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).
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 for updates.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Coffee and History Series: Infection and Immunity
Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 10:30-11:30am
Held at Farmville Public Library, 4276 W Church Street, Farmville NC, in conjunction with the May Museum. Presenter Tom Feldbush, PhD, will provide a talk entitled “Infection and Immunity: The Battle Plan,” as a part of A Time for Science‘s “Under the Microscope” series. See event description and contact information here.
North Carolina State Fair
October 11-21, 2018
Head to the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC, for fair foods, unusual snacks, concerts, contests, competitions, rides, and more. Download the detailed, daily scheduled via www.ncstatefair.org/2018/Visitor/Daily.htm.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Franklin County (NC) Farmers Market
Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 8:30am-until sold out
Located at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg NC This farmers’ market is open Tuesday (9am-until), Friday (8:30am-until), Saturday (8am-until), through December. On Facebook here.
Coffee with a Cop
Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 8:30-9:30am
Gather at Starbucks, 603 North Berkeley Blvd, Goldsboro NC, meet with officers of the Goldsboro Police Department and community members, and share conversation about the city and policing.
NC Model Ship Builders
October 12-14, 2018 @ 9am-4pm*
Come to City Lake Park, Rocky Mount NC, for this a free event. The NC Model Ship Builders will be hosting a radio controlled 1/96 scale model fleet run. Watch maneuvers by a Carrier Group, Battleship Group, Amphibious Group, and Others. For more information visit www.warshipmodelsunderway.com. (Times may vary by date, not spelled out in event notice.)
Architectural Salvage Sale
October 12-14, 2018
Preservation Rocky Mount is opening its doors and have many items salvaged from area historic homes. Sale held at Preservation Rocky Mount, 910 Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC. Bring large vehicles, u-hauls, and trailers and shop finds including reclaimed wood, mantles, shutters, sinks, and many other architectural items. Open to the Public for three days: Friday, October 12 (1pm-5 pm), Saturday, October 13 (9 am-5 pm), and Sunday, October 14 (10am-2 pm). Open to Preservation Rocky Mount members at additional times. Find them online at preservationrockymount.org.
2018 Ten Plant Tour Series
Friday, October 12, 2018 @ noon
On this date, the topic is “10 Plants that Are Creepy” in this event by the Nash County Co-op Extension Service. Held at the Nash County Arboretum, located at the Nash County Agriculture Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville NC. See full 2018 tour at nash.ces.ncsu.edu.
Indigo Moon Film Festival
October 12-14, 2018
This annual film festival draws movie-goers to multiple venues around Fayetteville NC, to view movies, shorts, and enjoy social activities. See details at www.indigomoonfilmfestival.com, which includes film schedule, venue information and ticket package pricing. Tickets may be purchased for individual films, social events, full pass, and other options. (See our article on how this year’s festival is Going Green.)
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Rocky Mount Farmers Market
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 8am-1pm
The Farmers Market is located at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount NC. The Rocky Mount Farmers Market is open on Saturdays. See updates on their Facebook page. Market webpage is www.co.nash.nc.us/175/Farmers-Market; see also the Nash County Co-op Ext Service market page.
Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 9am-1pm
Markets are held once-a-month in Fall and Spring. The market welcomes arts and craft vendors and farmers to sell their wares. The location is the Uptown Selma Gazebo, in the back parking lot of Town Hall, near 100 E Anderson Street, Selma NC. Next date is November 10, 2018. The market season Facebook event is here. See www.selma-nc.com/selma-saturdays.
Stepping Into The Past
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
This series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
The October 13 event includes butter making and candle making. Upcoming events at this museum: BBQ Cook Off Challenge: BBQ and family fun activities (November 9 and 10, 2018) and Kenly Christmas Celebration (November 30 and December 1, 2018).
Fall Pottery and Glass Festival
October 13-14, 2018 @ 10am-6pm
Join Cedar Creek Gallery at their 51st-annual festival, with demonstrations food trucks, live music, and work by area artists that could make for good holiday gifts, or be useful in your home. The address is Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor NC. Find details online at www.cedarcreekgallery.com/fall-festival.
Black Creek Heritage Day Festival
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 6:30-9pm
Come out for entertainment, vendors, and community fellowship at this 20th-annual festival. Held near 112 W Center Street, Black Creek NC. Follow the town on Facebook here. (Vendor opportunities.)
Shaw RV Family Movie Series
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 7:30-9:30pm
Enjoy a free movie outdoors on the football field at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville NC. Bring a chair or blanket for comfort. Concessions will be open for purchases during the movie. See full movie series here.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Feed Your Neighbor 5K
Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 2:30-4:30pm
Join Wendell United Methodist Church a the corner of Main Street and Wendell Blvd, Wendell NC. Join this friendly race and help to raise funds to feed your neighbors. Sign up online and see registration fee at runsignup.com/Race/NC/Wendell/FeedYourNeighbor5K.
Museum Grand Opening
Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 3-6pm
The public is invited to the Grand Opening of the beautiful, new Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House and African-American Museum. Come and see the new look, listen to live music, and celebrate with community. Location is 1202 Nash Street SE, Wilson NC. Follow the Museum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreemanRoundHouse.
The Round House was built by Oliver Nestus Freeman (1882-1955) in 1946. Freeman was a stonemason who built homes after the war when there was a housing shortage, and built the Round House of stone and materials he found available, including bottles, tree saplings, and string.
Family Movie Night
Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 6-8pm
Join Lighthouse Fellowship at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 405 Hinton Oaks Blvd, Knightdale NC, to watch War Room. Free popcorn and drinks for the whole family. See event here.
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 imperialcentre.org. (Article)
OkTARberfest & More
October 19-20, 2018
A variety of events collide this weekend, including the OkTARberfest Weekend (free concerts Fri-Sat, plus living history in the park Sat), the Chamber Oyster Roast (ticketed Sat), and the Franklin County Arts Council “Six Pack of Authors” book event (Friday) by the Writers’ Guild. Multiple locations. (Article)
Nashville Creekside Music Series
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Town of Nashville will be bringing back its popular Creekside Music Series for a second year with four concert dates. We hope that you will bring your friends and family out to this free community event at Stoney Creek Park in Nashville. The address for Stoney Creek Park is 455 West Washington Street, Nashville NC. Series details on this Town of Nashville web page.
Town Square Concert Series
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 6:30-9:30pm
Free concert outdoors in Downtown Clayton’s Town Square, 110 W Main Street, Clayton NC. Arrive early and set up your lawn chairs and/or blanket. Activities, vendors, and inflatables will be available starting at 6pm. Live music will start on-stage at 6:30pm. See the full concert series on Facebook here and on the town website.
Tarboro HomeGrown-Handmade Market
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8am-noon
As the name implies, a variety of goods are available at this market, which is open on first- and third-Saturdays of the month. The market is open, rain or shine. First and third Saturdays market are held at 526 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. The HomeGrown-HandMade Market Saturday dates may be found on this Facebook event.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 11am-1pm
Join Knightdale Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs Department for their annual pet-focused event. Take part in a 2K9 walk, check out dog-related vendors, and enter your pup in the costume contest. Held at Ashley Wilder Dog Park (part of Knightdale Station), Knightdale NC. See details here.
Downtown Beats and Eats
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 2-6pm
This is the fifth year for the city’s fall concert series which will be at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC. Entry is free for this live music event. Additional concerts planned on alternating Saturdays through October 20, 2018 (final date). Food trucks on-site. Adults-only: wrist bands available for $1 allowing beer/wine purchase. Bring chair/blanket for comfort. No coolers. See event details on the Historic Downtown Wilson website.
Friday Nights on the Tar
Friday, October 20, 2018 @ 6:30-9:30pm
The Town of Louisburg invites everyone to their “Friday Nights on the Tar” Summer Concert Series with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30pm; live music starts at 6:30pm. Held at Downtown Louisburg Amphitheatre, 116 N Main Street, Louisburg NC. Concerts held every-third Friday, April-September. See more on this Town of Louisburg web page.
Murder We Write: “Steps in Writing a Book: Fiction & Nonfiction”
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 2-4pm (doors open 1:45pm)
Help for writers with issues from “I want to write but I don’t know where to begin” to “I’m close to my goal but not sure what’s next.” This event is free. Held on the first floor of the High Point Public Library, 901 North Main Street, High Point NC. See www.murderwewrite.org.
Pet Loss Support Group
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 3:30-5:30pm
Are You Grieving the Loss of a Pet? The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group is not intended to replace professional counseling services or physician recommendations; it provides a space for sharing with others who have experienced the loss of a pet. The group’s meetings are open to all who are interested. Meetings held on third Sunday of most months at the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh NC. The SPCA of Wake County website is spcawake.org.
Writing Talk: Developing the Character-Driven Plot with Merry Simmons
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 7-8:30pm
Held at Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street N, Wilson NC. All writers welcome. Join author Merry Simmons (2018 Romance Writers of America RITA Award Finalist) as she shares advice for moving your story forward using goals, motivation, and conflict. This program is presented in partnership with the Wilson Writer’s Group. The Wilson County Public Library is online at www.youseemore.com/wilsoncountypl.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 4:30-8:30pm
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department annual Spooktacular is a free, family-oriented festival designed for children ages 12 and under. Held at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N White Street, Wake Forest NC. Festival include face painting, a cupcake walk, ghostly games/activities, and a supply of free pumpkin. Costumes encouraged. For more details, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/halloween-spooktacular.aspx.
Nashville Fall Fest
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 4-5:30pm
The fun is happening at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC, with this event. Enjoy games, trick-or-treating, a pet adoption event, and more. Get your face painted or a glitter tattoo.
Once the sun sets, hunker down in the parking lot for a free movie showing: Hocus Pocus. (See below)
Movie Under the Stars
Saturday, October 26, 2018 @ dusk
Gather at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Washington Street, Nashville NC, for a free screening of a Halloween-themed, family-friendly movie, popcorn, and community. See the Town of Nashville’s Parks and Rec calendar for this event and more.
An Evening of Mystery & Imagination: The Tell-Tale Heart
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
A wine and cheese social to celebrate the literature of the fantastic, featuring a live performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic story The Tell-Tale Heart. Held at Edgecombe County Memorial Library (ECML), 909 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. Admission is $10 per person, and tickets are available at the library. Proceeds will go to ECML Friends of the Library. Library information is online here.
Monster Movie Marathon
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 9am-6pm
This free event, no registration required, will be held at the Wilson County Public Library’s main library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. Celebrate Halloween early with the Wilson County Public Library with an all-day movie marathon of classic black-and-white horror films. Attendees may bring a lunch. The library will be serving free popcorn and lemonade to movie watchers. (Movie ratings: unrated due to age.) The library is online at www1.youseemore.com/wilsoncountypl.
2018 Fall FunFest
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 10am-4pm
The Town of Rolesville’s annual festival takes place on Main Street, Rolesville NC. There will be arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, small businesses selling goods, hot dogs, live music, and costume contests. Interested in being a vendor? See vendor application form here (PDF).
Downtown Garner Pop-up Market
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
Head to Downtown Garner for this 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. Future date is November 24, 2018. See event here.
Foster Fall Festival
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 5-7pm
Join the fun at W.A. Foster Center, 1012 S John Street, Goldsboro NC, for a costume contest, dance off, games, refreshments, and more. Tickets are $5 per person (ages 7-14) and may be purchased online at www.goldsboroparksandrec.com/register (must have/make an account to register). For more information, call 919.734.4164.
Pilot Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 5-8pm
Enjoy games, inflatables, free sno cones, a free hot dog dinner, popcorn, and much more. Join in the cake walk, pumpkin pickup, trunk or treat, ride a pony, or visit the petting zoo area. This free event designed for community fun is organized by Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon NC. Sign up (requested for planning) may be done via www.jotform.com/chrismoniz/PilotHarvest2018.
Clayton Harvest Festival: Halloween Night
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 5-10pm
(Rescheduled from September due to Hurricane Florence) This is more than just a Halloween Night. Festival planners and Clayton Chamber of Commerce have loads of events planned, costumes, trunk-or-treat, hot dogs, contests, plus a free movie, plus a Midway carnival. Festival events span Halloween and several days following, taking over Clayton NC. See the Clayton Harvest Festival Facebook page for the event details and a number of posts describing the different parts of the festival, and what’s planned for each day.
Later This Year
NC Whirligig Festival
November 3-4, 2018
The NC Whirligig Festival is held annually in Historic Downtown Wilson NC, celebrating the life of local folk artist Vollis Simpson and his whirligig creations. Find festival details at whirligigfestivalnc.org.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market “Holiday Market”
November 16-17, 2018
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 for market hours/schedule each day.
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.
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 www.rtp.org/event/the-rtp-mistletoe-market.
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