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.
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.