By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events below range from free happenings (majority) to mid-level and ticketed events.
Event information comes from organizers, event postings, and emailed announcements. Attempts are made to verify events from confirmed sources, or multiple sources when possible.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Angle of Imagination Art Show (April 27, 2017 @ 6-8pm)
Nash Community College’s Advertising and Graphic Design program will be holding their 8th-annual art show. Their featured artists will demonstrate their “Angle of Imagination.” Hors D’Oeuvres will be provided by the college’s culinary program, and music will be provided by a local jazz band. The show will be held in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC.
Teen Game Night (April 27, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30pm)
A variety of games will be available for play with friends or family. Held in the Teen Area and Computer Lab, Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information, contact Scott Houston at 252.442.1951 x.257.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (April 27, 2017)
Ready to start a business? Figure out those critical first steps toward entrepreneurship. Learn about researching the market and competitors, securing funds, and projecting results. Registration requested. Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale NC. Contact 919.217.5305 if interested.
Tar River Food and Wine Festival (April 27, 2017 @ 5-9pm)
Fundraising festival with food, wine, and jazz. Held at Rose Hill Plantation, 3815 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville NC. Tickets $60+fee. See details at tarriverwinefestival.com.
The Arts Council of Wilson’s 50th Anniversary (April 27, 2017 @ 5:30-8:30pm)
Be a part of this historic celebration of this 50th Anniversary at the Arts Council of Wilson, 124 Nash Street SE, Wilson NC. Includes live music from the Moonlight Swing Band, catering by Kitty Meares, dancing, and more. Tickets are $25 each, $40 per couple which includes drink tickets, door prize entries, and more. See www.wilsonarts.com/fund-drive.
Money Smart Week “Estate Planning” (April 27, 2017 @ 6-7pm)
Attorney Mike Eatmon of Etheridge, Hamlett, & Murray, LLP presents Estate Planning with Q&A session. Money Smart Week is a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their finances. This adult program is being held at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information, contact Kesha Joyner at 252.442.1951 x.253.
Science Cafe: Beavers: The Good, The Bad, The Busy (April 27, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm)
Held by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet Cafe, 121 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. Come and learn facts, figures, and history of beavers, including their history in NC. Speaker is Dave Woodward of NCSU. See more on the museum website here.
Friday, April 28, 2017
HerbFest (April 28-30, 2017)
Head to Wake Forest, North Carolina for the last weekend of this annual festival. Check out herbs, visit the vendors, and pick up plants for home. To navigate to the historic downtown area where HerbFest takes place, the suggested address is 525 S White Street, Wake Forest NC. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-4pm. To see more about this green festival, visit www.herbfest.net. No tickets are needed to attend this open, public event.
Pancake Supper (April 28, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30pm)
Come to this fundraiser at the Oasis of Love Tabernacle, 6525 Schooners Road, Bailey NC. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes plus eggs, sausage, and drink for $10. Proceeds benefit the church’s annual trip to Word of Deliverance Youth Camp in Berkley Springs WV. Eat-in (all you can eat) or take-out a plate. Updates on their Facebook page here.
Annual Charity Auction (April 28, 2017 @ 5:30pm)
This fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Zebulon includes a hospitality tent ($10), preview, and live auction with a variety of items from area businesses. Held at the Zebulon Rotary Club, W Sycamore Street, Zebulon NC. Auction preview starts at 5:30pm, with live auction beginning at 6:30pm. Entry to auction is free. Updates may be on their Facebook page.
Final Fridays: Westworld (April 28, 2017 @ 5:30-9pm)
Held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. This month’s Final Friday film is Westworld. There will be discussion of “reality and artificial intelligence” plus Q&A with an expert. Food and refreshments available for purchase starting at 5:30pm, with movie and presentation at 7pm. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Admission is $5 per person. See details on the museum website here.
Friday Night on White (April 28, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
The Town of Wake Forest holds free outdoor concerts along S White Street, Wake Forest NC. This Friday, enjoy music by The Magic Pipers. See details and future dates on the town website here. Next date is May 12, 2017.
Bye Bye Birdie Performance (April 28-30, 2017)
Come and enjoy this musical comedy about Conrad Birdie, “an Elvis Presley type rock and roll singer, is about to be inducted into the army.” Performed at the Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro NC. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Details and tickets at www.goldsboroparamount.com/bye-bye-birdie.
BBQ Capital Cook-Off (April 28-29, 2017)
Held in Uptown Lexington NC (Davidson County), “the barbecue capital of the world.” Music, barbecue, car show, and more. Plus, uptown shops open. To navigate, this address may be helpful: 13 E First Avenue, Lexington NC. See more on the official website at bbqcapitalcookoff.com.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Garden Club Plant Sale (April 29, 2017 @ 7am-1pm)
Two Green Thumbs Garden Club of Knightdale will be hosting a Plant Sale at Northside Community Church, 621 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC. Rain or shine, a variety of plants will be available for sale.
2017 Nash County Master Gardener Plant Sale (April 29, 2017 @ 8am-noon)
The annual spring plant sale features plants grown by Nash County Master Gardeners and local nurseries. Plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs will be for sale and Master Gardener volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions. Optionally, take part in the silent auction. Funds raised from the plant sale are used for the Nash County Arboretum and Master Gardener educational programs. RSVPs “Going” on their Facebook event page to be entered in a drawing for a plant sale gift certificate. Call 252.459.9810 with any questions. Held at the Nash County Arboretum, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville NC.
Annual Bunn Fun Walk/Run (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)
This 7th-annual event is fun and helps to raise funds — and gather canned goods — for “A Blessing” Soup Kitchen in Bunn. Organized by Bunn Family Dentistry, where can donations may be dropped off. Head on down to Bunn High School, 29 Bunn Elementary School Road, in Bunn NC to join the fun. Sign up at runnc.com/ra/r/7th-annual-bunn-fun-walk-run.
Rabies Clinic (April 29, 2017 @ 9-11am)
Foy Mart hosts a rabies clinic for cats and dogs each year. The clinic offers a rabies shot for $5. Foy Mart is located at 1329 Tant Road, in Spring Hope NC. Note that at this location, folks arrive early and start lining up. There is often a large crowd of people and their dogs and cats. Distemper or other vaccinations may be available. Check with the vet tech at the site. Animals must be leashed or in carriers. To receive a three-year rabies, previous year tag should be presented. Foy Mart host the clinic in their large parking lot, a veterinarian’s office (Dr. Goldman, 919.494.5500) runs this rabies clinic.
2017 SPCA K9-3K Dog Walk & Woofstock (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-2pm)
Fundraiser and community event for humans and dogs, organized by the SPCA of Wake County. Held at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary NC. Tickets and details available via the SPCA Wake website.
Farming Hemp For Profit Educational Seminar (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-5pm)
Held by The Hemp University at the Hampton Inn & Suite-Raleigh/Crabtree Valley, 3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh NC. Topics covered include growing and selling industrial hemp in NC, state regulations, Cannabidiol (CBD) oil extraction, fiber production, and much more. Speakers from across the United States come to share their knowledge and help NC’s potential industrial hemp farmers — or CBD oil and product creators — see the path ahead. Sponsor codes are available to purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $99. The Hemp University may be found at thehempuniversity.com, along with registration and sponsor codes.
Annual Preservation Trades Fair (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-4pm)
This special event offers a chance to meet and observe preservation specialists in carpentry, roofing, window repair, tools, paint, and more. There will also be presentations on architecture, cemeteries, and woodworking tools. Fee of $25 per person includes lunch. Designed for homeowners, contractors, and trades specialists. This event is part of the Edgecombe Community College “Historic Preservation Technology Program” and is being held at 2009 W Wilson Street, Tarboro NC.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market’s “Church Choir Appreciation Day” (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)
“ZFFM” is open Saturdays from May to October 2017. This year’s location is the same: Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC — just across Arendell from the Food Lion plaza. This Saturday in addition to the market there will be special performances by Zebulon-area church choirs throughout the market hours. See market updates on their Facebook page.
Zombie Escape at Panic Point (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-3pm)
Zombie Escape is “a 5k race through 20 obstacles, tons of mud, and of course countless zombies.” Try to survive the obstacle course without losing your “life lines” to the zombies. Held at the Mud Runs at Panic Point, 2739 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville NC. Registration as an adult non-zombie $45 and up. Zombies and kids, registrations available at lower rates. See details at www.raleighmudrun.com/registration.
Car Wash & Plate Sale Fundraiser (April 29, 2017 @ 9am-3pm)
Held at AutoZone, 900 S Memorial Drive, Greenville NC. Proceeds go toward local volunteer group, volunteer group, Total Domination Car, Truck, and Bike Club, future community happening. Car wash $8, truck wash $10, and hot dog plate sale $3.
Spring Fling (April 29, 2017 @ 10am-2pm)
Head to Deans Farm Market for this annual event with vendors, free face painting, games, music, food, inflatables, and more. U-pick strawberry fields too. Deans Farm Market is located at 4231 NC Hwy 42 W, Wilson NC. Market news is online at deansfarmmarket.com.
Super Hero Day (April 29, 2017 @ 10-11am)
Held by the Town of Zebulon at Whitley Park, 601 N Wakefield Street, Zebulon NC. Bring children ages 3-9 and their friends to this special costume (optional) event in the park.
Stepping Into The Past (April 29, 2017 @ 10am-3pm)
This weekly series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission. See more at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
Brown Bag Lunches (April 29, 2017 @ 11am-12:30pm)
Just about every Saturday, Zebulon United Methodist Church provides free “brown bag lunches” to anyone who drives or walks by the church at 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. For more information on food distribution for those in need, or to volunteer, visit www.zumchurch.org.
BBQ Pork Plate Sale (April 29, 2017 @ 11am-2pm)
Fundraiser for Living Word Ministries PFWB, held at their location 4784 US Highway 70 E, Goldsboro NC.
Art Of Murder Dinner Theatre (April 29-May 12, 2017)
Check out this comedy/drama about art, retribution, and murder. Held at the Barn Dinner Theatre, 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro NC. Tickets and show information available at www.barndinner.com or by calling 336.292.2211. April 29 showtime is 6pm. Some dates show begins at 1pm.
Eastern NC Film Festival (April 29, 2017)
This festival promotes a mix of amateur and professional filmmakers and actors. Held at Pitt Community College, in Winterville NC. Details on films and ticket availability are online at encff.com/passes-tickets.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Ivan Parker Concert (April 30, 2017 @ 6:30pm)
Come to this fifth-annual concert at Zebulon United Methodist Church, located at 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. Ivan Parker has shared his faith through music all over the world and received many awards throughout his career. Admission is free; however a love offering will be taken. Doors open at 5:30pm. For more information, call the church office at 919.269.9408 or contact Tom Evans at 919.269.8911.
Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival (May 2-4, 2017 and May 7-9, 2017)
Fourth-annual festival is presented “3 by 3” — three days over three weekends, beginning April 23-25. Held at the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington NC. Details and ticket information may be found at www.wilmingtonjff.org. Tickets on sale starting April 1.
Shearing Day at Clover C Farm (May 13, 2017 @ 8am-3pm)
Head over to Clover C Farm, 117 Cheves Road, Bunn NC. The farm is holding their annual shearing day with Fred Pugh III, master shearer. Come and watch this “age-old management practice” as the farm harvests wool from their flock. Check out hats and other goods made from the wool and learn too. The farm is on Facebook here.
Pondapalooza (May 13, 2017)
A full day of live music, food, craft beer and good clean fun. Bring the family and settle in for the day to celebrate our community at the Rocky Mount Mills, Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC. Find out more at koipondbrewingcompany.com.
Ed. Note: Event information gathered from various sources. While attempts are made to verify data, for most events contact details are included. If you’re planning to attend an event, use contact information or event links to confirm, check for updates or changes, or verify space is available. These events are publicized by The Grey Area News, but are not events overseen by this news site.