Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Sept. 9-11

Things to do in North Carolina this weekend. Any multi-day events are listed under the first date.

While most events listed are in the Five County Stadium area and surrounding towns, some events are in other parts of the state.

What’s missing? Let the editor know.


Spring Lake’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony (September 9, 2016 @ 8:30am)

The Town of Spring Lake is holding its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Friday.  The ceremony is free and open to the public and will be held at Spring Lake Middle School, located at 612 Spring Avenue, Spring Lake NC. All guests wishing to attend are asked to arrive between 8am and 8:25am. There will be personnel on hand at the school to direct attendees to parking and the ceremony’s location.

This year’s ceremony marks the fifteenth anniversary of events that took place on September 11, 2001. “We are honored to incorporate the young people of our Middle School in such an important ceremony,” says Town Manager Tad Davis. “It is also a tremendous opportunity to include the youth of our community into more of what we do as a Town, while also enabling us to enlighten a younger generation as to the events of 9/11 that still shape our world today. We hope this is one of many ways we can bring the Town, community and schools together to forge a strong relationship that can only lead to a better Spring Lake for us all.”

The ceremony will include remarks from both the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief, reading of the timeline with a slide show, ringing of the bell at the time the 1st and 2nd towers were struck and singing of “God Bless America.” The ceremony will open with remarks from Mayor Chris Rey and Principal Masa Kinsey-Shipp, and include special remarks from Colonel Angela Bowie, 14th Human Resources Sustainment Center Director as well as two teachers from Spring Lake Middle School who were in New York on September 11, 2001.

2016 Raleigh Greek Festival (September 9-11, 2016)

Returning for its 35th year, this festival offers music, traditional foods, cooking demonstrations, dancing, and more.  General Admission is $3; however, a free ticket is available on the festival website — — as of this writing. Seniors and ages 13-18 are $2, with children under 13 free. Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, part of the event proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. The festivities are in the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, in Raleigh NC.  The festival menu is online here to get your taste buds going!

Native American Gathering (September 9-11, 2016 @ 10am-10pm, ends 5pm Sunday)

Come enjoy native foods, flint napping, storytelling, flute players, vendors, and amazing Native American dancers. This fourth annual event is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. Held at the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, 499 Reservoir Road, Wilkesboro NC. On site camping is allowed for vendors and dancers only. More details at For more information, contact Johnny Jones at 336.921.3390 or via email.

Cumberland County Fair (September 9-18, 2016) 

The Cumberland County Fair celebrates agriculture and offers ag shows, music, motorsports, and more. Entry tickets are $7 and ride wristbands are available. The Cumberland County Fair is online, including performance schedule, at The fair is at Crown Complex, 1960 Coliseum Drive, in Fayetteville NC.


Bookmarks Free Festival of Books and Authors (September 10, 2016 @ 9:30am-5pm)

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors is the largest book and author festival in North Carolina. Festival attendees can also look forward to featured “Eat & Greet” events with prize-winning authors, kid-friendly events, and multiple panel discussions. The location is Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N Spruce Street, Winston-Salem NC. For more information, see — includes free festival information, and specially ticketed events before and after.

Beak Week Festival (September 10, 2016 @ 10am-6pm)

Beak Week runs September 9-16. The September 10 festival includes live music, food trucks, art vendors, children’s activities and more. Held around 200 North Center Street, Goldsboro NC. The rest of the week includes special events like a scavenger hunt. See for more details.

The Autolawn Party (September 10, 2016 @ 10am-3pm)

The 4th Annual Autolawn Party is a celebration of the road’s number one traveler – the automobile. This year’s event highlights British classics. The fundraiser for HMA features food, art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, beer garden, raffle prizes, awards ceremonies, and more. Held on the lawn at the Hickory Museum of Art, 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory NC. For more information, see Note that there is an Autolawn Kick-off Event at Cafe Rule on September 9, and a Sunday Drive on September 11.

Wendell Day of Service Festival (September 10, 2016 @ 11am-4pm)

Music, games, raffles, and food trucks at J. Ashley Wall Town Square, corner of Third Street and Cypress Street, Wendell NC. Join this fun-filled family festival in support of Military Missions in Action.

K-Fest (September 10, 2016 @ 10am-7pm)

K-Fest (Knightdale Kids Education Festival), will be held at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC.  This new event includes tons of fun plus a school supply giveaway and a food drive. The details are online here.

Recovery Rally & Food Truck Rodeo (September 10, 2016 @ 10am-1pm)

This public event features speakers, recovery information, music, and community — including a Recovery Walk. Head to the Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street NW, in Wilson NC to join in. More information at

Family Fun Day (September 10, 2016 @ 10am-1pm)

Join Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church for a free fun day with games, free food, inflatables, and door prizes. In the Stewart’s Ridge Subdivision, on the corner of Hunt Valley Trail and Buffalo/Eagle Rock Road, Wendell NC.

Yappy Hour Animal Rescue Benefit (September 10, 2016 @ 5pm)

Held at Tarboro Brewing Company, 526 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. This event benefits the animals of Friends of Edgecombe County Animals, Tarboro TNR, Tender Mercies Pet Organization, and PawNC. Join the fun, have a drink, fellowship, and get to know local animal advocates. There will be a photo booth, cornhole, raffles, live music, and food truck(s). This is a pet friendly event, so bring four-legged friends. Donation boxes will be set up at the door. Feel free to bring a bag of dog or cat food, kitty litter, or pet toys. Donations aren’t required, but are appreciated. Beverage specials for humans. More information at

Tar River Festival (September 10, 2016, 10am-5pm)

The annual Tar River Festival will this year include the usual fun activities, plus a food truck rodeo, local vendors, a 5K run, and a little bit of learning with the River of Yesteryear. Activities are scheduled around Riverbend Park and downtown Louisburg.  Riverbend Park is located at the end of S Church Street, Louisburg NC.

Fall Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp (September 10, 2016, from 11am to 6pm)

Cypress Bend Vineyards, 21904 Riverton Road, in Wagram NC is hosting its 12th Annual Fall Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp. Visitors can pick grapes, compete in a grape stomp and enjoy other grape-related activities. The vineyard is online at

Herb Symposium (September 10, 2016, 8:30am-12pm)

For this Sampson County event, check in is 8:30am, with the symposium beginning at 9am. The location is the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Sampson County Center, 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton NC. This is the fifth annual herb symposium held by the Sampson County Extension and Sampson County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. The morning event offers a chance to learnhow to grow herbs, how to make herbal aromatics, and how to make herbal skin exfoliants. Plus, there will be a chance to taste-test foods cooked with herbs. Register online at  There is a fee for this Extension event. Register in advance for $15. Seating is limited; register ASAP.

Hometown Heroes Race (September 10, 2016, 7:30-10:30am)

Participate or cheer on the racers. The race begins at Nashville Elementary School, 209 East Virginia Avenue, in Nashville NC. More information is available here.

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

This 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**September 10 is Jammin’ & Cannin’: Information and tips on preserving your favorite foods.**

ABC Craft & Learn (September 10, 2016 @ 10:30-11:30am)

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers may participate in “an interactive program with an alphabet craft to nurture pre-reading skills through writing and play and to give opportunity to develop fine motor skills children require to start school.” This is a free event, and no Registration is required.

It is held at the Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, in Zebulon NC. For more information, contact Margaret at 919.404.3610.

It is also held at the Wendell Community Library, 207 S Hollybrook Road, Wendell NC. The time and date are the same as for Zebulon.

Intro to MS Word Class (September 10, 2016)

The Wilson County Public Library main branch location also offers free computer classes. All programs are free and open to the public. Some programs may require registration. For more information and to register, contact the Main Library, 249 Nash St NW, Wilson NC, at 252.237.5355 or visit the library’s website,

2016 Fall Pumpkin Festival Opening (September 10, 2016 @ 9am-5pm)

This farm with children’s activities is holding a Pumpkin Festival starting September 10 and continuing through early November. Hill Ridge Farms is located at 703 Tarboro Road, in Youngsville NC. More information on seasonal activities, train rides, and more may be found at

Literary Latte Hour (September 10, 2016 @ 1-2pm)

Join the group at Dunkin Donuts, located at 2120 Stone Rose Drive in Rocky Mount NC. Come relax and find out what’s new or share what you have recently read with fellow book lovers.

Writer’s Fellowship (September 10, 2016 @ 3-4pm)

This gathering is held in the second floor Computer Lab. All writers and ages are welcome. The library is located at 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC.

Goose Creek Grandparent’s Day Fishing Event (September 10, 2016 @ 9am)

Grandparents, bring your grandchildren and meet at the swim beach for a chance to fish the brackish waters of the Pamlico River.  This program is for ages 6 and up.  We will practice casting, baiting a hook and hopefully taking fish off the hooks.  This will be a catch release program.  Fishing license are not required for the program.  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Please call the park at 252-923-2191 to register.  All equipment will be provided, however, feel free to bring your own.  Wear clothes and shoes you do not mind getting wet and sunscreen. This fishing event starts at the Swim Beach, Goose Creek State Park, 2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington NC. For more information, call 252.923.2191 or email.

Crowders Mountain Fishing with the Grandkids (September 10, 2016 @ 4-5pm)

Come celebrate Grandparents Day at the lake. Fishing is a great way to make lasting memories and spend quality time with your grandchildren. Grandparents you are invited to join us at the park lake for a Ranger lead fishing program. Tackle, bait and refreshments will be provided by the park. So grab the young’uns and join us for a GREAT time!!! Grandparents will need to bring a valid North Carolina Fishing License if you plan on fishing. Youth under 16 years of age are not required to have a license. Call the park office at 704.853.5375 or email to register for this free event. This fishing event starts in the lake parking lot, Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain NC.

Hot Sauce Contest (September 10, 2016, 11am-4pm)

Get your taste buds to Oxford NC for the annual Hot Sauce Contest! Check out some of the fiery foods NC has to offer, and enjoy all the music, entertainment, and activities of a festival. This is a public event, and all are invited to come check out the fiery choices, pick up some hot or mild sauce for home, have a drink, and enjoy a variety of NC foods and condiments.

NC Gourd Festival (September 10-11, 2016)

See gourds from around the world. Attend workshops, and check out what vendors have to offer. Several competitions will be held, and Saturday includes a live auction. This event is planned for the Holshouser Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. Saturday hours are 9am-5pm; Sunday hours are 10am-4pm. For more information on this 75th annual event including workshops, competitions, and more, visit Presented by the North Carolina Gourd Society. Adult admission is $2, and children under 16 are free.

NC State CVM Dog Olympics 2016 (September 10, 2016 @ 10am-2pm)

Cheer canine athletes, celebrate the human/animal bond, and help raise funds for and awareness of the plight of homeless dogs by attending the 25th Annual Dog Olympics at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh NC. Contests and competitions. More details here.


Saturday Farmers Markets and Farm Stores (Five County Area)

  • Deans Farm Market — Fresh produce from the farm, plus kids activities, 8am-2pm.  Located at 4231 NC Highway 42 W, in Wilson NC. More info, call 252.237.0967.
  • Knightdale Farmers Market — A new theme each week! A food truck onsite from 11am-2pm.  The market is at Knightdale Station, 810 S Main Street, Knightdale NC. It is open Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Contact the market manager via email with questions. (Article)  ** The market on September 10 will be the K-Fest.**
  • Ray Family Farms — This farm store is open Saturdays from 10am-4pm. (They also have Friday hours.) The farm is located at 6913 Pearces Rd, Louisburg NC — just outside Bunn NC. For more information, visit
  • Rocky Mount Farmers Market— This Saturday Market is held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount NC, 8am-1pm. Call 252.407.7920 or email with questions.
  • Vollmer Farm Market — The farm store is open Saturday 10am-7pm (same hours Friday and Sunday). The farm is located at 677 NC 98 Hwy E, Bunn NC. More online at
  • Wendell Farmers Market — The Wendell Farmers’ Market is open, 8am to noon.  The market is located at 3700 Wendell Blvd, Wendell NC (Wake County). The market accepts EBT, debit and credit cards. For more information, email the market Director, Cathrine Evans.
  • Wendell Yellow Dog Farm Roadside Produce Stand — Located at 1705 Eagle Road Road in Wendell NC, this farm stand is open each Saturday from 9am until noon. (Article)
  • Wilson Farmers Market — The Saturday Market is held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, Hwy 301, Wilson NC, and is open Saturdays, 7:30am-noon. Call 252.237.0111.
  • Wrenn’s Farm — The farm store is open daily, with Saturday hours 8am-6pm. The farm address is Zebulon NC; they are close to Middlesex NC. Updates on their Facebook page.
  • Zebulon Farm Fresh Market — Held on the grounds of the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC, this market is open Saturdays, 9am-1pm. For more details, contact Market Manager Maurine Brown at 919.823.0432 or email. **September 10 includes the Orgullo Y Alma Latina dancers, a hot pepper eating contest with The Fat Radish Farm, and live music by DryBread Road.**


Multicultural Festival (September 11, 2016 @ 1-6pm)

NC Hispanic Chamber is holding its second annual festival at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner NC. Event includes music, food, dance groups, inflatables, face painting, soccer games, clowns, and more. Visit the Chamber site for more information.

Dinner in the Meadow 2016 (September 11, 2016 @ 5:30-8:30pm)

Meadow Lane Farm is hosting this special outdoor meal with farm-fresh foods prepared by local chefs plus a silent auction, and host Frank Stasio (WUNC’s The State of Things). Proceeds benefit the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund. The Louisburg NC dinner tickets are $100, and details are here.

9/11 Commemoration and Service Event 2016 (September 11, 2016 @ 1-3pm)

Join fellow citizens for this year’s 9/11 Commemoration and Service Event coordinated by Activate Good with support from the City of Raleigh and Triangle area businesses. All ages are welcome. Participants will join in hands-on, family-friendly service projects, enjoy live music and refreshments, and hear words from local community leaders to wrap up this fifth annual community-wide weekend of service. There is no cost to attend this event, but guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help ‘fill-the-truck’ for the Urban Ministries of Wake County food pantry (see the full list of needs). Live music by Waking April and Hank Barbee & The Dust Parade. More on this free event is available here.  The service will be at the Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 South McDowell Street, Raleigh NC.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at RDU Airport (September 11, 2016 @ 7-10am)

The Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina are participating in the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies at RDU International Airport, Morrisville NC. They will begin with staging at the RDU Sheets at 7am and be escorted by the RDU Airport Police over to Terminal One at 7:30am. From there, Patriots will dispatch to Terminal One and Terminal Two to establish flag lines for the ceremonies.

Coming Soon

Fall into the Future Series Outdoor Movie (September 16, 2016 @ doors open 5:30; movie at dusk)

The Town of Knightdale’s outdoor movie series is starting up for the Fall.  The movies are shown at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater is located at 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale NC. More information and movie title may be found here.

“Downtown Live!” Concert Series (September 15, 2016 @ 6pm; doors open 5pm)

Downtown Live! is the summer music series hosted by the city of Rocky Mount. Concerts are held Thursdays on the lawn at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. The family friendly music series is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfort. Food concessions available. For more information, visit The September 15 concert features the East Coast Rhythm and Blues Band. The final concert of the season will be September 29 with the Embers featuring Craig Woolard.

International Food and Music Festival (September 17, 2016 @ 11am-6pm)

Annual festival with performances, music, dancing, foods from across the globe, raffles, games, vendors, attractions, and more. Organized by St. Eugene Catholic Church each year, this fundraiser has something for every age and taste! Held at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, at the corners of W Third Street and W Cypress Street, Wendell NC. Details, schedules, and ride overviews are available at

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour (September 17-18, 2016 @ 1-5pm both dates)

Tour local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, fruits and veggies produced in the Eastern Triangle region of NC. Details and fees are online at

Taste of Stantonsburg Festival (September 17, 2016 @ 9am-5pm)

This annual festival is coming up! This year, it features Craig Woolard and the Embers from 11am-2pm!  For those interested in participating, contact the police chief at 252.238.3534.

Down East Viking Football Classic (September 17, 2016 @ 4pm)

According to Rocky Mount’s Tameka Kenan-Norman, the Down East Viking Football Classic (DEVFC) game returns to the Rocky Mount Athletic Football Stadium, 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount NC. Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) will compete against Morehouse College. Hosted by ECSU and the city of Rocky Mount, the classic draws thousands to the stadium. However, the football game is only one of a host of activities, including an athletic banquet, a Down East Viking Mixer, and a recruitment reception for potential ECSU students. The football game will be preceded by a pre-game ceremony at 3pm, and followed by a high school band showcase at 6:30pm. Both of these events are at the stadium.

The classic will end with a Down East Step Show at 8pm, taking place in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount NC.

For more information on the DEVFC and a complete list of events, visit

Outdoor Movie Night: Planet of the Apes (September 23, 2016 @ 5:30-10pm)

Knightdale Parks, Recreation & Cultural Programs hosts this Outdoor Movie Night. This event is free and open to the public. Vendors open at 5:30pm, and the film begins at dusk. Bring a blanket and/or chair for your comfort. The series will be held at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale NC. Proceeds support local schools’ PTA groups.

Note that on October 7 , the Outdoor Movie Night showing is Big.

Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival (September 30-October 1, 2016)

Great annual event with food and fun activities downtown Spring Hope NC, alongside vendors and local shops. More details to follow.

Fall Festival 2016 (October 1 at 10am-7pm)

Join New Life Church for a fun-filled day for the whole family. Bounce Houses, Games, Relay Races, Craft Vendors, Bingo, Silent Auction, Face Painting, Hay Rides, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Music and Entertainment, a Bake Sale, Hot Dog Lunch, Popcorn, Cake Walk, Cotton Candy, Chili Cook-off, and a BBQ Chicken/BBQ Pork Dinner fundraiser. Located at New Life Church, 6900 Zebulon Road, Wake Forest NC. More information at

NC State Fair (October 13-23, 2016)

Held at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. Visit for general event information, tickets, and stage/event schedules.

The Excelerate Experience (October 14, 2016 @ 8:30am-6:30pm)

For Entrepreneurs, Small and Independent Business Owners Ready and Willing to Excelerate their businesses to go from Great … to Extraordinary!
This ‘experience’ will is not a ‘nuts and bolts for business’ event, but rather you will learn from industry experts the soft skills required for your final ‘leap’ to the greatness you have earned … and deserve. Tickets are $97 and are available online at Scheduled for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 TW Alexander Drive, Durham NC.

Rolesville Fall FunFest (October 22, 2016 @ 10am-4pm)

The event will be a street festival held on Main Street near the park in Rolesville NC. This FunFest will feature various arts/crafts vendors. There will be food trucks and live bands. Get an early jump on holiday shopping! Vendor application PDF is available on this link.

Stay tuned for more from Eastern North Carolina!

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