Guides to Fayetteville

The Ultimate Guide to Fayetteville, NC Fairs and Festivals

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Today, we are bringing you a detailed list of fairs and festivals that often and annually occur in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area!


Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Festival Park and downtown Fayetteville. You will find a street fair, dancing, live music, food, arts and crafts.
North Carolina Pickle Festival, Mount Olive.
Fort Bragg Fair, Fort Bragg Fairgrounds. There are rides, food and concerts.


Duck Derby, Campbellton Landing, late April or early May. The derby is a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Urban Ministry. Adopt a rubber duck that will float down the Cape Fear River in a race for a prize. Event includes boat rides, food, games, and children activities.
Eastover Heritage Day, Eastover. There is a parade, exhibits, music, food and a car display.
Buggy Festival, Carthage. Check out the old-fashioned buggy displays, children’s activities, car show, crafts and entertainment.
White Lake Water Festival, White Lake. Featuring water skiing, a parade, road race and art shows.
All American Week, Fort Bragg, late May. The 82nd Airborne Division troop review, run, competitions and memorial ceremony.


Ammon Blueberry Festival, Ammon. Featuring a delicious pancake breakfast, fun parade, rides, crafts and an antique car show in Bladen County.
Blues ‘n’ Brews Festival, Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville during early June. Microbrew tasting and live blues music.
Lumbee Homecoming, Pembroke, June to July. Including sports, pageants, crafts and more! Facebook page.


African World Peace Festival, downtown Fayetteville. 3-day event featuring music, stories, cultural performances, food, and peace walks/runs.
Fayetteville Summer Vintage Market, Skibo Rd. The market includes vendors, candies, soaps, artisans, wreaths, food, and more.
Fayetteville Summer Fun Fair, Coliseum. Local vendors promote their business, sell their products, and display their services.
Fayetteville Summer Gun Show, Coliseum. A wide array of firearms, guns, ammo, parts, and accessories. Open for buying, selling, and trading.


National Airborne Day, Airborne & Special Operations Museum, downtown Fayetteville in mid-August. There are equipment displays, re-enactments, incredible performances by the 82nd Airborne Division Band and Chorus and a parachute free-fall demonstration.
Umoja Festival, Seabrook Park. A family festival with an emphasis on African-American heritage, art, food, health, and entertainment. Features storytellers, dancers, cooking demonstrations, classic car shows, and music.


Greek Fest, Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 614 Oakridge Ave. Featuring Greek food, bands, dance troupes and more.
Cumberland County Fair, Crown Center. Check out the rides, games, food, live entertainment and agricultural exhibits.
N.C. Poultry Festival, in Raeford. There are plenty turkeys, as well as arts and crafts, live entertainment, a car show, dog show and a parade.
Benson Mule Days, Johnson County, Benson. Check out the races, entertainment, rodeo, parade, carnival rides and street dance.
International Folk Festival, downtown Fayetteville, last weekend in September. Tour cuisines of the world in just one weekend. Residents from dozens of countries gather to celebrate with a lot of food, costumes, entertainment and a Parade of Nations.
Taste of Fayetteville, Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. A very popular event, this is a foodie’s favorite. Fayetteville’s local businesses gather to showcase their best menu items. Come out to learn about local culture and sample cuisines. Includes music and games for kids.
Lafayette Birthday Celebration, downtown Fayetteville. Lafayette was a French nobleman and Revolutionary War Hero whom Fayetteville is named after. Come experience a French concert, historic tours, horse drawn carriages, French wine tasting, exhibits, vendors, and more.


Fall Antiques Street Fair, Cameron. Dealers will display their antiques and collectibles along streets in the historic district of Cameron.
Ole Mill Days, Hope Mills Municipal Park. There are crafts, food, music, a tractor pull, a fantastic haunted house, storytelling, children’s rides and costume contests.
Fayetteville State University Homecoming. Check out the downtown parade, concerts, football game, and more.
Annual Heritage Festival, Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Celebrate Fayetteville’s rich heritage, dating back to the 1800’s. Taste local craft beers, check out cooking demonstrations, and have a lesson in churning butter. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including hayrides, pumpkins, pony rides, and lawn games. Enjoy refreshments and folk music.
Indigo Moon Film Festival, downtown Fayetteville. One of the largest film festivals in North Carolina is right here. They celebrate storytelling through film production and attract thousands of players in the film industry. There are red carpet awards, wine tasting, filmmaker meetups, and more!

A Dickens Holiday


N.C. Cotton Festival, Dunn. Plenty of family fun, entertainment and education.
Holly Day Fair, Crown Expo Center. The largest gift and craft show in eastern North Carolina has been running for over fifty years. Sponsored by the Junior League of Fayetteville. Vendors display products suited for the holidays that include decorations, jewelry, crafts, arts and more.
A Dickens Holiday, downtown Fayetteville. The day after Thanksgiving, gather in downtown to enjoy carolers, carriage rides and costumed actors portraying characters from “A Christmas Carol.” At dark, participate in a candle walk to illuminate Hay Street, ending in a fireworks display to kick off the holiday season.


Fort Bragg Christmas tree lighting, Main Post Parade Field.
Kwanzaa celebration, Smith Recreation Center. Entertainment, food and Parade of Kings and Queens.

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