Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Smithfield on Saturday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Bazaar!

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Join us on Thursday, December 7 for holiday fun and to help the Mayor and Santa light the Town's Christmas Tree!

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Smithfield's Christmas Parade will march down Market Street starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14!

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Join us for the 13th annual Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk on Friday, November 17 and toast to the start of the holiday season with wine tastings at different participating businesses!

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Hosted by Oak City Collection and The Twisted Willow, the Smithfield Farmers' Market is held in the 100 block of S. Third Street on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through October 14!  Come downtown for locally grown produce, plants and artisan goods from a variety of vendors!

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With the move of Smithfield's Independence Celebration to the Neuse River Amphitheater, we're kicking the celebration off early with the Red White & Brews Food Truck Rodeo from 1-6pm on Sunday, July 2 in the 100 block of S. Third Street! 

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Smithfield's Independence Celebration on Sunday, July 2 will feature entertainment by Spare Change, six food trucks, water slides and activities, and a spectacular fireworks display!

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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 on Saturday, August 12!  The race will start at 5:00 p.m., with a DJ at the Boat Ramp from 4-7pm, and the Awards Ceremony at 6:45pm at the Neuse River Amphitheater, followed by a band from 7-9pm.

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Calling all witches, gobilins, and ghouls!  You're invited to the Downtown Smithfield Candy Crawl from 4-6pm on Friday, October 27!

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There's a lot going on this year in Downtown Smithfield!  Check out our calendar of events and make sure you go ahead and save all of these dates!

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The Third StrEATery, Downtown Smithfield's Outside Dining Room and Live Entertainment Venue, is back and better than ever in 2023!  Save the dates: June 16, August 18, September 15, and October 20, and click the link below to see the fantastic bands we've booked for this year!

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Join us in Downtown Smithfield on Saturday, May 6 for the 37th annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival and a day full of fun for the entire family! 

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Santa Claus returns to visit with children in his Downtown Smithfield Workshop each December!

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Downtown Smithfield is especially magical in December, when the storefronts are beautifully decorated for Christmas and the Town decks the halls for the season!  The DSDC hosts Christmas Carriage Rides to give people a chance to enjoy the twinkling lights around our festive downtown! 

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The Junior Women's League of Smithfield's Touch-A-Truck is returning to Downtown Smithfield on Saturday, November 4!

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Hear the stories of five of Johnston County's most interesting former residents at the Johnston County Heritage Center's 19th Annual Historic Ghost Walk on Thursday, October 26!

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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) is pleased to announce a seccond grant to support downtown businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 
Created to address the ongoing needs of small, for-profit businesses and discourage vacancies and community deterioration, the Smithfield Stronger Grant is available to businesses within the Downtown Smithfield Municipal Service District to assist with financial needs as a result of lost revenue, support business growth, and improve the overall appearance of Downtown Smithfield. 
 
 

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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) is pleased to announce a grant to support downtown businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
Created to address the immediate needs of small, for-profit businesses and discourage vacancies and community deterioration, the Smithfield Strong Business Assistance Disaster Relief Grant is available to businesses within the Downtown Smithfield Municipal Service District. 
 

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The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is seeking qualified development teams for the rehabilitation of the Gabriel Johnston Hotel building.  

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Here is an idea!  Support local, Downtown Smithfield businesses this holiday season!

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At the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Clayton on March 14, 2018, NAIRN Real Estatement Investment was recognized for completing the best facade rehabilitation project for $15,000 or less for their improvements to 224-228 E. Market Street. 

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In an ongoing effort to improve the appearance of Downtown Smithfield, its buildings and businesses, the DSDC has developed two new grants to encourage further downtown revitalization.  The lighting grant will pay for the installation of timers to control storefront lights, while the awning grant will reimburse up to $2,000 for the purchase and installation of a new awning.

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Oak City Collection owners Jud Patterson and Suzanne Taylor as Smithfield’s 2019 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in New Bern on March 12, 2020.

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The DSDC was proud to recognize the Town of Smithfield Public Works Department as Smithfield’s 2018 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury on March 14, 2019.

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Colleen and Nate Roby of Simple Twist as Smithfield’s 2017 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Clayton on March 15, 2018. 

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Daniel, Vickie, and Anna Evans of Evans Jewelers as Smithfield’s 2016 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Shelby on March 16, 2017. 

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The DSDC was pleased to recognize Todd Johnson as Smithfield’s 2015 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Goldsboro on March 18, 2016. 

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The DSDC was honored to recognize Chris Johnson as Smithfield’s 2014 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Morganton on March 20, 2015. 

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The DSDC was proud to recognize Barry Long as Smithfield’s 2013 Main Street Champion at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in New Bern on April 1, 2014. 

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Millard and Patricia (Patti) Stallings were honored as 2012 "Main Street Champions" at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury.

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As a Main Street America Affiliate™, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
 
  
 
 
  
Community ms vertical color logoSmithfield is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.