Wake Forest Outdoors

Dirt, Cars, Powerline Rodeos, Movies, Music, And More ...

by Anna Bolton // April - May - June 2018

The Town of Wake Forest is offering a wonderful array of fun and exciting events over the next few months guaranteed to help you shake the winter blues and celebrate the return of spring. 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. For complete details on all these events, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Wake Forest Outdoors.”

Dirt Day

Promising something for the entire family, Wake Forest’s 5th Annual Dirt Day is Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM along South White Street in Downtown Wake Forest. Kids will have a blast playing in an oversized sandbox, exploring big trucks and equipment, or making wheatgrass containers for home windowsills. Adults can discover the newest techniques in gardening and composting, check out the latest in outdoor activity gear, buy spring plants, and visit with a variety of vendors offering information and insight. A variety of food trucks will be provided along Owen Avenue. Don’t miss the Draw on the Street chalk art contest entries. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Dirt Day.”

Friday Night on White 

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on the second Friday night of each month, from April through September. The 2018 series gets underway April 13 with The Magic Pipers, and continues May 11 with Love Tribe, June 8 with Bull City Syndicate, July 13 with Sleeping Booty, August 10 with Big Love, and September 14 with Crush. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to visit Downtown’s outstanding dining establishments or enjoy delicious food from several food trucks that will be on-site. Event sponsors include White Street Brewing Co., iHeart Media, Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Capital PowerSports, Nu Image Surgical and Dental Implant Center, Wells Family Dental Group, Local Charm Home & Gifts, Benchmark Community Bank, Orange-theory Fitness Wake Forest, Pro Audio & Light, The Wake Forest Weekly, Coastal Credit Union, Dirty Dogs Spa, B&W Hardware, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, Sole Dimensions, CIRCA Magazine, Stanley Martin Homes, Birkner Insurance, Rainbow Child Care Center, Hasentree by Toll Brothers, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Avance Primary Care, Carillon Assisted Living, Chronic Tacos, Triangle Family Dentistry, Nutrishop, 27587 Magazine, Fidelity Bank, Chick-fil-A, The Dental Care Center, Lowes Foods, Massage Envy, Ads N Art, For Your Occasion Party Rentals, and Wake Forest Federal. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.” 

Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Seedling Giveaway 

Wake Forest’s annual Arbor Day Celebration is Saturday, April 21, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, located at 701 Harris Road. The festivities get underway at 11:00 AM with the Arbor Day Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway, followed by the Arbor Day ceremony at noon. Volunteers will distribute free tree seedlings while they last, while the Expo will feature various exhibits and vendor booths, a tree photo booth, face painting, kids activities, and more. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Arbor Day.” 

2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo

The nation’s foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge is coming to Wake Forest on April 28. During the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, apprentice and journeyman lineworkers from across the United States will compete for professional recognition and display essential job skills – 30 feet above ground! Free and open to the public, the rodeo will take place in Wake Forest’s Holding Village, located off South Franklin Street, via Rogers Road. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Lineworkers Rodeo.”

Six Sundays in Spring 

Grab a blanket and lawn chair and head to Joyner Park for the 2018 Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Scheduled from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on consecutive Sundays from April 29 through June 3, these free outdoor concerts offer something for all music lovers. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Six Sundays.”

Music at Midday 

Beginning Thursday, May 10, and continuing on consecutive Thursdays throughout May, area residents are invited to enjoy live performances by local music artists in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza from noon – 1:00 PM. Assorted dessert food truck vendors will be onsite. Bring your lunch and come enjoy the entertainment while experi-encing springtime in beautiful Downtown Wake Forest. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Midday Music.”

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park 

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is offering family movie nights at Joyner Park, presented by McPherson Family Eye Care, Edward Jones, Thomas Walters Allstate, and Capital Power-Sports. Showings are scheduled for May 26 (Coco), June 30 (The Lion King), July 30 (Cars 3), and August 11 (Beauty & the Beast). Showtime is 8:30 PM and admission is free. Assorted food vendors will be on-site selling snacks and beverages. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to arrive early, as viewing space may be limited. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Movie Nights.”

Historic Cemetery Walking Tour 

The Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour offers unique insight into the lives of Wake Forest residents from generations past. Free and open to the public, this year’s tour is Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, at the Wake Forest Cemetery, 400 North White Street. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour.”

National Trails Day 

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive learning 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 also have the opportunity to get an up-close look at several living things they  might encounter on the trails. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Trails Day.”

Wake Forest Charity Car Show 

The Wake Forest Charity Car Show is Saturday, June 16, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the event will take place along South White Street in Downtown Wake Forest. This year’s Grand Sponsor is Auction Direct USA. 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. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Car Show.”

Stay Connected! 

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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.