Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov. 7-10, 2019

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Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor

This week’s list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond — occasionally including unique coastal or mountain events. While most listed events are free, ticketed or fee-for-entry events may be included.

Events may be rescheduled/delayed or locations changed. Contact an event’s organizer directly. To suggest an event for a future list, email the editor.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Great Tarboro Art Bazaar Reception

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 5-7pm

Come to this reception and view this year’s collection of recent works by local, state, and regional artists. Held in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery, Blount-bridgers House, 130 Bridgers Street, Tarboro, NC. (Art show and sale is November 7-20, 2019.) Follow Edgecombe Arts on Facebook for updates.

Beans and Brews 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 6-9pm

Join the fun at this chili cook-off and craft-beer tasting that will benefit Meals on Wheels of Rocky Mount. Held inside the main lobby at Rocky Mount Mills, 1151 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, NC. Tickets ($40) may be purchased here, with each ticket purchase providing eight meals for local seniors.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Franklin County Farmers Market

Fridays, November 8 and 15, 2019 @ 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. Market is also open Tuesdays. The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC. Follow their Facebook page for updates, closings, and produce available at this year-round farmers market.

Ferrell’s Fire & Rescue “Fish Fry”

Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 5-8pm

Support this Fire and Rescue department and get yourself a tasty dinner for $8 per person. Fish fry begins at 5pm and plates are available to eat at the FD station — hang out and chat — or to take home. Come early as they may sell out long before 8pm! Held at the station — Ferrells Fire & Rescue, 9589 W NC-97 Hwy, Middlesex, NC. Follow these first responders at

Rockin’ the Forest

Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 7:30-10pm

This music series features a variety of musical acts at ticketed concerts. Tickets are $15+tax per person. Cash bar will be set up on-site. Scheduled bands:

  • November 8, 2019The Catalinas
  • December 28, 2019:  Steve Owens & Summertime
  • January 17, 2019:  Legacy Motown Revue
  • February 28, 2019:  Jim Quick & Coastline
  • March 27, 2019:  The Magnificents

Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. See details and purchase tickets via the Ren Centre website.

Free Movie Screening: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Friday, November 8, 2019 @ 6pm

In advance of the Quidditch tournament starting on Saturday, enjoy a Friday free Harry Potter film at the City of Goldsboro’s Paramount Theatre, 139 S Center Street, Goldsboro, NC. “The film will also be introduced by a real-life Quidditch player to get you in the mood!” Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with doors opening a 5:30pm. Film begins at 6pm. See details via the Paramount Theatre website.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Ed. Note: The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, Clayton Farm and Community Market, Wendell Farmers Market, and Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market have closed for the season.

People’s Choice BBQ Competition at the Nash County Farmer’s Market

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 8am-1pm

Join the Nash County Farmer’s Market for their first-annual People Choice BBQ Competition. Sample BBQ from 12 local teams and members of the public may help to choose the winner. No charge to vote. Live music from Shannon Baker and Sometime Soon, local products from market vendors, and the BBQ samples. The Nash County Farmer’s Market is located in the Historic Rocky Mount Mills District at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Updates may be posted to the market’s Facebook page.

Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 9am-1pm

Held monthly. Browse a variety of local vendors for arts and crafts, handmade items, and more. Live entertainment too. Held at the Uptown Gazebo/Vick Park, 100 block of E Anderson Street, Selma, NC (parking lot behind Town Hall). For information including vendor booth reservations, contact Melissa Dooley at 919.965.9841 x.8003 or via email.

———> At Selma’s November 9 market:  “Not Just Pie Baking Contest” by Selma Parks and Recreation invites you to make your best dessert and bring it to the Market for judging. Open to all ages. See details and flyer here.

Bunn Garden Club Fall Vendor Fest

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 9am-2pm

Join this fundraiser for the garden club and enjoy food, a variety of vendors, and a raffle. The event will be held at the Bunn Garden Clubhouse, located at 361 NC Hwy 98 W, Bunn, NC. Follow Bunn Garden Club on Facebook.

US Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships

November 9-10, 2019 @ 9am-4pm

Free and open to the public. Watch the “best Quidditch teams from all over the mid-Atlantic region” as they compete in the US Quidditch Cup. Held at the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex, 501 S Oak Forest Road, Goldsboro, NC. Purchase snacks and treats from food trucks and concessions on-site. See details here.

Wake Forest Farmers Market

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 10am-noon

Weekly offerings from farms, artisans, and crafters at this year-round farmers’ market. Check with market directly for any schedule changes related to weather and other factors. Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC. (Starting in November, hours are 10am-noon.) The Wake Forest Farmers Market website is

TFLM Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Challenge

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 10am-3pm

This unique museum has a day of family fun and tasty barbecue planned, along with live music, an inflatable, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations, and much more. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum (TFLM), 709 Church Street, Kenly, NC. Visit the museum website at or Follow on Facebook.

Rakin’ In the Fun Fall Festival

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 10am-4pm

This festival includes music and Hispanic dance performances, food trucks, and a children’s area with an inflatable, face painting, and games. There will be vendors for your holiday shopping too. Held at the Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site, 264 Governor Aycock Road, Fremont, NC (Wayne County). Fee to enter is $5 per person for age 10 through adult, $3 for ages 5-9, with children 4 and under are free. Follow this state historic site at

Abram’s Cheese Biscuit Festival

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 10am-4:30pm

This festival is free and open to the public. There will be inflatables, food, entertainment, carnival rides, crafts, and more. Held by Abrams of Pinetops, East Hamlet Street, Pinetops, NC. See details on the Discover Edgecombe website.

Unity in the Community

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ noon-2pm

Free and open to the public, this is a family-friendly event organized by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and the Northeast Community Coalition for local residents. Activities will take place inside and outside the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC. See our article for details.

Harvest Festival

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 3-6:30pm

This free family event will include inflatables, food trucks, a ferris wheel, games, and activities for an enjoyable family day out. Organized by and held at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest, NC. Follow the church’s Facebook page for any updates.

Glassblowing Demonstration (Free)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 6-7pm

Watch a free public glassblowing demonstration at this interesting facility. The demo follows a glass creation from start to finish, and lectures — including the history and process of glassblowing. Demonstration is free and open to the public, so walk on in and join the audience. Held at The GlasStation, 3732-B West Wilson Street, Farmville, NC. Future date: Future date: December 7, 2019. Follow The GlasStation on Facebook, and check out their upcoming free demonstrations focused on Thanksgiving and the holiday season.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Veterans Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 9am

Military Veterans & their families and Active Duty Personnel are invited to attend this breakfast and ceremony at Floods Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church, 5149 W NC Hwy 97, Spring Hope, NC (at the crossroads of Hwy 97 & 581).

3rd Annual “November to Remember” Car Show

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 10am-5pm (spectator entry time)

This third-annual event will consist of a car show with the best auto vendors around and entertainment for the whole family. Lots of cars, a racing simulator ($5), inflatables for kids, face painting, car photo sessions, a raffle, and more. Food and slushies will be for sale on-site. This Fleming Event Productions vehicle show will be held at The Montclair Complex, 907 NC-98 Hwy E, Bunn, NC. Spectator entry is $5. See flyer and details here.

Dan Finch Pottery Open House

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 10am-5pm

It’s that time of year! This local pottery is holding its open house with locally made/fired items on sale and displayed, pot firing while you wait (you can raku glaze them yourself), music, and food. There will be a Santa Shop for children. There will be a wide variety of “functional and artistic creations” to see, or take home. This annual pottery open house is held at the Dan Finch Pottery, 5714 Finch Nursery Lane, Bailey, NC. This is a rain-or-shine event. Follow this local pottery at

World Hemp Market

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ noon-5pm

Like a farmers market, but for hemp, with clothing, oils, flowers, and more. Check it out at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC. Updates may be found on this Facebook page.

Marketing Know-How (For Writers)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Join this group of writers for “Toe-tag Chronicles” with Forensics expert Jacque Perkins presenting true-crime cases she has encountered while working in the NC Medical Examiner’s office. Murder We Write monthly writing events are held at the High Point Public Library, 901 N Main Street, High Point, NC. All writers are welcome. See


Coming Soon

Veterans Day

Monday, November 11 2019


Johnston County Writers Group Meeting

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 6-7:45pm

Writers of all experience levels are invited to this monthly meeting of JoCo Writers and hear a guest author. Held at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E Market Street, Smithfield, NC. This group meets on the second Thursday of the month. Join the group on Facebook here.

Around the Tables

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 10am-noon

This monthly event by Dream Coat Ministries provides free clothing for kids and adults, plus lunch (11:30am) at no charge provided by Now Faith Community Baptist Church. The address is 8933 Buffaloe Road, Knightdale, NC. Future Date: December 21, 2019. Follow

The FCAC Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 1-4pm

The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Diversity Team is holdings its annual Cultural Arts Festival with music, dancing, poetry, local vendors, and more. The festival is free. There will also be displays of Native American and Japanese art. Vendors will be offering a variety of cultural and artistic items for sale. Held in Building 4 at Vance-Granville Community College, 8100 NC-56 Hwy, Louisburg, NC. See Diversity Team information at

Writers Circle Discussion

Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 1:45-4:30pm

All prose writers, published and not-yet, may drop in to discuss your writing, to ask for what you need from other writers (also published and not-yet) and from readers. Enjoy the free “Annual Writers Circle” from the working writers of the all-genre Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Handouts on writing skills, publishing, and much more. Sponsored by and held at the High Point Library, 901 North Main, High Point, NC. See

Family Art Sundays

Sundays, November 17, and 24, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Drop-in event, meaning family registration is not required. Event is free. All ages welcome with accompanying adults. Join in art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour. Materials are provided. Held at the art gallery at Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Future Dates: December 1, 8, and 15, 2019 See event here.

Friday Afternoon Popcorn and A Movie at The Nash Senior Center

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 2pm

Senior citizens, come and enjoy popcorn and a movie. The movie showing is free and popcorn is 25 cents a bag. Movies shown in Room 112 at the Nash County Senior Center, 103 N Alston Street, Nashville, NC. With questions or to register, call 252.459.7681. Pre-registering is recommended and helps the facility to plan seating and refreshments for those attending. Movie showings are held on the fourth Friday of each month. Movies planned are:

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 2pm: La La Land (2016)
  • Friday, December 27, 2019 @ 2pm: Jack Frost (1998)

For this and other senior happenings, follow Nash County senior center updates on Facebook or check out their quarterly newsletter via the county web page.

Johnston County Writers Group “Open Mic”

Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Step up to the mic! Writers and poets share their works. Open Mic events are held, on the fourth Friday of each month, at the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum, 104 W Anderson Street, Selma, NC. Future date: December 27, 2019. Join their Facebook group for updates.

Nash County Holiday Artisan and Farmers Market

Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, 2019 @ 8am-3pm

The Farmers Market vendors are joined by holiday vendors for four Saturdays in a row.  The Nash County Farmer’s Market is located in the Historic Rocky Mount Mills District at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Updates may be posted to the market’s Facebook page.

Tarboro Holiday Market

Saturdays, November 30 and December 14, 2019 @ 10am-4pm

Support small local businesses at this holiday market. Holiday gifts and decor, locally made goods, and more. Held in the WS Clark Building, 409 N Main Street, Tarboro, NC.  For more information, contact the organizers at Pretty Rugged Designs.

Wendell Wonderland

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 5-9pm

Head to downtown for the annual light show, live music, food trucks, a Christmas market, trolley rides, and more. And Santa Claus, of course. Held in Wendell, NC. Follow town updates on Facebook.

Wake Forest Holiday Artisans’ Market

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 9am-3pm

Artisans and craftspeople will have their wares on sale at this annual Wake Forest Holiday Artisans’ Market. The Market location is inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. The Holiday Artisans’ Market showcases a wide variety of handmade items, featuring many types of crafts in a wide range of prices. Visit Wake Forest Arts.


Monday, December 9, 2019 @ 10:30am-noon

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts free family-friendly movie showings on the second Monday morning of each month.  Concessions. will be available for purchase. Movie screenings are free and open to the public. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Visit the Ren Centre website at for upcoming events.

Free at 3

Monday, December 9, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Movies for adults age 50 and up, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres screened on the second Monday afternoon of each month. Concessions will be available for purchase. Movie screenings are free and open to the public. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Visit the Ren Centre website at for upcoming events.


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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 this news site or staff. Any 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.

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



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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.