By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC).
While most listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included. Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed without our knowledge. Contact organizers directly for updates.
Friday, April 20, 2018
April 20-22 & 27-29, 2018 @ 9am-4pm
Large selection of herb plants for sale. Buy plants to set up a home herb garden with well-known or more obscure herbs. Held on two consecutive weekends. “Certified organic grown from organic stock, non GMO, heritage/heirloom varieties herbs, vegetables, tomatoes, peppers and much more” plus some perennials for Zone 7. Held at 525 S White Street, Wake Forest NC. See www.herbfest.net.
Mudcats Baseball Home Games
April 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25 & 26, 2018 @ various times
Head to Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon NC, and watch the Carolina Mudcats play ball. Tickets are approximately $10 per person, give or take a buck. Buy tickets online at www.milb.com/tickets.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Knightdale FFA Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8-11am
Knightdale FFA (Future Farmers of America) will have veggie plants, herbs, hanging baskets, porch-ready planters, and annuals available for purchase. All the plants were grown by Knightdale High School students. Funds raised will support the Knightdale FFA. This plant sale will be held at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale NC. Knightdale FFA updates may be posted to their Facebook page.
Wake Forest Farmers Market
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8am-noon
Vendors offer seasonal goods, handmade soaps and candles, honey, and more. The Wake Forest Farmers Market location is 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. The market’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/wakeforestfm.
Rocky Mount Farmers Market
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8am-1pm
The Farmers Market is located at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount NC. The Rocky Mount Farmers Market is open on Saturdays. See updates on their Facebook page.
Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market: Opening Day
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8am-1pm
The farmers market in Wilson, North Carolina is re-opening for 2018 with a new name: Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market. This market will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-1pm, through October 27, 2018. This year, the market will be held at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC. Follow the Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market on Facebook here for updates throughout the season.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Opening Day & Earth Day
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9am-1pm
Head to the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC, for the market day plus an Earth Day celebration with special activities, held in conjunction with the town’s Parks and Rec department. Alongside the farmers market vendors will be food, live music, inflatables, and free gifts from the market. See more on their Facebook page.
Edgecombe County Recycles Day
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10am-1pm
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) of Nash and Edgecombe counties offers this opportunity to rid your home of old electronics, up to four bags or boxes of paper, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, and much more. This event is open to the public. Held in the parking lot of the Edgecombe County Administration Building, 201 Saint Andrew Street, Tarboro NC. KAB info on the city’s website.
Bunn Fun Day
April 21, 2018 @ 10am-4pm
The fourth-annual Bunn Fun Day offers community and fun along Railroad Street in downtown Bunn NC. Music, vendors, and more. (Article)
Around The Tables
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10am-12:30pm
Free clothing for all ages and a free noon meal on the third Saturday of each month. This event is held by Dream Coat Ministries to ensure local families in need are able to take home clothing for home, work, or school, and share a meal together — prepared by church volunteers. Hosted by Now Faith Community Baptist Church, 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale NC. For this and future “Around The Tables” dates, see the Dream Coat Ministries Facebook page. (See this July 2017 article regarding Around The Tables.)
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10am-3pm
Join the fun at this annual event at The Country Doctor Museum, 7089 Peele Road, Bailey NC. Check out the indoor museum exhibits, outdoor museum herb garden, vendors, and more. Updates may be found on the Country Doctor Museum’s Facebook page.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
Held at the Wilson Mall, 1501 Ward Blvd, Wilson NC in the parking lot beside the old Kroger location. In addition to the shredding service, note that the Wilson Police Department will be accepting donations of canned food for local families in need. See event details here.
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
Local organizations with an environmental focus will set up hands on educational exhibits for all ages. Exhibitors will have information on biodiversity, area events, wildlife rehabilitation, the extension service, and more. This celebration is free, with paid park admission or membership. A Y’all Eat Yet? food truck will be set up in the park, with lunch available for purchase. This event is part of the month-long NC Science Festival. Held at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park, 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck NC. See the park website here.
ABC Craft and Learn: A Kindergarten Readiness Program
Saturday, April 21 & 28, 2018 @ 10:30-11:15am
Held on Saturdays at Wendell Community Library, 207 S Hollybrook Road, Wendell NC. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in this weekly interactive program. Includes an alphabet craft to nurture pre-reading skills through writing and play. Provides an opportunity to develop fine motor skills children require to start school. Free to participate, and registration is not required. The library is online here.
This program is also held at Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon NC, on the same dates @ 10:30-11:30am.
Arbor Day Expo
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11am-3pm
The Town of Wake Forest’s annual Arbor Day Expo and a tree giveaway will take place at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest NC. There will be vendors, and activities for children, plus educational activities. See the town’s Arbor Day web pages, starting here.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ noon-11pm
Join the fun at this event with live music, food trucks (Bamboo Cookhouse and Cousins Maine Lobster), craft beer, and more at Koi Pond Brewing Company, 1107 Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC. Music from: QuickFix (noon), Rollin’ Coal (2pm), Runaway Cab (5pm), and Speakeasy (8pm). For beer purchases, adults of age may purchase a wristband for $5. Updates and future events may be found via their Facebook page.
Teen Saturday Matinee
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1-3:30pm
This teen program offers snacks and an “epic” movie (PG-13). Held in the Assembly Room at the Wilson County Main Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. With questions, call 252.237.5355 x.5073.
“Eyes On Main Street” Launch Party
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 5:30pm
Launch of the fourth edition of Wilson, North Carolina’s Eyes on Main Street Photography Festival will include a free concert, and take place in Historic Downtown Wilson. Gather at the corner of Nash Street and Douglas Street, Wilson NC. See more at www.EyesOnMainStreetWilson.com.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Earth Day & Poetry Too
Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:30-2:30pm
Activities to celebrate Earth Day organized by Goldsboro Parks & Recreation and the Arts Council of Wayne County. Enjoy music, arts and crafts, “earthy activities” and play in the park (dogs welcome). There will also be “Poetry in The Park.” Held at Stoney Creek Park 2300 E Ash Street, Goldsboro NC. See Goldsboro P&R here.
What The A/V Geeks Saw – Trains
Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8-10pm
The A/V Geeks will present 16mm educational films via Facebook Live and YouTube. The theme is old films about locomotives, trains, and railroads. Free and available to watch online from the comfort of your own space. Updates and other events available via their Facebook page.
Relay for Life Day with Music by Brittany Davis
Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11am-11pm
Have fun and raise money for Relay for Life, with 10% of Westridge Grill’s sales to be donated. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Brittany Davis will be playing 7-11pm. Held at Westridge Grill, 3639 Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount NC. Updates may be available via their Facebook page.
Jazz on John Presents: Lydia Salett
Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 7-9pm
This free event, and snacks and wine will be served. Hosted by the Arts Council of Wayne County at 102 N John Street, Goldsboro NC. To see more “Jazz on John” dates and other Arts Council events, visit www.artsinwayne.org/events.
Priscilla Shirer Simulcast
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 9am-4:30pm
Join thousands of women around the world for this one-day simulcast focusing on the power of prayer and studying God’s Word. Hosted by Englewood Baptist Church, 1350 S Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC. Registration link available from www.englewoodbaptist.com/events-and-registrations. Tickets are $15 which includes materials and lunch.
Afternoon Tea with The Artist(s)
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 3-5pm
Franklin County Arts Council’s next “Afternoon Tea with The Artist” series event is free. At this free event, visit with Donna Campbell Smith and Dawn Lancaster. There will be a display of the artists’ work, a refreshments table, and room to mingle. The Afternoon Tea will be held in the Franklin County Arts Council’s Up-Front Gallery, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. To see Afternoon Tea with The Artist dates, visit www.fcacarts.org. (Article)
Buying Your First Home — You’ve Got This
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 3-5pm
“This seminar will bust home-buying myths and show how you may be closer than you think to buying your first home. Learn what to expect when searching for your new home and receive guidance on the home loan process. Presented by Dominik Brodhage from The Chesson Agency and Mike Jablonski from PrimeLending.” To register, contact Amanda Gardner at 252.237.5355 x.5072 or via email. Hosted by Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 2-4pm
Free in the art gallery at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Held every-other Sunday. Bring the family for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Ages 3 and up with accompanying adults. See their Facebook page for updates, or call 252.972.1632 or email with questions. Next date scheduled is May 13, 2018.
Gig in The Park: Band Of Oz
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 6:30-9:30pm
This free concert series is held in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC. Next date is May 16, 2018. See full Gig in The Park schedule at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/gig-in-the-park. (Article)
Wake County Public Libraries’ Annual Book Sale
May 3-6, 2018
Come and check out thousands of available books for sale by the library system. Held in the Expo Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. Free parking. See book-prices information and call-for-volunteers here.
Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 3-5pm
Admission fees are waived during Fabulous Fridays. Admission to the Imagination Station is normally $5 per person (adults/children), with free entry for children 3 and under and Museum members. Imagination Station is located at 224 Nash Street E, Wilson NC. Parking is available behind the museum in their Douglas Street parking lot. See scienceandhistory.org.
Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 6-9pm
Visit the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences for “First Friday” and enjoy exhibits and special activities. The address is 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Admission is free. See imperialcentre.org.
Johnston County Writers Meeting
Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Selma-area writers meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Selma Public Library, 301 N Pollock Street, Selma NC. Writers from Pine Level, Selma, Smithfield, Clayton, Garner, and other areas gather to talk about the craft and hear from published authors. Young and old, poets, fiction and non-fiction writers welcome. Several of their members are also members of the North Carolina Writers Network, and one writes for Johnston Now magazine. Free and open to the public.
Friday Night on White
Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 6-9pm
Join the crowd on White Street in downtown Wake Forest NC for a live concert each month. No admission fee. This date, music by Love Tribe. Event organized by White Street Brewing and the Town of Wake Forest. Future date June 8 (Bull City Syndicate). For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/friday-night-on-white.aspx.
Fantastic Friday: Music in The Park
Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 6:30-9pm
Come out and relax and enjoy an evening of entertainment and community fellowship. Held at the Gazebo, near 112 W Center Street, Black Creek NC. May event featuring music by The Daniels Chapel Singers Generation III . Concessions will be on-site including hot dogs. Bring a lawn chair for comfort. More outdoor events coming this summer. Follow the town on Facebook here.
Stepping Into The Past
Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 8am
This series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
This May 12 event is a 35th Anniversary Celebration.
Spring Gala Celebration
Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 5-8pm
Support the Franklin County Arts Council with this evening of fun, mingling with artists, live music, food, a door prize, raffle, and silent auction. Held at the beautiful, historic Victorian home of Dudley and Barbara Whitaker at 210 Winston Road, Franklinton NC. Tickets are for sale at the Up Front Gallery (22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC) or buy with PayPal. (Interested in being an event sponsor? Call 919.497.6910.)
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