Things To Do in [Eastern] NC When You’re Bored — Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Coffee with A Cop

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 8-9am

Have coffee with Chief Steven Boraski and GA Kane of the Bailey Police Department. Gathering will take place at Hardee’s, 6474 Deans Street, Bailey, NC. Follow the Bailey PD on Facebook here.

Clayton Poetry Group

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 3-5pm

Come to this first-meeting of this new group, and join the discussion on writing and poetry. Held in the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S Church Street, Clayton, NC. Bring a poem to share, and something with which to write. This gathering is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary, just show up. See event and contact information here.

Super Special: Frozen Frenzy

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 5-6pm

Kids from Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to this celebration of the Frozen movie sequel. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Held at the Wendell Community Library, 207 S. Hollybrook Road, Wendell, NC. See library information here.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Healthy Smoothies for the New Year

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 3-4pm

Attend this adult workshop where Alex Spicer will show how to make healthy smoothies. Held in the Warner Room, Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Contact Brenda at 252.442.1951 x.256 or visit

Selma Game Night

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 5:30-7:30pm

Come and play vintage board games at this free, family-friendly event, organized by the The Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum The event will be held at the Selma Public Library, 301 North Pollock Street, Selma, NC. Games will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring their own family-friendly board games. For more information, call 919.333.4899 or email the Program Director. (Article)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Franklin County Farmers Market

Friday, January 31, 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.

Teen Lifehacks @ The Library

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 4-5pm

Teens, come and learn about surviving the “Zombie Apocalypse” at the Zebulon Community library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon, NC. Designed for grades 6-10. See library events at

Wendell UMC All-you-can-eat Pancakes & Sausage

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 5-7pm

Meal will be served at Wendell United Methodist Church, located at the corner or Main Street and Wendell Blvd, Wendell, NC. Fee is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Eat in the Fellowship Hall, or request take-out (not all you can eat).  See FB flyer here.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Zebulon Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7-11am

Join the Zebulon Lions Club for this annual fundraiser. Donations will be accepted at the door. The Zebulon Lions Club is located at 118 East Lee Street, Zebulon, NC. Follow the club on Facebook.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, February 1, 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 1, 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. Future date: February 15, 2020. Follow Oak Ridge Farms on Facebook for market details/updates.

Bright Star Touring Theatre Performances of “Rosa Parks and Friends”

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 1pm and 3pm

Come for a performance and “take a historical journey through time with Rosa Parks.” This Project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  Ages 5 and up are invited and registration is not required. Held at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street N, Wilson, NC. With questions or to register, call 252.237.5355 and visit

Enoneo Anniversary: Year 2 Kick-off Celebration

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 5-11pm

Help this business celebrate their anniversary at Enoneo, 106 W Horton Street, Zebulon, NC. The Cousins Maine Lobster food truck will be on-site, with goodies available for purchase. Adult beverages will be available for those of age. Live music will be provided by Jimi D-Bo at this free, family friendly event. See updates/contact information via the Enoneo FB page.


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 2, 2020

“Football Sunday” Service & Activities

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 10am*-12:45pm

This morning of activities (*starting before the 10am worship service) is organized by Wellspring Church, and includes pre-service Super Bowl-themed games, a 10am “football and faith” worship service, and a post-service tailgate party with more fun. Held at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest, NC. Wellspring Church’s website is With questions, call 414.241.4196. (Article)

A Celebration of Black History with Clarence Henderson

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 10am

Attend this special service by St. John AME Zion Church, 119 N Pender Street, Wilson, NC, with speaker Clarence Henderson, Civil Rights pioneer. Follow St. John AME-Wilson updates at (Article)

FCAC Writers’ Guild Meeting

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 2pm

The Franklin County Arts Council’s Writers Guild meetings are open to writers of all genres and levels of expertise, and new members are welcome. Held in the Franklin County Arts Council Gallery on the Hill, located at 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC (FCS Annex building behind Ag Extension). Join the FCAC Writers Guild’s Group on Facebook for meeting updates.

Super Bowl

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Television coverage scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.

Coming Soon

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

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

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


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.

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.

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)

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.

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.


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