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 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 Smithfield for this 3-day festival and return for more exciting programs throughout 2023.  Festival attendees will enjoy a fantastic musical tribute to Ava, the Museum's new acquisitions and exhibits in the Doris Cannon Library, heritage tours highlighting local places of significance in Ava's life, film screenings, and the dedication of the Ava Gardner Mural and Rose Garden. Additional events and tributes to Ava will continue throughout the remainder of 2022 and her centennial birthday year of 2023.  For more information about the Ava Gardner Festival, or to purchase your tickets, please click here.

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