Dirt Day

2020 Dirt Day 

***This event has been canceled due to COVID-19. For a complete listing of alerts, postponements and cancellations, visit our COVID-19 portal.***

Spring has sprung and winter's done! Downtown Wake Forest and the Town of Wake Forest are offering a special event on Saturday, April 4, that welcomes and celebrates the return of weather suitable for enjoying the great outdoors. Promising something for the entire family, Wake Forest's fifth annual Dirt Day will take place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids will have a blast planting seeds, painting rocks and exploring a variety of trucks from S. T. Wooten Corp., while adults will have the chance to learn about new techniques in gardening and composting, check out the latest in outdoor activity gear and visit with a variety of vendors offering an array of products and insight.

But that's not all. Dirt Day participants can also view owls and other rescued wildlife, rub elbows with Master Gardeners and witness our bubble artist create giant bubbles you’ll have to see to believe.

Offering music, dancing in the street and culinary delights from downtown's wonderful assortment of restaurants and food vendors, Dirt Day offers the perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues and get involved with an outdoor group that shares your interests.

Tree Seedling Giveaway

The Urban Forestry Board (UFB) is offering residents added incentive to attend this year’s Dirt Day in downtown Wake Forest. The UFB will host the popular Arbor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway in Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., as part of the April 4 festivities.

During the tree seedling giveaway, UFB members, Town staff and volunteers will distribute over 3,000 dogwood, oak, ginkgo and other seedlings to area residents - while they last. Dirt Day begins at 10 a.m., so anyone interested in obtaining free tree seedlings is encouraged to arrive at the start of the event – if not earlier.

In addition to distributing the tree seedlings, volunteers will be on hand to help residents decide which seedlings grow best in their respective yard conditions, demonstrate proper mulching and pruning techniques and discuss simple, yet effective tree care practices. Volunteers will also share information about the volunteer Tree Steward Program.

Please note: The UFB will distribute the tree seedlings in seedling bags, so organizers are no longer asking residents to bring their own reusable shopping tote or other environmentally-friendly bag when they pick up their seedlings.


Dirt Day will take place rain or shine.


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Dirt Day
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