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.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Downtown Alive (May 3, 2017 @ 5:30-8:30pm)
Come join the tradition of food, beverages, dancing and fun at the annual Downtown Alive concert series. This week’s performers are The Embers featuring Craig Woolard.Held on the grassy lot on 210 Tarboro Street, (Historic Downtown) Wilson NC. No coolers; no pets. It is recommended that you bring a chair, blanket, sunscreen, and/or dance moves. Park in the adjacent Centre Brick lot or the BB&T parking lot. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be rescheduled. See more at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/events. Next Downtown Alive date is May 17, 2017.
“The Music Man” (May 3-6, 2017 @ 7pm)
Performance is in the Black Box Theater at Rocky Mount High School, 1400 Bethlehem Road, Rocky Mount NC. Meredith Willson’s musical comedy, directed by Kristin Lundberg. Tickets at the door are $6 general admission, $3 student admission. See more at www.gryphontheatricals.weebly.com.
Carolina Mudcats Baseball (May 1-7, 2017)
Come and root for the home team at Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39, Zebulon NC. Home games planned all week, some with special promotions. See full schedule online here.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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. Showtimes available at 1pm or 6pm, depending on the date; tickets and times listed here.
Center Street Jam – Spare Change Band (May 4, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
Come for this free downtown summer concert series, which is open to the public. This date has an 80’s theme with music by Spare Change. “Bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes and prepare to enjoy live music, great food, cold drinks & children’s activities.” Concert located in the John St. parking lot, 130 N. Center Street, Goldsboro NC. No coolers or pets allowed. See more details and future concerts at www.dgdc.org/events. Next date is May 18, 2017.
National Day of Prayer Services (May 4, 2017 @ 7pm)
Held by the Wendell Council of Churches, at J. Ashley Wall Town Square, Third and Cypress Streets, Wendell NC. There will also be an early service at noon at the same location. See flyer at www.townofwendell.com/discover/events.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Premiere (May 4, 2017 @ 7:20-9pm)
Hosted by Arkham Comix at the Wilson Carmike Cinema, 1501 Ward Blvd, Wilson NC. Come out to this special 3D Guardians of the Galaxy 2. (There is also a 2D showing at 7pm.) The first 20 people to purchase a ticket will receive a print from Louis Small Jr. More information at www.facebook.com/arkhamcomix.
Note that May 6, 2017, is Free Comic Book Day at Arkham Comix’s Rocky Mount NC location.
Outdoor Movie: Hidden Figures (May 4, 2017 @ 8-10pm)
Kick off this 2017 Outdoor Movie Series on the Back Lawn at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Road, Garner NC. The show starts at sunset, around 8pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfort. This Outdoor Movie Series is presented by Downtown Garner, Planet Fitness, Home Towne Realty, and the Town of Garner. No pets. Due to film rating, parents should use discretion when deciding to bring children under the age of 13. If it rains, the movie will be cancelled. Watch this event on Facebook for updates.
Movie By Moonlight (May 4, 2017 @ 8:30-11pm)
Come watch a movie in Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh NC. Bring a blanket or short lawn chairs and enjoy “the most recent prequel to the original classic film trilogy that helps restore and bring justice to the Galaxy.” Can you guess what PG-13 movie we’re showing? May the Fourth be with you! This movie is free; registration is required at www.eventbrite.com. For refreshments, Daddy Bob’s Barbeque and The Parlour Food Trucks will be on-site.
Friday, May 5, 2017
NC Industrial Hemp Commission Public Meeting (May 5, 2017 @ 9am)
The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications and to discuss any progress regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration’s position on hemp seed purchasing.
Conference call access details and Webinar ID posted at www.ncagr.gov/hemp. Have questions about this meeting? Contact Lori Pfister at 919.707.3236.
Little Brown Jug Beach Bash (HAM N YAM JAM) (May 5, 2017 @ 6-10pm)
The Johnston Community College Foundation and Little Brown Jug (101 W Market Street, Smithfield NC) present the Inaugural :Ham N Yam Jam:. This is an event for the entire family and includes food, drinks, games, prizes, and live music from the Martin Davis Band. Proceeds from this event are going to support Johnston Community College. Entry is $10 per person at the door and includes entrance, two drink tickets, access to prize drawings, and live music.
First Friday (May 5, 2017 @ 6pm)
Head to the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, in Rocky Mount NC for this final “First Friday” event (until November, that is). Watch the movie “Zootopia” at 8:30pm. First Friday features live music, bounce houses, local food vendors, a planetarium show, laser shows, and more. Visit www.imperialcentre.org for more information.
2017 Men’s Outdoor Banquet (May 5, 2017 @ 6:30pm)
Special event at Bailey Baptist Church, 6646 Deans Street, Bailey NC. This is the church’s first-annual Men’s Outdoor Banquet on Friday, . Open to men and boys of all ages. Our theme this year is Faith, Family, and Fishing. Fish fry menu will be served. Speaker will be Travis Tobin from Team Reel Truth (Garner NC). Raffle, door prizes, and more. Tickets are $10 here.
Cinco de Mayo Party (May 5, 2017 @ 7-11pm)
Annual Cinco de Mayo Party with Denver Nixon starts at 7pm. Bring friends for dinner, live music, giveaways, and more. Held at Westridge Grill, 3639 Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount NC.
2017 BBQ Fest on the Neuse (May 5-6, 2017)
Despite rising Neuse River levels, the 2017 BBQ Fest on the Neuse is still on as scheduled in downtown Kinston NC. Watch for updates on the festival’s Facebook page. Come for the BBQ and food competitions, or enjoy shopping with vendors, seeing arts and crafts, experiencing the wine garden. There will be children’s activities too and more. Organized by the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.
“9 to 5, The Musical” (May 5-7, 2017)
Presented by Playhouse of Wilson at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson NC. May 5-6, performance starts at 8pm. May 7, 2017, performance starts at 3pm. For tickets, call 252.363.1933. Visit the Playhouse of Wilson at www.playhouseofwilson.com to see upcoming performances.
Dance of the Spring Moon (May 5-7, 2017)
Come for this 2017 Lumbee Powwow. Held at the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center, 638 Terry Sanford Road, Maxton NC — calendar.powwows.com/events/dance-of-the-spring-moon-2017-lumbee-powwow.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ham and Yam Festival (May 6, 2017 @ 7am-9pm)
There is a lot going on at this 33rd-annual event in Downtown Smithfield NC. Live entertainment, inflatables, vendors, food, and so much more. See the full day’s schedule — from the breakfast in the morning through the last performance of the day — at www.hamandyam.com/…2017-festival-schedule. Note that the schedule includes events beginning on Tuesday with a Kiwanis supper.
“May Day” at the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (May 6, 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 Avenue from the Food Lion plaza. See market updates on their Facebook page.
This date is a special May Day in Zebulon event, kicking off with the 11th-Annual Zebulon Takes the Cake 5K. All participants will recieve a t shirt and medal. The top male/female winners in each age division will recevie a homemade cake. There will also be a kids dash with Muddy the Mudcat and a 1-mile walk. After the race spend the day in Zebulon by enjoying the Farm Fresh Market, vendor tents, food trucks ,and much more.
Also on Saturday at the Municipal Complex, 9am-1pm, the Steel Magnolias Garden Club will be holding their annual plant sale.
Stepping Into The Past (May 6, 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.
Regency Picnic and May Day (May 6, 2017 @ 10am-4pm)
Come enjoy the day in early 19th century style. Held in Historic Halifax, 25 St. David Street, Halifax NC. There will be BBQ, fashion demonstrations, a short lecture, and dancing. Questions, call 252.583.7191 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/halifax.
Brown Bag Lunches (May 6, 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.
Also at Zebulon UMC on this date, Shred-A-Thon is 8-11am.
Wendell Public Safety Day (May 6, 2017 @ 10am-2pm)
Wendell Police Department’s ninth-annual Public Safety Day is being held in the downtown area on Campen Street, Wendell NC — just off of Main Street. This is a free community-awareness event for the whole family. Come and see public safety agencies demonstrating equipment and vehicles, check out educational booths, join raffles, purchase food/drinks, or have the kids participate in the bicycle rodeo — with free bicycle helmet and t-shirt. See more on this event and upcoming happenings at www.townofwendell.com/discover/events.
Spring Cruise In / American Red Cross Blood Drive (May 6, 2017 @ 10am-3pm)
Get down to Capital Ford Roush of Rocky Mount, 2012 Stone Rose Drive, Rocky Mount NC for this cruise-in. Open to everyone who loves to show off their ride. Returning this year is the American Red Cross Blood Mobile, plus free face painting, food/drink, live DJ, door prizes, CASH giveaways, and some of the hottest rides in Eastern NC will be on display. Drivers should meet in Sams Parking Lot (9-9:45am) on Hwy 301 across from the dealership. Cruise-in leaves at 9:55am, down 301 S to Sharpsburg NC, and back to Capital Ford Roush. Any questions, call/text 919.594.7391 or stop by the dealership.
Meet in the Street (May 6, 2017 @ 10am-5pm)
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s 37th-annual Meet in the Street® festival is free to attend, and is presented by Chris Leith Automotive. Come join the fun in historic downtown Wake Forest NC. The festival will fill South White Street, South Brooks Street, and South Taylor Street. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors (200+), performing arts in Centennial Plaza, food vendors (more than 20), and activities too. For parking and shuttle service information, see wakeforestchamber.org/…meet-in-the-street.
New this year: A “Young Entrepreneurs Fair” will be held in the Wake Forest Chamber parking lot (350 S White Street). Fifteen entrepreneurs ages 9-14 selling their hand-made wares. Products to be sold include birdhouses, dog treats, jewelry, and more. Guidance is provided by the Wake Forest Chamber Foundation for Common Progress.
MUFON-NC Chapter Meeting (May 6, 2017 @ 2-5pm)
The Mutual UFO Network – North Carolina’s next chapter meeting will be held at the Courtyard at Hanes Mall, 1600 Westbrook Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem NC. Speaker is retired Wright-Patterson senior scientist and UFO author, Ray Szymanski. Ray will be sharing new research and information, gathered over the past year. His first book, Fifty Shades of Greys, was published last year, and chronicles his experiences at the iconic Air Force base, and his investigations of some well-know historical UFO incidents. His book is on Amazon at www.amazon.com/Raymond-Szymanski/e/B01BFD3OQ2. Admission is $10, payable at the door. Door prizes and more at this fun and informative gathering.
Optional: Dinner gathering at a local restaurant follows the meeting, for those who’d like to continue discussions.
Don’t Be Mean To People: A Concert For The ACLU Of NC (May 6, 2017 @ 5-11pm)
Special concert in support of the Golden Rule (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”). Support the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina to continue promoting and protecting the civil liberties of everyone. Held at Ponysaurus Brewing, 219 Hood Street, Durham NC. Tickets $20 ($25 at the door) available at ponysaurusbrewing.com/
Town Creek Under the Stars: Meteor Party Sleepover (May 6, 2017 @ 5pm-midnight/camp out)
Held at the Town Creek Indian Mound, 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead NC. Spend an evening beneath one of the “last great dark sky sites in the North Carolina piedmont.” Telescopes will be available, or bring your own. Observe moon, stars, and planets, and stay up late to count shooting stars from the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Registration and camping (tents only) at the village site required to participate in this astronomy event. Fee is $25 per tent to camp out. For more information, call 910.439.6802 or email. This historic site is online here.
Spring Concert Series (May 6, 2017 @ 5:30-7pm)
Come to Mill Bridge Nature Park for this free Spring Concert in the Park. Bring family and friends to enjoy live music. Food trucks available at the site. Held at Mill Bridge Nature Park, 4600 Winslet Drive, Rolesville NC. Performer on May 6 is MikeMickXer. Next event is June 3, 2017 with the Will McBridge Group. See more on this and other events at secure.rec1.com/NC/town-of-rolesville/catalog.
Skywatching (May 6, 2017 @ 9-11pm)
Hosted by Dix Park at 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh NC. Join Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society and Raleigh Astronomy Club at the park to observe the stars, planets, and more. Learn about constellations too. The event is free but registration is required here. Telescopes will be provided. Drop in anytime during the session. A food truck, Two Roosters Ice Cream, will have ice cream available for purchase.
HS Bubble Ball Challenge (May 6-7, 2017)
Join this great challenge offered by Bubble Time Fun, LLC at Vollmer Farm, 677 NC-98 Hwy E, Bunn NC. High School students can bring a team of six players, and compete for the title of Best HS Bubble Ball Soccer Team in the area. Space is limited so reservations must be made in advance. Cost is $50 for “play ’til you lose” competition. Email Kelly to make a reservation. Information online at www.bubbletimefun.com.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Garden Workshop with Julia Newton (May 7, 2017 @ 1-3pm)
Hosted by Brewmasters, 2117 Forest Hills Road W, Wilson NC. Learn how to grow delicious vegetables. Master Gardeners will lead a workshop/demonstration including information on building beds, preparing for planting, creating a planting plan, planting, and box gardening. Whether you have been gardening for years, or have never planted anything but are curious how to get started, all are welcome at this event.
41 North Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting (May 7, 2017 @ 2-6pm)
Head to 41 North Coffee Co., 41 N Main Street, Wendell NC for much more than just a ribbon cutting. Celebrate their official grand opening with face painting, inflatable for children, balloon art, free samples, and giveaways. Updates on their Facebook page.
Pitch Hit & Run Free Event (May 7, 2017 @ 3-5pm)
Head down to Durham Athletic Park, 500 W Corporation Street, Durham NC. Throw at a target, run around the bases and hit off a T. All around winner advances to Sectionals in Raleigh with a chance to win a trip to the MLB All-Star Week. free for girls and boys who will be ages 7-14 by July 17, 2017. See more on this event, presented by the Long Ball Program of Durham, at longballdurham.com.
Summer Concerts on the Lawn (May 7, 2017 @ 6:30-7:30pm)
Grab a spot on the lawn for this free and family-friendly concert. Bring a lawn chair for comfort. Held at the Freeman Roundhouse Museum, 1202 Nash Street SE, Wilson NC. Concerts will run every Sunday (weather permitting) from May 7 through June 25, 2017. Next concert date is May 14, 2017.
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”, including 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 were on sale starting April 1.
Fancy Nancy Tea Party (May 9, 2017 @ 6-7pm)
Dress up “Mom and Me” tea party in the Warner Room at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. Dress up in your fanciest dress and enjoy books, crafts, and snacks. Space is limited to the first 25 children that sign up. To register, call Melissa Corso at 252.442.1951 x.235 or email.
Friday Night on White (May 12, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
The Town of Wake Forest holds free outdoor concerts along S White Street, Wake Forest NC. See details and future dates on the town website here.
KidsFest (May 12, 2017 @ 9:30am-12:30pm)
Join the fun at this 10th-annual event presented by Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County. Outdoor Pavilion, hands-on crafts, bubbles, corn hole, face painting, photo booths, cool treats, and more. Held at Roanoke Island Festival Park, 1 Festival Park, Manteo NC. Rain date, May 19.
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.
BBQ Chicken Plate Sale (May 13, 2017 @ 11am-until)
Stop by for chicken, potatoes, green beans, bread, and dessert for $8 per plate. Buy 10 or more, and Girl Scout Troop 3306 will arrange delivery, locally. All proceeds support the troop. Plate sale location is Zebulon Baptist Church, 400 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC.
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 hours and more at koipondbrewingcompany.com.
Nashville Blooming Festival (May 12-13, 2017)
The Blooming Festival with rides, vendors, food, and so much more takes place on Saturday. Lead-in events are happening Thursday and Friday too, including a free concert Friday with food vendors too. See full schedule at nashvillencchamber.org/blooming-festival.
Family Movie Series (May 13, 2017 @ 8:15pm)
Come and watch a free movie on the football field at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville NC. Concessions available. See more on this and other events at secure.rec1.com/NC/town-of-rolesville/catalog. Future movie dates are June 10 and August 12, 2017.
Zaxby’s Movie Night with Selma Parks and Recreation (May 19, 2017 @ 7-10pm)
Come early and pick a spot, buy a snack, and hang out and enjoy entertainment before the movie. This is a free event. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket for comfort. The feature presentation is The Secret Life of Pets. Movie starts at dusk. Address is 201 N Raiford Street, Selma NC. In case of inclement weather, movies will be rescheduled. Visit the Selma Parks and Recreation Facebook page for updates.
First Annual Book Fest (June 3, 2017 @ 2-5pm)
Free admission to this community event and Literacy Campaign promoting reading in the community. The organization which bring the most guests will receive a cash donation. Meet/greet authors and purchase their books. Held at Wilson Community Church, 2301 Montgomery Drive, Wilson NC. Organized by Epps CreativeMindz Enterprises / CreativeMindz Book Lounge.
301 Endless Yard Sale (June 16-17, 2017 @ 7am-5pm)
Plan to take part in this fifth-annual event with over 100 miles of antiques, thrift store finds, and yard sales with more than 500 vendors along US Hwy 301 from Weldon NC to Dunn NC through five counties. Map and information available at www.301endlessyardsale.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 or staff.