Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — August 12-14

Many things to do in North Carolina this weekend. Note that 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.


2016 Downtown Sundown Concert Series (August 12, 2016 @  6-10pm)

For this Downtown Sundown concert, enjoy Same as it Ever Was — a Talking Heads Tribute. The Downtown Sundown Concert Series offers a free concert. Shows are held in the parking lot located at the corner of Water and Princess, Wilmington NC. For more information, visit this site.

Summer Night Lights (August 12, 2016 @ 6-8pm)

Summer Night Lights returns to various parks in Rocky Mount NC. The free, block party style program features organized sports, inflatables, a live DJ, face painting, and more. Summer Night Lights takes place 6-8pm and alternates between multiple parks.  The first 200 guests each night will receive a free hot dog, chips, and drink. For more information, call 252.467.4925 or visit The August 12 event is at Meadowbrook Park, located at 1742 Bedford Road, Rocky Mount NC.

Summer Film Series (August 12, 2016 @ 9pm)

Tickets are free for North Carolina Museum of Art members and $6 for nonmembers. Showing North by Northwest (1959) for Alfred Hitchock’s birthday weekend. Doors open at 7:30pm. Held at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. Due to construction, early arrival is recommended to give you time to park. More on the museum’s summer film series is available here. To buy tickets, choose the desired movie date.


ABC Craft & Learn (August 13, 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.

MUFON-NC Special Triangle-area Meeting (August 13, 2016 @ 2-5pm)

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) North Carolina chapter is coming to Raleigh NC for their August quarterly meeting. MUFON-NC members range from beginning skywatchers to seasoned investigators.  The guest speaker is Kent Senter, presenting on his years of research. There is a $10 admission fee. This meeting is at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Cary, 131 Columbus Ave, Cary NC. Following the official meeting, optionally attendees may join for an informal dinner at a Raleigh-area restaurant. For more information on MUFON-NC, visit the NC chapter website.

See Spot Read! (August 13, 2016 @ 2–3pm)

An opportunity for children in Kindergarten or elementary school grades to practice reading skills with the certified therapy dogs of the local organization. No registration required. It is also held at the Wendell Community Library, 207 S Hollybrook Road, Wendell NC.

Family Movie Series (August 13, 2016 @ 8:15 pm)

Free Lego Movie showing at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville NC, outdoors on the football field. Before the movie begins, food trucks will be on hand so families can have a little to eat before they settle in for the show. Concessions will be available during each movie, so patrons can purchase snacks or drinks. Rolesville’s Parks & Recreation Department may be reached at 919.554.6582.  More information may be found on the Town of Rolesville official website.

Authors in August (August 13, 2016 @ 10am-5pm)

Join local authors for book presentations & signings. This is an adult program. Held in the Warner Meeting Room at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC.

Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event (August 13, 2016 @ 10am-3pm)

Come explore the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event, where learning is fun and delicious. Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, and military, and free for kids under 13. Admission includes free product sampling and sales from vendors, free lectures, free cooking demonstrations, and a free gift bag. This event is at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC. More information at

Back 2 School Bash (August 13, 2016 @ 12-5pm)

M.A. Ray Recreation Center is holding a free Back 2 School Bash with free games, food, and family fun.  During the event, free school supplies will be given away.  The M. A. Ray Center and Clark Park are located at 1405 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, in Tarboro NC. For details, contact M.A. Ray Center at 252.641.4215.

Pop and Paint Party (August 13, 2016 @ 2-4pm)

The Women of Grace are having a “Pop and Paint” Party! Bring $5 to cover art supplies, a snack, and a friend. All will paint a pre-selected picture and personalize it as desired. Don’t worry, for those who have never painted, there will be a step-by-step demonstration. Hosted by WCC Women of Grace. The location is Wilson Community Church, 2301 Montgomery Dr W, Wilson NC.

Family Movie Night (August 13, 2016 @ 8:30-10:30pm)

Spend an evening with family and friends while watching a family-friendly film. This final-of-the-season screening is at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest NC. Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic, leashed pets, and a blanket/lawn chair. There will be on-site food vendors selling snacks and refreshments. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited. For more information, visit the Wake Forest event page. Licensing prevents naming of the movie. To learn the title, call 919.556.7063.

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 August 13 market is also a Music Expo.**
  • 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. ** August 13 — free watermelons at the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market.**


Ranger Boot Camp: The Mysteries of Monarchs (August 14, 2016 @ 10-11am)

Meet a park ranger near Grady’s Discovery Den to begin our leap into Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths).  Migrate over to the park’s pollinator garden, built by volunteers and junior rangers, where we will discuss the basics of butterflies and their magical metamorphosis.  Stay a little longer to help our park naturalist float around the wildflower beds and record scientific data from this registered Monarch Waystation. The only cost is park admission fees. This event’s location is Grady’s Discovery Den inside Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock NC.

Movies in the Garden (August 14, 2016 @ 8pm)
Free  outdoor movies on Sundays in the Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh NC — next to the Raleigh Rose Garden. Come for the August 14 showing of the movie Grease (PG-13). There will be food trucks too — Sarge’s Chef on Wheels, Cocoa Forte, Jay’s Italian Ice — and a pre-show (8pm) LipSync and costume contest.  Movie begins around 9pm. More information at

Baseball Games

It’s that time of year! Check for local baseball games on:

  • Carolina Mudcats —
    ** The Carolina Mudcats have “Geekend” and fireworks on August 12,
    Superhero Cape Giveaway on August 13, and
    Superhero Day benefiting Bob’s Buddies on August 14. ***
  • Durham Bulls —

(Both above baseball links redirect to the team pages on the (Minor League Baseball) website.

Coming Soon

Dirty Dancing Festival (August 19-20, 2016)

For six years the Dirty Dancing Festival has descended upon the beautiful town of Lake Lure NC for two days of live music, dancing, food, and fun. Come see what all the fuss is about and Have the Time of Your Life! More information at

HempX Asheville NC festival (August 19-20, 2016)

Free festival including presentations, a hemp fashion show, and music by The London Souls. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, in Asheville NC. The schedule, presentation overview, and more are on the event website at

Teen Leadership Corps Orientation (August 20, 2016 @ 2-3pm)

Teens in grades 6-10 are invited to attend this Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) orientation. TLC is a leadership and volunteer program at East Regional Library. Enjoy refreshments while meeting other teens and learning about volunteer opportunities. An application is required for all new TLC members. For more information, email Janet West. This orientation is at East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC.

Friday Afternoon Popcorn & a Movie (August 26, 2016 @ 2pm)

For seniors, at the Nash County Senior Center, 103 N Alston Avenue, Nashville NC. The fourth Friday of each month, enjoy popcorn and a great movie in Room 112. There is no cost to view the movie and popcorn is just 25 cents per bag! Please pre-register for each movie to ensure adequate seating and refreshments. The movie August 26 is Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015).

See Spot Read! (August 27, 2016 @ 11am–12pm)

Practice reading to a therapy dog! Readers of all levels welcome. No registration required. Kids can just show up at the Zebulon Community Library, 1000 Dogwood Drive, in Zebulon NC. For more information, contact Margaret at 919.404.3610.

Concert in the Park (September 4, 2016 @ 5-7pm)

Spend an evening with family and friends while enjoying music by Dark Water Rising. The free performance is at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest NC. Bring a picnic, leashed pets, a blanket/lawn chair, and enjoy the music. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited. For more information, visit the Wake Forest event page.

NC Apple Festival (September 2-5, 2016)

The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville NC.  It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years.  From September 2-September 5, 2016 you can enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street. Details online 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

Stay tuned for more from Eastern North Carolina!

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