Downtown Festivals and Events

There’s always something going on Downtown – please check our Events Calendar regularly!

Here are some of the key events, listed by season:


Year Round

4th Friday
4th Friday continues to be a true celebration of the arts and downtown. Folks of all ages get a taste of Fayetteville’s art and entertainment while enjoying the small galleries, bookstores, bistros and shops with unique items for shoppers. Sponsored by the Cool Springs Downtown District.


Downtown Fayetteville Farmer’s Market
Held twice a week starting in early spring at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, the Downtown Fayetteville Farmer’s Market brings you the best in locally grown produce, local honey, eggs, fresh flowers and more. Wednesdays 3-6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4th Fridays. Hosted by the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market Association and the City Market at the Museum.



Dogwood Festival
With approximately 30 different events including everything from sporting events to concerts and street dances to children’s events, the festival maintains a “something for everyone” philosophy. It is a Southeast Tourism Top 20 event and North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events 2009 Festival of the Year.




NC Field of Honor
American flags line the field in front of ASOM honoring our soldiers, veterans and their families, hosted by the Cool Springs Downtown District and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.


Blues ‘n Brews
Sponsored by Cape Fear Regional Theatre, this one day event features a sampling of over 100 beers and a great taste of the Blues by some of the region’s most popular bands.


Fayetteville after Five
In the summer, the Dogwood Festival brings you monthly free concerts on fourth Fridays at Festival Park ranging from rock to country to beach music and more! This free event brings thousands of people out for a great time.

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The Arts Council’s International Folk Festival
The International Folk Festival was created to celebrate the richness of the diverse cultural roots of our community. By showcasing historic artistic customs and traditions of a culture, the festival strives to foster an appreciation of our diversity while preserving the historical and traditional art forms that infuse a culture with its specific identity. The purpose and scope of the festival is to present the arts and creative expression of all of our community’s ethnic and cultural groups with a professional approach. Click here for complete information on the festival’s mission and participation requirements. Find out more information here!
Downtown Trick or Treat
Celebrating Fayetteville’s famous trick or treat festival.

Zombie Walk
Take part in our annual zombie walk.

12th Annual Reading Rocks!
Cumberland County Schools hosts a walkathon each October to help promote literacy and raise money for books and other needed materials. Over 20,000 participate in this interactive walk each year.

When Pigs Fly All American BBQ Festival and 5K
Held the first weekend in November, the When Pigs Fly All American BBQ Festival will feature a huge BBQ competition along with a 5K run and lots of great music in Festival Park. Hosted by the Communities in Schools of Cumberland County.


Fall Festival
The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is back with more family fun during the 4th weekend in October!
  • Historic Hauntings – (Thurs – Sat) A guided walking tour in the dark through Cross Creek Cemetery – Section II.
  • Haunted House – (Thurs – Sat) An outdoor haunted maze is guaranteed to deliver the hair raising chill those thrill seekers desire.
  • Hayrides – (Thurs – Sat) – 20 to 30 minute narrated hayrides through historic downtown.
  • Bands and Brews – 2 Days of live music and plenty of cold refreshing craft and domestic beer to go along with it!
  • Fayetteville’s Food Truck Festival

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A Dickens Holiday
Held the day after Thanksgiving, this old fashioned Christmas celebration is complete with carolers, a candlelight procession and Victorian costuming. Produced by the Arts Council with the Cool Springs Downtown District.




Christmas Rotary Parade
A definite Fayetteville favorite, this parade gets you in the mood for Christmas with floats coming down Hay Street. Produced by the Rotary Clubs of Fayetteville.


Carriage Rides With Santa
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa has set aside time during the second and third weekends in December to hear your Christmas list as you and your family enjoy a 15 minute tour of historic Downtown Fayetteville.  Rides depart from the DTA office at 222 Hay Street.



Candlelight Loft Tours
This perennial favorite is a much anticipated chance to see some of Downtown’s loft homes dressed for the Holidays!


To host an event downtown, contact Special Events at 910-433-1505.