Upcoming Vendor Opportunities in Eastern NC

Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News

Vendor opportunities coming up, offering small businesses, farms, and entrepreneurs the chance to take part in an event and sell their wares.

Events listed below may be held for a day or weekend; farmers market opportunities may be for a season and are listed separately.  Events are listed below by date; however, vendor application deadlines may be far in advance of an event’s date or market opening day.

Listing below does not guarantee vendor spaces are still available. Contact organizers directly for availability and other details.


Single-day or Weekend Vendor Opportunities

International Festival of Cultures — Rocky Mount, NC (Edgecombe/Nash Counties)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 (12-4pm)

The annual International Festival of Cultures returns in the new year and the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is seeking vendors and participants for this event.

The festival is held at Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount NC. Right now, the city is seeking vendors, including food vendors, performers, and event supporters/sponsors.

For individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in being a part of this annual celebration of Rocky Mount’s diverse cultures, contact the City of Rocky Mount at 252.972.1181.

Belarussian Yard Sale Vendor Pup Up Bazaar — Zebulon, NC (Wake County)

Saturday, April 6, 2019 (6:30am-1pm)

Be a vendor and help to support the Belarussian Relief Ministry at this one-day event, held at Wakefield Central Baptist Church 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon NC.

This ministry will bring children from Belarus to stay in the United States for the Summer with host families.

See vendor registration and information on the Wakefield Central Baptist Church website at www.wakefieldcentralbaptist.org/sign-up-form.

Clayton Volunteer Fair — Clayton, NC (Johnston County)

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9am-3pm)

This event is specifically-designed for organizations who are seeking volunteers or doing volunteer-inclusive projects in the community.

If interested in having a free vendor space at this inaugural Clayton Volunteer Fair (in the Town Square, Clayton, NC, in conjunction with the Town of Clayton’s 150th Anniversary Party), your organization must register by Friday, March 29, 2019. With questions, send an  email or call 919.827.1832.

Paws In The Park — Rocky Mount, NC (Edgecombe/Nash Counties)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Held at the Best Friends Dog Park, 480 N Lee Street, Rocky Mount NC.

Vendor spots may be available for the event, The organizers welcome veterinary hospitals, pet groomers, rescues, pet stores, pet bakeries, and any other businesses that love pets.

There is a small vendor fee to participate, and, additionally, vendors are asked to consider donating a door prize to be used as a give-away or fashion show/contest prize.

All those interested in being a vendor and/or having questions about this event, send an email. Link to application coming soon.

Meet in the Street — Wake Forest, NC (Wake County)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 (10am-4pm)

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s 39th Annual Meet in the Street® festival will be held in historic downtown Wake Forestalong South White Street, South Brooks Street, and Owen Avenue.

Applications are being accepted for arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and others.

See details on the Vendor Application for Arts & Crafts, Non-Profits, and Food Vendors.  Application Deadline for Arts & Crafts Vendors, Non-Profits, and Food Vendors, the deadline is February 11, 2019.

Businesses that wish to participate may select a standard booth (limited quantities available) or a sponsorship. See Sponsorship Opportunities and Registration Form.  Application Deadline for Sponsors and Standard Business Booths, the deadline is March 11, 2019.

Young entrepreneurs (ages 9-14) may participate too: Young Entrepreneurs Fair Application. Application Deadline for Young Entrepreneurs, the deadline is February 15, 2019.

However, the spaces are expected to fill quickly, so submitting in advance of the deadline is recommended.

See details and contact information in this release.

Got To Be NC Festival — Raleigh, NC (Wake County)

May 17-19, 2019

Each year, the Got To Be NC Festival offers free days showcasing North Carolina agriculture, with a variety of foods, displays, and family activities. Attendees have an opportunity to learn about NC agriculture and to taste some of what NC has grown. For local people and businesses interested in selling their wares or handing out service information, the festival offers spots for outdoor vendors and Expo Center vendors.

Visit www.gottobencfestival.com/Vendors.htm and access event information and applications for outdoor vendors, Expo Center exhibitors, and other participation opportunities.

The Got to Be NC Festival is held annually at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. For those planning to attend this agricultural event, admission is free, and so is parking.

JoCo Latino Festival — Selma, NC (Johnston County)

May 19, 2019 (2-6pm)

Celebrating the Latino culture with music, dance, vendors, inflatables and of course, FOOD.

Held at Blackstone Plaza – Azteca Market parking lot, in Uptown Selma, NC, with limited vendor spaces at $40 per space. See the Selma NC website.


Watch for our next vendor opportunities article with information on these events and more:

  • Knightdale Easter happenings
  • Bunn Fun Day
  • Nashville Blooming Festival
  • Wendell Spring happenings


Farmers Market Vendor Spaces

Clayton Farm and Community Market

March 9 and 23, 2019 @ 10am-1pm (final Winter market dates)

The market will be open every Saturday, 9am to 1pm, for its regular season from April 6, 2019 through the last Saturday in October 2019.

The Clayton Farm and Community Market is located at 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC.

Contact information may be found at www.cfcmnc.org/contact. Follow this market’s Facebook page for updates.

Franklin County Farmers Market

Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 2019*

*This is a year-round market, though dates may be limited in the early part of the year and pick up May-December.

Held at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg NC.

Contact the market at 919.496.3344 for vendor fees and availability. The market is online at www.franklincountync.us/services/farmers-market. Updates are posted to Facebook here.

Selma Saturdays Arts & Crafts Market

Saturdays, March 9, April 13, and May 11, 2019 (9am-1pm)

The Spring market welcomes arts and craft vendors and farmers to sell their wares. Vendor fees have been waived for 2019. The market is located on the 100 block of E Anderson Street, Selma, NC (in Town Hall’s rear parking lot).

This market will re-open in the Fall for September 14, October 12, and November 9, 2019.

Interested vendors may print the rules and application via the town’s web page, www.selma-nc.com/selma-saturdays.

Tarboro Market

The Tarboro Market returns, with opportunities for “makers, growers, antique/vintage vendors only” on the first and third Saturday of each month, April through October.

The market location is 526 N Main Street, Tarboro, NC.

Access the vendor application at www.prettyruggeddesigns.com/vendors. List of market dates:

  • April 6, 2019
  • April 20, 2019
  • May 4, 2019
  • May 18, 2019
  • June 1, 2019
  • June 15, 2019
  • July 6, 2019
  • July 20, 2019
  • Aug 3, 2019
  • Aug 17, 2019
  • Sept 7, 2019
  • Sept 21, 2019
  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Oct 19, 2019

Vendors may reserve space for a market date ($10), or for the full season of 14 markets ($70). With questions, contact April Williams.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market

Saturdays, April 27, 2019 through October 12, 2019 (9am-1pm)

Opening Day for the 2019 season of the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is coming up. Vendors may be farmers, arts and crafters, organizations, businesses, and others.

Saturday markets are held at the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

Vendor applications and market details for 2019 may be found via this town web page.


Watch for our next vendor opportunities article with information on these markets and more:

  • The Market @ Knightdale Station Park
  • Rocky Mount / Nash County Farmers Market
  • Tarboro Market
  • Wilson Farmers Market
  • Wake Forest Farmers Market


Ed. Note: Article originally published February 12, 2019. Updated February 25 and 27, 2019 with additional vendor opportunities.

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