Celebrating Summer In The Forest

Look No Further For Summer Fun!

by Anna Bolton // July - August - September 2017

Summer’s here and the warmer days, longer evenings, and long-awaited break from school mean it’s time for you and your loved ones to have some fun. But where should you go and what should you do? Look no further because we have the answer – spend your summer in Wake Forest! Guaranteed to please the entire family, the town’s impressive lineup of events includes outdoor concerts, family movie nights, the Wake Forest Home & Garden Show, and more. Gather your family and join your neighbors for these exciting events for an unforgettable summer in the Forest.

Friday Night On White

The second season of Friday Night On White is in full swing. Known as Wake Forest’s favorite concert series, the free outdoor events continue with concerts on July 14, August 11, and September 8. Presented by White Street Brewing Company, the performances take place along South White Street and begin at 6:00 PM. All concerts are free and feature a variety of premier local bands and food trucks. Grab your lawn chair and come enjoy the music while taking in the great atmosphere of Downtown Wake Forest. Thank you to these generous sponsors – Exclusive Title Sponsor: White Street Brewing Company; Exclusive Radio Partner: iHeart Media; Stage Sponsor: Gladwell Orthodontics; Dance Floor Sponsor: McPherson Family Eye Care; Wristband Sponsor: Back Alley Coffee Roasters; Premier Sponsors: Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Capital PowerSports, Sam’s Club, Nu Image Surgical and Dental Implant Center, Wells Family Dentistry, The Rolesville Buzz, The Wake Forest Weekly, and The News & Observer; Partner Sponsors: Coastal Credit Union, Dirty Dogs Spa, Wake Forest Acoustical Corporation, B&W Hardware, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, Pure Line Plumbing, Sole Dimensions, CIRCA Magazine, Break Through Physical Therapy, Lowes Foods, Stanley Martin Homes, Birkner Allstate Agency, Fidelity Bank, Chick-fil-A, and 27587 Magazine; Supporting Sponsors: Carillon Assisted Living, Candlewood Suites, Rainbow Child Care Center, Heritage Urgent & Primary Care and Heritage Med Spa. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.” 

Neck Of The Woods 

Presented and sponsored by Wake Forest Arts, Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series featuring emerging local artists. The event will take place at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Friday, July 21, at 7:30 PM. Each show is different and may include actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers, and spoken word artists. Come out and enjoy a truly unique and entertaining event and support your local artists. Wine, beer, and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5 plus tax and may be purchased online or at the box office. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Neck of the Woods.”

Family Movie Nights At Joyner Park

This summer, you’re invited to enjoy a movie under the stars. The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is excited to host Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park. Presented by Gladwell Orthodontics, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake, and Allstate Insurance – Thomas Walters, the outdoor movie series continues on July 29 and August 12. Free and open to the public, the movies begin at 8:30 PM. Each night will feature a theme, as well as assorted food vendors and sponsor giveaways or activities. Bring chairs or a blanket and arrive early in order to give you and your family time to find a spot and settle in before the movie begins. Thank you to all the event sponsors: Gladwell Orthodontics, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake, Allstate Insurance – Thomas Walters, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, Vision Martial Arts, Wells Family Dentistry, Rainbow Kids Pediatrics, Kerr Family YMCA, and New Direction Family Law. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Family Movie Nights.”

Concerts In The Park 

The Town of Wake Forest and PineCone will present two free concerts at E. Carroll Joyner Park on August 6 and September 3. Both of these Sunday performances will begin at 5:00 PM in the Joyner Park Amphitheater. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase or attendants may bring their own picnic. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Concerts in the Park.”

Wake Forest Home & Garden Show 

Whether you are looking for a complete home remodel, a kitchen or bath makeover, a newly landscaped yard, or just like to shop for your home, you will find it all at the Wake Forest Home & Garden Show. Presented by Mitchell Heating & Cooling, the second annual Wake Forest Home & Garden Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Showcasing the latest in home improvement products, services, and features, the event is free and open to the public on Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM –5:00 PM.

New this year, the show will feature a “shopping marketplace” where attendants can
browse a variety of local vendors and purchase unique décor, artwork, and gifts. Thank you to the 2017 event sponsors: Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Champion Window of Raleigh, Century Link, and the ReFab Lab. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Home & Garden Show.”

Wake Forest Unplugged … Get Connected!

Longing for an entire afternoon free from electronic devices? If so, then save the date for Wake Forest Unplugged on Sunday, September 3. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Recreation Advisory Board, the event encourages Wake Forest-area residents to “disconnect” from cell phones, PDAs, and computers, and “re-connect” with their community, friends, and family. Beginning at 4:00 PM, join other Wake Foresters for an afternoon of free games and activities at E. Carroll Joyner Park. The electronics-free afternoon will culminate with a concert in the Amphitheater from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM featuring Dark Water Rising. Even if you can’t make it out to Joyner Park that day, you and your family can still participate by simply “unplugging” from your televisions, personal computers, smart phones, and video games for the afternoon and instead engage in healthier, more active pursuits. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Wake Forest Unplugged.”

Good Neighbor Day 

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council will host the 12th Annual Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, September 16. This free, family-friendly event will be held from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at E. Carroll Joyner Park. Good Neighbor Day assembles people from all walks of life for a day of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages, and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest’s citizens. In the event of rain, Good Neighbor Day will be held on Saturday, September 23. For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Good Neighbor Day.”

Stay Connected! 

Always be the first to know about Town of Wake Forest programs, services, and special events by signing up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx, downloading the Town of Wake Forest app at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx, or visiting the town’s website at www.wake-forestnc.gov.

Anna Bolton

Communication Specialist with the Town of Wake Forest. To learn more about town events, sponsorship opportunities, and how you can be involved, contact Anna.