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Don't Miss the Fun-Filled Down Home Festival in Bessemer City This Week!

Updated: Aug 14

If you're looking for a fun and exciting event this week, you will want to attend the Down Home Festival in Bessemer City, North Carolina. This three-day festival promises to be filled with family-friendly entertainment, delicious food, and various activities to keep everyone entertained.

Ferris Wheel at Down Home Festival in Bessemer City
Ferris Wheel at Down Home Festival in Bessemer City

Down Home Festival Logo Bessemer City

35th Annual Down Home Festival

Starting Thursday, families can enjoy rides and food vendors from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the "Family Night" event. Festival Rides will be located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Downtown Bessemer City. On Friday, the festival's main stage will open with an opening ceremony at 6:00 pm, followed by music from DJ Tim Johnson and a performance by the East Coast Party Band at 7:30 pm. The night will end with closing remarks at 10:00 pm.

The real fun begins on Saturday, with opening festivities and announcements at 12:00 pm. The Little Miss Down Home Festival Pageant will occur from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, followed by a Bessemer City High School Band performance from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Other performers include the Clint Lanford Band, Kenya Safari Acrobats, DJ Tim Johnson, and Dirty Grass Soul. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks show.


The Down Home Festival is not just about the entertainment and activities - it's also about the delicious food! With various food vendors on site, there will be something to satisfy every craving. Whether you're in the mood for savory barbeque, sweet treats, or refreshing drinks, the vendors at the festival have got you covered. From classic fair foods like funnel cakes and corn dogs to more unique options, there's no shortage of tasty options. So come hungry and indulge in all the culinary delights the Down Home Festival offers!


The festival will also feature a variety of vendors selling unique products and gifts. Sun's Jewelry, a vendor from Gastonia, will showcase its stunning collection of handmade jewelry pieces. Custom Gifts By Forever Yours will also display handmade gifts, perfect for any occasion. Visitors can stop by the Otis Merchandise Gallery, a local Bessemer City vendor, to see their selection of merchandise and souvenirs. And for those looking for trendy fashion accessories, Jewels Collection Boutique LLC from Gastonia will be selling their signature items. All these and more will create a diverse selection, and there is something for everyone at the Down Home Festival.

Throughout the festival, there will also be street performers and activities like face painting, ensuring that there's something for everyone to enjoy.


We are excited to announce the return of our Miss Down Home Festival Pageant on Saturday, May 13, at 12:30 pm (check-in) in Downtown Bessemer City. We look forward to having you with us!


  • Thursday, May 11, 6 pm-9 pm

  • Friday, May 12, 6 pm-10 pm

  • Saturday, May 13, 12 pm-10 pm

Cash, credit/debit for tickets, and food payment methods are accepted. Games are cash only, and ATMs will be available on-site.

Make the time to visit Bessemer City this week and experience all the fun and excitement the Down Home Festival offers.

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