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April 30-May 5, 2024
91st Annual NC Strawberry Festival
Chadbourn, North Carolina


May -, 2024
Annual North Carolina Brewers & Music Fest
Huntersville, North Carolina
EVENT PAUSED FOR 2024 - RETURNS IN 2025.  Presented by Historic Rural Hill, an educational and cultural historic site, the fest features tasting NC's finest craft beers, a day packed full of great music, food, children’s activities, beer education, and a chance to learn about area non-profits.

May 3, 2024 - School Lunch Hero Day - Nationwide
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 3-4, 2024 - Annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse
Kinston, North Carolina
Non-stop activities, entertainment and the best BBQ in North Carolina.  The Largest Whole Hog Cook-Off in the World.

May 4, 2024 - Annual Ham & Yam Festival - Smithfield, North Carolina
Held every year the first weekend in May, the festival features an open cooking contest using either hams or yams in casseroles, desserts or main dishes. There are also hundreds of arts and craft booths, music, entertainment, children’s games, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits and special events. (also: )

May 11, 2024  20th Annual Hickory Hops Brewer's Festival
Hickory, North Carolina
The annual festival will feature the handcrafted beers of over 50 Craft Breweries.

May 12, 2024 - Mother's Day - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 16-26, 2024 - Asheville Beer Week - Asheville, North Carolina
Celebrating everything craft beer-related in the Western North Carolina region.


May 17-19, 2024  Got To Be NC Festival - Raleigh, North Carolina
Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Gate Admission and Parking are FREE! North Carolina food companies, breweries and wineries will be sampling and selling some of the most delightful flavors North Carolina has to offer at the Homegrown Marketplace, presented by Lowes Foods. Admission into the Homegrown Marketplace is $3, but you'll receive $2 in Lowes Bucks to spend inside the Marketplace!  Attendance: 125,000.

May 17-19, 2024  North Carolina Potato Festival
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Largest Family Festival in Northeastern North Carolina, celebrating one of the area’s largest crops. Fun, Food and Entertainment in downtown Elizabeth City, the “Harbor of Hospitality”.  Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, National Potato Peeling Contest, Food, Street Fair, Live Entertainment, Rides, Games and Much More.  Over 25,000 in attendance.  Come and Stay All Day!    Attendance: 25,000.

May 18, 2024 - Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

May 18, 2024  21st Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival
Elkin, North Carolina
North Carolina's Best Wine All In One Place.  Looking to try several North Carolina wines without having to drive back and forth across the beautiful countryside of the Yadkin Valley? We are the best source for North Carolina wine when you are looking to try the Yadkin Valley's finest. We hope you'll come visit us at this years Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. It's wine, food, crafts, great music and more!

May 19, 2024  Triangle Springfest - Raleigh, North Carolina
Moore Square.

May 25-26, 2024  Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament
Cherokee, North Carolina
Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. With your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit, covering both tournament days, you can compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee, NC; only the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters are excluded.

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
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May 31-June 5, 2022  Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering
Cherokee, North Carolina
Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.  Featuring exquisitely crafted gourd art, this year’s Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering brings together collectors and exhibiting artists for a weekend of live demonstrations, classes, competitions and a spectacular art market offering stunning works of gourd art, materials, tools and supplies. Come see how an inexpensive, traditionally utilitarian component of the Cherokee household is transformed into a piece of artwork!

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May 20-21, 2021  Thrive NC - Raleigh, North Carolina
The festival will feature more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants serving food and drink samples. Live entertainment, including chef demonstrations and music, will also highlight the night.  All ticket sales proceeds will be donated to local non-profits that address food insecurity in our community.

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May 2-5, 2020  Savor Blowing Rock - Blowing Rock, North Carolina

May 30, 2020  11th Annual Beer City Beer Festival
Asheville, North Carolina
Located in Roger McGuire Park -- designated by the city as Asheville's Front Porch -- this beer festival is the capstone event of Asheville Beer Week.  To commemorate the 10th year, BCF is taking a fresh, new approach to the average beer fest. Beer City Festival is partnering with Asheville Van Life to throw Asheville lawn party. The vans will serve as "tour-able" pouring stations, with breweries partnering with attending van lifers. General admission tickets are $45 and include entrance to the festival, live music and unlimited beer samples is from 1pm-5pm. VIP'ers get in for an exclusive VIP hour beginning at 12pm and receive food, an exclusive restroom and branded lawn chairs to enjoy during the fest.

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May 18, 2019 - 18th Annual Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Culinary Judging of the 20 Cooking Teams for Prizes by Professional Judges Licensed by the North Carolina Pork Council. BBQ Meal under the Big Top, Strawberry Shortcake, Children's Games, and more.

May 25, 2019 - Strawberry Festival - Cherokee, North Carolina
Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Strawberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space available.

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May 5, 2018 - Celebrity Chef Tour - Asheville, North Carolina
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs


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events still waiting for new dates

May 7, 2017 - Gazette Beer Fest - Gastonia, North Carolina
Join us for a great afternoon of sampling NC Craft Beer & Wines!  The fun includes a DJ, live bands, lawn games, Food Trucks (including Cupcake Wagon, Dragon Boat & more! One flat rate tickets allows you to sample* the entire time.  Get the best deal by purchasing your ticket in advance! Special rates for designated drivers!

May 27, 2017  Mayfest Blues and BBQ - Mocksville, North Carolina
RayLen Vineyards and Winery.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

May 6-7, 2016 - Vanceboro Strawberry Festival & Rescue Day
Vanceboro, North Carolina
Truck loads of strawberries will be available and there will be a fruit-filled menu--from strawberry funnel cakes to strawberry pies. Live entertainment, a pageant, parade, crafts, food vendors and rides. Benefits the Vanceboro Rescue Squad.

May 14, 2016  SoulFood Festival - Charlotte, North Carolina

May 28, 2016  Annual Battle of the Barbeque - Henrico, North Carolina
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT.  BBQ cooked all night and judged and sold on Saturday Mary 28, 2016



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