Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored: Apr. 29-May 1, 2021, Plus Strawberry Fields List

Wrenn's Farm strawberries at a farmers market. Photo: Kay Whatley
Wrenn's Farm strawberries at a farmers market. Photo: Kay Whatley

This weekly 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.

Things to do may be rescheduled/delayed or locations changed. Contact an event’s organizer directly to confirm. While most listed events are free, ticketed or fee-for-entry events may be included and its fee/price noted. Any online offerings (watch from home) events that may be included will be marked as online.

To suggest an event for a future list, email the editor.

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 to yourself), 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, April 29-May 1, 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.

NOTE: The May 6-8, 2021 market will have a special focus on strawberries!


Franklin County Farmers Market:  Friday, April 30, 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.


Clayton’s Last Friday Night Market:  Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 6pm

The last Friday of each month, downtown Clayton will offer art, music, shopping, community, and more.

Held at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC.

Follow updates at


Outdoor Movie Night “Onward”: Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Watch a family movie outside for $5/group.

Held in Zebulon Community Park, 401 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

View flyer here, and be sure to Register in-advance via the Zebulon Parks and Rec Desk (link included with the flyer).


Wake Forest Farmers Market:  Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 8am-noon

Weekly offerings from farms, artisans, and crafters at this year-round farmers’ market.

Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC

The Wake Forest Farmers Market website is Updates may be found here.


Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market:  Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 8am-noon

Purchase from local vendors and pick up snacks or lunch from food truck(s) on site.

*Blood drive at May 1 market starting at 9am.*

Held in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC.

Follow the Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market here.

NOTE: On May 8, 2021 there will be Maggiepalooza at this market.


Wendell Farmers Market:  Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 8am-noon

Opening Day for the Wendell Farmers Market! Meet this year’s vendors and check out the 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, May 1, 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.

Follow the market, or visit


Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

Head downtown for Opening Day at this market offering a wide variety of vendors selling handmade/homemade items and local farm goods.

Held at 116 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

See latest updates here.


Clayton Farm and Community Market:  Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

Farm goods, handcrafted items, artwork, and more as the market’s regular season resumes.

*Blood drive on this market date (May 1).*

Held at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC.

Follow updates at


May Day flyer. Source: Oak Ridge Farms, Zebulon, North Carolina
May Day flyer, Oak Ridge Farms

The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms:  Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 10am-2pm

New farmers market featuring farm goods, local businesses, artisans, and crafters.

Note that this “May Day” event will include extra activities, including a book collection with a reading nonprofit, and food trucks.

Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC (near Rocky Cross/Pilot areas).

Follow Oak Ridge Farms for market details/updates.


Children’s Book Week: Reading is A Superpower: Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ noon-2pm

Children and their families are welcome to come dressed as their favorite book character or superhero, or not, and join a parade (1pm). The library will offer a “Superhero Training Camp” with games, an obstacle course, and “Make a Superhero” craft (noon-2pm). NOTE: Mask make at home kits are available from the Library anyone who would like one for the parade.

At Farmville Public Library, 4276 W Church Street, Farmville, NC.

Follow the library for updates, including photos of their new building.


Children’s Day/Book Day:  Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 2-4pm

“Celebrate literacy and diversity with storytellers, dancers, crafts, and more” at this Día de celebración with the Wayne County Public Library.

Held at the Maxwell Center, 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC.

See flyer here.


*Things To Do Bonus:  Area Strawberry Fields*

Farms may be open multiple days of the week, allowing you in to pick weekends or weekdays and/or purchase berries already picked. Hours are included, but for the most up-to-date information, Follow each of these farms on social media (if you use it) to see when they have weather changes, new hours, or fruit-heavy fields.

  • Wrenn’s Farm pick-your-own strawberry field — Farm is located at 5078 Brantley Road, Zebulon, NC (near Zebulon and Middlesex). Hours are (as of this date) Mondays-Saturdays @ 9am-7pm and Sundays @ 1-7pm. For updated hours and berry updates, follow here, or visit the farm’s website.
  • HS Howell Farms pick-your-own strawberry field — Located at 4371 Massey Road, Zebulon, NC — Monday-Saturday @ 10am-5pm, closed Sundays — Farm markets on Saturdays with food trucks — Follow the farm for field updates.
  • Home Place Strawberries & More pick-your-own strawberry field — Located at 3055 Chinquapin Road, Farmville, NC — Open Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm, Sundays 1-5pm, closed Mondays — See hours here, including FB posts updating availability.
  • Pope’s Strawberry Farm pick-your-own — Farm located at 1305 Fayetteville Street, Knightdale, NC — Hours currently Mondays-Saturdays @ 8am-8pm, Sundays 1-6pm — Follow here.
  • Deans Farm Market pick-your-own and farm market — Located at 4231 NC Hwy 42 W, Wilson, NC — Hours — Follow for farm updates, market offerings, and berry availability.
  • Dail’s Strawberries — Address is 1118 Burnette Farm Road, Tarboro, NC — Hours shown as Monday-Saturday @ 8am-6pm, Sunday @ 1-6pm. Follow for updates and strawberry patch status.
  • Pace Family Farms — Located at 12701 Buffalo Road, Clayton, NC — Hours vary by day of the week and ripe berries available… visit their Facebook page for details/updates.
  • The Strawberry Patch pick-your-own and market — Located at 11735 Watson Seed Farm Road, Whitakers, NC — Hours Tuesdays-Fridays @ 8:30am-6pm, Saturdays @ 8:30am-5:30pm, Sundays @ 1-5pm, closed Mondays — Follow for updates.


Coming Soon (In Person Events)

  • Town of Nashville Carpool Movie Night “The Mighty Ducks” — Scheduled for May 7, 2021 @ 8pm in Nash County Courthouse parking lot, 234 W Washington Street, Nashville, NC.
  • Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market — will be open for Mother’s Day Market on May 8, 2021 (see website) — N Raiford Street, Selma, NC.
  • Live on the Lawn: Spring Concert Series  — May 12, 2021 @ noon-2pm — Wayne County Public Library will be holding free concerts on the Baddour Garden lawn at the Goldsboro Library, 1001 E Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC Bring lunch and a chair, and enjoy music in an outdoor setting.


To request inclusion of a free or low-fee event, email details to the Editor. Sponsor names and logos are not included in Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored listings. Events are added at the editor’s discretion.

Event organizers: News site display advertising is available month-to-month.

Event information may be 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 the news site nor staff. 

Listed are mostly in-person events; however, online/zoom/YouTube events may be included and will be identified as online. If unsure whether to go to a location or login, use the event’s link provided and contact the organization/person directly responsible for that event.

Why are the day, date, and year included, repetitively, under each dated heading? The better for readers like you to cut-and-paste complete event information and share with others… though sharing of this article’s link is encouraged, so that readers may see all listed events.


TGA Banner Ad
About Kay Whatley 2309 Articles
Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.