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 27, 2020
Coffee and History
Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 10:30am
Joint event by the May Museum and Farmville Public Library. Come and hear Jerry Talton discuss shorebirds and his passion for decoy carving. Address is 3762 W Wilson Street, Farmville, NC. Updates may be posted to Facebook pages of the Farmville Public Library and May Museum. (Article)
Bilingual Family Storytime
Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 4-5pm
Join this free story time, held on the last Thursday of each month, read in English/Español. Held at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC. Follow the WCPL Facebook page for any updates.
Carolina Mudcats Job Fair 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 4:30-7:30pm
Job interviews will be conducted by the Carolina Mudcats Baseball Club in Cattails Restaurant inside Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon, NC. Note that this is a new date, as the event was postponed due to the recent snow. See notice here.
Vintage Game Night
Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 5:30-7:30pm
An event so popular that it is returning for another family-friendly night. Held at the Selma Public Library 301 N Pollock Street, Selma, NC. Head to the library’s community room where there will be games and tables. Note that this is a new date, as this event was postponed due to the recent snow. Follow Selma Public Library on Facebook for updates.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Franklin County Farmers Market
Friday, February 28, 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.
Teen Pizza and Paint Night
Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 6-8pm
Monthly event held by the Arts Council of Wayne County, address is 102 N John Street, Goldsboro, NC. Pizza and a drink are $5 per teen. No charge if not eating. Follow the Arts Council for updates.
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.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Leap Day!)
Wake Forest Farmers Market
Saturday, February 29, 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 www.wakeforestmarket.org and on Facebook here.
Saturday, February 29, 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 Pilot/Rocky Cross). This market will be open every-other Saturday in early 2020. Follow Oak Ridge Farms on Facebook for market details/updates.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
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.
2020 Spring Job Fair
Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 10am-1pm
Meet local business representatives and check out available jobs. Held at the Booker T Washington Community Center, 727 Pennsylvania Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC. See details 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 www.wakeforestrencen.org.
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 www.wakeforestrencen.org 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 www.wakeforestrencen.org 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.
Johnston County Writers Group Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Plants That Are Weird and Unusual
Friday, March 13, 2020 @ noon-1pm
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.
Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 9am-1pm
Held monthly at Uptown Vick Park, 112 E Anderson Street, Selma, NC. On March 14: “Sidewalk Chalk Art” at the market. See details, vendor information, and contact for free vendor space at www.selma-nc.com/selma-saturdays.
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 terravitastewards.org/weplantitforward.. For more information, visit
Spring Artisan Craft Market
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 10am-1pm
Join the Clayton Farm and Community Market for the 2020 opening of its monthly Artisan Craft Market at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC. Farm goods, handcrafted items, artwork, and more. Follow updates at www.facebook.com/CFCMNC.
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 www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org.
Wilson Spring EXPO 2020 presented by Greenlight Community Broadband
Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 10am-4pm
Join the Wilson Chamber of Commerce for this annual EXPO and meet local businesses and entrepreneurs. Learn about local products and services. Held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, 2331 Hwy 301 South, Wilson, NC. See details and vendor info via the Chamber website.
Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 11am & 2pm (two shows)
Watch these expert riders at this annual event downtown along Main Street, Wendell, NC. This is a free event. Follow the town Facebook page for updates.
Around The Tables
Saturday, March 21, 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 in Knightdale, NC. Future dates: April 18 and May 16, 2020. For more information, visit dreamcoatknightdale.org or Follow Dream Coat Ministries on Facebook for updates/location.
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.
Johnston County Writers Open Mic Night
Friday, March 27, 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. Join the Johnston County Writers’ Group on Facebook.
Exploring Your Business Event
Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 10am-2pm
Local business promotions event at the ACE Center, 7027 Knightdale Blvd, Knightdale, NC. See details and vendor contact information here.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 10am
Kids up to age 9 are invited to wear their favorite superhero costume and come to play games, make masks, and join other activities including an obstacle course. This is a free event held in Whitley Park, 689 N Wakefield Street, Zebulon, NC. See this event and others on the town website.
Nash County Farmers Market “Opening Day”
Saturday April 4, 2020 @ 8am-1pm
Farmers market with wide variety of offerings including locally-grown produce, meats and seafood, homemade goods, home decor, crafts, furniture, plants, and apparel. Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Follow the market on Facebook, or visit nashcountync.gov/175/Farmers-Market.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market
Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 9am-1pm
This is “Opening Day” of The Market 2020. Pre-opening there will be a May Day Market (May 2, 2020) and an April Pop Up Market with certain types of vendors (April 22, 2020). Held at the Town Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. Information, and vendor applications, available on the Town of Zebulon website.
Wendell Farmers Market
Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 9am-1pm
This market is open to farms, homemade goods makers, artisans, and more. Held at the corner of Campen & Main Streets, Wendell, NC. Open every Saturday through October 3, 2020. See details and vendor application contact at www.townofwendell.com/living/farmers-market. Follow Wendell Farmers Market on Facebook here.
Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market
April Opening Day To Be Announced
Local farm offerings and handmade/homemade goods. Held in the Pavilion at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC. See details, including vendor applications, here. Updates may be posted via the market’s Facebook page.
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Ed. Note: Originally published February 24, 2020. Updated February 25.