Celebrate all things about Ava Gardner and her "Cinderella Story" rise to stardom. The Ava Gardner Museum in Downtown Smithfield, one of North Carolina’s most remarkable attractions, honors the life, loves, and legacy of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies. This annual festival in October includes special themed exhibits, heritage tours of her birthplace, her childhood home, film screenings of her movies and an opening night event.
Several local hotels, Best Western, Sleep Inn & Suites, and the Holiday Inn Express in Smithfield offer a girlfriend getaway package. In-room gifts include the Dupree House Salon & Spa discounts, Carolina Premium Outlet coupon book, Ava Gardner Museum BOGO tickets and much more! Bring your girlfriends and getaway to Smithfield, North Carolina!
Fall in love with Smithfield, North Carolina! Smithfield area native and Hollywood Legend, Ava Gardner loved her hometown and visited family often. The Ava Gardner Museum is located Downtown Smithfield. You will love getting to know Smithfield’s Civil War history, heritage, southern home cooked food and of course shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets. The Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on Johnston Community College’s campus showcases a variety of events, including great entertainment available through the Performing Arts Concert Series and the Country Music Showcase. We hope your heart stays in Smithfield and come again and again!
Once a year, the first week of May Smithfield celebrates its agricultural heritage. Johnston County is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States and is also home to Johnston County Hams / Smithfield Ham Shop.
Attendees can find many varieties of hams and yams at the festival – barbecue from the cook-off, country ham biscuits, hot dogs, sweet potato fries and desserts. Visitors wander through the festival area filled with hundreds of booths occupied by face painters, local non-profit organizations, and vendors selling items including garden flags, handbags, kitchen tools, handmade jewelry and many other arts and crafts. The family event keeps crowds entertained with performances on three stages, children’s games, carnival rides, pig races, and a petting zoo.
We invite you to stay at the new hotel, Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Smithfield at exit I-95, exit 95. Check out their Sip & Stay package which includes discounts at Hinnant Family Vineyards. Hinnant Family Vineyards is the oldest and largest Muscadine vineyard in North Carolina.
Take in a winery tour and wine tastings and relax on the front porch complete with ceiling fans and oversized wicker chairs. The vineyard’s sprawling 75 acres is perfectly placed in Pine Level’s countryside, minutes from Smithfield. While you’re here, Carolina Premium Outlets boasts 80 outlet stores with impressive savings at Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, and Carolina Pottery to name a few. Book your trip today!