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. 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.
ONLINE Franklin Flicks, NCISAFF and RIFF Film Festivals: May 22-31, 2021
Watch independent films from all around the globe during the “Building Bridges Across Borders” virtual film festival, continuing through the end of May. See details and films at asianhollywood.org.
Farm Credit Farmers Market: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 27-29, 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, May 28, 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.
Last Friday Night Market on the Square: Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 6pm
Evening market on the last Friday of the month at the Clayton Farm and Community Market.
Market held at Horne Square, Clayton, NC.
See details here.
First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival: May 28-31, 2021
Join the fun Memorial Day weekend at First Fruits Farm, 2805 E River Road, Louisburg, NC.
See details at ncmemorialballoonfest.com.
Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday, May 29, 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, May 29, 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, May 29, 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, May 29, 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.
Starting June 1, 2021, the Nash County Farmers Market is now *also* open on Tuesdays @ 3-6pm (June, July, and August).
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturday, May 29, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Head downtown for this market offering a wide variety of vendors selling handmade/homemade items and local farm produce.
Held at 116 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.
See latest updates here.
Clayton Farm and Community Market: Saturday, May 29, 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.
- Zebulon Shrine Club Fish Fry: Friday, June 4, 2021 — Follow Zebulon Shrine Club here.
- Fiesta de Raiford: June 5, 2021 @ 9am-1pm — This Selma Parks and Recreation event will include music, dancing, a contest, and food available for purchase. Held along N Raiford Street, Selma, NC, between Anderson and Waddell Streets. See Spanish/English flyer here.
- BBQ Chicken Plate and Bake Sale: Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 11am-2pm — Fundraiser by Whitakers Revitalize and Preserve. Held at 103 W Pittman Street, Whitakers, NC — Details here.
- Outdoor Movie Night: Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 7:30pm (gates open; movie sundown) — Free movie provided by Zebulon Parks & Recreation. Watch a movie under the stars. Bring lawn chairs/blanket for comfort. Prior to the movie, activities will be available. Held at Zebulon Community Park, 401 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. Movie title is on flyer here.
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