton Harvest Festival brought to you by Food Lion! The Clayton Chamber of Commerce’s Clayton Harvest Festival has roots dating back to 1951 when the Clayton Merchant's Association (now CCOC) hosted Clayton's first festival, the Cotton Festival. With over 30,000 in attendance, today's four-day festival incorporates a midway full of carnival rides, car and motorcycle shows, the Latin American Festival, plus Squealin' on the Square, and other community-focused events, vendors, food, music, and fun.

Park at Clayton High School (upper parking lot) and hop on a bus that will drop you off at Town Square and pick you up after you have enjoyed your day. Bus departs every 15 minutes.

Sample Schedule of Events - more info to come!


5:00pm Festival Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Horne Square
5:00pm-10:00pm Midway Carnival Rides & Games  Horne Square
5:00pm-6:30pm  Kid's Trunk-or-Treat Town Square
6:30pm Movie Night: Coco Town Square
5:00pm-8:00pm  Food Trucks Town Square


5:00pm-11:00pm Midway Carnival Rides & Games Horne Square
5:00pm-11:00pm  Last Friday in Clayton Downtown Clayton


10:00am-11:00pm  Midway Carnival Rides & Games Horne Square
9:00am -12N  Squealin‘ on the Square United Community Bank Parking Lot
11:00am-3pm BBQ Plates on Sale United Community Bank Parking Lot
10:00am-5:00pm Harvest Festival with Vendor Fair Along Main Street
10:00am-3:00pm  Clayton Harvest Festival Car & Motorcycle Show and International Harvesters Tractor Show Along Main Street
10:00am-3:00pm  Pony Rides Along Main Street
10:00am-5:00pm Front Line Heroes on Main Street Main Street
12N  National Anthem Main Street
12:05pm Military Flyover Main Street
10:00am-5:00pm Kid’s Village N. Lombard Street
10:00am-11:00am Hometown Talent Showcase Town Square
10:00am-11:00am WERQ Dance Fitness Town Square
11:00am-12:00pm William Ashley Band Town Square
12:00pm-12:30pm   Squealing' on the Square Awards Town Square
12:30pm-1:00pm Dance Ascensions Performance Town Square
1:00pm-2:00pm Amy Jae Band Town Square
2:30pm-3:30pm Jen Van Meter Town Square
4:00pm-5:00pm Students To Entrepreneurs Program Awards Town Square


12:00pm-9:00pm Midway Carnival Rides & Games Horne Square
12:00pm-5:00pm Latin American Festival with Vendor Fair Town Square
12:15pm-1:15pm Band - Ivan El Cantante Town Square
1:20pm-1:40pm Dance Group - Danza, Color, y Cultura (Mecixo) Town Square
1:50pm-3:00pm Band - Valery (Regional Mexican) Town Square
3:10pm-3:30pm Dance Group - Takiri Foclor Latino (Colombia) Town Square
3:35pm-5:00pm Band - Sonido Tropical (Puerto Rico) Town Square



Couple picking grapes at Hinnant's Winery in Pine Level, NC.Places to Stay

Choose to stay the night or stay for the weekend to enjoy what Clayton has to offer beyond the Harvest Festival. Plan where you're staying AND what to do by checking out the Sip & Stay Package that takes in the stops in Clayton along the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. Find all the places to stay by visiting our Clayton accommodations page. 


Places to EatTasty pot pie at Crawford Cookshop in Downtown Clayton, NC.

Steakhouses, coffee shops, cupcakes, red hot dogs, and even will find a variety of great places to eat in Downtown Clayton as well as along the US Hwy 70 business corridor. Right in downtown enjoy rooftop dining at Manning's or elevated Southern classics at Crawford Cookshop, get a sweet treat at Patty Cake's Littlest Cupcake Shop, and enjoy a night out with a craft beverage at Revival 1869. If you'd like to venture out of the heart of Clayton visit a local favorite, Simple Twist, for delicious southern meals, or Clayton Bakery & Café to enjoy coffee, lunch, and dessert all in one spot. For more places to eat, visit Clayton's restaurant page.



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