Wendell Planning Autumn/Winter Community Events

Wendell Harvest Festival Parade. Photo: Frank Whatley, 2013
Wendell Harvest Festival Parade. Photo: Frank Whatley, 2013

A variety of events are planned in Wendell, North Carolina over the remainder of 2017. Town events, a Chamber festival, and special community happenings are included.

2017 Parade of Homes

Tour Wendell Falls on Two Wheels! Hop on a bike and hit the trail to four fabulous Parade homes by Wendell Falls by Newland Communities, and tour a variety of stylish move-in ready homes while you’re at it. There’s a lot to see along the way, so enjoy the scenery. And when you get thirsty, we’ll have specialty beverages waiting for you at each Parade home (Strawberry- Lemon- Par-ade, anyone?!) It’s going to be refreshingly different.  Stop by the Information Center first for your event map and a chance to win two Lekker cruiser bikes.

Take part in the Parade of Homes on any of three weekends, 12-5pm each day:

  • September 30-October 1, 2017
  • October 6-7, 2017
  • October 13-15, 2017

The starting location is in Wendell Falls at 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell NC. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Wendell Falls website, this Facebook event, or call 919.822.3062.

Harvest Festival

Vendors at the Wendell Harvest Festival. Photo: Kay Whatley, 2013
Vendors at the Wendell Harvest Festival. Photo: Kay Whatley, 2013

Organized each year by the Wendell Chamber of Commerce, The Wendell Harvest Festival draws a large crowd each year, offering streets filled vendors, contests, food, and much more. Admission is free, and there is much to do and see.

This year’s festival is Friday, October 6, 2017 (5-10pm) and Saturday, October 7, 2017 (9am-10pm). It is held in and around the J. Ashley Wall Square, located at Third and Cypress Streets in Wendell.

From humble beginnings as an arts festival in 1927, take part in Wendell’s longest running traditional community gathering — the Harvest Festival.  Join the Wendell Chamber for Wendell’s community festival that includes activities for all ages — parade, children’s pumpkin derby, bingo, crafts, and local vendors.  Savor tasty fair like food.  In the evening, join your neighbors on the Square for live music with The Embers.

For more information, visit the Wendell Chamber website, watch for updates on this Facebook event, email the Chamber, or call 919.365.6318.

Presentation: Mrs. Hunter’s Five and Dime:  A Collector’s Dream

This Wendell Historical Society presentation is Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 125 S Selma Road, Wendell NC. This program is free and open to the public.

This October program will be presented by Bob Williams of Raleigh.  Many folks growing up in Wendell have special memories of Ida Hunter’s dime store, a Wendell institution for more than 50 years.  A visit to the toy section of Mrs. Hunter’s store inspired Williams to begin his collection of vintage toys, many of which were purchased from her.  The program is sure to bring back memories of the store that sold a little of everything.

The Wendell Historical Society meets quarterly for programs of local historical interest. For more information, visit wendellhistoricalsociety, call 919.365.6313, or email.

Treat Trail

Looking for a safe and SPOOKtacular outing for your young ghouls and goblins?  Join the fun on the free, Treat Trail Friday, October 27, 2017, 5-8pm, at Wendell Community Park, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC.

The trail is non-scary for our patrons 12 years of age and under – accompanied with an adult.  Activities include hay rides and treats passed out by businesses, churches, and local personalities.  Moms and Dads can meet the local businesses and our young ghouls and goblins have a howling good time collecting treats along the trail.  The most creatively decorated vendor table receives a sweet treat from the Wendell Parks & Recreation Department.  Join us on the Treat Trail for a ghoulishly splendid time!

To learn more, visit the Wendell Parks and Rec website, their Facebook event, or call 919.366.2266.

The Treat Trail is in its natural flora state and meanders through the trees of Wendell Park.  Beware of the tree roots as these may pose a challenge to persons with mobility limitations. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Wendell Treat Trail 2017. Source: Jeff Polaski, Parks and Rec, Wendell NC.
Wendell Treat Trail 2017. Source: Jeff Polaski, Parks and Rec, Wendell NC.

Wendell Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

Annual business dinner meeting of the Wendell Chamber of Commerce in which outgoing Chamber Board members are recognized, incoming Chamber Board members are welcomed, and awards are presented to the area businesses from different categories.

The banquet is scheduled for November 9, 2017, beginning at 6pm, at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC.

Watch the Chamber website for information on ticket availability, pricing, and banquet details: http://www.wendellchamber.com/

Family Movie Night

Spend an evening with the family and catch up with the neighbors at a free, family-friendly movie on November 18, 2017, 6pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy quality time with family and friends at the Wendell Community Center, 601 W Third Street, Wendell NC.

For updates, visit the Town of Wendell on Facebook, or call 919.366.2266 for movie title.

Wendell Wonderland

Kick-off the holiday season the first Friday in December with Wendell Wonderland, a free, public event on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Visit with Santa Claus; experience historic downtown with a trolley ride; be amazed by our magnificent Light Show containing more than 400,000 lights and holiday music; participate in activities such the cookie walk, live nativity, wood and ice carvings, and cantata.  Visit the downtown businesses and see how they decorated for the holiday and then walk over to J Ashley Wall Square and hear music performances, and so much more. The preliminary schedule:

  • 5-6pm — Choir on stage in the Square
  • 5-9pm — Craft Market
  • 5:30-9:30pm — Trolley circulates around downtown Wendell
  • 6pm — Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive
  • 6-11pm — Light Show

Events will happen in and around  J. Ashley Wall Square, Third & Cypress Streets, Wendell NC. See more on the town website, or call 919.365.4450.

Lake Myra Light Show

If you can’t make it to Wendell Wonderland on the first Friday in December, the Light Show is open to the public throughout the holiday season! Located in Downtown Wendell, this choreographed light show will come alive with dancing lights and music beginning Wednesday before Thanksgiving and will run nightly through New Year’s Eve. The show will be canceled if rain or snow occurs. Event hours are 6-10pm on Sundays through Thursdays, and 6-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Additional information about the Light Show available at lakemyrachristmaslights.com or on this Facebook page.

2017 Historic Wendell Christmas Tour

The Wendell Historical Society is hosting a Historic Wendell Christmas Tour. The tour is Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1-5pm.

Details are a work in progress.  Stay tuned as the Wendell Historical Society lines up the homes that will be in this year’s tour.

Tour begins at the Historic Wendell Post Office, 101 E Fourth Street, Wendell NC. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, visit the Wendell Historical Society website at www.wendellhistoricalsociety.com.

Holiday Sip and Shop

Join us for a holiday shopping experience you won’t forget.  Shop local vendors on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2-5pm, in the Wendell Falls by Newland Communities’ gorgeous model homes, while enjoying coffee, wine, and beer to get you in the holiday spirit. There is no charge to participate.

The Sip and Shop address is 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell NC. For details, visit www.wendellfalls.com or call 919.822.3062.


Source: Sherry Scoggins, Town of Wendell NC

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