Johnston County Area Events

Explore Annual Events in Johnston County

Want to live like a JoCo local? There's always something fun going on in our area, which means you'll never run out of new things to do and see. Here are a few upcoming events happening throughout Johnston County—we hope to see you there!

21 – 24September

Benson Mule Days

For over 70 years, crowds have flocked to the town of Benson to celebrate the mule with parades, competitions, a carnival, and so much more.

Where: Benson
When: See event website for schedule


Four Oaks Acorn Festival

Head to the cozy town of Four Oaks for children’s activities, live music, artisan vendors, an antique car and tractor show, and much more!

Where: Downtown Four Oaks
When: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

6 – 8October

Selma Railroad Days

Selma celebrates its heritage as a railroad town with this popular event, which has everything from train displays to a one-of-a-kind mascot parade. Be sure to check out the food trucks, too!

Where: Downtown Selma
When: See event website for schedule

26 – 29October

Clayton Harvest Festival

The Clayton Harvest and Music Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to Main Street every year for its food competitions, amazing live music, carnival, car show, and so much more.

Where: Downtown Clayton
When: See event website for times

17 November- 31 December

Meadow Lights

Usher in the holiday season at Meadow Lights, the largest and oldest light show in Eastern North Carolina. Come drive through this impressive display, and don't forget to try their old-fashioned candy after snapping a picture with Santa!

Where: Benson
When: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. nightly


Holiday Village and Tree Lighting

Head to Downtown Clayton for an evening of holiday cheer and a chance to see Santa himself. Main Street shuts down for two and a half hours at this unique event—just be sure to bring a perishable food donation for admission.

Where: Main Street
When: See event website for schedule

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