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Ava Gardner Festival

The Ava Gardner Festival celebrates the life and career of Ava Gardner with heritage tours, showings of Ava Gardner films, and special exhibits. The event kicksoff during the Ava Gardner Festival Gala on Friday evening.

Held the first weekend in October each year.
Event time: 9am-6pm.

Ava Gardner Museum
325 E. Market St.
PO Box 1832
Smithfield, NC 27577
Todd Johnson, 919-934-5830

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Country Music Showcase

Join the Country Music Showcase cast as we share joy through song. Gospel and Christian music rooted in southern tradition. Surprise guests will be at every show. You never know who will show up so don't miss this family reunion. Please call for ticket information.

Show times: Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm

Paul A. Johnston Auditorium
245 College Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Ken Mitchell, 919-209-2099

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Black Friday Shopping Begins on “Turkey-Day”

While football games keep many families in front of the television set on Thanksgiving day, there will be thousands of diehard shoppers traveling to Smithfield on Thursday, November 22nd for the “deals upon deals” offered at Carolina Premium Outlets. Just hours after the turkey leftovers have been put away, shoppers will start lining up long before the official “midnight” hour for this annual event, which has pushed many stores to open doors at 9pm.

“We know the outlets will be the center of activity in Smithfield on Thanksgiving Weekend and we love that our stores will be packed,” said Donna Bailey-Taylor, Executive Director, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, “we know and embrace the fact that outlet shopping is our number one attraction in Johnston County.”

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The After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness extended shopping hours are Fri, Nov 23: Midnight-10pm, Sat, Nov 24: 8am-10pm and Sun, Nov 25: 10am-8pm. Shoppers will enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours, plus, they will experience the biggest shopping event of the year.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the center’s website, to check on store openings and special offers: www.premiumoutlets.com/carolina. For hotel deals and places to rejuvenate and have a bite to eat, take a look at our places to stay and where to eat.

4th of July Celebration

Activities in Downtown Smithfield begin at 5 pm each July 4th on the Town Commons. There's always plenty of food, entertainment and fun for the kids. The celebration concludes with fireworks at 9:30pm. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation and the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department organize this free event. Come celebrate our nation's birthday in Historic Downtown Smithfield.

Downtown Smithfield
200 S. Front St.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Chris Johnson, 919 934-0887

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Historical Ghost Walk

If you are looking for something spooky to enjoy during Halloween, then the Historical Ghost Walk is where you need to go. Small groups are guided through the cemetery where costumed re-enactors tell stories about famous (and perhaps infamous) persons buried there. Sponsored by the Johnston County Heritage Center, the event starts at 7pm and is sure to bring chills to the entire family. Call about admission prices.

Downtown Smithfield
Riverside Cemetery, corner of S. Second and Church Streets
241 E. Market St.
PO Box 2709
Smithfield, NC 27577
Wingate Lassiter, 919 934-2836

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International Food Festival

The International Food Festival at St. Ann Catholic Church is the largest ethnic food festival in the Johnston County area and has been serving fine foods to our friends in the surrounding community the past four years. The wonderful foods associated with the many cultures that make up St. Ann Catholic Church are all prepared by parishioners who have a love for cooking and great pride in their heritage. Come be a part of this wonderful festival with foods representing fourteen countries from around the world. There will be international music and games for children. On stage entertainment featuring Filipino Dance Troupe, a Celtic Band, a Mariachi band, Pipe & Drum, and more.

Event time: 11:30am- 6:30pm

St. Ann Catholic Church
4057 US Hwy 70 Business W.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-2084

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JCC Black History Month

Johnston Community College celebrates Black History Month with a Gospel/Art Festival with several events held throughout the month of February. Held at the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, on Johnston Community College's main campus, all events are free and open to the public.

Paul A. Johnston Auditorium
245 College Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Della McMillian, 919-464-2282

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Lazy O Christmas Dayz

At Lazy O Farm, journey to Bethlehem Maze complete with nativity animals, a campfire with marshmallow roasting, Santa, crafts, hayrides, and picnic tables inside the barn. Call for prices and appointments.

3583 Packing Plant Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-1132

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Lazy O Farm Maze Dayz

Fun farm education Millet Maze full of learning stations and interactive excitement. Hayride, pumpkins and farm animals. Picnic area available. Great experience for preschool - elementary aged children. Call for prices and appointments.

3583 Packing Plant Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-1132

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Lazy O Farm Summer Dayz

Learn how seeds and cows provide lots of your favorite foods. Bag up your own dirt and seeds to take home for planting. Make and eat ice cream and butter, hop on a hayride and visit the barnyard animals! Picnic shelter available. Call for prices and appointments.

3583 Packing Plant Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-1132

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Lazy O Farm Turkey Dayz

Bring your Thanksgiving feast to the farm. There are hayrides, farm animals, picnic areas and interactive fun farm education. Make a turkey to take home! Call for prices and appointments.

3583 Packing Plant Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-934-1132

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Paul A. Johnston Auditorium Performing Arts Series

Enjoy the Performing Arts Concert series, Johnston County Chorale and the Country Music Showcase throughout the year. Please call for dates and ticket availability.

245 College Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-209-2099

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Smithfield Christmas Parade

Santa is coming to town. Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season. Parade begins at 7pm.

Second St. through Sixth St.
919-934-2148

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Smithfield Christmas Tree Lighting

Come and join us as we light the Town's Christmas Tree! Located in Downtown Smithfield, it starts at 7pm and is free to the public.

Corner of Third St. and Market St. (next to the library)
919-934-2148

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Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival

The Ham & Yam Festival is held every year on the first weekend in May along the Town Commons in downtown Smithfield. The festival, which started as a challenge from Johnston County ham producers to the ham producers of Smithfield, Virginia, now features an open cooking contest using either hams or yams in casseroles, desserts or main dishes. Great cooks from throughout the area compete for cash prizes.

Other aspects of the festival include: hundreds of arts and craft booths, music, local entertainment, children’s games, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits and special events.

For more information, contact the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

Event times: Friday and Saturday

Downtown Smithfield
Third St. to Front St.
919-934-0887

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Third on Third Summer Concert Series

Free concerts throughout the Summer months every third Friday Dowtown Smithfield on Third Street. Bring your family and enjoy an evening of singing and dancing. Don't forget to enjoy dinner at one of our local restaurants.
Event time: 7-9:30 pm.

Downtown Smithfield
Corner of Third St. and Johnston St.
919-934-0887

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235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

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