Downtown Benson offers a variety of special events throughout the year, from rodeos and parades to movies and live music. See the events below for more information.

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Looking for more? If so check out our events calendar or Benson's official Facebook page

Movie Night in the Grove

Are you looking for something free to do with your family and friends on a Friday night? Well then look no further. The Town of Benson Parks and Recreation hosts a Movie Night on the first and third Friday of every month during the summer.

Location & Time

  • Movies beginning in May will be held outdoors at the Downtown Singing Grove, weather permitting, and will begin at sunset.

Dates & Titles

For dates and movie titles, check the Calendar of Events, visit Benson's official Facebook page or contact Benson Parks and Recreation at 919-894-5117.

Benson Movie Night in the Grove
Benson Mule Days

Benson Mule Days

Benson, North Carolina celebrates Benson Mule Days® the fourth Saturday of September each year.

The kickoff concert is held that Thursday night in the historic Benson Singing Grove.

For 2019, Mule Days will celebrate its 70th year and will kick-off on Thursday, September 26, 2019!


This festival, which draws 60-70,000 people, is filled with family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with:
  • Arts and crafts
  • Bluegrass shows
  • Camping
  • Carnival rides
  • Parades
  • Rodeos
  • Street dances
  • Vendors and more

More Information

For more information contact the Benson Area Chamber Commerce at 919-894-3825 or visit the official website.

Trunk or Treat in Downtown Benson

A Town favorite, the annual trunk or treat takes place on Halloween, October 31, in downtown Benson.

Check back here for event updates as we get closer to October and watch our Facebook page for any event updates/news!

Run for the Brave 5K and Veteran's Day Celebration

The Veteran's Day Celebration and Run for the Brave 5k are hosted annually in downtown Benson and they offer Benson's residents and visitors a festive environment to celebrate the sacrifice of our nation's veterans.

If you join us on the first Saturday in November, you can expect:
  • the Run for the Brave 5K, hosted by Parks and Recreation and Run the East
  • the annual Veteran's Day Parade down Main Street
  • a celebration honoring our local veterans
  • Local vendors and food!

Vendor Application

If you're interested in being a vendor for an upcoming event simply download the application (PDF) and email it to Matt Smith, Benson Parks & Recreation Director or mail it to:
P.O. Box 69
Benson, NC 27504

More Information

For questions, contact Town Hall at 919-894-3553 or email Matt Smith, Benson Parks & Recreation Director.