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101 North Carolina Festivals

Whatever the occasion, you’ll find a festival for it

101 North Carolina Festivals

Lexington Barbecue Festival. Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

To say that we’re a festive bunch here in North Carolina is an understatement. Whatever time of year and whatever the occasion, you will find communities coming together to celebrate.

We’ve pulled together a list of 101 unique festivals North Carolina has to offer — many of which are sponsored by electric cooperatives — and grouped them by month. Check this list year-round to ensure that, whatever your mood, you’ll be able to join in the fun.


"101 North Carolina Festivals"

Comments (15)

  • You forgot the NC Potato Festival that occurs every third weekend in May in Elizabeth City. Check it out at http://www.ncpotatofestival.com/.

    Sue Martin |
    September 26, 2017 |

  • The Festival of the Frescoes will be held on October 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs, NC. An "old fashioned country fair," the festival celebrates the fresco of The Last Supper which is found in Holy Trinity Church by famous artist Ben Long, and also three frescoes in Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in West Jefferson. The festival recognizes more than a century of service to our community by Holy Trinity Church and its sister church,
    You'll find baked goods, works by artists and crafters, music, booths for regional crafts and local charities, children's activities, a silent auction, and not one, but TWO raffles - one for a handcrafted jewelry box and another for a framed, numbered print by well-known artist, Stephen Shoemaker.
    Lunch is available - barbecued chickens and hot dogs and all the trimmings.

    Glenn Hood |
    September 27, 2017 |

  • Another festival I've enjoyed the last several years is The Ol' Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, NC. It's scheduled October 6-7 this year. https://olfrontporchmusicfestival.org/

    Steve Hunter |
    September 28, 2017 |

  • Five days preceding and including July 4th is the Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion at the Denton FarmPark, Denton, NC; www.dentonfarmpark.com
    Denton FarmPark also hosts the Country Christmas Train coming up Nov. 24, 25 & 26; Dec. 1, 2 & 3; 7, 8, 9, & 10; 14, 15, 16, &17; 20, 21, 22, 23; 26 & 27

    Karen Miller |
    September 29, 2017 |

  • Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair - www.saffsite.org-- October 27-19, 2017.

    L P Cherry |
    September 29, 2017 |

  • This coming weekend, Oct. 13, 14 and 15 is New Bern's Mumfest. I understand it is the largest of its kind in NC. Several streets are closed and there are booths full of all sorts of crafts, food of every description, rides and face painting for the kids and much much more. It is well worth a visit!

    Richard and Janet Mitchell |
    October 10, 2017 |

  • The NC Potato Festival, a "spudtacular" three-day festival held each year on the third weekend in May. Tons of live music throughout the three days on the main stage as well as side stages; an amusement mid-way with rides and games; lots of potato-oriented activities including the famous National Potato Peeling Contest. www.ncpotatofestival.com; May 18-20, 2018

    Deborah Malenfant |
    November 09, 2017 |

  • how do I register to sell my bake goods in the festival

    Elrawa abdelhai |
    September 12, 2018 |

  • A Festival of Fabulous Mums at Sarah P Duke Gardens November 3-5, 2019

    From their website ( http://calendar.duke.edu/show?fq=id%3ACAL-2c918082-6c74c6cf-016c-8785bab1-00004f34demobedework%40mysite.edu):

    Enjoy dazzling displays of show chrysanthemums grown by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society! Browse information booths about gardening with mums, participate in fun activities and tours of mum displays in the Gardens in this free, drop-in event suitable for all ages. Festival hours: 12-5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday & Tuesday. FREE!!

    October 29, 2019 |

  • You forgot the state fair and the dixie classic fair

    Simon Byrd |
    March 03, 2020 |

  • This is an excellent list. Thank you so much for putting it together! You missed putting the Bear Festival in Plymouth that takes place in July

    Scott Liverman |
    January 03, 2021 |

  • Spring Hope is having their 50th annual Pumpkin Festival the first Saturday in October as it has for 49 years. You may contact The Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce for more information.

    Barbara Booth |
    May 10, 2022 |

  • Hamlet Seaboard Festival is a great small town festival.
    You will love the Railroad themes and awesome food.
    Plenty for all ages and easy access.
    October 29th 2022. 9am - 5pm

    Dean Dixon |
    October 23, 2022 |

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    Rebecca N Auman |
    September 22, 2023 |

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