Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov 16-19

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 (Inner Coastal Plains / Five County area of Eastern NC). Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes included on the weekly list. While the majority of listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included, especially ticketed events by local arts councils or theater groups.

Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed, without our knowledge.

Events may be added/updated by emailing event notices to the Editor.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Food Truck Thursday (November 16, 2017 @ 11:30am & 6pm)

*This date is the third Thursday of the month and includes live music. It is also the final date of the season.* Stop by to purchase lunch (11:30am-1:30pm) or dinner (6-8pm) near the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC. Food trucks arranged weekly at the park. See the full schedule on the town website here.

Harborside Park Grand Opening (November 16, 2017 @ 2pm)

Grand opening and ribbon cutting for Harborside Park, across the street from the NC Maritime Museum (315 Front Street, Beaufort NC). For more information on this public event, call the Museum at 252.728.7317, visit, or

Little Shop Of Horrors (November 16-19, 2017 @ various times)

Come out to see the Little shop of Horrors musical with Audrey II, Seymour, and the rest.  Presented by Playhouse of Wilson, and performed at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson NC. For tickets ($13-$15), call 252.363.1933. Updates may be posed on this Facebook event.

Source, Playhouse of Wilson, Wilson, North Carolina
Source, Playhouse of Wilson, Wilson, North Carolina

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner (November 17, 2017 @ 5-8pm)

All you can eat spaghetti, plus salad, bread, dessert, and drink. Eat in or take out. Held at the Lions Club, 118 E Lee Street, Zebulon NC. $8 per plate, and tickets are available from Lions Club members or at the door. With questions, email.

Free Carriage Rides (November 17, 2017 @ 6-9pm)

Join the fun in Downtown Smithfield NC with free carriage rides, starting at the corner of Third and Market Streets, Rides are first come, first served. Note that this same night, the 2017 Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk will be going on to help raise money for Harbor Shelter. Follow this Facebook page for updates.

Starry Night (November 17, 2017 @ 7-9pm)

Held at A Time for Science, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton NC.  View the splendors of a starry night where city lights don’t interfere. Fee $5 per person; planetarium show planned too. For more information, call 252.364.6569 or email. Updates may be posted on this Facebook page.

Auditions: “Anne of Green Gables” (November 17 & 18, 2017)

Audition at The Clayton Center, 111 E 2nd Street, Clayton NC for the Clayton Youth Theater’s winter production, Anne of Green Gables. Held on November 17 @ 6:30pm and November 18 @ 10am. Students in 7th-12th grade are eligible to audition. Details at

Musical: A 19402 Radio Christmas Carol (November 17 & 18, 2017 @ 8pm)

Performed at “the Hut” (at Neuse Little Theatre), Front and Market Streets, Smithfield NC. See their website,, or watch for updates on their Facebook page.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rabies Walk-up Clinic (November 18, 2017 @ 8-9am)

Rabies Vaccines $5 each. Other shots available. No appointment needed at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 351 T. Kemp Road, Louisburg NC. Call 919.494.5500 with questions (Tar River Veterinary Hospital).

Selma Saturdays Arts & Crafts Market (November 18, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)

Gather with friends and enjoy live, local entertainment and check out handcrafted items by local artists. Located at the 100 Block of E Anderson Street, in the back parking lot of Town Hall, 114 N Raiford Street, Selma NC. See flyer on the town website at, or visit the Selma Parks and Rec Facebook page.

ZFFM Holiday Market (November 18, 2017 @ 9am-3pm)

The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) celebrates the holiday season with this special one-day market at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. From their event description: “Shop local and find that perfect gift with one of our many vendors. Grab breakfast or lunch at Brown Bag Bagel Food truck and enjoy dance performance by Massey School of Dance and Expressions of Worship. Lastly, round out the day by visiting with Santa!” See updates on the ZFFM Facebook page.

November to Remember Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show (November 18, 2017 @ 10am-4pm)

Come check out the vehicles entered in this show, watch the awards, and participate in a unique Food Drive. Vendors will be there giving demonstrations. Food, music, prizes, and more at this free event. Held at the Montclair Complex, 907 NC Hwy 98 E, Bunn NC. (Article)

Winter Hummingbirds Event (November 18, 2017 @ 11am-noon)

Hummingbird researcher Susan Campbell will be talking about winter hummingbirds. Those wishing to support Susan’s research may “adopt” a hummingbird for a $20 “Adoption” fee. Seating is limited, so reserve a spot by calling 919.969.6778. Seats are first come first serve. Held at Wild Birds Unlimited of Chapel Hill, 1806 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill NC. See more about this event on their Facebook page.

Brown Bag Lunch (November 18, 2017 @ 11am-12:30pm)

Just about every Saturday, Zebulon United Methodist Church provides free “brown bag lunches” to anyone who drives or walks by the church at 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. For more information on food distribution for those in need, or to volunteer, visit

Community Development Educational Workshop (November 18, 2017 @ 1-4pm)

Wilson County residents are invited to this workshop on achieving home ownership, receiving funding for home repairs and renovations, and home maintenance. Held at the City of Wilson Operations Center, 1800 Herring Avenue, Wiilson NC. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, call Meagan Jacobs at 252.399.2232. See flyer with more details on this City of Wilson web page.

Bond with the Blue (November 18, 2017 @ 3-5pm)

Meet and greet some of the local police officers serving the area. Ask questions, offer ideals, or just relax and get to know one another. Held at the East Wake Sernior Center 323 Lake Drive, Wendell NC. See

Tar River Swing Band Concert (November 18, 2017 @ 7:30-9:30pm)

“Something Old, Something New, and Definitely Some Blues” — the Tar River Swing Band plays classic swing music along with newer music. Fee for adults is $15, children are free, College students with valid ID are free too. Held at NC Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount NC. Tickets available via EventBrite.

Carrboro Film Festival (November 18-19, 2017)

A two-day celebration of film art, the 12th-annual film festival includes 44 films — comedy, drama, love stories, horror, and more. Held at The ArtsCenter, 300 E Main Street, Carrboro NC. Admission is $15-$20, 12 and under free. See more at

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pet Christmas Pictures (November 19, 2017)

Bubbles & Bows Pet Salon is offering special photo sessions November 19-December 17 at their location, 106 W Horton Street, Zebulon NC. Sitting fee is $20 per pet. Images will be emailed to owner. Call 919.375.5113 for an appointment.

Coming Soon

Grow Zebulon (November 21, 2017 @ 6:30pm)

Come for this Downtown and Youth Focus Groups Joint Meeting to discuss the town’s future. ​ Meetings run for about two hours. Focus group meetings are held at Town Hall, 1003 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon NC. This gathering is free and open to the public. See more at

Flotilla Week (November 22-26)

Head to Wrightsville Beach NC for holiday-oriented events spread over several days. (See article here.)

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Coming in December

Wendell Wonderland (December 1, 2017)

Get into the holiday spirit at this annual event in downtown Wendell NC. Details TBA.

PSI Games (December 1, 2017 @ 7-9pm)

Ever wondered about your ESP ability? Or wanted to attend a Spoon Bending Party?! This is a fun, experiential evening offering a chance to test your ESP in an informal group setting with like-minded Rhine friends and/or the frankly curious. Rhine colleagues will lead the group in a variety of ESP games, including using the well-known Zener cards, and exercises in Remote Viewing of hidden target pictures. Then, a spoon-bending party! Held in the Alex Tanous Library at The Rhine (paranormal) Research Center, 2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Bldg. 500, Durham NC.  Admission is $20, for Rhine Members $15, and for students/seniors $10.  Register online or call 919.309.4600.

Santa’s Holiday Workshop (December 14, 2017 @ 3-4:30pm)

This free community event includes “free toy, candy cane and snack” for ages 1 to 16, accompanied by an adult. Santa will be there too. Held at the Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon NC.


Ed. Note: 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 or knowledge of offerings.

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