Genuine Smithfield’s Olden Days Festival – June 29 & 30

Enjoy an old-fashioned, family-friendly good time at Smithfield’s Olden Days Festival on Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30. Begun in the 1980’s, Olden Days has been one of the most popular community events to take place annually in Smithfield. Join us for old-fashioned fun for all ages in charming Downtown Historic Smithfield.

Come for the weekend! Make reservations at one of our terrific lodgers, the Smithfield Station, the Smithfield Inn or Mansion on Main B&B, all within easy walking distance to the festival, or at the Hampton Inn – Smithfield, located just outside of town.


Friday, June 29, 2018

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thrift on 300
Stroll along the 300 block of Main St. for an outdoor sale of flea market & vintage items, overstocks, garage sale items & more.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Car Cruz-In Car Show
The street will close at 5 p.m. on the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street for a Cruz-In Car Show of antique and classic cars.

7:30 pm – 9 pm
Rhondels Concert
Bring a blanket or chair – and your friends and family – as we kick off Olden Days with this free concert at the Smithfield Times Gazebo.

8 pm – 9:45 pm
Historic Ghost Walk
Purchase your tickets early for this popular event! The Ghost Walks will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse and groups will set out every 15 minutes until the last group at 9:45 p.m. Be sure to wear comfy shoes as you enjoy the stories told by “spirited” interpreters of our historic sites. Tickets sell out fast and are available at the Visitor Center (319 Main Street). Adults: $8, Children: 6 – 12 years old: $5, (children ages 5 and under are free)

Saturday, June 30

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Smithfield Farmer’s Market
Located in the BSV bank parking lot, the award winning market features live music, veggies, fruit, plants, food vendors, local artists and crafters.

10:00 a.m.
Kids, Bike & Pet Parade
Line up in front of Riddick’s Law office at Main and Cary Streets. The parade ends at the Smithfield Times Gazebo where judging and awards will take place just afterwards. Decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, scooters, golf carts, people and pets are welcome.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Children’s Area
Kids will enjoy lots of activities in Joyner Field located behind the “When Pigs Fly…”  Shop. Featuring inflatable slide, moonwalk, obstacle course, arts & crafts, and more!

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Short Rows” Antique Tractor Exhibit
Smithfield Times Lawn

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Artisans and other Vendors
Main Street

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Festival Food Vendors
NEW LOCATION! Joyner Field – located behind the “When Pigs Fly…” Shop

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Toys for Tots Car Show
Antique Cars will line the 100 & 200 blocks of Main Street. Awards Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. For more information or to enter call 757-880-7191 or email

11:00 a.m.
“In Reserve: The Navy in Isle of Wight County” Lecture at the Isle of Wight Museum
Learn the history of the James River Reserve Fleet, also referred to as the “Ghost Fleet.”

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Justin McCurry Concert
At the Smithfield Times Gazebo

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Dance Performances
Local studios, Southside Ballet and Footnotes School of Dance will perform at the Smithfield Times Gazebo.

2:00 p.m.
Merman Magic Show
At the Smithfield Times Gazebo.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Main Street Baptist Church Praise Vocal Group
Enjoy the sounds of this talented choir at the Smithfield Times Gazebo.

3:00 p.m.
Pagan River Raft Race
This annual family fun race takes place by the Smithfield Station bridge. There are two categories: Huck Finn (homemade rafts) and Modified (the raft hull is a former watercraft disguised as a raft). The winner of two heats will battle for King or Queen of the Creek. Rafts must be manually powered. Prizes will be awarded in several categories such as: Most Likely to Sink and Best Spirit. Contact Smithfield Station at 757-357-7700 for more information on entering.

Check out highlights from last year’s Olden Days Festival.