Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Dec. 20-22, 2019

Things To Do in NC When You're Bored holiday
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored holiday

Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor

This week’s list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond — occasionally including unique coastal or mountain events. While most listed events are free, ticketed or fee-for-entry events may be included.

Events may be rescheduled/delayed or locations changed. Contact an event’s organizer directly. To suggest an event for a future list, email the editor.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Franklin County Farmers Market

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 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. Market is also open Tuesdays. The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC. Follow their Facebook page for updates including market closing days, and produce/art/goods available at this year-round farmers market.


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Ed. Note: The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, Clayton Farm and Community Market, Wendell Farmers Market, and Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market have closed for the season. The Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market (quarterly) returns in 2020.

Nash County Holiday Artisan and Farmers Market

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 8am-3pm

The Farmers Market vendors are joined by holiday vendors for four Saturdays in a row. On these four special dates, market shoppers will find seasonal produce, handmade crafts, and goodies or gifts for the holiday.  The Nash County Farmer’s Market is located in the Historic Rocky Mount Mills District at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Updates may be posted to the market’s Facebook page. #ShopLocal

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 10am-noon

Weekly offerings from farms, artisans, and crafters at this year-round farmers’ market. Check with market directly for any schedule changes related to weather and other factors. Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC The Wake Forest Farmers Market website is and on Facebook here.

Note: On December 21, 2019, the Wake Forest Farmers Market is holding a food drive for Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry. Market patrons may bring non-perishable foods to donate.

Around the Tables

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 10am-noon

This monthly event by Dream Coat Ministries provides free clothing for kids and adults, plus lunch (11:30am) at no charge provided by Now Faith Community Baptist Church. The address is 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale, NC. Follow

Stories with Santa

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 10am

Christmas stories, treats, and a photo opp with Santa Claus at this free, public event. Held at Farmville Public Library, 3733 N Main Street, Farmville, NC. Follow library activities here.

Hanukkah & Kwanzaa Crafts

Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 11am-1pm

Bringf the kids for craft activities where they may learn holiday facts and create “menorah or kinara candle-holders and mini beeswax candles for celebrating both of these festivals of lights.” Held at the Wayne County Museum, 116 N William Street, Goldsboro, NC. Follow the museum for updates at


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas at the Barn

Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 4-7pm

This Christmas event includes carols, treats, a live Nativity Scene, and Christmas service in conjunction with local churches. Fellowship in the barn at First Fruits Farm, 2805 East River Road, Louisburg, NC. Follow First Fruits Farm on Facebook at


Coming Soon

Friday Afternoon Popcorn and A Movie at The Nash Senior Center

Friday, December 27, 2019 @ 2pm

Senior citizens, come and enjoy popcorn and a movie (Jack Frost, 1998). The movie showing is free and popcorn is 25 cents a bag. Movies shown in Room 112 at the Nash County Senior Center, 103 N Alston Street, Nashville, NC. With questions or to register, call 252.459.7681. Pre-registering is recommended and helps the facility to plan seating and refreshments for those attending. Movie showings are held on the fourth Friday of each month. For this and other senior happenings, follow Nash County senior center updates on Facebook or check out their quarterly newsletter via the county web page.

Fourth Friday Open Mic

Friday, December 27, 2019 @ 6:30-7:30pm

Poets, writers, musicians, and others are welcome to share their talents at this Open Mic event. Held at Selma Public Library, 301 N Pollock Street, Selma, NC. There is no fee for this gathering. Overseen by the Johnston County Writers Group. Join the group on Facebook here.

Rockin’ the Forest

December 28, 2019 @ 7:30-10pm

This music series features a variety of musical acts at ticketed concerts. Tickets are $15+tax per person. Cash bar will be set up on-site. Scheduled bands:

  • December 28, 2019:  Steve Owens & Summertime
  • January 17, 2020:  Legacy Motown Revue
  • February 28, 2020:  Jim Quick & Coastline
  • March 27, 2020:  The Magnificents

Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. See details and purchase tickets via the Ren Centre website.


January 2020 Happenings

The Market

Saturday, January TBA, 2020 @ 10am-2pm

New farmers market featuring farm goods, local businesses, artisans, and crafters. Under cover and heated. Held at Oak Ridge Farms, Zebulon, NC.  This market will be open on a regular every-other-Saturday schedule starting in January 2020. Follow Oak Ridge Farms on Facebook for market details/updates and 2020 Opening Day.


Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 10:30am-noon

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts free family-friendly movie showings on the second Monday morning of each month.  Concessions. will be available for purchase. Movie screenings are free and open to the public. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Visit for upcoming events.

Free at 3

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 2-4pm

Movies for adults age 50 and up, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres screened on the second Monday afternoon of each month. Concessions will be available for purchase. Movie screenings are free and open to the public. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Visit the Renaissance Centre website at for upcoming events.

Murder We Write Meeting for Writers

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 1:45-4pm

Come to this Writers Workshop: “Tax Considerations Before and After Your Books are Published.” Presentation will be by Diane Kelly, CPA, retired business attorney, and author of Death & Taxes romantic suspense series; and Becke Turner, retired RN, author of romantic humor, and IRS audit survivor who fought the agency and won on appeal. This workshop is free and open to the public. NC authors are encouraged to come, and stay after until 5pm to converse re: their own writing. Sponsored by Triad NC Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the High Point Public Library, and held at the library, 901 N Main Street, High Point, NC. See details and future events at


To request inclusion of a free or low-fee event, email details to the Editor. Sponsors and logos are not included in Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored listings. Events are added at the editor’s discretion.

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Event information may be 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. Any highlighted events are selected by staff, generally due to prior experience with the event, knowledge of offerings, or relation to a recent article on this news site.

Why are the day, date, and year included, repetitively, under each dated heading? The better for visitors to cut-and-paste complete event information to share with others… Though sharing of this full list’s link is encouraged, so readers may see all upcoming events.



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