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 3, 2021 @ 9am-noon*
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.
The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC.
Follow the market for updates.
*Past few weeks, the market has been closing at noon due to heat index. May be open later, not yet posted.
Plant Swap: Friday, September 3, 2021 @ 11am-12:30pm
Free event organized by Farmville Public Library. Bring a healthy plant to swap for someone else’s plant. Enter for a chance to win plant-themed prizes.
The library is located at 4276 W Church Street, Farmville, NC.
For more information, call 252.753.3355. Follow updates here.
Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday, September 4, 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.
Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market: Saturday, September 4, 2021 @ 8am-noon
Final day of this market for the season.
Held in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC.
Find the Wilson Farmers & Artisan Market online at www.historicdowntownwilson.com/farmers-artisan-market and updates here.
Wendell Farmers Market: Saturday, September 4, 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 4, 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.
Clayton Farm and Community Market: Saturday, September 4*, 2021 @ 9am-1pm
Farm goods, handcrafted items, artwork, and more.
Held at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, Clayton, NC.
Follow updates at www.facebook.com/CFCMNC.
*Blood drive at the market on September 4.
The Farm Market at Oak Ridge Farms: Saturday, September 4, 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 (except August 21).
Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, NC (near Rocky Cross/Pilot).
Follow Oak Ridge Farms for market details/updates.
Woofstock: A Festival for Man’s Best Friend: Saturday, September 4, 2021 @ 1pm
This event at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum includes “fur friends” plus live music, food trucks, and shopping. There is a $5 entry fee per person. Fundraiser to benefit the Maggie Society of Wilson.
The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is located at 709 N Church Street, Kenly, NC.
Follow the Museum on FB for updates.
Movie on the Lawn: Saturday, September 4, 2021 @ 7-9pm
Watch a free movie outside the Wayne County Museum. Guests may bring lawn chairs. Food truck will be at the site selling food/snacks.
Held on the lawn of the Museum, 116 N William Street, Goldsboro, NC.
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturdays done for the season
Pop-Up Markets continue through October (Wednesday, September 22 and Wednesday, October 20 @ 4-7pm).
Special “Amp The Alley” event on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 4-7pm.
Follow here for any holiday market announcements or market dates.
10 Plant Tours: Friday, September 10, 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 We Hope to Add Soon: September 10
- 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, September 10*, 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.
*This market is closed on Friday, September 3.
Traditional Tying and Stringing Demonstration: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Presented by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, this event is part of the “Stepping into the Past Saturday Series” and is included with regular museum admission.
The Museum is located at 709 N Church Street, Kenly, NC (near Wilson/Johnston county line).
See Stepping into the Past event dates and topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org.
Artist Open House: September 11, 2021 @ 11am
The Franklin County Arts council will be holding an “Artist of the Month” open house in September with artist Peggy Harris.
Held at the Franklin County Arts Council’s Gallery on the Hill, 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC.
See event details on the arts council website.
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.
K-Fest: Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 10am-10pm
This Knightdale Chamber of Commerce event will include a Business Expo alongside food trucks/inflatables (10am-2pm) and food trucks/live music (5-9pm).
Held at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC.
Event posted here.
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