Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Nov. 4-6

Things to do in North Carolina this weekend. While most events listed are in the Five County Stadium area and surrounding towns, some events are in other parts of the state.

The Grey Area News has attempted to confirm each event, as many local events are cancelled. Folks across Eastern NC face flooding and hardship. Venues are flooded. Needs of the area come before event rescheduling. If you see an event we have missed, or that has been canceled, let the editor know.

Friday, November 4, 2016

First Friday Coffee (November 4, 2016 @ 7:30-8:30am)

Monthly on the first Friday. Held at the Nashville Exchange, West Washington Street, Nashville NC.

First Friday at Imperial Centre (November 4, 2016)

The First Friday kickoff will be held Friday, November 4, 2016, featuring hay rides, live music in the Maria V. Howard Arts Center and in the Children’s Museum and Science Center, along with a live band in the courtyard. First Friday is free and feature a magic show, a blacksmith, a home brew competition, free hands-on activities, and free admission to the Children’s Museum and Science Center. Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. Note that the December 2, 2016, First Friday event will offer holiday activities, such as carriage rides, Santa, live music, and the Christmas Chorus.

Wendell Harvest Festival (November 4-5, 2016)

This event was rescheduled from October due to Hurricane Matthew and its after-effects. Held in Wendell NC. Many things to do, vendors to see, foods to eat, and every year draws a big crowd! See for updates.

Vintage Hitchcock, A Live Radio Play (November 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2016 @ times vary)

This spooky and thrilling play brings to life three tales in the style of a 1940’s radio broadcast – complete with vintage commercials and the magic of live sound effects. Dates available Oct. 20 through Nov. 6 at the Flat Rock Playhouse downtown, 125 S Main Street, Hendersonville NC. Tickets range $15-$40. More details and tickets at

The Great Tarboro Art Bazaar (November 4-18, 2016)

The 2016 Great Tarboro Art Bazaar will be held in the Hobson Pittman Gallery, located in the Blount-Bridgers House, 130 Bridgers Street, Tarboro NC. The Bazaar is a fundraiser for the Edgecombe Arts Council and an opportunity for artists to display and sell their work. The show and sale is open to the public starting November 4. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Contact Edgecombe Arts by email us at, call Carol Banks at 252.823.4159, or visit

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Whirligig Festival (November 5-6, 2016)

Held each year in Historic downtown Wilson NC, this Arts Festival celebrates all things whirly, and draws more than 35,000 attendees for music, arts, crafts, food, kids activities, and much more. There will be three stages of entertainment!  The event is 10am-5pm Saturday, and noon-5pm on Sunday, rain or shine. Vendor applications are online, along festival details, at There will also be events including Touch-A-Truck on Goldsboro Street (in front of City Hall) and events at the Inspiration Station on Douglas Street.

NFD Community Day (November 5, 2016 @ 10am-4pm)

All are invited to the Nashville Fire Department’s Community Day. Celebrating the fire department’s 100th anniversary of public service to Nashville and Nash County! Enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, and fun for all ages. The event is at J. W. Glover Memorial Park, 1434 South First Street, in Nashville NC.

Stepping into the Past Series (November 5, 2016 @ 10am-3pm)

**See Facebook for updates.** This each-Saturday retro event includes demonstrations and displays of traditional arts, crafts, and trades at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 North Church Street, in Kenly NC. All activities are included with regular admission to the Museum ($8 for adults, $7 for Seniors age 55 and over, $6 for children and students, and free for children under 2 years old. More information on the museum website at **Nov. 5 topic is Spinning, Casting and Knotting:  Fabric art demonstrations.**

The Ultimate Yard & Vendor Sale (November 5, 2016 @ 9am-12pm)

Come support sending the school’s dance students to NYC by shopping this huge yard and vendor sale. Held at Nash Central High School, 4279 Nash Central High Road, Rocky Mount NC.

Bark For Life (November 5, 2016 @ 9am-1pm)

This American Cancer Society event is a fundraiser honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. There will be music, contest, vendors, and fun at the dog park in Rocky Mount NC. Lin Wendy Robinson from Rock Haven Church will do an opening prayer and a “Blessing of the Dogs”. Event is on Facebook here along with vendor names.

Corinth Baptist Harvest Sale (November 5, 2016 @ 11am-2pm)

Harvest sale and auction at Corinth Baptist Church, 13450 Nc 96 Hwy N, Zebulon NC. Enjoy food — chili, hot dogs, Bar-B-Que sandwiches, chips, homemade deserts, and drinks — there or take it home. Take part in the auction, check out the crafts for sale, and help raise money for their building fund.

Couture for a Cause 2016 (November 5, 2016 @ 6:30-9:30pm)

This eighth annual fundraiser fashion show benefits the nonprofit, Activate Good. Local designers are paired with other area nonprofits to create ready-to-wear and couture looks inspired by and showcasing each nonprofit’s mission. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Tickets $35-$75. More info and tickets for this Raleigh NC event at

Fall Flock Swap (November 5, 2016 @ 8am-2pm)

New Dawn Homestead is hosting a Flock Swap at Tractor Supply Co., 55 Gatekeeper Drive, in Youngsville NC. There will be Started Pullets, laying hens, chicks, and hatching eggs. Feel free to bring your healthy poultry and small livestock, and farm/garden supplies. Bring plenty of water for animals, and make sure you have suitable containers for transport. Buy, sell, trade, or learn something new, and support your local agricultural community.

2016 Pumpkin Smashing Palooza (November 5, 2016 @ 10am-2pm)

Join this day to celebrate fall and all the fun things that come with it. Operation Kids on Guard is partnering with Three Bear Acres to create this family-friendly and fun-filled day with hayrides, fun activities, and you get to smash pumpkins. Registration is required. Contact Kristi Wagner by email or call 984.661.4761. Three Bears Acres is located at 711 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor NC.

Burn in Bunn Fit Club (November 5, 2016 @ 8-10am)

Join this Fit Club group to work out and get support. This event is open to people age 18 and up. Hosted by Common Grounds Coffee & Music House, 20 Cheves Road, Bunn NC. Bring a towel, water, workout clothes, a Yoga mat (optional), and “a smile and team spirit.” More about Common Grounds on their Facebook page.

RHS Reindeer Day 2016 (November 5, 2016 @ 9am-4pm)

Come join the Rolesville High School PTSA for their third annual Reindeer Day Shopping Event, an exciting shopping experience with many unique vendors. Open to the public, with gifts available to purchase from many vendor booths. Admission is $2. This event is held at Rolesville High School, 1099 E Young Street, Rolesville NC.

Harvest Day (November 5, 2016 @ 12-10pm)

Fun including concessions, inflatables, games, displays, and demonstrations. Hosted by Thanksgiving Baptist Church, 6701 NC Highway 42 E, Selma NC. Chicken Plates will be for sale for $8 per person (2-7pm). Eat in or take out. Tickets available in advance. A Live Auction will be held at 7:30pm. See church event information here.

Events Continuing from Friday

  • Wendell Harvest Festival (November 4-5, 2016)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

NCMA Park Celebration (November 6, 2016 @ 1-7pm)

Celebrate the expansion of the Museum Park at this free event. Take a Park discovery walk or bike tour, swing in a hammock, learn about geocaching, check out the demo campsite, see sculptures created, and more. There will be food trucks, live music, and a giant inflated bunnies art installation. Enjoy the day at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, in Raleigh NC.

Rabies and Microchip Clinic (November 6, 2016 @ 12-2pm)

The first 75 Rabies Vaccinations and Microchips are free! Owners (adults only) must bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes, along with their pet’s most recent vaccination certificate (a tag is not sufficient). The clinic has 75 rabies vaccines and 75 microchips to distribute for free, which will be given away on a first come, first served basis. After the first 75 microchips and rabies shots are given away, rabies shots will be $5, and microchips will be $15. One vaccine and one microchip per family/household. Contact the  clinic at 919.872.7233 or by email with questions. This event is being held at SAFE Haven for Cats, 8431-137 Garvey Drive, in Raleigh NC.

Richard Snow – ‘Iron Dawn’ (November 6, 2016 @ 2-3:15pm)

Civil War buffs and those fascinated by military history may come and listen to Historian Richard Snow as he shares Iron Dawn: The Monitor, The Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History. Held at Quail Ridge Books-North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh NC.

The Racial Divide, An Election & The Church (November 6, 2016 @ 9am, 10:45am)

Angry? Confused? Not knowing which way to turn? Those thoughts and many others sum up how many in our nation see the national election, the racial divide, and even The Church. If you’re going to attend just one church service in 2016, make it this one and join us at either 9am or 10:45am, at Northside Community Church, 621 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC.

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo (November 6, 2016 @ 12-4pm)

Just about everything and anything that is served from the back of a truck will be featured from savory food and dessert vendors. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and vendors will be on site selling crafts, products & services. In addition, the kids have fun in the Kid’s Zone! Rain or shine event, may want to bring lawn chairs or a table to relax. Held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Center,  405 Brooks Street, in Wake Forest NC.

Events Continuing from Saturday

  • Whirligig Festival (November 5-6, 2016)

Coming Soon

Cucalorus Film Festival (November 9-13, 2016)

The 22nd annual Cucalorus Film Festival and Connect Conference takes over the historic streets of downtown Wilmington NC, for a weekend full of international cinema, innovation, and celebration. The full schedule of films, parties, performances and speakers has just been released at

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market “Holiday Market” (November 12, 2016 @ 9am-3pm)

Calling all crafters! The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market will be hosting a Holiday Market at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. We are presently taking vendor applications. Call Maurine Brown at 919.823.1816 or visit to download a vendor application.

BBQ Cook-Off/ Rocking Chair Marathon (November 12, 2016 @ 7am-5pm)

Come out to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum for the BBQ Cook-Off and the Rocking Chair Marathon. Join the Rocking Chair Marathon, or come for other family-friendly activities starting at 9am. The museum will have demonstrators on site, music, and BBQ plates — plates will be available from 11:30am until 3pm.  Message the museum through their Facebook page, visit this website page, or call 919.284.3431 with questions. The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is located at 709 Church Street, in Kenly NC.

Dan Finch Pottery Open House (November 13, 2016 @ 10am-5pm)

Finch Blueberry Nursery and Studio Potters, located at 5526 Finch Nursery Lane, in Bailey NC, is holding their annual open house. Admission is free. Come and enjoy live music, Food, Santa’s Workshop, face painting, live Pottery Demonstrations, and a chance to glaze a vase. For more information, call Dan Finch at 252.235.4664 or email.

This location is also host to Homes for the Bluebirds, which builds and sells special nesting boxes. Don’t be surprised if you see bluebirds flitting around during the event.

The Sting (November 17-20, 2016 @ times vary)

The Playhouse of Wilson will be performing this play at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson NC. Tickets and time details online at

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