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

    301 Endless Yardsale - rescheduled to June 18-19, 2021

    100th State Annual Singing Convention - rescheduled to June 25, 2021

    Ava Gardner Museum - temporarily closed due to water damage

    Benson Mule Days - rescheduled to Sept. 25, 2021

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

    Chick-fil-A Three Little Pigs Triathlon - rescheduled to June 12, 2021

    Clemmons State Forest - trails open, facilities and restrooms closed

    East Coast Truckers Jamboree - rescheduled to May 6, 2021

    Fallen Riders Fundraiser Weekend - rescheduled to Sept.10, 2021

    GALOT Motorsports Park - all public events canceled/postponed

    JoCo Bluegrass Festival - rescheduled to April 17. 2021

    Ready, Set, Escape - open with restrictions 

    Skyfest - rescheduled to Oct. 2021

    Smithfield Cinemas - re-opened with restricted seating capacity



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