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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.” What began as a two week long festival on Hay Street is now a fun-filled three day weekend in Festival Park and downtown Fayetteville. 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.

The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival features entertainment of all genres, arts and craft vendors, street performances, and delicious food and beer. The 2018 spring Dogwood Festival blossomed into an even larger event with two stages of entertainment, more vendors, and more anchored attractions all past the Market House. Wednesday kicked off with the first ever Cork & Fork premiere food and wine event. For the first time, the live music kicked off on Thursday night for the community. Friday night continued with the traditional celebrations, with live entertainment, carnival rides, E.E. Smith Marching Band performance, and a Boom and Bloom fireworks show. Saturday unveiled a day full of arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, and anchored attractions to include a BMX show, rock climbing, bungee jumping, and live art and dance exhibits. The fun continued through Sunday as the festival wraps up with the Boss Toss Cornhole tournament and a classic car show. The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival organization is a volunteer-based nonprofit committed to giving back to other nonprofit partners who help produce their events, while providing free events for the community year-round. They also produce the Fall Dogwood Festival, complete with craft beer and food trucks, Fayetteville After 5 summer concert series, and Cumberland County’s largest pageant.

Festivals and special events help define our great city, attract new business, and stimulate local economic growth. In an economic study performed during the 2018 festival, The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival’s estimated economic impact is over 8.1 million dollars. The 2018 festival was the largest yet and brought over 250,000 people to downtown Fayetteville over a four-day period.

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.

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 The Fayetteville Dogwood Fall Festival, Cumberland County's largest Pageant, and Fayetteville After 5.

The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is now an "Event of the Year" recipient within all event associations and organizations - local, state, region, and international.


2018 Event of the Year - Southeast Festivals and Events Association

The Fayetteville Observer’s Best of Fayetteville Best Event or Festival 2017

Up and Coming Weekly’s Best Local Festival/Event 2017

Southern Living’s South’s Best 2017 Best Festival Finalist 2017

North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events 2016 Best Sponsorship Packet

North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events 2016 Best Press Kit

North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events 2017 Best Press Kit

North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events 2017 Best Event Website

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