Looking to start some traditions? Join in on Fayetteville’s with festivals that happen every year and bring fun to each season. Whether you’re looking for family bonding or something to do with friends, you’ll find the perfect one on this list.
Celebrate spring by heading out to your local, family-run Old River Farms for fun, shopping, food, and music! Bring the kids, too; they’ll love the free bounce houses and the farm animals. There’s plenty of vendors to see from wood working to painting to baked goods to all-natural soaps; there's something for everyone at this annual spring festival. If you need a break from the 45 vendors, head over to the big barn where live music will be playing all day. Enjoy a lunch from PT’s Grille and YehMon51 while the kids play games. There is a parking fee of $5 for the event. Get to Old River Farms on April 21st to really enjoy spring!
What’s the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Start the party a week early by heading down to the Drunk Horse Pub on March 10th and rocking out to the fourth annual Shamrock Slaughterfest. With eight bands lined up including Kill the Mime, The New Mutiny and Shamrock Saints, this concert is going to rock the night. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door.
A community tradition, the Fayetteville Dogwood Spring Festival is a three-day weekend of fun at Festival Park. There will be arts and crafts vendors, street performances, and plenty of good beer and food available. While this is a lighthearted celebration of spring, the festival is named for one of the community's most beautiful trees that dominates the Fayetteville cityscape. Take a minute at this festival to look around and appreciate the natural beauty around you. Block out your calendar for April 27th though the 29th, and don’t miss Fayetteville's biggest spring event.
Every fall, Fayetteville presents a free trip around the world with their International Folk Festival. Created to celebrate the rich, diverse cultural roots of Fayetteville, this annual festival strives to foster an appreciation of diversity while preserving historical and traditional art forms. Music, dance, arts, crafts, and food all work together to showcase each culture. The Parade of Nations reflects the diverse cultures that make up Fayetteville, and there’s always a way to join in from traditional arts and crafts vendors to traditional food at the International café. The events at this festival are all free, so make sure to head out this fall and celebrate diversity!
An annual fall event all about barbecue: what could be better? All proceeds from this flavorful festival support communities and schools of Cumberland County, allowing them to hire professionals to work in schools and help at-risk children. While you sample the BBQ and local brews, you’ll know you’re supporting your community. There are BBQ competitions to watch and live music to enjoy, so head out for a finger-licking good time! Tickets are $5 for this festival.
Every spring, Fort Bragg hosts a fair with unlimited rides and live entertainment for one low admission price. The fair is open to the public with easy access off of Bragg Boulevard, and parking is always free! Families with small children, don’t despair, there’s a whole area dedicated to your young ones! Admission is more over the weekend; Admission prices Monday through Friday range from $7 to $14 while Saturday and Sunday prices are $7 to $19. On Mother’s Day, mothers have free admission when accompanied by a paying child under the age of 17.
The annual premier festival of the summer, Blues N Brews is a one-day event where more than 100 beers will be available to taste, and plenty of Jazz music will be played. All proceeds will go to the Cape Fear Regional Theater. Local bands, games, food, and brews are more than enough reasons to get out and enjoy the fest on June 2nd.
There's something for everyone, so make sure to go to one of Fayetteville's annual festivals. Let us know in the comments which one(s) you'd like to go to or have been to!
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