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Annual Festivals and Events

Johnston County and its towns along US 301 are part of the annual 301 Endless Yard Sale. This event takes place the third weekend in June and is patterned after the long established 127 Longest Sale and inspired by the HGTV television show. The communities along US 301 join together with deals, antiques, collectibles and more along a 30 mile stretch of highway between Kenly and Benson, NC. Many sellers are located along the stretch in well established visitor sites like the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, TWM Antiques in Selma and Benson Korner Flea Market....as well as families, churches and schools on the route with vendors. It has now expanded through five NC counties and has over 100 miles of shopping.


The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site hosts event several times a year offering visitors learning experiences through living history programs.  Check listings often to see what's happening at this popular historic site in Four Oaks.

Bentonville BattlefieldMarch - Bentonville Battlefield Anniversary Event
Held the third weekend in March to coincide with the dates of the battle that was fought March 19-21, 1865, the site has special living history programs and every five years a large reeactment of the battle.  The next large reenactment will take place in March 2015 as the 150th Celebrations conclude in North Carolina.

May - Bentonville Confederate Memorial Day
Held in May each year at the Harper House by the Bentonville UDC, a memorial ceremony with featured speakers and special programs.

June-August - Summer Living History Series
Held several times a year, the historic site presents the Summer Living History Series, on the lives of Civil War soldiers and their families.

December - A Civil War Christmas Holiday Open House
Held the first Saturday in December each year, the historic site has costumed interpreters decorate the kitchen with festive themed materials such as holly, magnolia, cotton stalks, fruit and popcorn just as families from the Civil War era.

All events at Bentonville Battlefield are FREE to the public except the five-year anniversary reenactment event.  For more information on Bentonville Battlefield, visit their website for details on events and exhibits.

5466 Harper House Rd.
Four Oaks, NC  27524

Four-Oaks-Christmas-ParadeChristmas Parade is held the first Saturday of December each year and begins at 12N along Main Street in Four Oaks.

Contact the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce for additional information, 919-963-4004

Oak-tober FestivalThis event takes place in downtown Four Oaks. Enjoy a day full of historical displays, vendors, live entertainment, tractor displays, a chili cook off, money raffle drawing, and much more! A great event for the entire family!

Please call Katrina Allen, Director of Four Oaks Area Chamber of Commerce at 919.963.4004 or visit the website at www.fouroaksareachamber.com for any other further information.

Howell WoodsThis "outdoor classroom" located 15 minutes from Four Oaks, I-95, Exit 90, hosts several events open to the public each year.  This educational event announcments may be found on their website.  The biggest event by far, is the annual Howell Woodstock event held in April each year.

Howell Woodstock! celebrates the ecological, recreational, and scenic features unique to Howell Woods.  There are guided nature hikes, hayrides to the river and shorter mule-drawn rides, recreational activities, food, educational vendors, and fun for the whole family.  FREE

6601 Devil's Racetrack Rd.
Four Oaks, NC  27524


235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829

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