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, October 3, 2019
Book Signing by Kim Beall
Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 5-6pm
This independent bookstore is hosting Franklin County author Kim Beall and her books will be available. The book signing is hosted by The Calico Paw, 131 S Garnett Street, Henderson, NC (Vance County). Follow The Calico Paw at www.facebook.com/thecalicopaw.
The Empty Chair 2019
Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 6:30-9pm
The Empty Chair is an annual event hosted by My Sister’s House to honor the lives lost each year to domestic violence in North Carolina. New York Times Best Selling author Etaf Rum will be guest speaker at this event. Held in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC. Purchase tickets ($40) via EventBrite.
Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair
September 26-October 5, 2019
The 71st-annual fair returns with ag and rides and fun and more. Held at the fairgrounds, 2801 US 117 S, Dudley, NC (Wayne County). Details may be found on the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair website at www.waynefair.com.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Franklin County Farmers Market
Fridays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 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 and Saturdays. 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.
First Fridays on the Lawn
Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 6-9pm
Enjoy a free community concert with a live band, food vendors, and entertainment. Held on the lawn at the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street N, Wilson, NC. Visit the city’s calendar for this event and others.
Knightdale “First Friday Films” and Food Trucks
Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 7pm
Enjoy food trucks, a kids art activity, and a free outdoor movie. Food Trucks and activities and then the movie begins at dusk. Bring blanket and chairs for comfort. Organized by Knightdale Parks and Rec. Held in the Knightdale Station Park amphitheatre, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC. (Originally planned for August 2, weather caused postponement to October 4, 2019.) See details here.
First Friday Flix
Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 7-9pm
Held the first Friday of each month, this movie showing is free and open to the public. “Feature a variety of film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers and more, often with a seasonal or historical theme.” Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. Future date: November 1, 2019. See this event and more on the Wake Forest Renaissance Center calendar.
Movies In The Park: Missing Link
Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 7:30-10:30pm
Enjoy an outdoor movie with food/drink vendors on site. Bring blanket/chair for comfort. Held in Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC. Organized with Cucalorus Pop-up Cinema and Gig East. Updates may be posted here.
National Pumpkin Festival
October 4-5, 2019
This annual festival offers activities, entertainment, food, contests, and vendors. The festival draws thousands of visitors to downtown along Railroad Street, Spring Hope, NC, each year. See details via the local Chamber event posting. Festival updates may also be found on this Facebook page.
Selma Railroad Days Festival
October 4-5, 2019
Come for two days of events and the display at the Historic Union Depot, 500 E Railroad Street, Selma, NC, with lots to see and the Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo on Friday. Saturday includes the Railroad Run, live music, and much more. Find out more about this 44th-annual festival at www.facebook.com/srrdays.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Wake Forest Farmers Market
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 @ 8am-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 www.wakeforestmarket.org.
Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 @ 8am-1pm
Local farm offerings and handmade/homemade goods. Open Saturdays through October 2019. Held in the Pavilion at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC. See details here. Updates may be posted via the market’s Facebook page.
Farmers Market Rocky Mount
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 @ 8am-1pm
Check out local farm and craft offerings at this weekly market. Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Updates may be posted to the market Facebook page.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 8am-1pm
Come for this market with a variety of vendors on the first and third Saturdays of the month through October. Organized by Pretty Rugged Designs. Market address is 526 N Main Street, Tarboro, NC. For more information, visit www.tarboromarket.com.
Give.Love.Grow Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 8am-6pm
Come and celebrate the harvest, and their plan to reach 1 million pounds of donated produce, at First Fruits Farm, 1950 East River Road, Louisburg, NC. There will be inflatables, vendors, a corn maze, food trucks, and more. Admission is free. Some activities require ticket purchase, with proceeds going to the food-donation ministry. Follow First Fruits Farm on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firstfruitswisdom.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market
Saturdays, October 5 and 12, 2019 @ 9am-1pm
Vendors at the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) offer farm produce, baked goods, handmade goods, arts, plants, and more. The market is open Saturdays through October 12, 2019. Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is located at the Zebulon Municipal Complex (town hall), 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Free parking available in the town hall parking lots. Follow the market on Facebook for updates and market theme information. If vendor spaces are available, information and 2019 application may be found on the town’s market web page.
Clayton Farm and Community Market
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 @ 9am-1pm
The market will be open every Saturday for its regular season through the last Saturday in October 2019. The Clayton Farm and Community Market is located at 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC. Contact information may be found at www.cfcmnc.org/contact. Follow this market’s Facebook page for updates.
Wendell Farmers Market
Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 @ 9am-1pm
Although the market had a late start, it is scheduled for every Saturday through October 2019. Held at W Campen and Main Streets, Wendell, NC. See details at www.townofwendell.com/living/farmers-market or follow the market on Facebook.
Wake Forest Dance Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 9:30am-6:30pm
Check out this Day of Dance outdoors in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, NC. Festival is free and open to the public, and will include a variety of local, national, and international dancers and more. For updates, Follow the festival Facebook page.
Public Safety Day 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 10am-2pm
The Town of Knightdale’s annual day to recognize first responders. Bring the family to check out the fire trucks, police cruisers, and other emergency vehicles including a swift boat. There will be lots to do including a puppet show, giveaways, and free food will be provided by Knightdale PD and Target. Information may be found here.
Wendell Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 10am-10pm
The Wendell Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Harvest Festival with loads of vendors, fair foods, Fall goodies, and activities for kids and families. A parade and live music too. Activities take place along Third Street and around the J. Ashley Wall Town Square, Wendell, NC. This festival draws 10,000+ people each year. See www.wendellchamber.com/pages/harvest-festival. Follow the Chamber on Facebook. Updates might be posted on Facebook here.
Pilot Fire Department BBQ Chicken Plate Sale
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11am
Stop by for this plate sale fundraiser and fellowship time with the Pilot Fire Department. Plates available for eat-in or take-out for $8 per plate (chicken, potatoes, slaw, and bread). Pilot Fire Department is located at 8028 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon, NC. Follow the Pilot FD at www.facebook.com/PilotFD.
Garner Firemen’s Day Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11am
A day-long festival with BBQ plates and other foods, a parade, fire demonstrations, and more. Held by Garner Fire Rescue, Garner, NC. See event schedule at www.facebook.com/events/408903293076885.
International Food Festival 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11am-6pm
Come for the food variety and entertainment at this annual event at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4057 US-70 Bus Hwy W, Clayton, NC. There will be world music/dance plus booths featuring country-specific foods, raffles, a silent auction, and more. Visit the Festival website at internationalfoodfestival.net for details.
Raleigh Tamale Festival 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 2-6pm
Enjoy tamales of all types along with other food options. Watch cultural performances and more. This event is free and open to the public. The festival will be held at the Dix Park Flower Field, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC. See Raleigh Tamale Festival details on the city of Raleigh website at www.raleighnc.gov/…/RaleighTamale.html.
Focus on First (Expo Open to the Public)
Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 4-6pm
Join the Knightdale Chamber for this celebration of the Knightdale Business Community. Learn about local businesses, listen to live music, and enjoy foods and desserts. Held at at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC. With questions, contact Knightdale Chamber at 919.266.4603.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Sunday in the Park: Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, October 6, 2019 @ 1-5pm
Bring the family (pets allowed too) for a day in the park. Admission is free and there will be music, food, arts and crafts, and more. Items and food available for sale. Organized by the Goldsboro Parks & Recreation and the Arts Council of Wayne County. Held in Herman Park, 900 Park Avenue, Goldsboro, NC. Updates may be posted here.
Family Art Sundays
Sundays, October 6, 13, and 20, 2019 @ 2-4pm
Drop-in event, meaning family registration is not needed. Event is free. Future Dates:
- November 3, 17, and 24, 2019
- December 1, 8, and 15, 2019
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. See event here.
Johnston County Writers Group Meeting
Thursday, October 10, 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.
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down
October 11 & 12, 2019
This cooking competition offers awards/trophies for participating chefs, and a fun experience for the general public. Held at the Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station, 101 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount, NC. See downtownrockymount.com/…/bbq-applications.
Indigo Moon Film Festival
October 11-13, 2019
This annual film festival is held in multiple locations around historic downtown Fayetteville, NC. An Opening Night Film and Reception on Friday provides the kick off for the festival. On Saturday, IMFF brings in dozens of films from around the world to screen in several walkable venues. Filmmakers provide insight during post-screening Q&A sessions. Awards Banquet is held on Sunday. See details and ticket information at IndigoMoonFilmFestival.com.
Selma Saturdays Arts and Crafts Market
Saturday, October 12, 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, 100 block of E Anderson Street, Selma, NC (parking lot behind Town Hall). Future date: November 9, 2019. For information including vendor booth reservations, contact Melissa Dooley at 919.965.9841 x.8003 or via email.
Black Creek Heritage Day Festival
Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 9am-4:30pm
For this 21st-annual festival, enjoy food, meet vendors, see cars on display, dance, and enjoy the Fall weather outdoors at 112 West Center Street, Black Creek, NC. This event may be rescheduled if weather is unsuitable. Follow festival updates via the town’s Facebook page.
Downtown Beats & Eats
Saturday, October 12 and 26, 2019 @ 4-8pm
Head downtown for live music, food trucks, and more. Held in the Vollis Simpson Whirigig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC. Entry is free. Food and drinks will be on sale; no outside food/beverages allowed. Follow Downtown Beats & Eats on Facebook here.
Monday, October 14, 2019 @ 10:30am-12:30pm
Bring the kids for a free, family-friendly movie on the second Monday of each month. Open to the public. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. Call the Centre’s Special Events Hotline at 919.435.9428 for movie title. Future dates: November 11, and December 9, 2019. For more information, visit the town’s event calendar.
Senior Center Annual Chili Cook-Off
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 11:30am
Mark your calendars for one of the hottest events of the year! Enter your best batch of chili for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card and bragging rights for the entire year. Prizes will also be awarded for 2nd and 3rd places. So whether you want to cook and compete or stay and eat, you’re sure to have a smoking’ good time! One entry per contestant. Entries cannot be store-bought. Held in the Large Activity Room at The Nash, 103 N Alston Street, Nashville, NC. Call 252.459.7681 to register or with questions.
Note that the deadline to register is Friday, October 11, 2019.
Food Truck Thursday: Lunch & Dinner
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Sit and eat at the park, or pick up food to take back to your desk or home. Live music during dinnertime.
- Lunch (11:30am-1:30pm)
- Dinner (6-8pm)
Around the Tables
Saturday, October 19, 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 Dates: November 16 and December 21, 2019. Follow www.facebook.com/Dreamcoatknightdale.
Marketing Know-How (For Writers)
Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 2-4pm
How do you get the word out about your book(s)? Guest speaker Melissa Bourbon/Winnie Archer, co-author of The Tricked Out Toolbox: Promotion and Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs, explains how to pick and choose which strategies and tactics will serve you best. 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 at this free event. Future event: On Sunday November 10, 2019 @ 2-4pm, join Murder We Write 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. Time and location the same. See www.murderwewrite.org.
Friday Afternoon Popcorn and A Movie at The Nash Senior Center
Friday, October 25, 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, October 25, 2019 @ 2pm: The Biggest Little Farm (2019)
- Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 2pm: La La Land (2016)
- Friday, December 27, 2019 @ 2pm: Jack Frost (1998)
Town of Farmville’s Pumpkin Chunkin’ Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 8am-4pm
At this first-annual event, “Pumpkin hurling is going to be taken to a whole new level,” according to the Farmville Parks & Recreation Department. Location will be at the soccer field, 4240 West Horne Avenue, Farmville, NC. If signing up, competitor/vendor applications deadline may be Friday, September 6, 2019 at noon. See details at www.farmvillencparks.com/first-annual-pumpkin-chunkin-festival.html.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball
October 30-31, 2019 @ 7:30pm (both dates)
Attend this 2nd-annual fun film event presented by Retro Film Series / The Carolina Theatre of Durham. Movie screening with fog, light show, and more. Held in The Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC. Tickets are $12, available via TicketMaster.com.
NC Whirligig Festival
November 2-3, 2019
The Whirligig Festival is held in and around the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC, and is a weekend of celebrating the life of local folk artist Vollis Simpson and his whirligig creations. See details at whirligigfestivalnc.org.
Clayton Harvest Festival/Latin American Festival
November 2 & 3, 2019
This annual festival by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce offers entertainment, attractions, food, cars, barbecue competition, vendors, and more. The event is broken into components:
- Clayton Harvest Festival Vendor Fair, Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10am-5pm (on Main Street, Clayton, NC)
- Latin American Festival Vendor Fair, Sunday, November 3, 2019, noon-5pm (in Town Square, Clayton, NC)
For more details, visit www.claytonharvestfestival.com.
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 Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S 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.
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