Events & Festivals Calendar


    If you are planning a vacation in North Carolina and you love festivals, please keep Johnston County in mind. JoCo (as the locals call our county) is conveniently located where I-95 and I-40 converge in the center of North Carolina, and is a fun and affordable destination. We suggest you Google search "events near me" when in the Triangle area to discover what's happening this weekend in Clayton, Benson or Smithfield!

    For living history demonstrations throughout the year visit Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, and come back every five years for their anniversary reenactment of the battle. From summer to fall our unique downtowns offer annual celebrations like Selma’s Railroad DaysBenson’s Mule Days, Clayton Harvest Festival, and Smithfield’s Ham & Yam Festival.

    JoCo has Beach Fest at The Farm each year in Selma, which features a line-up of Carolina Beach Music bands. Year-round The Clayton Center hosts music acts, comedy, and plays and Live@The Rudy in Selma offers a newly crafted musical variety show seasonally. Our local breweries and wineries are always hosting weekly special events and live, local music too.

    All this and much more are found on our calendar, so check it often for special events!