Things to do in North Carolina when you’re bored: September 24-25


Things to do in North Carolina when you’re bored –

Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor

This week’s to-do list may include in-person events in North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson or beyond – unique coastal or mountain events are sometimes included.

Links for updates / information are included. To-do items can be rescheduled / delayed or locations changed. Contact the organizer of an event directly to confirm.

All online offers (watch at home) events that can be included will be marked as in line.

At public gatherings, follow state safety measures against coronavirus / Covid-19 for the benefit of yourself and others: wear a mask, keep your hands clean, and let everyone enjoy their time off with a little personal space. If in doubt, stand six feet away.

Franklin County Farmers Market: Friday September 24, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come look for locally grown food from local farms, fresh eggs and more. Check directly with the market for any schedule changes related to weather and other factors. The market is expected to be open until December.

The market is located in the parking lot at 137 Shannon Village, Louisbourg, North Carolina.

Follow the market for updates.

Whitakers Friday Market Days: Friday September 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This community market will be open from Friday through October, with vendors offering local, homemade produce, local items and (sometimes) hot dishes.

The location is at 101 S White Street, Whitakers, North Carolina – the corner of Highway 301 (S White) and Pippen Street in the former South Bank building.

For updates, follow WRAP – Whitakers Revitalize and Preserve – at

Garner Leisure Center Launch Celebration at Garner Night Market: Friday September 24, 2021 at 5-9 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the Garner Recreation Center. There will be activity stations, giveaways and more.

Information on the night market here.

Wake Forest Farmers Market: Saturday September 25, 2021 at 8 am-12pm

Weekly offers from farms, artisans and craftsmen at this all year farmers market. Live music at the market!

Located at 235 S Taylor Street, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

The Wake Forest Farmers’ Market website is Updates can be found here.

Wendell Farmer’s Market: Saturday September 25, 2021 at 8 am-12pm

Check out vendors offering local produce and locally made products. Note that October 2 will be the final date of this market for the season.

Located at Campen Street and Main Street, Wendell, North Carolina.

Follow on Facebook for updates, supplier information and special city events during market hours.

Nash County Farmers Market: Saturday September 25, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This farmers market consists of two buildings and an outdoor area, with plenty of room for the wide variety of offerings. Shop for locally grown produce, meats and seafood, homemade produce, home decor, crafts, furniture, plants, clothing and more, from food trucks.

Held at 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mountain, North Carolina.

Follow the market or visit

Oak Ridge Farms Farmer’s Market: Saturday September 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Farmer’s market with agricultural products and a variety of vendors – local businesses, makers of homemade products, artisans and artisans. Open every Saturday.

Held at Oak Ridge Farms, 92 Thomas Arnold Road, Zebulon, North Carolina (near Rocky Cross / Pilot).

Follow Oak Ridge Farms for market details / updates.

Note: This farm will be having a fall festival on October 30, 2021.

Fall Festival 2021 at the Agricultural Credit Farmers Market: Saturday September 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This festival will have moms, products and more for sale. There will be a pumpkin decoration contest for the kids. free cart rides. old tractors / equipment on display; food trucks, and more.

Located at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, North Carolina.

See festival information on this page, including updates.

Youngsville Fall Festival and Auto Show: Saturday September 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover the Craft Show, walk through the entrances to the Car Show and watch the awards ceremony. Buy tasty treats from food trucks and visit vendors. Let the children play in the inflatables for free and join in the games.

The Youngsville Fall Festival is held at Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road, Youngsville, North Carolina.

See festival details on Facebook.

Wilson Botanical Gardens Fall Festival: Saturday September 25, 2021 at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be entertainment, games / activities, crafts, artists and more. Food truck on site.

Held at Wilson Botanic Gardens, 1809 SW Goldsboro Street, Wilson, North Carolina.

The fee is $ 5 per car. See the flyer here.

Downtown Beats & Eats: Saturday September 25, 2021 at 4-8 p.m.

Free concert series produced by Gig360 Young Professionals, featuring local music, food trucks and craft drinks.

Held at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, North Carolina.

Details here. Future dates: October 9 and 23.

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market: Saturday made for the season

Pop-up market on Wednesday October 20 at 4-7 p.m.. Follow here for any holiday market announcements or market dates.

Wilson Producers and Craftsmen Market: Saturdays made for the season

This Saturday market at Whirligig Park in Wilson, NC is closed for 2021. Find them online at and follow here.

Selma Railroad Days Festival: October 1 and 2, 2021

The festival kicks off with the Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo on Friday, with live music by KendriX Singletary (6-9 p.m.). Saturday Railroad Days features two-stage entertainment, a 5km run / walk, parade, shouting contest and more. Kids Zone ($ 5), plus food trucks, vendors, and more, including model trains.

Managed by the Historic Union Depot downtown, 500 E Railroad Street, Selma, North Carolina.

See details and times on

Autumn bazaar and craft fair: Saturday October 2, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop from local vendors at this special event. The seller places $ 25 each.

Held at the Zebulon Guardian Care Center, 509 W Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, North Carolina.

If you have any questions or would like to become a supplier, call 919.269.9621.

10 factory visits: Friday October 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Nash County Arboretum offers a series of free public tours on different types of plants. These monthly visits are led by extension workers from the Nash County Center. Plants discussed on each date:

  • Ten plants that do well in humid sites: October 8
  • Ten plants that look great in winter: 12 november

To attend the tour, meet at the entrance to the Nash County Agricultural Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville, North Carolina. Note that the dates may change due to the weather (no rain / sun).

See details for 2021 here.

K-Fest: Saturday October 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This year Knightdale Arts and Education Festival includes a Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Business fair alongside food trucks / inflatables (10 am-2pm) and a free concert, food trucks and an evening fireworks display (5 pm-9pm).

Held at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, North Carolina.

Event published here.

Knightdale Saturday in the Park Free Concert: Saturday 23 October 2021, 10 am-4pm

Enjoy live music from the band Hip Pocket, shop from craft vendors as part of the “Fall on First Festival,” attend the barbecue contest, or grab a treat from the park’s food trucks.

Saturday in the Park events take place in the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater, located at 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC.

For more details on the concert series, visit


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While most of the events listed are free, paid or paid events can be included and their fees / prices noted.

Information on events can be gathered from a variety of sources. Although attempts are made to verify the data, for most events contact details are included. If you plan to attend an event, use the contact information or event links to confirm, check for updates or changes, or verify that space is available. These events are announced by News from the gray area, but are not events supervised by the news site or by staff.

Listed are mainly in-person events; however, online / zoom / YouTube events may be included and will be identified as in line. If you are unsure whether you need to go to a location or log in, use the event link provided and contact the organization / person directly responsible for that event.

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