9th Annual Ava Gardner Festival


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9th Annual Ava Gardner Festival



  • Todd Johnson


  • 325 E. Market St.
    Smithfield NC 27577


At this year’s festival, the Ava Gardner Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Night of the Iguana.”

Highlights will include a "Mad About Ava" Cocktail Party on Friday, October 4. There will be specialty drinks at nearby wineries, breweries and area restaurants, where visitors can show off their ‘60s-inspired costumes to win cash prizes. The museum will have new exhibits related to the film, specialty drinks and hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and a raffle for a vacation getaway.

On Saturday, the museum will be open for tours of the new exhibits, heritage tours to Ava's birthplace, the teacherage and other points of interest along the Ava Gardner Heritage Trail. There will be free showings of “The Night of the Iguana” in the museum's theatre.

Admission: Call for admission

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35° 30' 39.9594" / Longitude: -78° 20' 44.16"


325 E. Market St. Smithfield NC 27577

Special Directions:

I-95, Exit 95. Take US Hwy 70 West for 1 mile into downtown Smithfield. Museum will be on the right.

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