Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor
This weeks things-to-do listing may include in-person events in the North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, or beyond — unique coastal or mountain events are occasionally included.
Links for updates/information are included. Things to do may be rescheduled/delayed or locations changed. Contact an event’s organizer directly to confirm.
Any online offerings (watch from home) events that may be included will be marked as online.
At public gatherings, follow state coronavirus/Covid-19 safety measures for the good of yourself and others: wear a mask, keep your hands clean, and let everyone enjoy their time out-and-about with a bit of personal space. When in doubt, stand six feet out.
Farm Credit Farmers Market: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 15, 16 & 17, 2021
The Farm Credit Farmers Market, which will be open Thursday (10am-5:30pm), Friday (10am-5:30pm), and Saturday (9am-2pm).
Located at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC.
Follow the market for updates, changes to hours, and vendor information.
Franklin County Farmers Market: Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 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 for updates.
Whitakers Friday Market Days: Friday, July 16, 2020 @ 3-6pm
This community market will be open every Friday through October, with vendors offering homegrown/produce, homemade, local items, and (sometimes) hot foods.
The location is at 101 S White Street, Whitakers, NC — the corner of Hwy 301 (S White) and Pippen Street in the old Southern Bank Building.
For updates, Follow WRAP — Whitakers Revitalize and Preserve — at www.facebook.com/WRAPFORWHITAKERS.
Friday Nights on the Tar Summer Concert: Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 6:30pm
This summer series invites the public to enjoy free concerts downtown. Food trucks will be by the event site.
Held in the Amphitheater at 116 N Main Street, Louisburg, NC.
See this and other Town of Louisburg events here.
Documentary Screening of Wilmington on Fire: Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 6:45pm
About the documentary: “The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 is the only coup d’état to have taken place in the US, launched by white supremacists who targeted the African American community of Wilmington, NC, leaving many dead and others fleeing their homes.”
Screening held at the ACE Center, 7027 Knightdale Blvd, Knightdale, NC.
See details here.
Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Weekly offerings from farms, artisans, and crafters at this year-round farmers’ market. Live music at the market!
Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC.
Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Purchase from local vendors and pick up snacks or lunch from food truck(s) on site.
Held in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC.
Find the Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market online at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/farmers-artisan-market and updates here.
Wendell Farmers Market: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Check out vendors offering local produce and locally-made goods.
Located at Campen Street & Main Street, Wendell, NC.
Follow on Facebook for updates, vendor information, and special town events during market hours.
Nash County Farmers Market: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 8am-1pm
This farmers market encompasses two buildings and an outdoor areas, with lots of room for the wide variety of offerings. Shop for locally-grown produce, meats and seafood, homemade goods, home decor, crafts, furniture, plants, apparel, and more. Includes a food truck.
Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC.
The Nash County Farmers Market is *also* open Tuesdays @ 3-6pm (June, July, and August).
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Head downtown for this market offering a wide variety of vendors selling handmade/homemade items and local farm produce.
Held in the alley at 116 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.
See latest updates here.
The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
On-farm market featuring farm goods and a variety of vendors — local businesses, homemade goods makers, artisans, and crafters. Now open *every* Saturday.
Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC (near Rocky Cross/Pilot areas).
Follow Oak Ridge Farms for market details/updates.
Clayton Farm and Community Market: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Farm goods, handcrafted items, artwork, and more as the market’s regular season resumes.
Held at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC.
Follow updates at www.facebook.com/CFCMNC.
1st Annual Cars on Main: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 9am-3pm
Free car show with food trucks, radio broadcast onsite (live), face painting, and more. Organized by Wheeler Dealer NC.
Held in downtown Kenly, NC.
See event flyer here.
FCAC Artist Reception and Book Signing: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 11am-2pm
All are welcome for this Franklin County Arts Council “Artist of the Month” event with Donna Campbell Smith. An artist and author, Smith will be signing her new novel, My Neighbors from the Woods. Her featured art is “a collection of mixed media pieces which she created while in Covid-19 Shut-Down.”
Held at the Franklin County Arts Council’s Gallery on the Hill, 99 South Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC.
Rocky Mount Fire Department Quasquicentennial (125th anniversary): Saturday, July 17, 2021
A showcase of RMFD services at the John P. Sykes Training Ground (997 Atlantic Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC) 9am-noon, with live fire demonstrations, exhibitions by special teams, and equipment displays.
Community celebration on the lawn of the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station (101 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount, NC) at 8:30pm, following the department’s annual awards and recognition ceremony.
See details here.
Live Music & Comedy Series: The Best of Blues, R&B and Soul Music: Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 6pm
Music and comedy event with live music and comedy. Venue will have food/drinks available for purchase. Ticketed event ($20-$25).
Held at the Pack House 100 William Perry Road, Louisburg, NC.
See details here.
Popsicle In The Park: Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 10am
Held by the Town of Zebulon in a different Park on alternating Fridays. Kids can enjoy free popsicles, story time, and more. Dates and locations this summer:
- Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 10am: Whitley Park, 601 N Wakefield Street, Zebulon, NC
- Friday, August 6, 2021 @ 10am: Zebulon Community Park, 401 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC
See these events and more via the Town’s Facebook Events page.
Other event(s) coming soon:
- Saturday in the Park: Saturday, July 31, 2021 @ 4:30-8:30pm — Outdoor event with vendors, food trucks, beer and wine garden, and live music. Bring blanket and lawn chair for comfort. Food trucks with hot and cold treats available for purchase. Held at the May Museum and Park, 3802 S Main Street, Farmville, NC (Pitt County). Follow the museum for updates.
- Movie in the Park: Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 8:30pm — Enjoy an outdoor movie. Bring blanket/chair, snacks, and popcorn to enjoy the movie. Held in Gertrude B. Johnson Park, 1222 W. Market Street, Smithfield, NC. See flyer here for details including movie title.
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