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.
In addition to the events below, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds is hosting multiple events. Their March list may be found online here.
A variety of coastal events may be found via What’s On Wilmington’s calendar.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Free Tax Service (March 2, 3, and 4, 2017 @ 9am)
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be holding a Free Tax Service every Thursdays and Fridays 9am-5pm, and Saturdays 9am-12:30pm, in the Town Council Chambers, Harold D. Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC. This free service is first come, first served and will run through April 13, 2017. More dates may be listed here.
Adult Movie and Munchies (March 2, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30pm)
Free adult program/event. Enjoy snacks and a movie in the Computer Lab at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For movie title or information, contact Kesha Joyner at 252.442.1951 x.253 or via email. Additional Movie and Munchies on April 6, 2017.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Seussical The Musical (March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12, 2017)
Performances will be at The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, located at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. If you have any questions, contact the Theater Manager of the Imperial Centre via email, or visit the website at imperialcentre.org.
(CANCELED) First Friday Coffee (March 3, 2017 @ 7:30-8:30am)
Held by the Nashville NC Chamber of Commerce each month on the first Friday. Gather at the Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. Each First Friday Coffee is sponsored by a local business and coffee is provided to meeting attendees.
Ferrells Fire & Rescue Fish Fry (March 3, 2017)
The signs are up on the side of the road… Ferrells F&R is holding a fish fry tonight. Last year, it started at 5:30pm. This volunteer fire department+EMS, is located in the Samaria area along Route 97, near the junction with Highway 231. The fire station address is 9589 NC-97, Middlesex NC. Stop by to pick up a tasty meal and help the department raise funds.
Teen Science Cafe: Following Floods Downstream (March 3, 2017 @ 6-7pm)
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences presents this special presentation on flooding. According to the museum event description, “Russell Rhodes, the de facto flood mayor of Kinston, will discuss the environmental, social, and economic costs associated with stormwater runoff and how flooding from one storm can affect two areas so differently.” This event is free and all teens are welcome. No sign-up needed to attend. Held at the Daily Planet Cafe, 121 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
ABC Craft and Learn: A Kindergarten Readiness Program (March 4 and 11, 2017 @ 10:30-11:15am)
Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in this free, interactive program with an alphabet craft to nurture pre-reading skills through writing and play and to give opportunity to develop fine motor skills children require to start school. No registration needed. Held at Wendell Community Library, 207 S Hollybrook Road, Wendell NC.
This reading program is also being held on this date, 10:30-11:30am, at Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon NC.
On Saturdays at 11:30am, the program is held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party (March 4, 2017 @ 10am-noon)
The Edgecombe County Memorial Library is holding a Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. Kids of all ages are invited to join in this free event, which will feature Dr. Seuss stories, games, crafts, snacks, and door prizes. Edgecombe County Memorial Library is located at 909 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. Visit www.edgecombelibrary.org or call the library at 252.823.1141.
International Festival of Cultures (March 4, 2017 @ noon-4pm)
Celebrate the diverse cultures of Rocky Mount. There will be food and entertainment. Held in the Brown Auditorium, Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC.
Dig In! (March 4, 2017 @ 8:15am-2pm)
This annual event is organized by Advocates for Health in Action, and held at the Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett Street, Raleigh NC. All are invited to “Get all the “dirt” on starting and maintaining community, school and child care gardens and learn about the growing urban ag scene in Wake County.” Tickets $15-$25. See more on the event webpage.
Party with a Purpose (March 4, 2017 @ 7-11pm)
Saturday enjoy this black-tie ticketed event hosted at the Wendell Community Center, 601 West Third Street, Wendell NC. The party theme is Mardi Gras, and includes a silent auction, raffle, entertainment, and a best mask contest. Fundraiser for the Wendell Appearance Commission (link) with funds raised going towards public art, including a mascot statue. For more information or tickets, contact Patrick Reidy, Planner, via email or call 919.365.4448.
Wilson Spring EXPO 2017 (March 4, 2017 @ 10am-5pm)
Spring EXPO brings together businesses, service providers, and local organizations for a day of information sharing and networking. The event is at Wilson Recreation Center, 500 Sunset Road, Wilson NC. Limited vendor booths are available. See more here, including contact information for vendors. As with prior years, this event is presented by Greenlight Community Broadband.
NC MUFON Chapter Meeting (March 4, 2017 @ 2-4:30pm)
NC MUFON is holding its next chapter meeting at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street, Asheboro NC. Guest speaker is author, and longtime UFO investigator, Rob Shelsky. Mr. Shelsky will be sharing research and information from his book, Deadly UFOs and the Disappeared. There will also be updates on NC UFO reports, and a review of last year’s cases. UFO books and DVDs will be given as door prizes. There is no admission charge for the meeting, however a $5 donation would be appreciated. Meet for an early dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting. See more at www.mufon-nc.com/upcoming-events.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Sundry Poets (March 5, 2017 @ 2-3:15pm)
Held at Quail Ridge Books-North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh NC. Come enjoy poetry with poets Sally Mohney, Jane Shlensky, and David Poston. More details and additional location events at www.quailridgebooks.com/event.
Cilantro Class (March 5, 2017 @ 2-4pm)
Head over to Toad Song Farm, 14765 Buffalo Road, Clayton NC, to learn more about Cilantro, participate in activities, and taste recipes including cilantro. Class cost is $20 per person. To find out if a seat is still available, call Mary at 919.815.6090. Updates and event information available via the farm’s Facebook page.
Small Business Seminar: Business Essentials (March 7, 2017 @ 5:45-7:45pm)
The North Carolina Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service will present this seminar. Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. Location for this business seminar is Braswell Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information and to register, visit dornc.com/business/smallbusseminars.html.
Paramount Movie Nights (March 7, 2017 @ 7pm)
Come for a special showing of Spaceballs on the movie’s 30th anniversary. Tickets for Movie Nights are free for age 12 and Under with a paying adult. Adult tickets are $5 per person. Held at the City of Goldsboro’s Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro NC. See more here.
Family Movie Night (March 10, 2017 @ 7pm)
Come on the second Friday of each month for this free movie and popcorn event by the Zebulon Parks and Recreation Department. Open to all ages. Held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. A parent/guardian must be present. Call 919.823.0432 for movie title. Additional movie night on April 14, 2017. See more here.
Tree Giveaway (March 11, 2017 @ 9am-4pm)
Hosted by We Plant It Forward, come get free tree seedling. Seedlings will be given out while supplies last along with planting instructions. Held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. See more at www.weplantitforward.org.
Annual Carolina Mudcats National Anthem Tryouts (March 11, 2017 @ 10am-noon)
Are you interested in performing the National Anthem at a Mudcats game this season? The Mudcats are holding open tryouts for National Anthem singers and pre-game entertainers. Tryouts will be at Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39, Zebulon NC. Registration begins at 9am on the third base side of the stadium. Auditions will be held on a first come, first served basis. See more here. All performers with questions are encouraged to call the Mudcats front office at 919.269.2287, or email Becca Holtgreive.
Carolina Collector Auto Fest (March 10-11, 2017)
The 30th Annual Spring Carolina Collector Auto Fest returns! Hours on Friday are 10am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm. Held at the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. See more at www.carolinacollectorautofest.com.
Kids in the Kitchen Program (March 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 2017 @ 4:30-5:30pm)
Chef Victor Moore leads this class at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Chef and kids ages 8-12 create sliders, grilled cheese, and more with an emphasis on cleanliness, food prep, and fun. Event is $25 for residents, $30 for non-residents. Limited space. Call 919.823.0432 for details or to register.
Poisonous Plants on Horse Farms (March 23, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
Educational event planned at the Franklin County Extension Annex (103 S Bickett Blvd), in Louisburg NC. Registration is required; call 919.496.3344 to sign up.
2017 Come to the Table Conference (March 16, 2017 @ 8am-5pm)
This Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) event is a biennial gathering of food, faith, and farm advocates focused on relieving hunger and strengthening local, sustainable agriculture in NC. Tickets are $30. Exhibitor space is $75. The conference location is the Durham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan Street, Durham NC. See program, schedule, and keynote details at rafiusa.org/cttt.
152nd Anniversary “War So Terrible” (March 18-19 @ 10am-4pm)
Held at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks NC. View examples of modern military field hospitals, or tour the Harper House to learn about Civil War era medicine. Daytime programs feature artillery, infantry, and home-front demonstrations throughout both days, and are free. A Saturday night hospital-reenactment is available with tickets, which will only be available the day of the event. See www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi for more information.
Write It!: Elements of Writing (March 22, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm)
Explore the elements of writing with well-known local authors. Registration requested for this free event. Held at East Regional Library 946 Steeple Square Ct, Knightdale NC. Call 919.217.5300 to register or for details.
Teen Game Night (March 23, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30pm)
On Thursday, a variety of games will be available for play with friends or family. Join the fun in the Teen Area and Computer Lab. Braswell Memorial Library is located at 727 N Grace Street, in Rocky Mount NC. For more information, contact Scott Houston, Teen and Information Services Librarian, at 252.442.1951 x.257. Future game night date is April 27, 2017.
Coloring Club (March 25, 2017 @ 3:15-4:30pm)
Open to teenagers and adults, this club is for stress relief through quiet conversation, relaxation, and contemplation while coloring. Materials are provided. Held in the Wiley Conference Room at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. Call 252.442.1951 with questions.
ProTown BMX 2017 (March 25, 2017 @ 11am-3pm)
Come out to Downtown Wendell and be in awe when professional bikers catch air on Main Street at this free event. ProTown BMX is high energy, fast paced and the opportunity for extreme biker enthusiasts to watch, meet, and hear about bike safety from professionals who show case their talents with tricks in the air on their bikes. The action will be set up on Main Street between Fourth Street and Depot Street, Wendell NC. Watch the Town of Wendell Facebook page for updates.
Free Bluegrass Concert (March 25, 2017 @ 6pm)
Fun annual event featuring Diamond Creek Bluegrass Band. Free hot dogs, door prizes too. Held at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market, 1006 Peachtree Street, in Rocky Mount NC. For further information, the contact number is 252.459.9810.
Knightdale Chamber Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony (March 28, 2017 @ 5:30-8pm)
Attend this Knightdale Chamber’s 44th-annual event. Held at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh NC. Celebrate the collective success and contributions of members and community partners. Tickets $40-$45 per person. Advance purchase required. Deadline to register, March 24, 2017. For more information, call 919.266.4603 or visit http://www.knightdalechamber.org.
Music in the Library: Triangle Youth Philharmonic Ensembles (March 29, 2017 @ 6:30-7:30pm)
Come for a free hour of string and woodwind music performed by the talented youth of the Philharmonic Association. No registration required. Held at the East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Ct, Knightdale NC. For more information, call Celia Glenn, Adult Services Librarian, at 919.217.5300.
RiverRun International Film Festival (March 30-April 9, 2017)
This film festival includes screenings at several locations in Winston-Salem NC. To see what’s showing and purchase tickets, visit the festival website at http://riverrunfilm.com/.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 6-9, 2017)
This 20th annual festival is held at the Carolina Theatre, Durham Convention Center, Durham Arts Council theater, and other sites in Durham NC. Tickets and details are online at www.fullframefest.org/attend.
Pig in the Park (April 8, 2017 @ 9am-4pm)
Barbecue teams compete in a whole-hog cook-off for the “Wayne County’s Best Barbecue” title. There will be music, vendors, inflatables for children, and more. This festival is held in Old Waynesborough, 801 US-117 Bypass S, Goldsboro, NC. Note that Friday evening, before the cook-off day, music is planned. For details on this Wayne County Boys and Girls Club event, visit www.piginthepark.com.
Community Recycling Day (April 8, 2017 @ 9am-noon)
Drop off your old paint, tires, oil and antifreeze, computers, televisions, and appliances to Town Hall for recycling and disposal. A shred truck will be on site to shred your confidential documents. Need more info? Call Public Works at 919.269.5285. Held at the Zebulon Town Hall, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC.
Paws in the Park (April 8, 2017 @ 11am-2pm)
The seventh-annual Paws in the Park includes new games, vendors, entertainment, food and more. Bring your family and fur kids out to enjoy the afternoon of fun. Held at Best Friends Dog Park, 480 N Lee Street, Rocky Mount NC. See more about the dog park here.
Tax March on Raleigh (April 15, 2017 @ 10am-8pm)
Hosted by The Ascent of the Resistance, this march is focused on gathering a crowd on the annual Tax Return deadline day to show the president that they want to see his returns. Location is the North Carolina State Capitol, 1 E Edenton Street, Raleigh NC. See the Raleigh march details here or visit taxmarch.org to view all locations.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Opening Day (April 22 @ 9am-1pm)
“ZFFM” is open every Saturday from May to October 2017. This year’s location is the same: Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 North Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs, baked goods, honey, and more. Meet local nonprofit groups, and participate in programs that help feed the community. See more here or on the ZFFM Facebook page.
Bailey NC Flea Market / Craft Fair (April 22, 2017 @ 8am-2pm)
Bailey Chamber of Commerce is planning its town flea market and craft fair in downtown Bailey NC. Details will be forthcoming. See the Bailey Chamber Facebook page for updates and vendor details. Note that the town generally plans a Spring town-cleaning day in April too.
Art Of Murder (April 28-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. Tickets for this dinner-and-a-show venue go on sale in March.
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.
Wilmington Jewish FILM Festival (April 23-25, May 2-4, 2017 and May 7-9, 2017)
Fourth-annual festival is presented “3 by 3” — three days over three weekends. 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 go on sale April 1.
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.