Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov. 16-18, 2018

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

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.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Waggy Tales

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11am

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E Market St, Smithfield NC, offers this opportunity for young readers to practice reading aloud to a therapy dog. The animals are trained to listen, and children struggling with reading may work on their skills. Children may read a library book or bring their own favorite to read. Visit the library website, or follow their Facebook page.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market “Holiday Market” (Day 1 of 2)

Holiday Market 2018 flyer. Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market
Holiday Market 2018 flyer. Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 4-7pm

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) reopens for two days in November to provide holiday shopping. Shop for gifts at the Holiday Market with vendors, entertainment, food trucks, and more at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. See ZFFM web page.

Turkey Craft Session

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 5:15-5:45pm

All materials will be provided. Make a turkey decoration to take home. This event is free and open to adults and children. Held at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC.

A/V Geeks Presentation: Everything You Love Is Disgusting

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 6-7pm

Hosted by NCSU Libraries at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh NC. Learn how cheese, beer, and other edibles are made with the help of microbes. Carlos Goller, Biological Sciences professor, joins A/V Geeks’ Skip Elsheimer to watch and talk about films about “disgusting little miracle workers.”

Free Carriage Rides

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 6-9pm

Historic Downtown Smithfield NC will be offering free carriage rides on Friday. Rides are first come, first served. Carriage rides begin at the corner of Third and Market Streets.

Free Movie Night at Grounds Cafe

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 6-9pm

Free, public movie screening of Coco provided at Grounds Cafe, 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell NC. Food trucks will be outside with tacos and more available for purchase. Inside, cookies and a hot chocolate bar will have goodies on sale.

Free Movie at the Library

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 6-9pm

Free screening of the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC. The library will provide snacks and drinks. Open to all ages: “Children 10 and under must have an adult or teen over 16 accompanying them.”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market “Holiday Market” (Day 2 of 2)

November 17, 2018 @ 9am-3pm

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) reopens for two days in November to provide holiday shopping. Shop for gifts at the Holiday Market with vendors, entertainment, food trucks, and more at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. See ZFFM web page.

Wilson NC Joint Parade

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 11am

The Historic Downtown Wilson Christmas Parade has joined forces with the Shriner’s Ceremonial Parade to bring Wilson NC an expanded parade for 2018. Spectators, plan to settle into a space along the parade route early to ensure you can see it all. See this and other Wilson holiday events at

Cultural Arts Festival

 November 17, 2018 @ 1-4pm

Franklin County Arts Council’s Diversity Team will host this festival at Vance Granville Community College’s Louisburg Campus, Building 4, 1800 NC Hwy 56, Louisburg NC. (See article.)

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Winter Hummingbirds

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ noon-1pm

Learn about hummingbirds at this Wild Birds Unlimited event. Address is 1806 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill NC. Presentation by hummingbird researcher Susan Campbell. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call 919.969.6778. Seats are first come, first served.

Family Sundays (every-other Sunday)

Sunday, September 30-December 23, 2018 @ 2-4pm (every-other Sunday)

Sundays are for families, and are free. Bring your family to the Art Gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities instructed by April Dickens. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Registration is not required, drop-ins of age 3 and up with accompanying adults welcome. Held at Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. See the event on Facebook. For more information, visit (Article)

Coming Soon

Stepping Into The Past

Saturday, November 30-December 1, 2018

This series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.

Kenly Christmas Celebration is November 30 and December 1, 2018.

Around The Tables: Monthly Free Clothing+Meal Event

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 10am-noon; meal at noon

Free clothing and a free meal, open to all. Clothing available for adults and children. Held once a month as a service to the community. Normally held at Faith Community Baptist Church, 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale NC.

Arkham Author Expo

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 2-5pm

Head to Arkham Comix, 3710 Peppermill Drive, Suite F, Wilson NC, and meet local authors, check out books they’ve written, pick up some books for gifts (or yourself), and you can even get the books signed. Support local authors, buy and read local. Joint event with Sovereign Tomorrow Publications. See author names in Facebook event discussion.

Leonid Meteor Shower Family Camp-out

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 5pm-overnight

Enjoy a cool Fall evening under the stars — well, in a tent really — at this Town of Nashville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources event. Spend the evening around the campfire, eat hot dogs and s’mores (provided), set up your camping equipment (you bring; family tents required), and enjoy this safe and fun overnight activity at Stoney Creek Environmental Park, 455 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. This is for families together; no drop-offs.  Registration in advance is required for this free event, and may be done via this form, their Facebook event, or in-person at town hall.

Crime Scene Investigations Camp

November 19-21, 2018 @ times by age

For children and teens interested in detective work, or becoming a Detective when they grow up, this STEM workshop provides an overview of forensics, clue finding, puzzle solving, and more. Instructed by Sara McAllister, this camp is offered by Selma Parks and Rec. To register, visit (click the registration link and choose “Youth Programs” for age-group registrations. Registration deadline is November 7, 2018. Open to ages 5-13, with Camps held for two-hours per day, separated into age groups. For more information, call 919.975.1411.

Free Family Movie

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 11am-1pm

Join the fun at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street N, Wilson NC, for a free movie, popcorn, and lemonade. While no registration is required for individuals/families, large groups are asked to contact the library in advance. Contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355, x.5050 or via email. The library calendar is online here.

Downtown Garner Pop-up Market

Saturday, November 24, 2018 @ 10am-2pm

Monthly public market with baked goods, locally made items, fresh produce, food trucks, and more. Held in Garner Recreational Park, 221 E Garner Road, Garner NC. See event here.

The RTP Mistletoe Market

December 13, 2018  @ 4-7pm

The fourth-annual Mistletoe Market returns to The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. This holiday market offers holiday shopping from 50 local vendors and artisans. Shoppers may also enjoy complimentary beer and wine. Visit


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


Ed. Notes:

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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