Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — March 14-17, 2019

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

As NC weather warms, more outdoor, gardening, and nature-education events will be included in this list. If you know of such an event, please email the editor.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Coffee and History Talk

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 10:30-11:30am

Join the Farmville Public Library and the May Museum as they host speaker Bethann Wilkie of Ainsley’s Angels, a group of athletes that work with children with disabilities. Learn more about the special needs community and how civic groups, organizations, and religious groups may be more inclusive. Held at the Farmville Public Library, 4276 W Church Street, Farmville, NC. Find updates via the Farmville Public Library’s Facebook page.

Meet The Local Authors flyer. Source: Nash Arts
Meet The Local Authors flyer. Source: Nash Arts

Meet the Local Authors

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 5-7pm

Meet the authors and hear each of the four give a presentation, then have a chance to ask your questions during the question and answer period. This event is free, as are refreshments. Held at the Nash Arts Center, 100 E Washington Street, Nashville, NC. See the NashArts calendar for this and other events.

Art and Food Festival Gala (Fundraiser)

 Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 6-8pm

The Johnston County Arts Council will host this tenth-annual Gala to raise money for the Arts Council’s “2019-2020 Artists-in-the-Schools program.” Art will be on display and available for purchase from JoCo artists, plus there will be a Silent Auction. All-you-can-eat dishes will be provided by area restaurants. Held at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 NC-210 Hwy, Smithfield, NC. See details on the Arts Council event web page.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Edgecombe Job Fair

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 9am-noon

This free event is open to students and community members. There will be on-site interviews with 40+ employers. Bring resumes and dress professionally. Held in the Fleming Building atrium on the Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro Campus, 2009 W Wilson Street, Tarboro, NC. With questions, contact Teresa Bottoms at 252.823.5166 x.331 or email.

Franklin County Farmers Market

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 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. (Also open Tuesdays/Saturdays.) The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC. Follow their Facebook page for updates, closings, and produce available at this year-round farmers market.

The Artist’s Way (Creativity Course)

Friday, March 15, 22, and 29, 2019 @ 9:30-11am

This free course is for writers, artists, and others. Facilitated by Cindy Brookshire of Johnston County Writers Group. This course offers group activity based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Held at the Selma Visitor Center, 112 E Anderson Street, Selma, NC. Attend all weekly meetings or drop in for one. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Cindy via email.

Note: At the March 15 meeting, the discussion includes “writing author bios.”

ECVMM Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 11:30am-4pm

Celebrate the re-opening of the remodeled Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum and check out its all-renewed exhibit spaces. Come and watch the ribbon cutting, take a tour, and check out the exhibits alongside other community members. After moving to a temporary location across their parking lot, the museum is redone, clean, and ready for visitors. (See why the museum relocated temporarily.) Held at the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum, 106 W Church Street, Tarboro, NC, in conjunction with the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce. Follow the Museum on Facebook for updates.

Rockin’ the Forest Concert Series

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 7:30-10pm

Enjoy live music, dancing, and fun at the final concert date of this series.  Adult beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. See for information and to purchase tickets ($10 per person).

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Church Yard Sale

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 7am-noon

Church yard sale and bake sale in the parking lot. Held by First Baptist Church, 111 N Walnut Street, Spring Hope, NC. Follow the church Facebook page for information/updates.

Church-wide Yard Sale

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 7am-1pm

Church-wide yard sale, indoors and out. Held at Rocky Cross Baptist Church, 13452 Burgess Road, Middlesex, NC. Follow the church on Facebook here for updates.

Cars and Coffee Wake Forest

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 8-11am

This event is run by a handful of local folks who like cars, motorcycles, and people. These regular events are designed to provide a fun, family-friendly gathering. Hosted by Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest, NC. Follow this Facebook page for updates and future dates.

Free Mobile Food Market

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 8:30-11am

The free mobile food market provides food to families in need. Must arrive and sign-in before 9am. Bread For Life Of America’s mobile market will be in the parking lot at the Zebulon Boys and Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon, NC. To see their mobile market information and future dates, follow Bread For Life of America on Facebook.

Reptile and Amphibian Day

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 9am-5pm

Come out for the museum’s 25th-annual event featuring toads, turtles, and other reptiles and amphibians. Live animals, activities, and more at this free event. Held at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. See details on the museum’s website.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturdays, March 16, 23, and 30, 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

Around The Tables

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 10am-noon

Monthly event by Dream Coat Ministries offering free clothing for those in need, and a free lunch provided by the hosting church. Held at Now Faith Community Baptist Church, 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale, NC. See this event and nonprofit information at Future dates: April 20, May 18, and June 15, 2019 (10am-noon).

Wilson Spring EXPO

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 10am-4pm

Come out for this annual Chamber event with vendors galore! Meet local business owners and network. Held at the Wilson County Fair grounds, 2331 US Hwy 301 S, Wilson, NC. More information at (Note that the Wilson Botanical Gardens is also holding an event on this date/times.)

Clayton General Store Vendor Event

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 10am-5pm

The store will be hosting a variety of vendors and food trucks too. Hosted by the Clayton General Store, 10522 Hwy 70 Business, Clayton, NC. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

A Time for Science Expo

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 11am-3pm

This annual science expo offers exhibitors and hands-on activities for all ages. Free and open to the public. Held at A Time for Science, 729 Dickinson Avenue, Greenville, NC. The A Time for Science website lists upcoming events at

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Event

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 2pm

Join the Friends of Wayne County Animals and bring your dogs for this event with a costume contest, “best trick” contest, pet parade, and more. All dogs are welcome; this is also a shelter reunion for dogs adopted locally. There will be vendors too, and t-shirts are expected to be on sale. Proceeds will be divided between Wayne County Animal Advocates and Wayne County Humane Society. Held in Berkeley Park, 3211 Cashwell Drive, Goldsboro, NC. Follow the Friends of Wayne County Animals on Facebook here.

2019 Raleigh Nuv Yug India Fest

March 16-17, 2019 @ 11am

This annual festival offers Indian culture, dance, music, and food. Free admission. Held in the Jim Graham Building on the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. See details including hours at

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Discover Your World: Family Movies @ The Library

Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Bring the family for a free movie at the library. Snacks are provided. Designed for students in grades K-5th. Held at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, NC. Registration is not required. This is a monthly event. Future dates tentatively scheduled:

  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Sunday, August 18, 2019

See the Wake County public libraries East Regional Library web page to access calendar and movie details.

Family Sundays

Sundays, March 17 and 31, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Free drop-in program for kids ages 3+ and their parent or guardian. Join the fun in the art gallery. No registration required. Held every-other Sunday at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC. See more at Future dates: April 14, 28, May 12, and 26, 2019.

Show, Don’t Tell: Writer’s Craft Series

Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Open to writers and readers of all ages and genres. Explore the power of writing that shows, not tells — and avoid hasty manuscript rejection. Pfeiffer University (Charlotte) Professor Susan Luck teaches how to write persuasively — as vital for fiction as for nonfiction. This is a free event, presented by Murder We Write, the Triad chapter of Sisters in Crime. Held at the High Point Public Library, 901 N Main Street, High Point, NC. Check out Murder We Write events online at Next event is April 28, 2019 (Writing Humor).

Coming Soon

Garden Talks: Protecting Pollinators

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 3-4pm

Pollinators are crucial for food/seed production. Learn how to keep bees, birds, and other beneficial beasts safe and avoid poisoning them. Held at the Wilson County Agricultural Center, 1806 Goldsboro Street SW, Wilson, NC. See this event and more on the Wilson County Cooperative Extension website.

STEAM Program: Build a Flag Waver

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 7pm

Kids and teens ages 5 and up are invited to “explore pulleys and gears, as well as linear and rotary motion, using through construction of a flag waver.”  Program funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant. Registration is not required to take part.

Held in the Youth Services area at Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC. Find the library on Facebook here.

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 5:30-7:30pm

Watch a movie with a “100% true story of a young man who overcame his abduction to become one of the greatest heroes in the galaxy.” Library will provide alien crafts and snacks. Held in the main conference room at Wilson County Public Library’s Main Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC. See this library’s calendar at With questions, call 252.237.5355 x.5073 or email S. Houston.

Job Search and Resume Help

Thursdays, March 21, 2019 @ 2-4pm

From the library description: “Learn about job resources available through the NCWorks Career Center and website. Receive one-on-one assistance in creating a resume and applying for jobs.” Held in the Conference Room at the Main Library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson, NC. Laptops will be provided. No registration required. Contact Amanda Gardner at 252.237.5355, x.5072 or via email.

Teen Pizza and Paint Nights

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 6-9pm

Teenagers in grades 9-12 are invited to hang out together. Pizza and soda provided. Students may bring an art project to work on while enjoying the company of others. Art materials are not provided. Held at the Arts Council of Wayne County, 102 N John Street, Goldsboro, NC, This event takes place at the same time as the Arts Council’s Community Drum Circle, and teens are welcome to join. Fee is $5 per student, which  includes two slices of pizza and a soda. No outside food or drinks are allowed. Future date for this “fourth Friday” event:  April 26, 2019.

US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship

March 22-24, 2019

Enjoy the races on the beach and other activities. Held at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Detailed schedule online at (Article)

Clayton Farm and Community Market

Saturdays, March 23, 2019 @ 10am-1pm (final Winter market date)

The market will be open every Saturday, 9am to 1pm, for its regular season from April 6, 2019 through the last Saturday in October 2019. The Clayton Farm and Community Market is located at 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC. Contact information may be found at Follow this market’s Facebook page for updates.

Native Plants, Birds, and Pollinators in Your Garden

Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 11am-noon

Learn about creating a bird-friendly habitat and more. This is a free presentation. Held at Wild Birds Unlimited, 1806 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC. See details here.

Make Art Saturdays

Saturdays, March 23, 2019 @ 11am-1pm

Take the kids to the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC, for a chance to work with different media including painting, sculpture, architecture, and more. Kids will have a chance to make their own art. Registration is not required for this drop-in program for children 6 and up. Held every-other Saturday. See more at Future dates: April 6, 20, May 4, and 18, 2019.

ABC Craft and Learn: A Kindergarten Readiness Program

Saturdays, March 23 and 30, 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. East Regional Library information may be found via the Wake County Libraries website. (Note that this event is often held at the Zebulon and Wendell libraries on the same date; times may vary.)

Multicultural Day

Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 1-4pm

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council is hosting its first “Multicultural Day” with music. a student artwork display, and various foods. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. For more information, visit (Article)

Pollinators in Your Garden

Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 2-3pm

Vivian Lamm, Master Gardener, will teach this adult program on planting for pollinators and the types of pollinators. Held at the main Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street N, Wilson, NC. Open to all ages. No registration required. See this library’s calendar at

K-5 Super Special

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 4:30-5:30pm

Bring the kids to the library for this celebration of the Captain Marvel release and other superheroes. Capes will be provided. Held at the Wendell Community Library, 207 S Hollybrook Road, Wendell, NC. Find the library online at

Superhero Day at Whitley Park

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 10-11am

Calling all Superheroes to save Whitley Park. Designed for ages 3-9. Superhero suits/ costumes welcome at this free event. Play games, make masks, and check out the Superhero Obstacle Course. Held at Whitley Park, Whitley Park, 601 N Wakefield Street, Zebulon, NC. For more information, visit the Zebulon Parks and Rec web page or follow them on Facebook.

ProTown BMX

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 11-3:30pm

Join the fun with this free BMX “stunt” show, with two chances to watch: 11am and 2pm. Bike clinics, too. Held in downtown, N Main Street, Wendell, NC. See more on the Town of Wendell event page. Rain date is Sunday (March 31).

Coming in April 2019

First Friday Flix

Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 7-9pm

Held the first Friday of each month, this movie showing is free and open to the public. “Feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers and more, often with a seasonal or historical theme.” Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. Future date is Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 7pm. See this event and more on the Wake Forest Renaissance Center Calendar.

Belarussian Yard Sale Vendor Pup Up Bazaar

Saturday, April 6, 2019 (6:30am-1pm)

Come and “shop” at the vendors in the church parking lot at this fundraiser to support their Belarussian Relief Ministry. The ministry will bring children from Belarus to stay in the United States for the Summer with host families. Held indoors and outdoors at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon, NC. See event information and vendor registration on the Wakefield Central Baptist Church website.

Community Recycling Day

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 9am-noon

Drop off “old paint, tires, oil and antifreeze, computers, televisions, and appliances” and these items will be recycled or disposed of properly. There will be a shredding truck at the event, so bring documents to be safely shredded. Held at the Town Municipal Building (Town Hall), 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. With questions, contact Zebulon Public Works at 919.269.5285

Free Amateur Radio Testing

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 10:30am

Five County VE Team is offering free Amateur Radio Testing to Johnston County. Pre-registeration is required. Held at the Thanksgiving Fire Department, 2375 Thanksgiving Fire Road, Selma, NC. Visit the website to pre-register at

Tarboro Market Opening Day

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ Time TBA

The market includes makers, growers, and antique/vintage vendors. Open on the first and third Saturday of each month through October. Location is 526 N Main Street, Tarboro, NC. Future market dates include: April 20, May 4, and May 18, 2019. With questions, contact April Williams. Vendor spaces may be available; access the vendor application at


Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 10:30am-12:30pm

Bring the kids for a free, family-friendly movie. Held the second Monday of each month, and open to the public. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. Call the centre’s Special Events Hotline at 919.435.9428 for movie title. For more information, visit the town web page.

Monthly Movies at the Library

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 3-5pm

Bring the kids and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie, no registration necessary. Held at the Lucama Branch library, 103 E Spring Street, Lucama, NC. Information on this library, part of the Wilson County Public Library system, may be found here. Follow the Lucama Library Facebook page for updates and other events. Future date is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (3-5pm).

Zebulon Free Family Movie Night

Friday, April 12, 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 possibly bottled water) for all movie watchers. Held on the second Friday of each month courtesy of the Zebulon Parks and Recreation Department. A parent/guardian must be present with children; movies are for all ages. Held  at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. To see movie title, visit the Zebulon Parks and Rec web page or call 919.823.0432.

North Carolina Pickle Festival

April 12-13, 2019

Join the fun at this annual celebration of pickled cucumbers. There will, of course, be pickles. Plus, a pickle-eating contest, entertainment, a chili cook-off, rides, a car show, and interactive events including a 5K. Navigate to 123 N. Center Street, Mount Olive, NC. Full details, prices, and hours at

Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 9am-1pm

Browse a variety of local vendors for arts and crafts, handmade items, and more. Live entertainment too. Held at the Uptown Gazebo, 100 block of E Anderson Street, Selma, NC (parking lot behind Town Hall). For information including vendor booth reservations, contact Melissa Dooley at 919.965.9841 x.8003 or via email. Future dates include May 11 and September 14, 2019.

Clayton Volunteer Fair

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9am-3pm)

This event will showcase local organizations who are seeking volunteers or performing volunteer-inclusive projects in the community. Held in the Town Square, Clayton, NC, in conjunction with the Town of Clayton’s 150th Anniversary Party. Organizations interested in vendor space must register by Friday, March 29, 2019. With questions, send the organizers an email or call 919.827.1832.

Stepping Into The Past Event Series

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10am-2pm

This series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. The April 13 topic is “Capturing Our Past: Painting Class.” Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC. See upcoming topics at

Paws In The Park

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ Time TBA

Enjoy a day in the park with your four-legged canine friends. There will be a fashion show, door prizes, and much more. Held at the Best Friends Dog Park, 480 N Lee Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Vendor spots may be available for the event for businesses that love pets. There is a vendor fee. If interested in being a vendor, send the organizer an email.

Wayne County Senior Games “Silver Arts Follies”

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 6pm

This free, evening performance serves as an “art piece” — part of the Wayne County Senior Games competition. Organized by Goldsboro Parks and Recreation. Held at the Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro, NC. See the Parks and Rec’s Senior Games web page. Brief info on the Paramount Theatre website.

Wilson Farmers and Artisans Market

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (opening day) @ 8am-1pm

The market will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 2019. Held in the pavilion at the Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC. See Note that vendor applications may be accepted, and the vendor form is available from that linked web page.

Senior Bingo

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 1-2:30pm

How lucky are you feeling? Come play fun games of Bingo with your friends. These Wednesday games are free of charge, and there will be prizes awarded. Held  at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. For this and other active-adult events, check out the Zebulon Parks and Rec early 2019 programs (PDF).

Grand Opening and Open House Celebration

Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 9am-5pm

Welcome this new Wendell business, Garden Treasures, and view the magnolias, camellias, and other plants in their greenhouses. Walk around the art fair and meet local artists. Free lectures will be offered throughout the day. Ribbon cutting planned for 9am. Plants will be for sale, and artists may have works for sale too. A good day for community and beauty. This newly-built nursery is located at 3500 Edgemont Road, Wendell, NC. See more about this nursery and the open house activities at (Article)

Bunn Fun Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 10am-4pm

Join the Town of Bunn for this fifth-annual celebration and family fun. There will be live music, local vendors, magic shows, face painting, arts, food trucks, inflatables, and more. Held along Railroad Street, Bunn, NC. For updates, follow the town events Facebook at Town of Bunn est.1913.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Opening Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 9am-1pm

Vendors at the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market offer farm produce, baked goods, handmade goods, arts, plants, and more. The market is open Saturdays through October 12, 2019. Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is located at the Zebulon Municipal Complex (town hall), 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Free parking available in the town hall parking lots. Follow the market on Facebook for updates and market theme information. If vendor spaces are available, information and 2019 application may be found on the town’s market web page.

Wings Over Wayne Air Show 2019

April 27-28, 2019

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, air performances, ground demonstrations, and much more at “the largest free air show in North Carolina.” The Air Show takes place at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Martin Street, Goldsboro, NC. See details, schedule, and more at


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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.

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