Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Feb. 13-16, 2020

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

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.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coffee and History

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 10:30am

Explore Cafe Madeleine and chat with Coleen Starling about opening a small business. Location changed to the May Museum, 3802 South Main Street, Farmville, NC. For more information, call the town library at 252.753.3355 or the May Museum at 252.753.6725. Updates may be posted to Facebook pages of the Farmville Public Library and May Museum.

Johnston County Writers Group Meeting

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 6-7:45pm

Join this free, open-to-the-public meeting at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E Market Street, Smithfield, NC. This month’s guest speaker is artist and author Deborah Dunn, a traditionally published author of inspirational self-help with Simon and Schuster. Dunn has released two historical mysteries based on the archaeology of the Lost Colony and Jamestown under her own publishing brand, Five Rivers Press. She will share her life story — how she came to both write and paint, and a bit about her process — a motivational talk for the winter doldrums! Group facilitator is Cindy Brookshire, email Future meeting is March 12, 2020 @ 6pm.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Franklin County Farmers Market

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 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’s Facebook page for updates including market closing days, holidays, and produce/art/goods available at this year-round farmers market.

Ten Plants That Say I Love You

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ noon-1pm

Come for this “Ten Plant Tour Series” event at the Nash County Arboretum, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville, NC. Held on the second Friday of each month. See series announcement here.

Meet the Artist: Carolina FiberFest

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 2-3pm

“Drop in to learn about and see inspiring examples of hand knitting from members of Carolina FiberFest.” Registration is not required. Held at East Regional Library,  946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, NC. Library information is online at

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Around The Tables

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 10-11:45am + lunch

This monthly giveaway by Dream Coat Ministries offers free clothing for all ages, free groceries while supplies last, and a noon meal. Location for this event has been changed to the thrift store, 861 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC. Future dates: March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2020. For more information, visit or Follow Dream Coat Ministries on Facebook for updates/location.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 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, holidays, and other factors. Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC The Wake Forest Farmers Market website is and on Facebook here.

The Market

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 10am-2pm

New farmers market featuring farm goods, local businesses, artisans, and crafters. Under cover and heated. Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC (near the Pilot area).  This market will be open every-other Saturday in early 2020. Follow Oak Ridge Farms on Facebook for market details/updates.

FCAC Diversity Team’s Open Mic

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 2pm

Franklin County Arts Council’s Diversity Team invites writers of prose and poetry, and musicians and singers, to participate in their annual Open Mic, celebrating Black History Month and our multicultural community. This year’s theme is “I Shall Not Be Moved,” focusing on perseverance, courage and determination. Open Mic is held at the Muddy Mountain Art and Wine Bar, Suite 102, 348 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC. Free snacks will be served. Beverages (soft drinks, wine, and beer) may be purchased. Join the FCAC Writers Guild’s Group on Facebook. (Article)

Outhouse Races

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 3-4pm

Outhouse Races on snow, held in the western part of the state. Compete or just watch the fun. Held at the Sapphire Valley Resort, 127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC (Transylvania County). For details, visit

Ed. Note regarding Saturday farmers’ markets:

Clayton Farm and Community Market, Wendell Farmers Market, and Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market are closed for the season.

The Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market (quarterly) returns March 14, 2020 @ 9am-1pm.

The Nash County Farmers Market opening day has been announced as April 4, 2020.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market will re-open in May, with an April pop-up market pre-opening.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Galentine’s Day Tea Party

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 2-4pm

Held at Stork’s Rest Farm, 8218 Old Raleigh Road, Sims, NC. Join the “festivi-TEAS at Manner House Tea Room” with this ticketed tea party. Tickets are $35, FYI. To reserve a space, visit See menu on FB here.

Coming Soon

Hidden Figures Movie Screening

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 5:30-7:45pm

The Harold D. Cooley Library, located at, 114 W Church Street, Nashville, NC, will show the movie, Hidden Figures, as part of Black History Month. Light refreshments will be served. Follow updates via the library’s Facebook page.

Interfaith Breakfast

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 9am

Hosted by the city, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the Commission on Community Relations and Development. This breakfast event will be held at the Goldsboro Event Center, 1501 S Slocumb Street, Goldsboro, NC. Tickets are $10 per person. See details here.

Work for Yourself@50+

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 6-8pm

This free seminar by the Women’s Business Center of NC is offered in conjunction with AARP. Designed for those at or approaching 50 years of age,  come and learn about starting a small business, or turning a hobby into a money-making venture. Held at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 893 Bunn Elementary School Road, Bunn, NC. To register, go to

Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival

Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 11am-3pm

Make plans to join the fun in downtown Wake Forest, NC for this 8th-annual festival. Admission to this family-friendly celebration is free. (Article)

Ready Garden Grow: An Introduction to Urban Vegetable Gardening

Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 2-4:30pm

Learn the basics of starting a vegetable garden in an urban area, from planning to planting, managing to harvesting. This workshop focuses on containers and raised-bed gardening. Instructed by the North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Registration requested. Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, NC. Library information is online at

Johnston County Writers Open Mic Night

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 6:30-7:30pm

Held on the fourth Friday of each month, members and non-members can join the fun at Selma Public Library, 301 N Pollock Street, Selma, NC. Writers, poets, musicians, and others may take the stage, or be a part of the audience. Next date: March 27, 2020.

Join the Johnston County Writers’ Group on Facebook.

Rockin’ the Forest

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 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:

  • 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.

Cars and Coffee Knightdale

Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 8-11am

Come and join Cars and Coffee Knightdale — check out the cars, or bring your special vehicle, buy a cup of coffee or food, and network.
Held at 8001 Knightdale Blvd., Knightdale, NC. For updates, follow the group here.

First Friday Flix

Friday, March 6, 2020 @ 7-9pm

Watch a movie at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. This free event repeats on the first Friday of each month. See details at

International Festival of Cultures

Saturday, March 7, 2020 @ noon-4pm

Sample exotic foods, visit vendors, and watch a fashion show and multi-cultural entertainment featuring local folks with origins from around the globe. Held in the Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC. (Article)

NOTE: The International Festival of Cultures has vendor opportunities. For information, call 252.972.1181.


Monday, March 9, 2020 @ 11:30am-1pm

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 (Movie for Seniors)

Monday, March 9, 2020 @ 3-5pm

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.

Coffee and History

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 10:30-11:30am

The Farmville Public Library and May Museum & Park are offering this unique series, with local history presentations and special guests at the museum or library. On March 12, look back at Farmville history with Barbara Sauls, storyteller. Held at the Farmville Public Library, 3466 N Walnut Street ( Train Depot ), Farmville, NC. For more information, call the library at 252.753.3355 or the museum at 252.753.6725. Updates may be posted to Facebook pages of the Farmville Public Library and May Museum.

Free Family Movie Night

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 6:30-9pm

Join Zebulon Parks & Recreation for a free indoor movie at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. For movie title, call 919.823.0432. Movie will begin showing at 7pm. Popcorn and bottled water provided. Follow the town’s parks and rec department on Facebook.

Tree Giveaway at Reptile and Amphibian Day

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 9am-5pm

We Plant It Forward will be giving away tree seedlings during the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’s “Reptile and Amphibian Day.” The Museum is located at 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit

Stepping into the Past Saturday Series

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 10am-2pm

Saturday historical and traditional demonstrations. Museum admission fee applies. The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is located at 709 Church Street, Kenly, NC. The March 14 presentation is “Working the Land.”  See upcoming “Stepping into the Past” topics at

Coffee with A Cop

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 10am

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone will be joining Bailey Police Chief Steven Boraski and Middlesex Police Chief Mike Collins for this community event. Held at the Southern Nash Senior Center, 8180 Stoney Hill Church Road, Bailey, NC. Follow NCSO on Facebook for updates.


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