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

    Clayton Community Center - (closed for now)

    Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site (all facilities closed, hiking trails open in daylight)

    Tobacco Farm Life Museum (closed for now)

    Clemmons State Forest - trails open, facilities and restrooms closed

    GALOT Motorsports Park - all public events canceled/postponed

    Smithfield Cinemas - (closed for now)

    Howell Theatre - (closed for now)

    Ham & Yam Festival (postponed, date tbd)

    Ready, Set, Escape (closed for now)

    Four Oaks Acorn Festival - cancelled

    Johnston County Heritage Center - (closed for now)

    Benson Mule Days - cancelled

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