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). Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes included on the weekly list. While the majority of listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included, especially ticketed events by local arts councils or theater groups.
Contact information or RSVP deadlines, where applicable, have been included. Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed, without our knowledge.
Events may be added/updated by emailing event notices to the Editor.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Food Truck Thursday (November 2, 2017 @ 11:30am & 6pm)
*This date is the third Thursday of the month and includes live music.* Stop by to purchase lunch (11:30am-1:30pm) or dinner (6-8pm) near the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC. Food trucks arranged weekly at the park. See the full schedule on the town website here. (Remaining dates are November 9 and 16, 2017. on the final date, there will be live music.)
Grand Opening of Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park (November 2, 2017 @ 4-10pm)
Come and join the celebration at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC. “Be there when history is made as the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park holds its grand opening! This park will very soon attract thousands of visitors to Historic Downtown Wilson. Witness the ribbon cutting, hear comments from Secretary of Cultural Resources and other dignitaries, and enjoy live music from Fireside Collective.” The grand opening includes food trucks, beverages, family fun, and lighting of the whirligigs. Bring a blanket/chair for comfort. See details on this Facebook event. And, don’t forget that the Whirligig Festival is November 4-5 (see below).
Fiesta: Music without Borders ( November 2, 2017 @ 7-9pm)
Cesar Reyes, renowned Mexican pianist and musicologist and founder of the Latin American Piano and Song Festival in New York City, guides audiences through some of Mexico’s most beloved and important music. Selections include works from the classical tradition all the way up to modern day favorites. Stay for a festive Mexican reception where audiences can meet the artist and enjoy the beautiful patio at Portofino, 25 Paraggi Court. Clayton NC. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors (65 and above), $15 for students, and free for children (5 and under). Tickets may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. Questions, call 919.606.9703.
Arkham Ragnarok (November 2, 2017 @ 7pm)
Join Arkham Comix at the Wilson Carmike (now AMC Classic) movie theater, 1501 Ward Blvd, Wilson NC, to watch Thor: Ragnarok. Time is 7pm for the regular showing, or 7:30pm for the 3D showing. Arkham will have free Thor comics and prints for the first few people that come and buy tickets. See info and updates on their Facebook page.
Down East Holiday Show (November 2-5, 2017)
The Pitt Community College Foundation presents this show annually to raise funds for student scholarships and educational activities at Pitt Community College. The Down East Holiday Show is an ideal opportunity to purchase gifts for your loved ones, check out all the vendors, and see Santa. Held at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville NC. Tickets start at $8, up to $12. With questions, call 252.321.7671. See event details here.
51st Annual Holly Day Fair (November 2-5, 2017)
Come to this one-stop holiday shopping event that draws an average of 22,000 attendees and over 200 vendors. Extensive selection including holiday decorations, handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, toys, specialty foods, and more. Entry tickets $10-$15. Held at the The Crown Expo Center, 131 E Mountain Drive, Fayetteville NC. See event times, vendor information, and more at www.hollydayfair.com.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Family Feud: YoPro First Friday Takeover (November 3, 2017 @ 6-9pm)
The Young Professionals of the Twin Counties will be recreating the popular game show at the Booker T. Washington Theater, 170 E Thomas Street, Rocky Mount NC. Family can be blood-related or chosen family. The last family standing at the end of the night wins an awesome prize pack. Come have some laughs and enjoy snacks while watching the families compete on stage. The event is free. To sign-up a team of 5 to play, email YoPro in advance.
Ed. Note: see this article on other First Friday activities around town on November 3.
First Friday Goldsboro (November 3, 2017 @ 6-8:30pm)
Join the Arts Council of Wayne County at 102 N John Street, Goldsboro NC, for music, snacks, art, and more for the whole family. The Arts Council of Wayne County is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artscouncilofwaynecounty.
First Friday Flix (November 3, 2017 @ 7pm)
Free, public movie showing at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. To obtain movie title, call the Special Events Hotline at 919.435.9428. The Renaissance Centre hosts First Friday Flix on the first Friday evening of each month. Concessions available for purchase. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov.
Andean Healing and Cosmology (November 3, 2017 @ 7-9pm)
Ritual and ceremony aren’t curious remnants of primitive cultures, rather they are vital aspects of our human inheritance. As a means of expanding awareness of the seen and the unseen realms, ritual and ceremony have the potential to help us make better decisions, engage more authentically and awaken a sense of the sacred. Jeff Firewalker Schmitt, PhD will help newcomers and experienced practitioners understand the power, utility, and underlying science of these traditions and cosmovisions. Held in the Alex Tanous Library at The Rhine (paranormal) Research Center, 2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Bldg. 500, Durham NC. Admission is $20, for Rhine Members $15, and for students/seniors $10. Register online or call 919.309.4600.
NC Poultry Jubilee (November 3-4, 2017)
Enjoy the parade, carnival rides, a chicken wing cook-off, live entertainment, and chicken fried in the World’s Largest Frying Pan. Entertainment from The Embers, The Castaways, and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot. There will also be a beauty pageant. Admission is free. Organized by the Rose Hill Chamber of Commerce. Held at the Rose Hill Town Square, 512 E Main Street, Rose Hill NC. See more at www.thenorthcarolinapoultryjubilee.com.
Evening Lantern Tours (November 3-4, 2017 @ 7-9:30pm)
Join costumed interpreters for “Draped in Black; Victorian Death Rituals” — a night-time tour into the home of a grieving widow. Experience unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one. Listen to stories of the farm’s former residents and travel by lantern light to their final resting place in the family graveyard. Tour is at Island Farm, 1140 N US Hwy 64, Manteo NC. For tickets ($10), call 252.473.6500. island Farm is online at www.theislandfarm.com.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
First Saturday Breakfast (November 4, 2017 @ 8-10am)
Breakfast is $7 for all-you-can-eat eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, country ham, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, and pancakes. Eat in or take a plate to go. Held at Bunn United Methodist Church, 190 Main Street, Bunn NC. Funds raised will support various church missions.
Coffee with a Cop (November 4, 2017 @ 9am)
This is a community outreach event. Stop by and enjoy a free regular coffee and speak to the Wilson Police Officers. Share your praise, concern, or question. Held at Starbucks, 3401 Raleigh Road, Wilson NC.
Fishing Derby (November 4, 2017 @ 9am-1pm)
Come out for this second-annual derby and fish with A Time for Science, 949 Contentnea Lane, Grifton NC. There will be prizes awarded in each age group for biggest fish and most fish caught. Registration is $5 per person and includes a campfire hot dog lunch. For more information, call 252.364.2862 or email.
Veterans Day Celebration (November 4, 2017 @ 9am-4pm)
Come for this 97th celebration in Warsaw NC, at various locations. Vendors and helicopter rides open at 9 am, the VFW Memorial Service is at 10am, and the parade begins at 11am. There will be a flyover and a parachute jump bringing the American Flag. This year’s parade theme is “Marching Toward 100” as the town prepares for the 100th Veterans Day Celebration in 2020. After the parade, the Warsaw VFD will hold its annual BBQ lunch at the old fire station. At 2 pm, the “Parade After Party” begins with the “Chairmen of the Board” performing live just outside the Warsaw Wellness Center. Downtown, there will be a kids’ area, truck show, and more. The Veterans Museum will be open and will offer country music entertainment. It’ll be a fun filled day for the whole family, honoring our veterans who have given so much. See more on the town website at www.townofwarsawnc.com.
Stepping Into The Past (November 4, 2017 @ 10am-3pm)
This weekly series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission. Confirm topic and details at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
Note that November 10-11, 2017, a BBQ cook-off is scheduled.
Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade (November 4, 2017 @ 10am-noon)
The Cumberland County Veterans Council is hosting this parade. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans,” and veterans from the Vietnam War, along with their families, will be honored. The parade is expected to have over 100 participants, including active-duty military, numerous veterans’ organizations, military equipment, and others. Held downtown at Hay Street and Person Street, Fayetteville NC. Come and watch for free. For more information, visit www.fayveteransdayparade.com.
New Life Church Fall Festival (November 4, 2017 @ 10am-4pm)
The New Life Church Fall Festival is Saturday. There will be free family activities, including inflatables, craft vendors, games, a hot dog lunch, music, and bingo. The event is a fundraisers for the church youth, and will include a bake sale and more. Held at New Life Ministry Center, 6900 Zebulon Road, Wake Forest NC. For more information or a vendor application, visit www.newlifenow.us/fall-festival.
The Great Pumpkin Blowout (November 4, 2017 @ 10am-4pm)
Grab your pumpkin and head to the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, 8884 Saint Philips Road SE, in Winnabow NC — just south of Wilmington. Dispose of jack-o-lanterns in an unique and explosive way, implementing the same technology used to detonate Civil War era torpedoes. Fee of $10 per pumpkin — bring your own pumpkin — to press the button and detonate. Free to watch. Detonating on the 30 minute mark, up to three pumpkins each session. If there is a specific time that you would like to participate, call 910.371.6613 to reserve a time. Otherwise, this event is first come, first served.
Colfax Persimmon Festival (November 4, 2017 @ 10am-4pm)
This is the 10th-anniversary festival. Held on a historic farm with structures dating back into the early 1800s, this festival celebrates the native American persimmon and historic farming with a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, and persimmon-related items for sale. Admission is $10 for adults and kids ages 12 and older; free for ages 11 and under. No pets, no coolers, no alcohol. Free parking at Shady Grove Church, 119 N. Bunker Hill Road, Colfax NC. See www.colfaxpersimmonfest.com.
Brown Bag Lunch (November 4, 2017 @ 11am-12:30pm)
Just about every Saturday, Zebulon United Methodist Church provides free “brown bag lunches” to anyone who drives or walks by the church at 121 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon NC. For more information on food distribution for those in need, or to volunteer, visit www.zumchurch.org.
Seeing the Big Picture (November 4, 2017 @ 2-4pm)
Hear speaker Michael Strickland, of Stained Glass Associates Inc. (Knightdale NC), on their restoration of the historic stained-glass windows of Raleigh’s first African-American church. The presentation will take place at the North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh NC. Following the talk, all will walk four blocks down Edenton Street to the church, where members will provide a tour of the beautiful windows. Fee is $7 per person, $5 for Museum members, with a portion of proceeds going to help continue window preservation at St. Paul AME Church. For more details or to purchase tickets, go to this EventBrite page.
Bark for Life of Nash County 2017 (November 4, 2017 @ 9am-2pm)
This walk/fundraiser is being held at Stoney Creek Environmental Park, 455 W Washington Street, Nashville NC. See event details at www.facebook.com/NashBFL.
Outdoor Movie (November 4, 2017 @ 6:30-9:30pm)
Town of Nashville Parks and Recreation invites the public to its last outdoor movies of 2017. This pet friendly movie event is being held at Stoney Creek Environmental Park, 455 W Washington Street, Nashville NC, the same night as Bark for Life. So, furry ones and not-so-furry ones are welcome at this outdoor movie showing..
North Carolina Whirligig Festival (November 4-5, 2017)
Join the fun at the 13th-annual NC Whirligig Festival. Hours are Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday noon-5pm. This festival showcases the arts of the region, including the giant Whirligigs created by local artist, Vollis Simpson. Come and check out the Whirligigs, shop from 200+ vendors, enjoy the live entertainment (3 stages), the Whirli-Kidz Zone, Cake Dive contest, delicious food, and more in downtown Wilson NC. See details at whirligigfestivalnc.org.
NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival (November 4-5, 2017)
This 76th-annual celebration of gourds includes gourds from NC and around the world, including displays of historic and exotic varieties. Learn about growing, or purchase seeds, crafts, and more from vendors. Admission is $2 for adults, and chilcren under 16 are free. Held in the Holshouser Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. Event hours and information online at www.ncgourdsociety.org/festival.html.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2nd Annual Triad Vegfest (November 5, 2017 @ 11am-4pm)
Shop the marketplace for vegan products, baked goods, cosmetics, clothing, handbags, and more. Learn about vegan diets and lifestyles, attend cooking demonstrations, and visit with representatives of community nonprofits. Held at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, 501 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro NC. See details at triadvegfest.org.
Pet Day at Hubb’s Farm (November 5, 2017 @ 1-6pm)
Bring your pet with you for this special day at Hubb’s Corn Maze, 10276 N US 421 Hwy, Clinton NC. On their website at www.hubbsfarmnc.com/pet-day.html. Note that this date, according to their website, may also be “Smashing Pumpkins” day.
Cucalorus Film Festival (November 8-12, 2017)
The 23rd-annual festival returns, with screenings at more than a half-dozen venues around Wilmington NC. The non-competitive Cucalorus Film Festival showcases more than 300 films from all over the world. Watch www.cucalorus.org for details, or their Facebook page for updates.
Veterans Day Concert (November 9, 2017 @ 7-8pm)
The East Wake high School Band will present this free concert to recognize the community’s veterans. Held in the auditorium at East Wake High School, 5101 Rolesville Road, Wendell NC.
10 Plants That Have Ornamental Berries (November 10, 2017 @ noon)
Part of the 10 Plant Tour series in the Nash County Arboretum, located at the Nash County Agriculture Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville NC. Tours are free; call call 252.459.9810 with questions. See all dates at nash.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/03/2017-ten-plant-tours.
Backyard BBQ Cook Off (November 11, 2017 @ 9am-5pm)
This whole hog cooking event is a great chance for the local community to get together for friendly competition and fun. Activities include entertainment, pony rides, and family fun. There is no admissionfee, but some activities may charge a small fee. Held on the ground of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC. See Cook Off Challenge details at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/bbq-cookoff.
The Lantern Fest (November 11, 2017 @ 1pm-until)
Usually held in Fayetteville, due to a new local law in that city, the fest has been moved to Goldsboro NC. Tickets range from $7 to $60. “At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. Before sundown friends and families can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s’mores, balloon artists and more. Then, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes and fondest dreams.” See more on EventBrite.
Community and Rural Development Annual Banquet (November 11, 2017 @ 4pm)
Multiple speakers, live music, door prizes, food, and “giving back” presentation. Held at the Nash County Agriculture Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville NC. Tickets are only $10 per person. RSVP (requested by November 7) by contacting Ext Agent Traci Dixon at 252.459.9810 or via email. Event details at nash.ces.ncsu.edu.
Family Movie Night (November 11, 2017 @ 7pm)
Free movie at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W 3rd Street, Wendell NC. See this event and more on the Town of Wendell website.
Dan Finch Pottery Open House (November 12, 2017 @ 10am-5pm)
This annual event is held at the Dan Finch Pottery, 5526 Finch Nursery Lane, Bailey NC. Come for a day of pottery demonstrations, music, shopping, fun, and food. Finch Studio Potters display and sell their many functional creations in stoneware and porcelain, plus jewelry, sculpture, Homes for Bluebirds nesting boxes, and more. Children 12 and under may glaze their own Raku Vase by Dan Finch Santa’s Workshop or get their face painted. For more information, visit www.danfinch.com/events.htm.
Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner (November 17, 2017 @ 5-8pm)
All you can eat spaghetti, plus salad, bread, dessert, and drink. Eat in or take out. Held at the Lions Club, 118 E Lee Street, Zebulon NC. $8 per plate, and tickets are available from Lions Club members or at the door. With questions, email.
Holiday Market (November 18, 2017 @ 9am-3pm)
The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) celebrates the holiday season with this special one-day market at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. From their early event description: “Shop local and find that perfect gift with one of our many vendors. Grab breakfast or lunch at Brown Bag Bagel Food truck and enjoy dance performance by Massey School of Dance and Expressions of Worship. Lastly, round out the day by visiting with Santa!”
Winter Hummingbirds Event (November 18, 2017 @ 11am-noon)
Hummingbird researcher Susan Campbell will be talking about winter hummingbirds. Those wishing to support Susan’s research may “adopt” a hummingbird for a $20 “Adoption” fee. Seating is limited, so reserve a spot by calling 919.969.6778. Seats are first come first serve. Held at Wild Birds Unlimited of Chapel Hill, 1806 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill NC. See more about this event on their Facebook page.
Community Development Educational Workshop (November 18, 2017 @ 1-4pm)
Wilson County residents are invited to this workshop on achieving home ownership, receiving funding for home repairs and renovations, and home maintenance. Held at the City of Wilson Operations Center, 1800 Herring Avenue, Wiilson NC. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, call Meagan Jacobs at 252.399.2232. See flyer with more details on this City of Wilson web page.
PSI Games (December 1, 2017 @ 7-9pm)
Ever wondered about your ESP ability? Or wanted to attend a Spoon Bending Party?! This is a fun, experiential evening offering a chance to test your ESP in an informal group setting with like-minded Rhine friends and/or the frankly curious. Rhine colleagues will lead the group in a variety of ESP games, including using the well-known Zener cards, and exercises in Remote Viewing of hidden target pictures. Then, a spoon-bending party! Held in the Alex Tanous Library at The Rhine (paranormal) Research Center, 2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Bldg. 500, Durham NC. Admission is $20, for Rhine Members $15, and for students/seniors $10. Register online or call 919.309.4600.
Ed. Note: Event information gathered from various sources. While attempts are made to verify data, for most events contact details are included. If you’re planning to attend an event, use contact information or event links to confirm, check for updates or changes, or verify space is available. These events are publicized by The Grey Area News, but are not events overseen by this news site or staff.
Highlighted events are selected by staff, generally due to prior experience with the event or knowledge of offerings.