Happenings at the Farm

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Events Calendar

Here are some events we’ve planned throughout the year, but the best way to stay up-to-date on what we’re doing at Darnell Farms, is to follow us on Facebook. Sometimes we just like to do something fun without planning!

Our events generally include some combination of the following: unique handcrafted items directly from vendors, live entertainment, bounce houses, waterslides during most summer events, traditional Appalachian demonstrations, food trucks, and much, much more.

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Festivals, Events & Activities

Spring Events

Sweetheart Festival – 2/8/25

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Be sure to come out and enjoy the first festival of the year our Sweetheart Festival on Saturday, February 10th. Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and find the perfect Valentine’s gift from our wide variety of vendors.

Saint Patrick’s Fest  – 3/16/24

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Vendors, crafters, artists, live music, demonstrations, special activities, foods, and of course… our famous DreamWhips.

Easter Eggstravaganza – 3/23/24

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This annual event is an extremely popular and free to the community Easter Egg Hunt.  Families come from as far away as Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee with their children.

Farmland Heritage Festival – 4/20/24

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Darnell Farms is in a Farmland Preservation Trust forever.  It was our long term goal to secure this amazing land for generations to come.  With the help of others we reached our goal.   Come out and celebrate our farm with us.  We will have vendors, live music, guest speakers, and more.

Spring Field Trips – 5/1/24 – 6/14/24
Wednesday – Friday, 9AM, 10:30AM, Noon.

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Book your educational field trip at Darnell Farms. Our trips include a hayride, an educational discussion about farming, pick your own strawberries, access to our playgrounds, picnic tables, and of course one of our famous field trip sized DreamWhip’s. Email david.darnellfarms@gmail.com to book your group.

Spring Fling Festival – 5/4/24

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Craft Vendors, hands on kids activities, music on stage, food trucks, and much more.

Strawberry Jam – 5/18 & 5/19/24

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Annual Strawberry Jam, our biggest ever!
Vendors
Inflatables
Live bands each day
Pie eating contest
Two-day event
U-Pick Strawberries
and much, much more…

Summer Events

Summer Splash – 6/15/24

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Craft vendors, water inflatables, water slip n slides, food trucks, water balloons, water guns, live music, and much more. 

Sweet Corn Festival – 7/6 & 7/7/24

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This is a 2-day event, Fresh roasted corn all weekend long! Food trucks, vendors, live bands, demonstration artist, hands on kids activities, bounce houses (weather permitting), corn eating contest, and much more.

Sunflower Hippie Festival – 7/20/24

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Unique Hippie Vendors, Tie dye station for do it yourself tie dye, bubble garden, hula hoop performances, food trucks, face painting, live music, dancing, Volkswagen bugs and buses, photo stations, and much more.

Peach Jam – 8/3/24

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Vendors, live music, bounce houses (weather permitting), peach pie eating contest, food trucks, and much more.

Mater Fest – 8/17/24

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Live music, vendors, demonstrations, mater eating contest, and much more…

Fall Events

Pickle Fest – 8/31/24 – 9/1/24

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Vendors, crafters, artists, hayrides, live music, demonstrations, special activities, foods, pickle eating contest, and much more.

Fall Hayrides & Corn Maze – 9/14 – 11/3/24

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(hayrides, pumpkin patch, corn maze)
Hayrides to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your perfect pumpkin.  Take a stroll out and enjoy getting lost in our corn maze.  BOOK YOUR HAYRIDE AND CORN MAZE.

Fall Field Trips – 9/18 – 11/8/24
Wednesday – Friday, 9AM, 10:30AM, Noon

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Book your educational field trip at Darnell Farms. Our trips include a mile long hayride, an educational discussion about farming, pick your own pumpkin, access to our playgrounds, picnic tables, and of course one of our famous field trip sized DreamWhip’s. Email david.darnellfarms@gmail.com to book your group.

Fall Frenzy Festival – 9/21/24

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Vendors, crafters, artists, hayrides, live music, demonstrations, special activities, foods, and much more.

Bluegrass River Jam – 10/5/24

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Bluegrass bands performing throughout the day, craft vendors, food trucks, hands on activities, live demonstrations, and much more…

Plow Days Festival  – 10/19 & 10/20/24

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Vendors, crafters, artists, hayrides, live music, demonstrations, special activities, foods, and much more.

Christmas Events

Christmas Wonderland – 11/27 – 12/01/24, 12/06 – 12/08/24, 12/13 – 12/15/24, & 12/20 – 12/24/24.

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Come enjoy the annual tradition of a hayride through the lights and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.  This family friendly experience has been a huge hit from our very first year.  Check back after Halloween to book your experience.  Why not buy your fresh-cut Christmas Tree while at the farm?

Christmas Tree Sales – Begins 11/26/24

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Live trees, wreaths and so much more.

Santa’s Workshop – 11/30/24

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Vendors for Christmas shopping, stocking stuffers and so much more, hot chocolate station, food truck, fire pits to relax around, photos with Santa and his Elf, and much more…

Farm is Closed – December 24, 2024 to February 7, 2025

Darnell Christmas Tree Lot

 

Pick-out your locally sourced Fresh Cut NC Christmas Trees, Handmade Wreaths and much more.

Enjoy Hayrides, Christmas lights, hot cocoa and fun for your family.