The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival was founded in 1982 by Bill Hurley, John Malzone, and other city leaders who had a vision to improve the image of Fayetteville and create a uniting force for various events in our community. Hurley, Fayetteville’s mayor, began the Dogwood Festival after proclaiming Fayetteville “The City of Dogwoods.” Over time, the festival developed into one of the top events in the southeast and provides an outlet for both local and national musicians, artists, arts and crafts vendors and serves as an educational resource for children.
Festivals and special events help define our great city, attract new business, and stimulate local economic growth. In an economic study performed during the 2011 festival, The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival’s estimated economic impact is over 4.5 million dollars. The 2011 festival was the largest yet and brought over 250,000 people to downtown Fayetteville over a 3 day period.
In 2000, after years of being a 10 day event, the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival was transformed into a spectacular 3 day event with concerts, a street fair with arts and crafts, food vendors, and the Partnership’s KidStuff area.
Even through this transformation, the festival has maintained its philosophy of “Something for Everyone” by continuing to act as an umbrella for local events throughout the month of April. Those events include “The Recycled Art Show, YMCA Dogwood Festival 10k and Fun Run and the Crimestopper’s BBQ,” to name a few. Every 4th weekend in April, the city of Fayetteville comes alive and we invite everyone to come enjoy the splendor of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.
Every 4th weekend of April, the city of Fayetteville comes alive and we invite everyone to come enjoy the splendor of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.
See you in April!
The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Inc. is a non profit organization comprised of a hands on Board of Directors and two staff members. In additional to our annual signature spring festival, we also produce Cumberland County's largest Pageant, Historic Hauntings and Fayetteville After 5.