Our History

Located in the heart of eastern North Carolina, the community of Farmville has proudly hosted the Farmville Dogwood Festival for the past 34 years. The festival is held each April on the town commons. The manicured lawn of the commons is dotted with stately oaks, azaleas, dogwoods and a burst of color from annuals and perennials. Visitors make an annual pilgrimage to Farmville to reunite with family and friends.

The Dogwood Festival has been honored as a legacy festival by the Library of Congress. The festival proudly reaches across all demographics to provide a weekend of entertainment that appeals to all patrons. Most of the festival guests live in a 50 mile radius of Farmville. Festival attendance has been estimated in some years at over 30,000.

The center of the commons features the arts and crafts pavilion. It is the focal point of the festival, displaying the artistic talents and workmanship of the artisans of eastern North Carolina. These wares are available for sale to the public. The festival committee carefully selects artisans that compliment each other and provide a diverse array of craftsmanship. Examples of past artisan wares have included woodworking, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, framed artwork, photography, soaps and many other handcrafted treasures.

Surrounding the pavilion is a number of venues that accent the town commons. Nearby is the gazebo which displays a constant stream of local musical talent. The Kids Cool Fest tent provides the youth an opportunity to create crafts and to have fun, all free of charge. Lining the street are food vendors providing a potpourri of delicacies. Behind the town hall are rides provided by Michaels Amusements that appeal to all ages. The ball field is where our headline musical acts perform at night for festival patrons.

Saturday Concert Related Questions

Where is the Concert?
West Horne Avenue, adjacent to the Athletic Field

Where is concert parking?
Various areas around festival grounds will be designated as free concert parking.

How much do concert tickets cost?
$25 – Now through Friday, April 26
$30 -Saturday, April 27

Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available at:

  • Farmville Town Hall – TBA through Friday, April 26, 12:00 noon
  • Guest Services on festival grounds – beginning 12:00 noon on Friday, April 26

What time does the concert gate open?
The concert gate will open at 5:30pm

What time does the concert begin?
6:30 pm

What is the artist lineup for performance?

Show Opening Act:  Jake Sutton Band

Special Guest:  Austin Williams

Headliner:  Lauren Alaina

Are Pets Allowed At the Festival?


Are coolers allowed in the concert?
Yes. All coolers, bags, strollers, and carry-in items will be checked to ensure no hard liquor, fortified wine, or glass containers are included.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the concert?
Yes. No hard liquor or fortified wine. No glass containers of any type. All coolers, bags, strollers, and carry-in items will be checked.

Are lawn chairs allowed?

If it rains, can I bring an umbrella in the concert area?

Can I bring a camera/video?
No photography or recording devices are allowed.

Can I bring food into the concert area?

Can I leave the concert area and return?
Yes. There will be no re-entry from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Are there backstage passes available?
Meet and greet opportunities are available only through our radio partners.

Are tailgate spots still available?
There are tailgate spots available, $50 per spot

Do I get a refund if the concert is canceled?
No refunds for any reason.

How do I find out if concert is canceled due to inclement weather?
Call 252-753-5814 or visit www.farmvilledogwoodfest.com or visit our Facebook page.

General Festival Questions

What time does a certain event begin?
Please visit our Schedules page for more information

Is it too late to get a vendor spot?
Vendor spots are still available.

Are pets allowed at the festival?

Is alcohol allowed on festival grounds?
No, just inside Saturday night concert venue.

Where/When can amusement wristbands be purchased?
Thursday and Sunday. $20 advance tickets (Must be purchased by Thursday 4/25 by 5:30 from the Town Hall Building), $25 at the Rides location.

What is the location of the festival?
Town of Farmville Town Commons @ 3672 North Main St

Is there handicap parking available?
Yes, there is a parking lot at the corner of Grimmersburg St and South Main St.