Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored: Oct. 1-2

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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.


Selma Railroad Days Festival: October 1 & 2, 2021

Festival will begin with the Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo (5-9pm) on Friday, with live music by KendriX Singletary (6-9pm). Railroad Days on Saturday include entertainment on two stages, a 5K run/walk, parade, and hollerin’ contest, Kids Zone ($5), food trucks, vendors, and more including model trains.

Held by the downtown Historic Union Depot, 500 E Railroad Street, Selma, NC.

See details and hours at


Raleigh Greek Festival: October 1, 2 & 3, 2021

This year, the “festival” will be a drive-through event. Pick up delicious foods and treats for lunch and dinner on three days. A portion of the proceeds goes to Habitat for Humanity.

The 39th Annual Greek Festival (drive through) will be held at a NEW LOCATION this year: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC.
See hours and details at


Franklin County Farmers Market:  Friday, October 1, 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. Market scheduled to be open through December.

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

Follow the market for updates.


Zebulon Shrine Club Fish Fry: Friday, October 1, 2021 @ 11am-7pm (while supplies last)

Stop by this fundraiser and pick up fish meals for your dinner on Friday. This will be the club’s last fish fry of 2021.

Held at 1201 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

Follow the Zebulon Shrine Club here for any updates.


Whitakers Friday Market Days: Friday, October 1, 2020 @ 3-6pm

This community market will be open Fridays through October, with vendors offering homegrown/produce, homemade, local items, and (sometimes) hot foods.

The location is at 101 S White Street, Whitakers, NC — the corner of Hwy 301 (S White) and Pippen Street in the old Southern Bank Building.

For updates, Follow WRAP — Whitakers Revitalize and Preserve — at


Wake Forest Farmers Market:  Saturday, October 2, 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

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


Wendell Farmers Market:  Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 8am-noon

Check out vendors offering local produce and locally-made goods. Note that October 2 will be the final date of this market for the season.

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, October 2, 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.

Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC.

Follow the market, or visit


The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms:  Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 9am-1pm

On-farm market featuring farm goods and a variety of vendors — local businesses, homemade goods makers, artisans, and crafters. Open every Saturday.

Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC (near Rocky Cross/Pilot).

Follow Oak Ridge Farms for market details/updates.

Note: This farm will be holding a Fall Festival on October 30, 2021.


Fall Bazaar & Craft Show: Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 9am-4pm

Shop local vendors at this special event. Vendor spots $25 each.

Held at Zebulon Rehabilitation Center (Guardian Care), 509 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC.

With questions or if interested in being a vendor, call 919.269.9621.


Harvest Fest: Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 9am-4pm*

Head to the farm for this special event offering “a day full of fun for all ages.” In addition to pumpkins/mums, the farm has a corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, plus ice cream and other treats. During Harvest Fest, there will be vendors, too.

Held at Home Place Strawberries & More, 3055 Chinquapin Road, Farmville, NC.

Visit the farm website,, for details.

*Farm website lists start time as 10am; social media lists 9am.


Wendell Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 10am-9pm

This event by the Wendell Chamber of Commerce includes a parade, Kids Village with games and activities, live performances, vendors, food trucks, and a night-ending concert by The Brickhouse Band.

Held in downtown Wendell, NC.

See details at


Garner Firemen’s Festival: Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 11am-6pm

Enjoy a parade, live fire demonstration, live music (The Antique Outlaws), games, and more at this special event. There will be vendors, and BBQ plates on sale alongside hot dogs and other foods.

Held by Garner Fire Rescue at 503 W Main Street, Garner, NC.

See details at


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

This new exhibit opens on Saturday, October 2 (10am-6pm) and will display information and artifacts on the OddFellows 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.

For more information, visit


Coming Soon

Six Sundays in Fall Free Concert: Sundays, October 3 & 10, 2021 @ 5-7pm

Free, live, outdoor entertainment featuring local and regional performers. Acts scheduled to perform:

Held in the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, NC.

Details at


Live on the Lawn: Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 5:30-7:30pm

This free concert features T. Davis, live music outdoors by the Wayne County Public Library.

Held in the Carolyn Baddour Garden (outside the library),1001 E Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC.

Follow the library for updates and future concerts, currently planned for October 14, 21, and 28, 2021.


10 Plant Tours: Friday, October 8, 2021 @ noon-1pm

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 each date:

  • Ten Plants That Do Well in Wet Sites: October 8
  • Ten Plants That Look Good in Winter: November 12

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

See 2021 details here.


Community Celebration of the Arts: Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 10am-1pm

The Public Art Commission, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, and ARTS Wake Forest are partnering to host this arts event featuring kids’ activities, food, music, and a noon presentation.

Held at the Alston-Massenburg Center and Taylor Street Park, 416 N Taylor Street, Wake Forest, NC.

See article here.


K-Fest: Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 10am-9pm

This year’s  Knightdale Arts & Education Festival includes a Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Business Expo alongside food trucks/inflatables (10am-2pm) and a free concert, food trucks, and fireworks in the evening (5-9pm).

Held at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC.

Event posted here.


Downtown Beats & Eats: Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 4-8pm

Free concert series produced by Gig360 Young Professionals, featuring homegrown music, food trucks, and craft beverages.

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

Details here.  Future date: October 23.


3rd-annual Quilt Show:  Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 10am-5pm

See locally-made and unique quilts on display by the Franklin County Arts Council. Event open to the public, to “anyone who enjoys fiber arts and seeing where the quilts of our grandmothers have evolved.”

Display will be at Historic Person Place, 605 N Main Street, Louisburg, NC.

Visit the Franklin County Arts Council website at


Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturdays done for the season

Pop-Up Market on Wednesday, October 20 @ 4-7pm.

Follow here for any holiday market announcements or market dates.


Knightdale Saturday in the Park Free Concert: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10am-4pm

Enjoy live music by the Hip Pocket band, shop craft vendors as part of the “Fall on First Festival,” check out the BBQ contest, or pick up a treat from the food trucks at the park.

Saturday in the Park events are held in the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, located at 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, North Carolina.

For concert series details, visit


Haunted Dollhouse: Sunday, October 31, 2021 @ 5-8pm (Halloween Night)

Head to Comic World for their fourth-annual “haunted house” event with comics and candy for kids, a costume contest (up to age 15), and more. Walking through the Haunted Dollhouse is free, with 2-4 people inside at a time for social distancing. A food truck is planned offering fairground-type foods.

Comic World is located at 122 E Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC.


Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market:  Saturdays done for the Season

This Saturday market at the Whirligig park in Wilson, NC is closed for 2021. Find them online at and Follow here.



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