Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored: Nov. 19-20

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Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor

This weeks 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. Links for updates/information are 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.



Exhibit “Beyond Self: The History of the Odd Fellows in Wayne County” Open: October 2, 2021-January 8, 2022

This new exhibit displays information and artifacts on the Odd Fellows order. Included are photographs of the “IOOF” facilities in Goldsboro in past centuries.

The Wayne County Museum is located at 116 N William Street, Goldsboro, NC. Open Tuesdays-Fridays (11am-4pm), and Saturdays (10am-6pm).

For more information, visit



Franklin County Farmers Market:  Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

Come and pick up locally grown food from local farms and more. Check with market directly for any schedule changes related to weather and other factors. Market scheduled to be open through part of December.

The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC.

Follow the market for updates or closures.


10 Plant Tours:  Friday, November 19, 2021 @ noon (new date)

Nash County Arboretum offers a series of free, public, tours discussing different types of plant. These monthly tours are led by extension agents from the Nash County Center. Plants discussed on this date:

  • Ten Plants That Look Good in Winter

To attend the tour, gather at the Nash County Agriculture Center entrance, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville, NC. Note that date may change due to weather (not rain/shine).

See 2021 details here.



Wake Forest Farmers Market:  Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 10am-noon (winter hours)

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

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


Nash County Farmers Market:  Saturday, November 20, 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, food trucks. Open Saturdays into November (then continues as Winter Market).

Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC.

Follow the market, or visit


Downtown Beats & Eats: Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 4-8pm

This is the final free event of the season. Live music. Food and beverages on sale. Bring a chair/blanket for comfort, and dress for the weather. This free concert series, now finishing its eighth year, is produced by Gig360 Young Professionals.

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

See Whirligig Park information and events via


Coming Soon

Selma Saturdays “Shop Small Selma”: November 27, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

Head to downtown Selma for outdoor live entertainment, local artisans, and business vendors.

Held on N Raiford Street (Anderson to Waddell Streets), Selma, NC.

See flyer via


Christmas on the Hill: December 2-5, 2021

The FCAC Gallery on the Hill will hold a Holiday Open House with locally made goods available for purchase — works of art, handmade gifts, and books by local authors. Check out works created here in Franklin County and shop local during this special event.

Hours for Christmas on the Hill are:

  • Thursday, December 2, 2021: noon-4pm
  • Friday, December 3: noon-7pm
  • Saturday, December 4: 11am-3pm
  • Sunday, December 5: 1-5pm

The Gallery on the Hill is located at 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC — up the hill behind the Franklin County Ag. Extension complex.

See details here.


Tree Lighting Ceremony:  Friday, December 3, 2021

This holiday event is planned for Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC.

For holiday event details, visit


Knightdale Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 4, 2021

This holiday event is planned for Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC.

For holiday event details, visit


Launch Party: Sunday, December 5, 2021, starting at 1pm

Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild will be holding a free, open-to-the-public Launch Party for their newly published County Lines: A Literary Journal 2022, Vol. 9. Celebrate with local writers and listen to readings from Carolina Prize for Writing contest winners and others.

Held at the Franklinton Lions Club, 205 S Chavis Street, Franklinton, NC.

See details here.



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While most listed events are free to enter, ticketed or fee-for-entry events may be included and its fee/price noted. 

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.



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