Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond including a few unique coastal or mountain events. 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 an event’s organizer directly via provided links for updates.
Note that events are winding down in this last part of the year. Watch for more fun to come in 2019.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Wilson PD Holiday Kickball Mayhem Camp
December 27 and 28, 2018 @ 9am-1pm
Head to the Recreation Park Community Center, 500 Sunset Road NW, Wilson NC., for a light breakfast, kickball and other activities, and a concluding lunch. To register a child with Wilson PD PAL, call 252.399.2316 or email M. Mincey.
Family Holiday Movies
December 27 and 28, 2018 @ 11am-1pm both dates
Bring the kids to these free family movie nights, with free popcorn and lemonade. No registration required. Held in the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. See movie titles via the library calendar. With questions, contact Genevieve at 252.237.5355 x.5050.
Crafty New Year Countdown
Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 12:30-3:30pm
Celebrate the New Year with crafts, games, and crazy fun. It all ends with a special countdown and toast to celebrate the year that was 2018. Registration deadline is Friday, December 21. Held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Designed for ages 7-12. Cost is $15 for residents; $20 for non-residents.
Fourth Friday Open Mic
Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Join the fun with this open mic night hosted by the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum, 104 W Anderson Street, Selma NC. Open to the public. Come and take the podium and share stories, poems, or musical creations. Door prizes too. Organized by the Johnston County Writers Group.
Finally Friday Movie at the Museum
Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 5:30-9pm
Movie night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. Tickets are $2 for museum members, $5 for nonmembers. See details and purchase tickets at 3947.blackbaudhosting.com/3947/Wall-E.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Christmas Jubilee Live@The Rudy
Saturday, December 29, 2018 @ 12:45pm
Christmas may have passed, but you can still celebrate with this event at The Rudy Theatre, 300 N Raiford Street, Selma NC. Hear traditional Christmas music and feel the spirit. Tickets start at $22.50. See dates and purchase tickets via www.rudytheatre.com/tickets.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Faster than Light – The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Sunday, December 30, 2018 @ 2pm
Held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC, this show in the Cummins Planetarium is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Small admission fee to enter this show. See details at imperialcentre.org.
New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018
See our article with New Year’s Eve events at greyareanews.com/events/new-years-eve-2019-nc.
Fort Macon Astronomy Night
Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 6-9pm
This family-friendly night of star-gazing and astronomy will be held in the parking lot at Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach NC. Ranger Paul Terry is scheduled to discuss the night sky. Hoping for clear weather, there will be telescopes set up; guests are welcome to bring telescopes from home. This State Park is online at www.ncparks.gov/fort-macon-state-park.
PLJCS Financial Aid Workshop
Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 6pm
The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield will host a Financial Aid Workshop provided by a representative from the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). If you will be enrolling in higher education for the first time or have questions about the FAFSA, this event may be helpful as it will present the financial aid process. Library address is 305 E Market Street, Smithfield NC. With questions, call Katie Barbour at 919.934.8146 x.3. The library website is www.pljcs.org.
Linda Edwards: Reception and Poetry Reading
Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 4pm
This free event is offered via NashArts, with more information coming soon. The Nash Arts Center is located at 100 E Washington Street
Pokemon Game Day
Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 3pm
Pokemon fans, join the fun and play, trade, and more at this social event. Entry is $3 per person. Held at Comic World 122 E Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. Comic World is on Facebook here.
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