Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 21-25

Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC.
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC.

By Kay Whatley, Editor

This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. 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. Events may be added/updated.

Feel free to email event notices to the editor.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wilson Farmers Market (June 21, 2017 @ 7:30am-noon)

This market is open from the end of April through August at two locations, depending on day of the week. Wednesdays (8am-1pm), the market is open at 207 W Green Street, Wilson NC. Saturdays (7:30am-noon), the market is at the Hwy 301, Wilson County Fairgrounds on Highway 301, Wilson NC. Updates are posted here.

The Nature Fix: Your Brain on Nature (June 21, 2017 @ 6-7:30pm)

“Awe, Biophilia and the Power of Our Nature Neurons” Reception at 6pm. Lecture begins at 6:30pm with Author Florence Williams. This free event is being held in the WRAL 3D Theater, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. See the museum’s programs online at naturalsciences.org/calendar/events.

Summer Opening Reception (June 21, 2017 @ 6-8pm)

Food, drink, and music are included with this free, open-to-the-public reception. Enjoy vinyl from artists featured in Backstage Pass, meet the exhibited artists, and enjoy the art center’s exhibitions. Juried Art Show winners will be announced at 6:30pm by juror Harriet Hoover. Held in the Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. The arts center is collaborating with the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties to make this reception exciting and engaging. See event updates at www.facebook.com/…/events.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Food Truck Thursday (June 22, 2017 @ lunch & dinner)

Stop by to purchase lunch 11:30am-1:30pm or dinner 6-8pm near the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC. Food trucks arranged weekly at the park. See the full schedule on the town website here. Next date is June 29, 2017.

Sprinkler Fun Days (June 22, 2017 @ 3-4pm)

The Bridge Church presents this event every Thursday through mid-August. Held at Cornerstone Commons, 200 S Center Street, Goldsboro NC. Beat the heat this summer. Supervised by the City of Goldsboro Fire Department. See www.dgdc.org/events.

RMT’s Downtown Live! (June 22, 2017 @ 6-8:30pm)

Free outdoor concert featuring Spare Change. Held on the lawn at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Doors open at 5pm. Food and beverages available for purchase. No coolers. For more information, go to www.downtownrockymount.com or call 252.972.1266. Next date is July 6, 2017.

The Lost Colony (June 22, 23 & 24, 2017)

Outdoor theatre drama showcases Roanoke Island area history. Ticket prices vary, with adult tickets $20 and kids’ tickets less. See details and buy tickets at thelostcolony.org.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Night Lights (June 23, 2017 @ 6-8pm)

Join the fun outside with sports, a DJ, inflatables, and more at a city park. June 23 the fun is at Lancaster Park, 1509 Barnes Street, Rocky Mount NC. The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department presents this free block-party style program every Friday night through August 18. Questions, call 252.972.1151. Future date is July 7, 2017, in Branch Street Park, 1731 Branch Street, Rocky Mount NC. See schedule here.

Three Creative English Teachers (June 23, 2017 @ 6-9pm)

Hosted by the Nash County Arts Council, 100 E Washington Street, Nashville NC. Teachers Debra Futrell Lee, Carole Mehle, and Robin Owens Latham will exhibit their art and creative writing. Some pieces will be for sale. Free entry, and snacks provided. See more at

Tobs Baseball (June 23 & 25, 2017 @ 6pm)

Head over to from Fleming Stadium, 300 Stadium Street SW, Wilson NC, for a Tobs home game. See wilsontobs.com.

Pokemon Friday Night Tournaments (June 23, 2017 @ 6:30pm)

Held at Uncle Sleepys Sports Memorabilia and Supplies, 6204 Main Street, Bailey NC. This location holds Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon Tournaments. See more on the shop’s Facebook page.

Open Mic Night (June 23, 2017 @ 7-9pm)

Cornerstone Writers, a new Selma-area writing group, hosts an Open Mic night every 4th Friday. Cornerstone Writers founder Susanne Poté and Published Author Cindy Brookshire will facilitate. Poets and writers of all ages are welcome to come early and sign up for their time at the mic. Admission is free, with food/drinks available for purchase. Note that 7-8pm is reserved for family-friendly content and the mic is open to all writing from 8-9pm. Held at the Hula Girl Cafe & Catering, 103 S Raiford Street, Selma NC. These and other events may be found on the S’Uptown Selma Facebook page.

Outdoor Movie Night (June 23, 2017 @ 7pm)

Knightdale Parks, Recreation & Cultural Programs hosts this Series. Movies are free and open to the public. Bring a blanket and/or chairs for comfort. The series will be held at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC.  Movie will begin at dusk. “Doors” open before dusk so get there early, settle in, and check out the concessions too. Next date is June 30, 2017. See more at www.knightdalenc.gov.

Live Music in Spring Hope (June 23 & 24, 2017 @ 8-11pm)

Held at Michael’s Showside Grill, 102 N Pine Street, Spring Hope NC. Stop by for live music most Friday/Saturday evenings. See schedule at www.showsidegrill.com/showside-music-events.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wilson Farmers Market (June 24, 2017 @ 7:30am-noon)

This market is open from the end of April through August at two locations, depending on day of the week. Wednesdays (8am-1pm), the market is open at 207 W Green Street, Wilson NC. Saturdays (7:30am-noon), the market is at the Hwy 301, Wilson County Fairgrounds on Highway 301, Wilson NC. Updates are posted here.

Cars & Coffee Wake Forest (June 24, 2017 @ 8-11am)

Held at 950 Gateway Commons Circle, Wake Forest NC. This event takes place monthly on the 4th Saturday, year round. Huge lot with plenty of parking (parking rules must be followed). Stop by and check out “old school to exotic cars, motorcycles or whatever drops in.” The shopping center offers food, bathrooms, and coffee. Event has a family-friendly atmosphere.

Wendell Farmers Market (June 24, 2017 @ 8am-noon)

This market includes produce and goods from local farmers and crafters. Held at the corner of Pine Street and Wendell Boulevard, Wendell NC. Check schedule/updates on their Facebook page.

Rocky Mount Farmers Market (June 24, 2017 @ 8am-1pm)

The market is located at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount NC. The market is open Saturdays (8am-1pm) from April to November. During summer months — June, July, and August — the market is also open on Wednesdays (8am-1pm). Updates are posted to this Facebook page.

Franklin County Farmers Market (June 24, 2017 @ 8am-1pm)

Held outdoors at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg NC, this market is open Saturdays (8am-1pm), Tuesdays (9am-1pm), and Fridays (9am-1pm). Updates are posted on their Facebook page.

“ZFFM” — Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (June 24, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)

ZFFM is open Saturdays from May to October 2017. The location is the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC — just across Arendell Avenue from the Food Lion plaza. See market updates and weekly themes on their Facebook page.

Clayton Farm and Community Market (June 24, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)

June 24 is “Family Day at the Market” — with party characters, face painting for the kids, a treasure hunt with prizes, and seeds to plant. Held at 348 E Main Street, Clayton NC. This market has two seasons: Regular Season runs Saturdays through October, and Winter Season is every-other Saturday November through March. See more on their Facebook page.

Pollinator Garden Tour (June 24, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)

Hosted by Keep Durham Beautiful, 2011 Fay Street, Durham NC. “Pollenteers” of all ages are invited to come celebrate National Pollinator Week with a tour of Durham’s finest pollinator gardens. Activities and learning — why birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs alike are vital. Tickets around $10, available here.

Stepping Into The Past (June 24, 2017 @ 10am-3pm)

This weekly series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission. Confirm topic and details at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC. Next date is July 1, 2017.

The History and Legacy of Juneteenth (June 24, 2017 @ 11am-noon)

Held at the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum, 104 W Anderson Street, Selma NC. The Selma Historical Museum is offering this program on the History and Legacy of “Juneteenth” presented by writer and historian Eric Jackson. The program will give a historical overview of Juneteenth, and its legacy today. Families and homeschoolers are invited. Juneteenth tea cakes and lemonade will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email or call 919.333.4899.

Brown Bag Lunches (June 24, 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.

Big Truck Day (June 24, 2017 @ 11am-2pm)

Head to the corner of Main Street and Campen Street, Wendell NC, for this day of big trucks and fun. The Grasscats will perform live at J. Ashley Wall Town Square too. See more on the town website.

Kids’ Day (June 24*, 2017 @ 11am-8pm)

*This event has been postponed due to expected rain and will not take place June 24. New date to be announced, likely in mid-July.* Join the fun at 1500 Corbett Avenue, Wilson NC. There will be games, prizes, food, drink, and a volleyball tournament presented by SweetRiches. For more information, call 252.315.8553. Fee $2-5 depending on age. Parents free with children.

Wild Berry Mead Making (June 24, 2017 @ 2-4pm)

This special workshop is hosted by Piedmont Picnic Project and Honeygirl Meadery, and will be held at the Honeygirl Meadery, 105 Hood Street-#6, Durham NC. This introduction to mead making will show a step-by-step process for making small-batch meads. Along the way, Piedmont Picnic Project will teach about wild edible ingredients to add, like berries and flowers. All participants will receive hands-on instruction and handouts. Tickets $50, or $30 without kit. Register online at squareup.com/…/wild-berry-mead-making-workshop.

Blueberry Music Festival (June 24, 2017 @ 2-10pm)

Head over to Vollmer Farm, 677 NC Hwy 98 E, Bunn NC, for a great day of music, food, family time, and — hopefully — beautiful North Carolina sun shining on this farm setting. Tickets are $12 (link), with proceeds shared with Feeding Franklin, a local non-profit who collects food and distributes to local food pantries. This is the third year Vollmer Farm has held this celebratory event. The Grey Area News is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Y’all at Dix Park (June 24, 2017 @ 4-10pm)

Deep South Entertainment is holding free concerts on Harvey Hill at Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh NC. There will be live music with several performers, food trucks, field day games, and more. The concert series includes local bands. Each date features an opening “next generation” set by a young (under 19 years old), up-and-coming local band. See more at yallatdixpark.com. Additional dates are July 22 and August 26, 2017.

Birds & Brews Share (June 24, 2017 @ 5:30-8:30pm)

Open to age 21 and older only. Sample local craft beers, plus live entertainment, food, and birds! Keep an eye on this page for more information and tickets to Birds & Brews 2017! Held at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck NC. Call 252.826.3186 with questions. Admission is $25 plus fee; designated-driver admission is $15+ fee.

Fayetteville SwampDogs Baseball (Home Games: June 24, 2017 @ 7:05pm)

Enjoy a baseball game at “The Swamp” — J.P. Riddle Stadium, 2823 Legion Rd, Fayetteville NC. See full schedule at www.goswampdogs.com.

Movies on the Lawn (June 24, 2017 @ 8-10pm)

Come and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Wayne County Museum. Movie set to begin at 8:30pm. Doors open at 8pm for set up. Food will be available for purchase, and previews are planned. Held at Wayne County Museum, 116 N William Street, Goldsboro NC. In the event of rain, schedule is the same but the showing moves to the museum’s upstairs ballroom.

Family Movie Night at Joyner Park (June 24, 2017 @ 8:30-10:30pm)

This Town of Wake Forest event is being held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest NC. The town’s “free, monthly outdoor movie series features a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, all projected on an inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater.” There will be on-site food vendors. Movie night is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket and/or chairs, and arriving early is recommended. No alcohol, smoking, or unleashed pets. To obtain the movie title, sign up for The Week Ahead, www.wakeforestnc.gov/enews.aspx or call 919.556.7063.

**UPDATE: Due to rain, Family Movie Night will be moved inside Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White Street, in Wake Forest. See details at www.wakeforestnc.gov/family-movie-nights-at-joyner-park.aspx. Next date is July 29, 2017.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Concerts on the Lawn (June 25, 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 ran every Sunday (weather permitting) from May 7 through June 25, 2017. See more at www.theroundhousemuseum.com.

Sunday in the Park (June 25, 2017 @ 6-8pm)

Enjoy a concert at Fred Fletcher Park, 820 Clay Street, Raleigh NC. Bring a blanket or short lawn chairs and enjoy the music. Register for this free event at www.eventbrite.com. For refreshments, Food Trucks will be on-site. Next Sunday in the Park date is July 2, 2017 at Harvey Hill.

Coming Soon

Real to Reel International Film Festival (July 26-29, 2017)

This Cleveland County (NC) Arts Council festival is held in Kings Mountain NC. See film schedule and purchase tickets at www.ccartscouncil.org/realtoreel. In addition to the regular screenings, “Real to Reel Kids Fest” screenings take place Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10am-noon.

Beau the Therapy Dog (June 27, 2017 @ 2-4pm)

Beau is a licensed therapy dog who loves to help children with their reading.  Beau will be at the Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC.  Call 252.459.2106 to register (required). Updates may be found on the town’s website at www.townofnashville.com/…/town-library-news.

Night Sky Over Hatteras (June 27, 2017 @ 9-10pm)

Check out the night sky over Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This free skywatching night is held every Tuesday (summertime) by the National Park Service. Meet at the parking lot near ORV Ramp 43 in Buxton NC.  See details, upcoming dates, and other Cape Hatteras National Seashore events at www.nps.gov/caha/…/event-details.htm.

Center Street Jam (June 29, 2017 @ 6-9pm)

Come and enjoy this free, after-hours summer concert series in Downtown Goldsboro, with music, cold drinks, delicious food from local vendors, kids activities, and more. Bring a lawn chair, dancing shoes, and friends and family. See more details at www.dgdc.org/events. Next date is July 13, 2017.

Final Friday: X-Men (June 30, 2017 @ 5:30-9pm)

Head over to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC, for this Final Friday event. Admission is $5 per person. Doors open at 5:30pm. Movie and presentations begin at 7pm. Music plus science stations, and food/drink available for purchase. Recommended for ages 12 and up. See schedule at naturalsciences.org/calendar/final-fridays.

Lawn Chair Theatre (June 30, 2017 @doors open 7pm, movie 8:30pm)

Held on the Imperial Centre lawn, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Be sure to bring a lawn chair! Kids activities available before the free movie showing. Additional dates July 14, and July 28, 2017. See imperialcentre.org/events/lawn-chair-theater.

Carolina Mudcats Baseball (Home Games: June 30, 2017 @ 7pm)

Come and root for the home team at Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39, Zebulon NC. Home games often include special promotions and Friday fireworks. See full schedule online here.

Tarboro Home Grown Hand Made Market (TBD, 2017 @ 8am)

This farmers market is open the first and third Saturdays of the month. The location is 500 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. Updates may be posted on their Facebook page here.

2017 Outdoor Movie Series: The Sandlot (July 6, 2017 @ 8-10pm)

Held on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Road, Garner NC. Free outdoor movie starting at sunset, around 8pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfort. The 2017 Outdoor Movie Series is presented by Downtown Garner, the Town of Garner, Planet Fitness, and Home Towne Realty. No pets. Parents are asked to use discretion when deciding to bring children under age 13. In case of rain, the movie will be cancelled, so watch this event on Facebook for updates. See more about this event at downtowngarner.com/event/outdoor-movie-fantastic-beasts. Next movie date is August 3, 2017.

Seniors Ice Cream Social and Movie Day (July 7, 2017 @ 2-3:30pm)

Enjoy movie and ice cream at this special senior event. Held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Fee is $2 per person. Call Zebulon Parks and Rec at 919.823.0432 for movie title. See town happenings at www.townofzebulon.org.

Bluegrass Picnic Summer Series (July 8, 2017 @ 5-7pm)

Hear local artists live at these free, family-friendly, alcohol-free outdoor concerts. Held at J. Ashley Wall Town Square, Wendell NC. Future dates are August 12, 2017, and September 9, 2017.

Friday Night on White (July 14, 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.

Mill Music Sessions Free Concert (July 14, 2017 @ 6-9pm)

Chatham County Line plays on June 16 as part of the Rocky Mount Mills free music series. Held on the lawn at Rocky Mount Mills, 1151 Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, family, and friends. Concerts are free, open to the public and are fun for all ages! No coolers; pick up a picnic dinner from one of the Mill restaurants and grab a drink from one of the local breweries and the bottle shop. Event is pet friendly. This this series and more events at www.rockymountmills.com/calendar-events. Next date is August 11, 2017.

Family Movie Night (July 14, 2017 @ 7pm)

Enjoy free family movie and popcorn on the second Friday of each month. Held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Doors open at 6:30pm. Call Zebulon Parks and Rec at 919.823.0432 for movie title. See more on the town website at www.townofzebulon.org. Next date is August 11, 2017.

Concert at Clayton Town Square (July 20, 2017 @ 5:30-9pm)

Join the crowd for a free concert in Town Square, 110 W Main Street, Clayton NC. Event begins at 5:30pm with food trucks, inflatables, vendors, and more, with live music starting at 6pm. This Clayton Downtown Development Association (CDDA) concert series offers free concerts August 17 and September 8, 2017.

RTP 180 “Biomedical Engineering” Presentation (July 20, 2017 @ 6-8pm)

Held at The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. At RTP180 events, speakers from universities, local companies, and the community take the stage to speak about what matters to them. Doors open at 5pm for networking. Show kicks off at 6pm. The hashtag for this event is #RTP180. Tickets are free, but often “sell out” — so they always livestream from their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/TheRTPNC for those unable to attend. See future event dates and topics at www.rtp.org/program/rtp-180.

Friday Nights on the Tar (July 21, 2017)

Come and join the Town of Louisburg, Tar Bank Brewing Company, and local business sponsors for this free Summer concert Series in downtown Louisburg. The band performing is Big Fat Gap. This event is family friendly. Bring lawn chairs or blanket for comfort. No Pets. Food and beverages will be offered for sale, and there will be games to play. No coolers. See lineup and food truck information at townoflouisburg.org. Next date is August 18, 2017.

MUFON-NC Chapter Meeting (TBD Summer 2017 @ 2-5pm)

The Mutual UFO Network – North Carolina’s next chapter meets several times a year, rotating between Winston-Salem NC and other locations.  Admission is usually $10, payable at the door, which includes the presentation, networking, and often door prizes. An optional dinner gathering follows meetings, for those who’d like to continue discussions. See upcoming announcements at www.mufon-nc.com.

Family Movie Series (August 12, 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 date is September 15, 2017.

Winterville Watermelon Festival (August 24-26, 2017)

Held annually in Winterville NC, the festival includes entertainment, watermelon, and much more. Watch for coming schedule at www.watermelonfest.com.

North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest (September 9, 2017 @ 11am-4pm)

This spicy, 11th-annual event takes over Main Street in Oxford NC. Celebrate North Carolina hot sauces and BBQ sauces, breweries, wineries, and fiery foods. Compete, or enjoy a Classic Car Show, watch “North Carolina’s only Pepper Eating Contest” with Bailey Farms, live local bands, food trucks, children’s rides, a craft show, an Antique Farm Show with the Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association, and a day of family fun. See more at www.nchotsaucecontest.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.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.
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