Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Feb. 7-9, 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.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Franklin County Farmers Market

Friday, February 7, 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 their Facebook page for updates including market closing days, holidays, and produce/art/goods available at this year-round farmers market.

Ferrell’s Fire & Rescue “Fish Fry”

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 5pm-until

Support this Fire and Rescue department and get yourself a tasty dinner for $8 per person. Fish fry begins at 5pm and plates are available to eat at the FD station — hang out and chat — or to take home. Come early as they may sell out before 8pm.  Held at the station — Ferrells Fire & Rescue, 9589 W NC-97 Hwy, Middlesex, NC. Follow these first responders at

Forensic Science: Who Stole Jimmy’s Rabbit?

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 5-7pm

Join the “Fabulous Friday” fun with free admission to Imagination Station, 224 Nash Street SE, Wilson, NC. Kids and their families will hunt for clues. The Wilson Police Department will be at the event to help with the “investigation.” Discover which of the Kernersville Reptile Zoo suspects is the culprit. See details here.

First Friday at Art Happens on Tarboro

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 5:30-8:30pm

Visit with local artists, see their works, and watch a Glass Cutting Skills demonstration. Held at Art Happens on Tarboro, 106 Tarboro Street W, Wilson, NC. Follow these artists at

First Friday Flix

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 7-9pm

Free movies at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC, on the first Friday of each month. See details at

Documentary Showing: The Other Boys of Summer

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 6pm

As part of First Friday, come and watch this documentary on Negro League Baseball. Held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC. (Article)

Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

February 7 & 8, 2020

This annual festival offers a wide variety of activities this weekend in Washington, NC. See festival details at

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Stepping into the Past Saturday Series

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 8-11am

Saturday historical and traditional demonstrations. On February 8, the topic is “Food Processing: Hog Killing Demonstration” at the museum. Admission fee applies. The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is located at 709 Church Street, Kenly, NC. Future date: March 14, 2020 (Working the Land: Antique tractor displays/Farmer Appreciation Day). See these events and future “Stepping into the Past” topics at

Downtown History Walk

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 10-11am

Take this free tour through downtown and learn about architecture and history. Presented by the Wayne County Museum, the tour leaves from the museum lobby at 10am. Wayne County Museum is located at 116 N William Street, Goldsboro, NC. No registration is required for this 45-60 minute tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. May be rescheduled in the event of poor weather. Follow the museum on social media here or visit their website at

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, February 8, 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.

Soul Food Feast

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 11am-1pm

The town of Selma’s Parks and Recreation is holding the third-annual Soul Food Feast at the Selma Civic Center, 300 N Webb Street, Selma, NC. Admission and meal are free for all ages. Enjoy featured entertainment and a catered meal including chicken and pork chops, side dishes, beverages, and dessert. Registration is not required. See details at (Article)

Preservation Day

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 1-4pm

Bring your memorabilia of pre-1980s Zebulon, share photographs, personal treasures/artifacts, or make a video during this special history-oriented event with Preservation Zebulon. There will be presentations, document scanning, and more. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be several door prize drawings. Held at Zebulon Town Hall, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC, just across Arendell from the Wakelon Plaza (Food Lion). Visit the Preservation Zebulon website at, or Follow them on Facebook for updates. (Article)


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 9, 2020

Family Movies @ the Library

Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 2-4pm

Feature presentationand craft. Snacks provided. Held at East Regional Library,  946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, NC. Programs offered for all ages, with events for adult, teen, children, and families. Library information is online at


Coming Soon


Monday, February 10, 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 (Movie for Seniors)

Monday, February 10, 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.

Coffee and History

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

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.

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. *Tentative date: February 15, 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)

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.

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.

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


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