Events and Festivals in JoCo

    When planning excursions around festivals that happen annually in the south, keep Johnston County’s towns in mind. JoCo is conveniently located where I-95 and I-40 converge in the center of North Carolina, and is a fun and affordable destination with long-standing, unique events.

    For living history demonstrations throughout the year visit Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, and come back every five years for their large-scale reenactment of the battle. From Summer to Fall our downtowns offer annual celebrations based on the historical agrarian nature of JoCo from Selma’s Railroad Days to Benson’s Mule Days and Smithfield’s Ham & Yam Festival.

    JoCo has two unique genre-based music festivals, Shindig, which celebrates Americana music, and Beach Fest, which features a line-up of Carolina Beach Music bands. Year-round The Clayton Center hosts music acts, comedy, and plays and Live at The Rudy in Selma offers a newly crafted musical variety show seasonally.

    Our local breweries and wineries are always hosting special events and live, local music.

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


    Updates on
    Attractions & Events

    Ava Gardner Museum - closed for now + Ava Gardner Festival cancelled

    Benson Mule Days - cancelled

    Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site - hiking trails open in daylight and outdoor classes offered, indoor facilities closed

    Classic Antique Power Heritage Festival - rescheduled to October, date TBD

    Clayton Community Center - closed for now

    Clemmons State Forest - trails open, facilities and restrooms closed

    Four Oaks Acorn Festival - cancelled

    GALOT Motorsports Park - all public events cancelled/postponed

    Ham & Yam Festival - postponed, date tbd

    Howell Theatre - closed for now

    Johnston County Heritage Center - closed for now

    Ready, Set, Escape - open with restrictions 

    Smithfield Cinemas - closed for now

    The Shindig - cancelled 

    Tobacco Farm Life Museum - open with restrictions (no more than 10 people in the gallery and 25 on the grounds)

    Dewayne's Girls Night Out - cancelled

    Dewayne's Christmas Land Open House - cancelled

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