Annual Events

Columbus 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Easter-2019.jpgSaturday, March 28, 2020 at 11 AM – 2 PM Stearns Park

Columbus Fire & Rescue will be hosting our 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stearns Park in Columbus, NC! This event is free to the public! Bring your kids for games and prizes! There will be different egg hunts for different age groups.
Address: 125 E. Mills street.

Family fun!


Farmer’s Market

May 2 – November 7, 2020
Saturdays, 8AM – 12PM
Location: On Courthouse Street in Columbus, NC

The Columbus Farmers Market is temporarily located at the Polk County High School, 1681 NC Hwy 108 Columbus, NC​ for DRIVE-THRU ONLY. The vendors’ and customers’ safety is our top priority during these challenging times. Please bear with us during this transition as we are working to make the market operate as smooth as possible for everyone.

Over 40 different vendors, products include fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts and plants.  For more information, call (828) 894-2281


Child Abuse and Prevention Walk

photo courtesy of PolkNCInfo

             Friday, April 5,  4 to 6 p.m., at  Sterns Park 

Sponsored by the Polk County Community Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Team, the event also will feature hot dogs, lawn games, a bouncyhouse, music, information, T-shirt giveaways and other prizes – all for free.


North Carolina Tourism Day

Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the I-26 East Welcome Center.

The Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America
The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.



Bicycle Safety Rodeo

April 27, 2019

Children got a chance to show off their bike riding skills and safety in Columbus in a bike rodeo. There are stations to teach about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike and bikes were also checked to make sure they were safe and not broken in any way.


Columbus Fire Dept BBQ & Gospel Sing

poster of 46th Annual Columbus Department BBQ and Gospel SingJuly 2 – July 3, 2020

This four-day event is one of the longest-running events in Polk County.  Each year BBQ is sold during the day beginning at 11 a.m., and through the evenings. The music begins at 7 p.m. each evening in the adjoining Veterans Park and features nationally known and local music southern and bluegrass gospel groups. NO BBQ, EVENT SCALED BACK TO 2 DAYS. Contact James Metcalf 828-817-3722



Fabulous Fourth

Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Downtown Columbus

The 56th Annual Fabulous 4th will take place in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The day is filled with family fun, food, and entertainment, ending with spectacular fireworks.    CANCELLED


Music in the Park

August – September 2020

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy free  music in Stearns Park. If it rains, the event will be moved into Stearns Gym. Sponsored by Discover Columbus.

No dogs or alcoholic beverages, please.



Woodcarvers and Whittlers Festival

Saturday, October 3, 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in front of the Courthouse.

The Discover Columbus Committee would like to announce an annual event for the whole family.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 3rd, for the Columbus Woodcarvers and Whittlers Festival on the lawn of the historic Courthouse in Columbus and Gibson St. CANCELLED


Halloween Fun Walk

October 31st 5:00PM – 7:00PM



Home Town Christmas

(First Saturday in December)

December 7, 2019

Parade at 4:00PM – Twas the Night Before Christmas festivities at 6:00PM 

The Columbus Fire Department and Discover Columbus Committee invites people to celebrate the holidays with its Christmas parade through downtown on Mills Street and other activities in Stearn’s Park


Special Events

CYCLE North Carolina, Mountain Ride

Saturday & Sunday, August 7-9, 2020

Photo courtesy of the World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper, our own Tryon Daily Bulletin

This year the Cycle NC will be August 7,8 & 9 in Forest City. They will be coming through Polk County on Sunday  Equestrian Center and Over Mountain Winery  are two of the water stops.

Get the latest info here!