Rocky Mount Ramping Up for Summer Events

City of Rocky Mount NC Juneteenth logo.
City of Rocky Mount NC Juneteenth logo.

The City of Rocky Mount keeps summers busy, with free concerts, movies, and special events — and not just on weekends. Check out some of the planned events.

This is a special year for the city of Rocky Mount, with 2017 marking 150 years since Rocky Mount’s founding in 1867.

Note that the Summer Night Lights events are not currently on the schedule for 2017.

Edgecombe County Recycles Day

Get your spring cleaning done before the summer fun begins.

This public shredding and recyling event is Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10am-1pm in the Edgecombe County Administration Building parking lot, 201 Saint Andrew Street, Tarboro NC.

This is a great opportunity to clear your home of old electronics, papers (up to four bags or boxes), fluorescent tubes/bulbs, other accepted electronics, and more.

In addition to this clean-up opportunity for your home, you can also help clean up the counties on Earth Day (details). Get the spring cleaning out of the way, indoors and out, and get ready to enjoy summer activities.

Edgecombe County Recycles Day is sponsored by KAB of Nash and Edgecombe counties, Edgecombe County and Shred-It of NC. Monetary donations will be accepted for KAB of Nash and Edgecombe counties.

For more information on Edgecombe County Recycles Day, call 252.467.4960.

Juneteenth Community Empowerment Celebration

The Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival is Rocky Mount’s largest community festival! We kick off with live jazz on Friday night, June 2, 2017, and two stages packed with entertainment to keep the party going on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Come and enjoy music, dance, and cultural activities and check out local vendor offerings.

Friday performers start at 7:30pm with Marcus Andersonon the main stage, and The SOS Band at 9pm. Saturdays schedule covers two stages with a mix of dance, a bike rodeo, and much more.

Want to be a vendor during this special event? Vendor applications are currently available on the event webpage here, alongside the detailed performance schedules. Sign up as a regular vendor, as a nonprofit, or as a food vendor.

Downtown Live!

Enjoy another summer of free concerts in Rocky Mount as the Downtown Live! series returns in May. Concerts are held every-other Thursday on the lawn of the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC

During each event, food and beverage vendors will be available at the site. Coolers are not allowed.

These are “rain or shine” concerts, each beginning at 6pm. If the weather is rainy, concerts will relocate indoors at the Booker T. Theatre on the Douglas Block, 170 W Thomas Street, Rocky Mount NC.

  • May 11, 2017 — The Wallers
  • May 25, 2017 — East Coast Rhythm & Blues Band
  • June 8, 2017 — Love Tribe
  • June 22, 2017 — Spare Change
  • July 6, 2017 — The Tams
  • July 20, 2017 — The Main Event Band
  • August 3, 2017 — Liquid Pleasure
  • August 17, 2017 — Jim Quick & Coastline
  • August 31, 2017 — Steve Owen & Summertime
  • September 14, 2017 — The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
  • September 28, 2017 — The Band of Oz

See details at, or visit the Imperial Centre Facebook page for updates.

Lawn Chair Theater

This series of outdoor movies show at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.  Find a spot on the Imperial Centre’s lawn to watch a free and family-oriented movie. Movies are shown every-other Friday at dark. Lawn opens at 7pm.

  • June 16, 2017
  • June 30, 2017
  • July 14, 2017
  • July 28, 2017

Doors open at 7pm; movies begin at 8:30pm. Bring a lawn chair for comfort. Concessions will be available for purchase at the site. See more at

Coming Soon: Fall Events

Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down

This cooking competition was derailed last year by Hurricane Matthew. This year, it is scheduled for October 13-14, 2017 (Friday-Saturday). A concert Friday kicks off the event.

This cooking competition follows the KCBS rules (Kansas City Barbeque Society) and gives cooking teams a chance to show their talents, while providing spectators with tasty barbecue.

See details at

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