Backstreet Music Festival

The Backstreet Festival showcases a parade, art, diverse music, dancing, food, bike show and it provides an opportunity for the entire Duplin County and surrounding areas to come together for a very special celebration of the arts and diverse culture. The music will include gospel, R&B, GOGO band, jazz, rhythm and blues, and country. Also, the festival will have bounce rides, water slides, car and bike show, and live entertainment from 919 Band from Raleigh and Michael Jackson impersonator from Atlanta, GA. 

JJ Hairston Concert

Kenansville Eastern Missionary Baptist Association and 25th KEMBA Youth & Family Empowerment Conference presents: JJ Hairston. Gospel artist of “You Deserve It” Guest Speaker / Vocalist will perform at the Duplin County Events Center on April 27th. 

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise

Chart topping, GRAMMY®nominated, Billboard Music Award and multiple Stellar Award-winning JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise are hailed for their high-energy live shows and hit melodies that have driven the sounds of gospel, contemporary worship and praise forward since their first album in 2001. JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise have inspired listeners everywhere for over 15 years, with beloved songs “Awesome God,” “Resting on His Promise,” “After This,” “Lord You’re Mighty,” “Bless Me” “You Deserve It,” and more. 

Duplin Agribusiness Fair

Duplin County Fair is October 16th – 19th at the Duplin County Events Center! 

Fair Times
5-9 pm Wednesday & Thursday, 5-10 Friday, and 11am-10pm on Saturday

Inners Shows is the amusement rides and carnival vendor for the fair. Wrist bands for unlimited rides will be available each day of the fair. Wrist bands will be $17 on Wednesday and $20 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Earth Day Celebration – NC Science Fest

Visit the Cowan Museum of History and Science for a celebration of our extraordinary planet. During our Earth Day party, people of all ages may enjoy the following:

  • Hands-on activities about earth science and astronomy provided by the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network.
  • Learn about silkworms and paint on silk!
  • See paintings done by birds from the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary and meet some of their feathered residents. There will also be a Meet & Greet with the “Pirates for Parrots” author and Charlie, the Picasso of Parrots.
  • Raffle/prizes (a chance to win a dinosaur tooth)!
  • Tree planting ceremony.
  • Nature photography exhibit/sale.
  • Food!
  • Plant sale in the historical park’s General Store.
  • New Earth Day-related additions to our Little Free Library.
  • Plus, our neighbors at Liberty Hall Restoration will hold their Heritage Day, where one may learn the science behind everyday activities in the 1800s, like laundry

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org. This event is part of Cowan Museum’s NC Science Fest!

Science-Farm Day – NC Science Fest

Visit Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum for a fun-filled day of farm activities… with science! This event is part of Cowan Museum’s NC Science Fest! 

  • Take a selfie with baby goats, chickens, and ducks from the University of Mount Olive!
  • Make ice cream with James Sprunt Community College (free samples for the public) and milk a model cow!
  • Learn from East Duplin High School how apple cider and apple cider vinegar is made. Free apple cider samples for the public.
  • Demos of turpentine distillation.
  • Demos of grafting grape vines by Mill Branch Vineyards. Free grape juice samples for the public.
  • Make edible soil profiles with the Duplin Agribusiness Academy.
  • Talk to a beekeeper and learn the science of how honey is made (with free honey tasting).
  • Sandwiches for sale from the Country Barn!

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org.

Alternative Energy Day Tour – NC Science Fest

Get ready to embark on a journey that will provide a behind-the-scenes view of how Duplin County produces alternative energy. People joining the tour will learn:

  • How hog waste is converted to energy at Smithfield.
  • What types of plants are raised for biofuels at the NCSU Williamsdale Research Farm.
  • The tour will begin at: Cowan Museum of History and Science

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org. This event is part of Cowan Museum’s NC Science Fest! 

Stargazing at Cabin Lake – NC Science Fest

Enjoy an evening of stargazing and educational adventures at Cabin Lake County Park! This event is part of Cowan Museum’s NC Science Fest. 

  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., there will be fun hands-on activities and stories for kids with the Duplin County Library!
  • 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. take a tour of the night sky with the Cape Fear Astronomical Society, where one will see a star cluster, star systems, and galaxies.

For questions about the event contact the Cowan Museum of History and Science at (910) 296-2149, or visit www.cowanmuseum.org.

Mad Boar’s Valentine’s Dinner

Treat that special someone in your life to a night of great food and drinks at the Mad Boar this Valentine’s Day. Chef Lawrence has created a menu to satisfy all of your senses, including a welcome glass of sparkling wine. Both you and your sweetie get your choice for each of the four delectable courses at only $65 total (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are required, whether you’re eating the prix fixe meal or not, as this is one of our busiest nights of the year. Call us at 910-285-8888 to secure a table for the two of you and say “I love you” with dinner this February 14th.


Duplin Winery’s Valentine’s Dinner

Valentine's Day Dinner at The BistroThe Bistro at Duplin Winery in Rose Hill will be open for romantic dining on February 14th in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Guests can enjoy a special gourmet menu that highlights the local flavors of North Carolina mingled with Duplin’s finest wines. Not only will you delight your special someone with The Bistro’s fine dining, but your taste buds will also savor each bite full of rich flavors. While dining, live romantic music will help set the stage for an enchanting evening with the one you love.

Limited seating is available, please make reservations by calling 800.774.9634 in advance.

Gaylon Pope & SweetWater Variety Dinner Show

The Country Squire Presents Dinner-Show… Join us for an evening you do not want to miss! Featuring Gaylon & SweetWater’s Variety Show with their new LIVE Band; plus a great dinner! Your ticket includes both dinner and show. YOU MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS! For reservations, menu, prices, Group Information and other information call The Country Squire at: 910-296-1727. The Country Squire is located at: 748 NC-Hwy. 24 50 Warsaw, NC.