This weekly things-to-do listing may include in-person events in the North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, or beyond — unique coastal or mountain events are occasionally included.
Things to do may be rescheduled/delayed or locations changed. Contact an event’s organizer directly to confirm. Any online offerings (watch from home) events that may be included will be marked as online.
At public gatherings, follow state coronavirus/Covid-19 safety measures for the good of yourself and others: wear a mask, keep your hands clean, and let everyone enjoy their time out-and-about with a bit of personal space. When in doubt, stand six feet out.
Farm Credit Farmers Market: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 20-22, 2021
The Farm Credit Farmers Market, which will be open Thursday (10am-5:30pm), Friday (10am-5:30pm), and Saturday (9am-2pm).
Located at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC.
Follow the market for updates, changes to hours, and vendor information.
Family Days Fun Fest: May 20-23, 2021
A Midway with rides, carnival foods, and more will be set up at Carolina Premium Outlets.
Address is 1025 Outlet Center Drive, Smithfield, NC.
See hours, pricing, and more here.
Rockin’ On Raiford: Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 6-9pm
This Downtown Selma Summer Concert Series offers live music and a “party atmosphere” plus food will be available for purchase from vendors and food trucks. Bring a chair for comfort. Social distancing. No coolers. Music on May 20 by the StingRayz Band.
For more information, see here.
Franklin County Farmers Market: Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Come and pick up locally grown food from local farms, fresh eggs, and more. Check with market directly for any schedule changes related to weather and other factors.
The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC.
Follow the market for updates.
Whitakers Farmers Market: Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 3-6pm
Head to the Whitaker’s Revitalize and Preserve (WRAP) market on Fridays for a selection of produce, baked goods, and more.
Located at 101 S White Street, Whitakers, NC.
Follow WRAP updates here.
ONLINE Franklin Flicks, NCISAFF and RIFF Film Festivals: May 22-31, 2021
Watch independent films from all around the globe during the “Building Bridges Across Borders” virtual film festival. See details and films at asianhollywood.org.
Wisdom For Life Community Fishing Day: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 8-11am
Wisdom For Life in partnership with First Fruits Farm is holding this Community Fishing Day at the farm.
Farm gate 3 address: 2323 East River Road, Louisburg, NC.
Details on eventbrite.com. (Note that registration to fish is full for this year.)
Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Weekly offerings from farms, artisans, and crafters at this year-round farmers’ market. Live music at the market!
Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC.
Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Purchase from local vendors and pick up snacks or lunch from food truck(s) on site.
On May 22, there will also be Yoga, Paint-A-Hydrant, and more at the market.
Held in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC.
Find the Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market online at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/farmers-artisan-market and updates here.
Wendell Farmers Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Check out vendors offering local produce and locally-made goods.
Located at Campen Street & Main Street, Wendell, NC.
Follow on Facebook for updates, vendor information, and special town events during market hours.
Nash County Farmers Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 8am-1pm
This farmers market encompasses two buildings and an outdoor areas, with lots of room for the wide variety of offerings. Shop for locally-grown produce, meats and seafood, homemade goods, home decor, crafts, furniture, plants, apparel, and more. Includes a food truck.
Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Head downtown for this market offering a wide variety of vendors selling handmade/homemade items and local farm produce.
Held at 116 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.
See latest updates here.
Clayton Farm and Community Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Farm goods, handcrafted items, artwork, and more as the market’s regular season resumes.
Held at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC.
Follow updates at www.facebook.com/CFCMNC.
Touch-A-Truck: Saturday, May 22, 9am-2pm
This Partnership for Children Wayne County’s fourth-annual event is “an educational, family friendly event featuring a wide selection of different vehicles for children to explore in a safe supervised environment.” Quiet Time observed 9-11am for those with sensory sensitivities. Admission $5 per person; children 2 and under free. Proceeds go to PFCW. Pets are not allowed at the fairgrounds, only service animals.
Held at the Wayne County Fair Grounds, 2801 US 117 S, Dudley, NC.
See details here.
Spring Market Days at Deans Farm Market: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 10am-2pm
Deans Farm Market pick-your-own and farm market is holding special events this weekend (last weekend of Spring Market Days).
Located at 4231 NC Hwy 42 W, Wilson, NC.
Follow for farm updates.
Franklin Fair: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 10am-5pm
Food trucks, arts and crafts for kids, games, and more will be offered at this first-annual community fundraising event. Part flea market, part art fair, part food truck rodeo with vendors.
Address is 2380 Long Mill Road, Youngsville, NC.
See details at fcacarts.org.
Fish Fry! Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 11am-until
Head to Zebulon United Methodist Church for their fish fry. Plates are $10 and they may sell out fast. Held at 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC. See flyer here.
Music at The Mills: Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 6pm
Rocky Mount Mills and Davenport AutoPark are holding a music series at Rocky Mount Mills. Bring a blanket/chair for comfort. Social distancing. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Live Music by Randy McQuay.
Held in the Beer Garden at Rocky Mount Mills, 1151 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, NC.
See this event and more at rockymountmills.com/calendar-events.
- Last Friday Night Market on the Square: Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 6pm — Clayton Farm and Community Market at Horne Square, Clayton, NC — See details here.
- Zebulon Shrine Club Fish Fry: Friday, June 4, 2021 — Follow Zebulon Shrine Club here.
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