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 OddFellows in Wayne County” Open: October 2, 2021-January 8, 2022
This new exhibit displays 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. Open Tuesdays-Fridays (11am-4pm), and Saturdays (10am-6pm).
For more information, visit www.waynemuseum.org.
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.
Franklin County Farmers Market: Friday, October 8, 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 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, 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.
Whitakers Friday Market Days: Friday, October 8, 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 www.facebook.com/WRAPFORWHITAKERS.
Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday, October 9, 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.
Nash County Farmers Market: Saturday, October 9, 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.
The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms: Saturday, October 9, 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 until the end of October.
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 at the market on October 30, 2021.
Selma Saturdays “Fall Craft Spectacular”: October 9, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
This Selma Saturdays event has been canceled.
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 selma-nc.com/departments/parks-rec.
Note: Selma Saturdays event also planned for November 27 (“Shop Small Selma”).
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.
Fall Festival at Zebulon UMC: Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 10am-3pm
This festival includes inflatables for kids and face painting, plus a marketplace, country store, craft store, and a plant sale!
Held at Zebulon United Methodist Church, 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC.
See flyer 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.
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down: Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 11am-6pm
Live music, inflatables, food trucks, vendors, and a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition..
Held at the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, 101 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount, NC. (Parking may be available at the Senior Center across the street.)
Visit the BBQ cook-off webpage at downtownrockymount.com/events/eastern-carolina-bbq-throwdown.
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.
Six Sundays in Fall Free Concert: Sundays, October 10, 2021 @ 5-7pm
Free, live, outdoor entertainment featuring local and regional performers. Act scheduled to perform on October 10 is Chatham Rabbits.
Held in the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, NC.
Friday Nights on the Tar: Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Enjoy the final night of free, outdoor summer concerts. Food trucks, inflatables, and more. Beer for sale, ID required/checked.
Held at the Amphitheater in downtown, 116 N Main Street, Louisburg, NC.
See details at townoflouisburg.org/fridaynightsonthetar.
Outdoor Fall Vendor Fest: Saturday, October 16, 2021 @ 9am-2pm
This Bunn Garden Club fundraiser will have vendors, baked goods, hot dogs, and raffles. Stop by and support this club’s local works.
The event will take place outdoors at 361 NC-98 Hwy W, Bunn, NC.
Follow the Bunn Garden Club for updates and to see event flyer (with info on vendors).
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 fcacarts.org.
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.
Outdoor Movie Night: Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 6:30-9pm
Enjoy a family movie, free and open to the public. Held outdoors at Zebulon Commmunity Park. Bring blanket/chair for comfort.
The park is located at 401 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC.
See details and movie title here.
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 www.knightdalenc.gov.
Meet The Artist at the Gallery On the Hill: Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 11am-3pm
Stop by the Gallery on the Hill to meet Dawn Lancaster and view her art on display, or purchase a work from the gallery for your home. Entry to the gallery is free, no registration is necessary, and light refreshments will be provided.
The FCAC gallery address is 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC. (Turn right just before the traffic lights at Nash Street & Bickett Blvd, and drive up the hill behind the Ag Extension complex. Or, FCAC may also be reached from Tanglewood Drive.)
See this and other Arts Council events at www.fcacarts.org.
Fall Festival at Oak Ridge Farms: Saturday, October 30, 2021 @ 9-3pm
Shop the farmers market, see the farm animals and equipment, purchase from food trucks and local vendors. Kids may play games, paint pumpkins, see “princesses,” and more for kids including treating (no tricks). Raffle, too. Admission $2 per person, with children under 3 free.
Festival activities will be on the farm at 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC.
Visit Oak Ridge Farms on FB for event flyer and updates.
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.
Wendell Farmers Market: Saturdays Done for the Season
The downtown Wendell, NC market closed after its October 2 market. Follow on Facebook for updates, vendor calls in the Spring, and future market updates.
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 www.historicdowntownwilson.com/farmers-artisan-market and Follow here.
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Ed. Note: Originally published October 5, 2021. Updated w/ cancellation on October 8.