Wake Forest Outdoors

Dirt, Cars, Music, Movies, And More

by Bill Crabtree // April - May - June 2019

The Town of Wake Forest is offering a wonderful array of fun and exciting events over the next few months that are 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 Music at Midday 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 Fifth Annual Dirt Day is Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM along S. White Street in downtown Wake Forest. Kids will have a blast playing in an oversized sandbox, exploring big trucks and equipment, and 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. An assortment of food trucks will be provided. This year’s grand sponsor is Whole Foods Market. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Dirt Day.”

Friday Night on White

Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along S. White Street from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. The 2019 series gets underway April 12 with The Magic Pipers, and continues May 10 with Sleeping Booty, June 14 with Love Tribe, July 12 with Soul Psychedelique, August 9 with Big Love, and September 14 with Crush. While you’re enjoying the music, be sure to visit sponsor exhibits and enjoy delicious food at outstanding dining establishments throughout downtown or from several food trucks that will be on-site.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will host its annual Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 13. Presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, 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 occasion will also feature food vendors and Easter-themed arts and crafts activities in the Joyner Park Amphitheater. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Egg Hunt.”

STEM Networking Fair

Area middle school and high school students and their parents are invited to the Wake Forest STEM Networking Fair on Saturday, April 13. Presented by the Wake Forest Wireless Research Center, this free family event is scheduled from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Designed to expose students to a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career options, the STEM Networking Fair will feature STEM-related exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on learning activities. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “STEM.”

Six Sundays in Spring

Grab your picnic blanket and lawn chair and head to Joyner Park for the 2019 Six Sundays in Spring concert series. Scheduled from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2, 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.”


Wake Forest will host its fourth annual paper-shredding event on Monday, April 29. Free and open to the public, “Shred-It” will take place – rain or shine – in the Renaissance Centre parking lot from noon – 6:00 PM ... or until the four Shred-it trucks are full. The occasion offers area residents and businesses the opportunity to protect themselves from identity theft and dispose of confidential documents in an environmentally responsible manner. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Shred It.”

Music at Midday

Beginning Thursday, May 9, and continuing on consecutive Thursdays throughout May, enjoy live performances by local music artists from noon – 1:00 PM in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks Street. Assorted dessert food truck vendors will be on-site during each concert. Bring your lunch and come enjoy the entertainment, while experiencing springtime in beautiful downtown Wake Forest. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Midday Music.”

Family Movie Nights At Joyner Park

The PRCR Department is delighted to offer Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park. Presented by Thomas Walters Allstate, showings are scheduled for May 25 (Incredibles 2), June 22 (Wreck It Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet), July 27 (Mulan), and August 10 (Bumblebee). Family Movie Nights will also include movie-related pre-show activities beginning at 7:15 PM. Showtime is 8:30 PM and admission is free. Various food vendors will be on-site selling snacks and beverages. 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 town residents from generations past. Free and open to the public, this year’s tour is Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, at the Wake Forest Cemetery, 400 N. White Street. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour.”

National Trails Day

Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at Joyner Park. For the first time, this event will include a 5K race, followed by a free 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. Visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Trails Day.”

Wake Forest Charity Car Show

The Wake Forest Charity Car Show is Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc., the event will take place along S. 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.”

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Bill Crabtree

Communications and public affairs director for the Town of Wake Forest.

Anna Bolton is the marketing and business relations specialist for the Town of Wake Forest. To learn more sponsorship opportunities for these events, contact Anna at 919-610-4916 or abolton@wakeforestnc.gov.