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.
In addition to the events below, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds is hosting multiple events. Their February list may be found online here.
A variety of coastal events may be found via What’s On Wilmington’s calendar.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Free Tax Service (February 23, 24, and 25, 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.
Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet (February 23, 2017 @ 5:15-8pm)
Zebulon Chamber of Commerce is holding this annual event. Come and help the Chamber celebrate the year. Mayor Matheny will announce the Citizen of the Year for Zebulon. Look back at 2016, and see their vision for 2017. Registration is $35 and registration is required. Held at East Wake Academy, 400 NMC Drive, Zebulon NC. More details here.
Teen Game Night (February 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 & Information Services Librarian, at 252.442.1951 x.257. Future game night dates are March 23 and April 27, 2017.
Driving Miss Daisy (February 23-25, 2017 @ 8pm & February 26, 2017 @ 3pm)
Playhouse of Wilson, located at 137 Goldsboro Street S, in Wilson NC, is offering four performances of this stage play. Call 252.363.1933 for tickets or visit www.playhouseofwilson.com. Synopsis: The year is 1948 in the deep south. Seventy-two year old Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp tongued Jewish widow demolished another car. Her son Boolie demands she no longer drive and instead have a chauffeur. She strongly resists, but losses out to her son. Boolie hires a chauffeur and a black chauffeur at that. Their relationship evolves over a 25 year period of time.
Low Income Energy Assistance (February 23, 2017 @ 6-8pm)
Offered at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. No registration required. Wake County Human Services Crisis Assistance staff will be on site to take applications for energy assistance. Must bring photo ID, heating bill, SSN for all household members, income verification for anyone living in the home, and bank statement from prior month. Contact Brandy Hamilton, East Regional Library, at 919.217.5300 with questions about this event.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Dancing with the Arts (February 24, 2017 @ 7-9:30pm)
Fourth annual fundraiser hosted by the Nash County Arts Council at 100 E Washington Street, Nashville NC. Admission is $16. $1 per bid to vote for your favorite couple. The couple with the most bids at the end of the competition wins! Bids accepted now through event. Checks payable to Nash Arts and may be mailed to Nash Arts PO Box 701 Nashville NC. Call 252.459.4734 for tickets. Early ordering recommended, as event is anticipated to be a sell out. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting here.
Coopers Fire & Rescue Pork Chop Plate Sale (February 24, 2017 @ 11am-6pm)
Coopers annual pork chop plate fundraiser at Coopers Fire & Rescue Dept. / Nash EMS 100, 2408 Volunteer Road, Elm City NC. Plates $7 (two pork chops, potatoes, green beans, and bread). Our Ladies Auxiliary will be selling homemade cake slices for $1. Come out and enjoy a plate and satisfy that sweet tooth. Eat in or Carry out. No tickets will be sold. First come, first served.
Nevermore Film Festival (February 24-26, 2017)
The Nevermore Film Festival is a juried competition — genre feature and short films with in emphasis on horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, animation, mystery/suspense, and action-thrillers. Held at The Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan Street, Durham NC. For tickets to this 18th-annual event, visit www.carolinatheatre.org/films/festivals/nevermore.
Soul Town (February 24, 2017 @ 7:30pm)
Peter Peterkin is back with three talented dudes in a tribute to soul greats Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and The Four Tops. Tickets $25 per person. Held at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount NC. Tickets available here.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
ABC Craft and Learn: A Kindergarten Readiness Program (February 25, 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.
Open Mic (February 25, 2017 @ 3pm)
The Franklin County Arts Council’s Diversity Team will observe Black History Month with this Open Mic. Location is One Man’s Treasure Auction House, 200 E Nash Street, Louisburg NC. The theme is “Freedom” and all genres are welcome including poetry, prose, and song. There will be a seven-minute time limit for each performance. Musician, Mr. Howard Overton will open the afternoon’s program. The public is invited to attend and participate in this free event.
Walk-up Rabies Clinic (February 25, 2017 @ 8-9am)
No appointment needed. Tar River Veterinary Hospital is holding rabies clinics at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg NC. Rabies Vaccines will be $5 for one-year vaccines. Three-year vaccines will be available, but will only be administered with a current certificate of previous rabies vaccine. Also available are one-year vaccines, at $15 per vaccine, for the following: Canine Distemper-Parvo, Canine Kennel Cough,Feline Distemper, and Feline Leukemia Vaccine. Tar River says, “Be sure to thank Dr. Goldman for her service to Franklin County and the surrounding areas!” Call 919.494.5500 if you have any questions.
Saturday Storytime (February 25, 2017 @ 10:30-11am)
Bring the kids to the library to hear a story. Held at the Harold Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC. Visit the library online at http://www2.youseemore.com/cooleylibrary/default.asp to see catalog and events.
Carolina Mudcats / Five County Stadium Annual Job Fair (February 25, 2017 @ 10am-1pm)
Get to Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39, Zebulon NC, for their annual Job Fair. Applicants ages 16 and up may apply for positions in promotions, production, concessions, and much more! Cattails Restaurant will also be interviewing from 10am-12pm for bartenders and backup servers. All interested are encouraged to fill out this application before the job fair: atmilb.com/2jZEWMQ.
Race For Epilepsy (February 25, 2017 @ 7-11am)
Hosted by Race For Epilepsy in Washington NC. Participate in a: half marathon race, 5k race, or 1 mile walk to raise awareness for epilepsy. All proceeds will be donated to CURE Epilepsy (Non-Profit Organization). See more at www.raceforepilepsy.org.
Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference (February 25, 2017 @ 7:30am-3:30pm)
All day conference; $60 registration fee. To register, contact Martha Mobley at 919.496.3344 or via email. Program details at www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com. Held on the Louisburg College campus (501 N Main Street), in Louisburg NC.
Princesses in the Park 2017 (February 25, 2017, 4:15pm)
Bring your little princess for this free event at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC. “As your princess disembarks from her royal carriage at Wendell Community Center wearing her best princess outfit, she will begin her magical afternoon with greetings from a royal Princess who will sing, read and share training on how to be a princess. After the training, the enchantingly good time continues with watching the movie, Princess and the Frog.” Questions about bringing your princess, call 919.366.2266.
Coloring Club (February 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.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Lost Recording of MLK: Jason Miller (February 26, 2017 @ 2-4pm)
Hosted by Granville County Library System at 210 Main Street, Oxford NC. Jason Miller, professor at North Carolina State University, will be speaking at Richard Thornton Library, about his book written on MLK’s famous speech. A lost recording of a version of the “I have a Dream” speech was located in Rocky Mount NC by Jason Miller. Professor Miller will be sharing his experience, his book, as well as part of the recording that was discovered. Visit the library online at www.granville.lib.nc.us.
Music of the Carolinas: Dwight Hawkins and the Piedmont Highballers (February 26, 2017 @ 3-4pm)
Held at the North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh NC. This concert is free and open to the public. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2pm. Dwight Hawkins and The Piedmont Highballers are a Raleigh-based band specializing in playing pre-war stringband music. After the concert, stick around for a post-show discussion with the band, presented in partnership with Triangle Friends of African American Arts. Learn more about the style of music the band plays, and the era that it was played in. More information: pinecone.org/events/dwight-hawkins-piedmont-highballers-rescheduled.
West 94th St. Pub Chili Cook-Off (February 26, 2017 @ 3-6pm)
Who will be the West 94th St. Pub chili king or queen? Come to West 94th St. Pub, 4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham NC, and taste meat chili, vegetable chili, or chicken chili. Deadline to sign up has passed. Come and check out the home chefs’ dishes. The Pub will provide tasting bowls, spoons and napkins. “People’s Choice” award provided by Yuengling.
Industrial Hemp Meeting (Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 1-3pm)
Purpose of the the meeting is to “discuss hemp legislation and research opportunities related to industrial hemp production.” Held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering’s auditorium, 2907 E Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro NC. RSVP by email or call 336.285.4701.
Good Reads Book Club (February 27, 2017 @ 10:30am-noon)
At this meeting, the Book Club will be discussing When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Meet in the Wiley Room at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. For more information or to become a Book Club member, contact Kesha Joyner at 252.442.1951 x.253.
Readers’ Theater “Fetishes” (February 28, 2017 @ 7pm)
“Fetishes” by Richard Selzer tells of a woman who has never informed her husband about her false teeth and now must remove them to undergo surgery. She deals with the differing personalities of several physicians in seeking a solution to her dilemma. This presentation by The Brody School of Medicine and College of Nursing at East Carolina University is being held at the Edgecombe County Memorial Library, 909 North Main Street, Tarboro NC. For further information contact Roman Leary, ECML Director via email or call 252.823.1141.
Open Volunteer Book Sort (February 28, 2017 @ 10am-1pm)
Volunteer! Drop in to help sort donated books. Children under 16 welcome with a parent or guardian. Held at the Book Harvest nonprofit’s offices, 2501 University Drive, Durham NC. Call 919.428.0511 with questions or visit bookharvestnc.org.
Ted Talks: Black History Month (February 28, 2017 @ 7-8pm)
These fascinating talks offer fresh perspectives on black identity and culture, as well as race issues in America today. Join us to view a screening of one of these TED talks followed by a brief discussion. Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC. Registration is required. Contact Melissa Kendrick at 919.217.5300 or visit the library online to use their sign-up link.
Spayghetti Fundraiser (February 28, 2017 @ 6:30-8pm)
Celebrate World Spay Day and to bring awareness to the issue of animal overpopulation. Come and enjoy the 3rd Annual Spayghetti Dinner benefitting the SAFE Care Clinic at SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh NC. Guests can enjoy camaraderie with other cat-lovers, clinic staff and volunteers while they eat a delicious meal of pasta. Adult dinner ticket $10, child dinner ticket $5. Held at Abbotts Creek Community Center, 9950 Durant Road, Raleigh NC. See more at www.safehavenforcats.org/event/spayghetti.
Coming Up: March-May 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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 & 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 http://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.
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 & 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.
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. 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.
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.