By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC).
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 organizers directly for updates.
Easter events coming this weekend have been added below; originally listed in our Easter Egg Hunt article.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Battleship Easter Egg Hunt Carnival
Friday, March 30, 2018 (Good Friday) @ 10am-2pm
Easter egg hunt, pony rides, inflatables games, and Buddy, the Battleship Easter Bunny. Egg hunts will be continuous throughout the day, weather permitting. Multiple hunts, including a slower-paced hunt area offering less stress for special needs children. Tickets are $5+tax per person for ages 3-99. Children 2 and under are free. Held at the Battleship North Carolina, 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington NC. For details, visit www.battleshipnc.com.
Knightdale PD Spring Carnival Fundraiser for NC Special Olympics
March 29-April 8, 2018
The Knightdale Police Department Spring Carnival is returning. Admission to the carnival and parking are free. Tickets, food, games, and moreavailable for purchase. The carnival is in the Midtown Commons plaza, 200 Hinton Oaks Boulevard, Knightdale NC. (Article)
Flashlight Bunny Hunt
Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 7-9pm
Join the fun at Wave Church, 5334 Lamm Road, Wilson NC. This is billed as an “Easter party of epic proportions!” Come out with your flashlight and search for the church’s Easter Bunny. Enjoy games, live music, fun games, and special guests The Guardians. Wave Church is on Facebook here.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Fayetteville NC: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Scramble
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 7:30-11:30am
Both events are organized by the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation and held at 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville NC.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be served 7:30-9:30am. Breakfast pricing is $10 per adult, $5 per child 3-12, with children 2 and under free with a paying adult. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available. Breakfast will consist of two pancakes, a sausage patty, juice or milk, and coffee for the adults. Make breakfast reservations at shop.asomf.org or by calling 910.643.2778/2773.
Easter Egg Scramble is free, with age groups up to ten years old. See Easter Egg Scramble schedule and more at www.asomf.org/event/breakfast-with-the-easter-bunny-and-easter-egg-scramble.
The Passage Church Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 10am-noon
This free event will be held at Wendell Community Center, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC. This year, in addition to the egg hunt, there will be inflatables and games, music, Muddy The Mudcat, and activities — more than ever before. Bring a backet or bucket and join the fun. Open to the public, so bring friends. The Brown Bag Bagels food truck will be there offering breakfast items for sale.
Goldsboro NC: Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 10am-1pm
Join the fun at Herman Park, 901 E Ashe Street, Goldsboro NC. This is a free event with fun for the whole family. There will be free food, inflatables, games, the egg hunt, ad more. Organized by Bethel Church and Goldsboro Parks and Rec. See www.goldsboroparksandrec.com/cpt_cog_events/easter-eggstravaganza and www.bethelchurch.info/events.
Helicopter Easter Egg Drop
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 10am-1pm
Held by Southbridge Fellowship. Kick off Easter weekend with an Easter Eggstravaganza at Pine Hollow Middle School, 5365 Bartram Place, Raleigh NC. Watch as thousands of eggs drop from a helicopter in the sky, covering the school’s football field. This is a family-friendly event for all ages to seek out candy/treat-filled eggs. Plus, enjoy inflatables, games, food trucks, and more. More information here.
Easter On The Farm
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 10am-?
Join the fun with the first Easter Event at Deans Farm Market, 4231 NC Highway 42 W, Wilson NC. Tickets available in-advance for $10 per person for ages 2 through adult. Ticket includes: “indoor classroom with an engaging Farm story, Easter art and craft, short movie, holiday snack you can make, visit with our chicks on the Farm, take your own pictures with our Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt near our back playground (kids will be limited to 12 eggs and use our egg cartons they decorate in our classroom to collect their eggs to turn in for prizes), and Free-play on our playground.” See deansfarmmarket.com/events/annual-easter-event for available tickets/times.
WCBC Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 11am-1pm
Annual event organized by and held at Wakefield Central Baptist Church (WCBC), 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon NC. Enjoy the Easter egg hunt, inflatables, and other activities for children through 6th grade. Lunch will be provided by the church. Bring the entire family.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ noon-3pm
Hosted by Hubert Vester Toyota, 3712 Raleigh Road Pkwy W, Wilson NC. Join the fun at this free event with an Easter egg hunt (starting at 2:30pm) and pictures with the Easter Bunny (noon-2pm). With questions, call at 252.291.5300.
Louisburg UMC Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 1-2:30pm
This free event is being held at Louisburg United Methodist Church, 402 N Main Street, Louisburg NC. Join the fun at this annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a basket to find and collect candy eggs. Enjoy a fun day with community members; all are welcome. There will be separate areas for egg hunts by age. Special “Golden Bunny” to find. The church is on Facebook here.
Hill-King UMC Community Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 2pm
Bring friend, kids with baskets, to Hill-King United Methodist Church, 1839 NC-39 S, Louisburg NC. The church is on Facebook here.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018 @ 2pm
Free in the art gallery at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Held every other Sunday. Bring the family for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Ages 3 and up with accompanying adults. See their Facebook page for updates, or call 252.972.1632 or email with questions. Next date scheduled is April 15.
First Friday Coffee
Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 8-9am
Jeff Dodson from State Farm will be presenting at this month’s First Friday Coffee. Join the group for networking, meet neighbors and local business people. Held at The Nashville Exchange, 229 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. This event is organized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Their website is nashvillencchamber.org.
Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 6-9pm
Visit the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences for “First Friday” and enjoy exhibits and special activities. The address is 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Admission is free. See imperialcentre.org.
Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 3-5pm
The April event is an “Egg Drop” with a chance for young “engineers” to show off their skills and try to save an egg from destruction. Eggs will be dropped from the water tower. Admission fees are waived during Fabulous Fridays. Admission to the Imagination Station is normally $5 per person (adults/children), with free entry for children 3 and under and Museum members. Imagination Station is located at 224 Nash Street E, Wilson NC. Parking is available behind the museum in their Douglas Street parking lot.
Rocky Mount Farmers Market
Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 8am-1pm
The Farmers Market is located at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount NC. The Rocky Mount Farmers Market will be open on Saturdays, beginning April 7, 2018. See updates on their Facebook page.
Zebulon Community Recycling Day
Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 9am-noon
Bring your pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze, paint, tires, appliances, batteries, fluorescent lamps, electronics, and televisions for proper disposal. The shred truck can destroy documents you no longer need. Organized by the town of Zebulon Public Works. Held at 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. For more informantion, contact Public Works at 919.269.5285.
Workday in the Apiary
Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 9am-4pm
Come help Baxter’s Bees assemble and paint bee boxes, put together frames, and get hives ready for bees this Spring. Or, help with pollinator garden plantings. Lend a hand and learn about other ways to support beekeepers and honey bees. Baxter’s Bees is located on Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. In January 2018, most of their beehives were poisoned and vandalized. Support this local business as they recover from the vandalism. To volunteer and for address, Email Baxter’s Bees or call 919.665.5038.
Johnston County Writers Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Selma-area writers meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Selma Public Library, 301 N Pollock Street, Selma NC. The April meeting will feature local writer Tracie Barton-Barrett, author of Buried Deep in Our Hearts. (Contact information TBD.)
Stepping Into The Past
Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 8am
This weekly series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
The April 14 topic is “Capturing Our Past: Painting Class”.
Bunn Fun Day
April 21, 2018 @ 10am-4pm
The fourth-annual Bunn Fun Day offers community and fun along Railroad Street in downtown Bunn NC. Music, vendors, and more. (Article)
Around The Tables
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10am-12:30pm
Free clothing for all ages and a free noon meal on the third Saturday of each month. This event is held by Dream Coat Ministries to ensure local families in need are able to take home clothing for home, work, or school, and share a meal together — prepared by church volunteers. Hosted by Now Faith Community Baptist Church, 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale NC. For this and future “Around The Tables” dates, see the Dream Coat Ministries Facebook page. (See this July 2017 article regarding Around The Tables.)
Jazz on John Presents: Lydia Salett
Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 7-9pm
This free event, and snacks and wine will be served. Hosted by the Arts Council of Wayne County at 102 N John Street, Goldsboro NC. To see more “Jazz on John” dates and other Arts Council events, visit www.artsinwayne.org/events.
Afternoon Tea with The Artist(s)
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 3-5pm
Franklin County Arts Council’s next “Afternoon Tea with The Artist” series event is free. At this free event, visit with Donna Campbell Smith and Dawn Lancaster. There will be a display of the artists’ work, a refreshments table, and room to mingle. The Afternoon Tea will be held in the Franklin County Arts Council’s Up-Front Gallery, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. To see Afternoon Tea with The Artist dates, visit www.fcacarts.org. (Article)
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