Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored: Aug. 12-14

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.

Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor

This weeks 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.

Links for updates/information are 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, August 12, 13 & 14, 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.



Writers Group Monthly Meeting: Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 6-7pm

The Johnston County Writers Group’s monthly meeting; non-members are welcome to attend.

Held at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E Market Street, Smithfield, NC.

Follow jocowriters FB group for updates.



Franklin County Farmers Market:  Friday, August 13, 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.


Zebulon Shrine Club Fish Fry: Friday, August 13, 2021 @ 11am until sold out

Support the local Shrine Club by picking up plates.

Held at Zebulon Shrine Club, 1201 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

Follow Zebulon Shrine Club here.


10 Plant Tours: Friday, August 13, 2021 @ noon-1pm

Nash County Arboretum offers a series of free, public, tours discussing different types of plant. These monthly tours are led by extension agents from the Nash County Center. Plants discussed on each date:

  • Ten Plants That We Haven’t Featured Before: August 13
  • Ten Plants That We Hope to Add Soon: September 10
  • Ten Plants That Do Well in Wet Sites: October 8
  • Ten Plants That Look Good in Winter: November 12

To attend the tour, gather at the Nash County Agriculture Center entrance, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville, NC. Note that dates may change due to weather (not rain/shine).

See 2021 details here.


Whitakers Friday Market Days: Friday, August 13, 2020 @ 3-6pm

This community market will be open every Friday through October, with vendors offering homegrown/produce, homemade, local items, and (sometimes) hot foods.

The location is at 101 S White Street, Whitakers, NC — the corner of Hwy 301 (S White) and Pippen Street in the old Southern Bank Building. Weather dependent.

For updates, Follow WRAP — Whitakers Revitalize and Preserve — at



Wake Forest Farmers Market:  Saturday, August 14, 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

The Wake Forest Farmers Market website is Updates may be found here.


Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market:  Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 8am-noon

Purchase from local vendors and pick up snacks or lunch from food truck(s) on site.

Held in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC.

Find the Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market online at and updates here.


Wendell Farmers Market:  Saturday, August 14, 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, August 14, 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, food trucks.

Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC.

The Nash County Farmers Market is *also* open Tuesdays @ 3-6pm (June, July, and August).

Follow the market, or visit


Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

Head downtown for this market offering a wide variety of vendors selling handmade/homemade items and local farm produce.

Held in the alley at 116 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

See latest updates here.


The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms:  Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

On-farm market featuring farm goods and a variety of vendors — local businesses, homemade goods makers, artisans, and crafters. Open every Saturday.

Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC (near Rocky Cross/Pilot).

Follow Oak Ridge Farms for market details/updates.


Clayton Farm and Community Market:  Saturday, August 14, 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


Coming Soon

Popsicle and Pizza in The Park: Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 10am

Held by the Town of Zebulon. Kids can enjoy free popsicles, pizza, and more.

Location is Gill Street Park, N Gill Street, Zebulon, NC

See this Parks and Rec event here.


Goldsboro Downtown History Walk:  Rescheduled from August 7 due to weather — new date is Saturday, August 21, 2021 @ 10:30am

On the first Saturday of the month the Wayne County Museum offers a free Downtown History Walk (weather permitting).

Meet in the lobby of the Wayne County Museum, 116 N William Street, Goldsboro, NC.

More details here.


Artist Open House/Book Signing: Saturday August 21, 2021 @ 11:30am-3pm

Jackie Dove-Miller —  poet, playwright, photographer, workshop facilitator, and author — will be signing books, bring your own or purchase from the gallery.)
Held at the Franklin County Arts Council’s Gallery on the Hill, 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC.
See event details on the arts council website.

Military History Night: Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 6pm

Wayne County Museum program “Seymour Johnson Squadrons in WWII” presented by Dr. Roy Heidicker (Ret Wing Historian) and Stephen Beckett (Wing Historian, 916 ARW-Air Refueling Wing). A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Wayne County Museum is located at 116 N William Street, Goldsboro, NC.

RSVP in advance via or 919.734.5023. Follow the museum for updates.



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Listed are mostly in-person events; however, online/zoom/YouTube events may be included and will be identified as online. If unsure whether to go to a location or login, use the event’s link provided and contact the organization/person directly responsible for that event.

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