Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Jan. 11-13, 2019

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

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.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Franklin County Farmers Market

Friday, January 11, 18, and 15, 2019 @ 9am-1pm

This farmer’s market will be open in the month of January on Fridays. 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 and offerings available at this year-round farmers market.

British Murder Mystery Dinners

January 11 and 12, 2019 @ 5:30-8pm

Help solve the murder that has occurred on a British estate in the 1920’s. Be careful… You might just be the murderer! Registration is required, and this dinner is open to people ages 16 and up.

Join the fun at the H.D. Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville, NC.

Call 252.459.2106 to sign up for this free event. Space is limited, so act fast!

Fort Macon Astronomy Night

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 6-9pm

At this family-friendly night of star-gazing and astronomy, 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.

Held in the parking lot at Fort Macon State Park, 2303 E Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC.

This State Park is online at

Family Movie Night

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 6:30pm (doors open)

Bring the whole crew to watch a free movie. The family-friendly film will begin showing at 7pm. Parks and Rec will provide free popcorn and bottled water for all movie watchers.

Held  at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

To see movie title, visit the Zebulon Parks and Rec web page.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Oratorical Competition

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 9am-1:30pm

Competition for students in grades 6-12. “It gives the students a chance to learn and respect the customs and culture of others in order to promote unity; to appreciate diversity and relate to the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” No fee to attend/participate.

Hosted by Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC.

See details and rules via this city of Rocky Mount web page.

Nature Play Day

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 10am

Designed for children 7 and younger, all are welcome in the “Nature PlaySpace” where materials and supplies are available to build and have fun in the outdoors. No registration required.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation’s address is 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC.

This is a free event that recurs weekly. See all dates via the Prairie Ridge Ecostation’s Facebook event.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, January 12, 19, and 26, 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

Family Storytime

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 10:30-11am

Designed for young children and their families. Participate in this interactive program involving books, songs, and movement.

Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, NC.

East Regional Library information may be found via the Wake County Libraries website.

ABC Craft and Learn: A Kindergarten Readiness Program

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 11:30am-12:15pm

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in this pre-reading skills development time.

Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, NC.  (Note that this event is also held at the Zebulon and Wendell libraries on this date; times may vary.)

East Regional Library information may be found via the Wake County Libraries website.

Bakery First Birthday Celebration

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ noon-2pm

Join the birthday celebration for Alimentaire Wholesome Breads and enjoy a free slice of their Focaccia.

Held at the bakery, located at 600 Trade Street, Tarboro, NC.

See event and updates via their Facebook page.


Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 3-4pm

Bring children for this weekly storytime on Saturdays.

Held at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC.

The library is online here.

Chill. Breathe. Deep. CBD yoga

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 5- 6pm

Join this special yoga event organized by Women Of Sativa. Start with a dose of CBD (included), then join the class with CBD-infused air.

Held in The Hemp Source (spa rm), 33 N Main Street, Wendell, NC.

Fee is $20 per person. Register via EventBrite.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Rose Hill Plantation “Wedding Open House”

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ noon-5pm

Free event. An opportunity to check out this local venue and its history, meet wedding vendors, and try food and beverages.

Come to Rose Hill Plantation, 3815 Rose Hill Lane, Nashville, NC.

Register via this EventBrite page.

CreeKidz at Power Planet

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 6-7:30pm

Bring the kids for a fun educational event about self-control. Kids will sing, play games, and more. Pizza provided. Organized by Stoney Creek Church.

Held at CreeKidz, 752 Stoney Creek Church Road, Goldsboro, NC.

CreeKidz is on Facebook here.

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Coffee with a Cop

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 7-9am

Join the Nashville Police Department for a cup of coffee, ask questions, or have a conversation.

Held at the Corner Coffee Cafe, 201 W Washington Street, Nashville, NC.

Follow the Nashville PD Facebook page for updates.

Onslow County Hemp Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 1-3pm

The Onslow County Extension Service office will host this meeting on industrial hemp farming in North Carolina.

Held at the Onslow County Center, 4024 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, NC. Register to attend by calling 910.455.5873.

This event and other Onslow County Extension events may be found here.

Note that Carteret and Craven county extensions are also holding hemp events at this date and time.

Writers’ Guild Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 6:30pm

The writers of the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) gather every-other month in 2019. Meetings are open to the public; FCAC membership isn’t required for the monthly Writers’ Guild meetings. Note that the next meeting will be Monday, March 11, 2019.

Regular meetings are hosted by a studio in Franklinton, NC.


College Financial Aid Workshop flyer. Source: Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, North Carolina
College Financial Aid Workshop flyer. Source: Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, North Carolina

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

Film Screening: Food Insecurity

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 6-8pm

Watch this “compelling film about food insecurity in the United States” and join a discussion after the film. Light refreshments provided by the library.

Held at Wilson Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC. Please

Register by January 9 to Brittany Allen via email

Linda Edwards: Reception and Poetry Reading

Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 4pm

This free event is offered via NashArts.

The Nash Arts Center is located at 100 E Washington Street, Nashville, NC.

NashArts is online at

Author Visit: K. Dupree

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 6-7pm

Come and meet this local author of Boy From The Clouds.

Held at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount, NC.

For information, call 252.442.1951 x.240 or email Information Services at

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.


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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Ed. Notes:

Event information 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. 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 the full article’s link is encouraged, so readers may see all upcoming events.

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