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.
Franklin County Farmers Market: Friday, September 24, 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.
Whitakers Friday Market Days: Friday, September 24, 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.
Garner Recreation Center Kick-Off Celebration at Garner Night Market: Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 5-9pm
Celebrate the Garner Recreation Center opening. There will be activity stations, giveaways, and more.
Night market information here.
Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday, September 25, 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.
Wendell Farmers Market: Saturday, September 25, 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, September 25, 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.
The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms: Saturday, September 25, 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.
2021 Fall Fest at the Farm Credit Farmers Market: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9am-2pm
This festival will have mums, produce, and more for sale. There will be a kids’ pumpkin decorating contest. free wagon rides. antique tractors/equipment on display; food trucks, and more.
Located at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC.
See festival information on this page including updates.
Youngsville Fall Festival and Car Show: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9am-3pm
Check out the Craft Show, and walk around the Car Show entries and watch the trophy presentation. Purchase tasty treats from the food trucks and visit the vendors. Let the kids play for free in the inflatables and take part in games.
The Youngsville Fall Festival is held at Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road, Youngsville, NC.
Wilson Botanical Gardens Fall Festival: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 1-4pm
There will be entertainment, games/activities, crafts, artists, and more. Food truck on site.
Held at the Wilson Botanical Gardens, 1809 SW Goldsboro Street, Wilson, NC.
Fee is $5 per car. See flyer here.
Downtown Beats & Eats: Saturday, September 25, 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 dates: October 9 and 23.
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.
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.
Selma Railroad Days Festival: October 1 & 2, 2021
Festival will begin with the Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo on Friday, with live music by KendriX Singletary (6-9pm). Railroad Days on Saturday include entertainment on two stages, a 5K run/walk, parade, hollerin’ contest, and more. Kids Zone ($5), plus 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 selma-nc.com/departments/parks-rec/railroad-days-festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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