The Ava Gardner Festival this October 7-9, will kick off Ava Gardner’s 100th birthday celebration. New exhibits, video tributes, and the opening night concert will celebrate the many facets of Ava Gardner’s extraordinary life – from her rural upbringing in North Carolina to her five-decade career as a world-famous star, from her great loves to her exciting experiences living abroad. Join us in Downtown Smithfield for this 3-day festival and return for more exciting programs throughout 2023.
The Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse is back on Sunday, August 13! This boat race is like none you've seen before as 2-person teams in boats built entirely from cardboard, duct tape, and glue will race down the Neuse River! The race will start at 5:00 p.m., with a DJ from 4-7pm and a band from 7-9pm.
The Third StrEATery, Downtown Smithfield's Outside Dining Room and Live Entertainment Venue, is back in 2022! Save the dates: April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 23, and stay tuned for more information!