Spring Into Action

Get Out And About And Celebrate Spring Around Town

by Anna Bolton // April-May-June 2017

The Town of Wake Forest is offering area residents an incredible array of fun and exciting events over the next few months. Craving a concert? The Town is sponsoring several live music series this season, and there’s even a “Wake Forest LIVE” webpage and Facebook page to help you keep track of all the live music events happening around town. But that’s not all. Starting in April, Wake Forest also offers an impressive lineup of “Wake Forest Outdoors” events, guaranteed to help you shake the winter blues and welcome the return of glorious spring weather. From Friday Night on White and Six Sundays in Spring to the Arbor Day Celebration and Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, there’s no shortage of first class entertainment – all at no cost to you!

Easter Egg Hunt

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department (PRCR) will host its annual Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 8. Presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, the festivities will take place at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, beginning at 10:00 AM. PRCR will offer several egg hunts for children of different ages, along with an egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for children with special needs. The event will also feature food vendors and Easter-themed arts and crafts activities in the Joyner Park Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, all hunts will be moved to the Flaherty Park Community Center (1226 N. White Street). For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Egg Hunt.”

Friday Night on White

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” takes place along South White Street, typically on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Due to Good Friday falling this year on the second Friday in April, the 2017 series will get underway on April 28. The remaining concerts will occur on the second Friday of each month from May through September. These free concerts begin at 6:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM, and feature a variety of premier local bands. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to visit the outstanding dining establishments in Downtown or enjoy delicious food from several food trucks that will be onsite. Event sponsors include the Exclusive Title Sponsor: White Street Brewing Company; Exclusive Radio Sponsor: iHeart Media; Stage Sponsor: Gladwell Orthodontics; Dance Floor Sponsor: McPherson Family Eye Care; Wrist Band 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 Insurance, Fidelity Bank, Chick-fil-A, and 27587 Magazine; and Supporting Sponsors: Carillon Assisted Living, Candlewood Suites, Rainbow Child Care Center, and Heritage Urgent & Pri-mary Care and Heritage Med Spa. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.”

Arbor Day Celebration And Tree Seedling Giveaway

Wake Forest’s annual Arbor Day Celebration, featuring an Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway, is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The Expo and tree seedling giveaway begin at 11:00 AM, and the Arbor Day ceremony gets underway at noon. Volunteers will distribute free tree seedlings to area residents and the event will feature exhibits and vendor booths, a tree photo booth, face painting, and kids’ activities. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Arbor Day.”

Six Sundays in Spring

Grab your lawn chair and head to Joyner Park for the 2017 Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Offered on consecutive Sundays from April 30 through June 4, these free concerts get underway at 5:00 PM in the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own picnic. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Six Sundays.”

Music at Midday

Wake Forest now offers Music at Midday in spring! Area residents are invited to enjoy local musical talent in the Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza every Thursday in May from noon – 1:00 PM. Assorted dessert food truck vendors will be onsite during each concert, so grab your lunch and come enjoy the tunes. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Midday Music.”

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is delighted to offer Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park. Movie Nights are scheduled for May 20, June 24, July 29, and August 12, starting at 8:30 PM. Admission is free and assorted food vendors will be onsite selling snacks and beverages. Area residents planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early, as viewing space may be limited. Find out the name of the movie to be shown by calling the Special Events Hotline at 919-556-7063. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Movie Nights.”

Historic Cemetery Walking Tour

The 2017 Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour will offer unique insight into the lives of Wake Forest residents from generations past. The tour will take place on Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, at the Wake Forest Cemetery located at 400 N. White Street. This event is free and open to the public, and parking is available within the cemetery grounds. In the event of rain, the tour will be May 20. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour.”

National Trails Day

The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Joyner Park. The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive education stations. Set up throughout the park, the stations will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment. As part of the Expo, attendees will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the living things you might encounter on the trails. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Trails Day.”

Wake Forest Charity Car Show

The Wake Forest Charity Car Show is Saturday, June 17, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in Downtown Wake Forest. Benefitting several area charities, this free event will showcase vehicles of all makes and models, including muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods, and trucks. Presented by Grand Sponsor Chris Leith Dodge/Ram, the show will feature a “Take-Apart-T” Model T assembly demonstration, the Leith Kia Monster Truck, the Wake Forest Fire Department’s Jaws of Life, and assorted food vendors. In the event of rain, the exhibit will be June 24. For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov and search “Car Show.”

Stay Connected!

Always be the first to know about Town of Wake Forest announcements, programs, 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, visiting the town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov, or following the town on social media @TownofWakeForest. 

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.