Friday Night on White
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Wake Forest has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Friday Night on White concert series.
The decision to suspend this summer staple was based on the unpredictability of the coronavirus, a desire to safeguard the health and safety of the community, and an expectation that residents will not be allowed to gather safely in large groups for the foreseeable future.
Friday Night on White is expected to resume in 2021.
Know Before You Go
Concerts get underway at 6 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.
Last call for outside beer is 8:50 p.m.
Festivities along South White Street end at 9:30 p.m.
Tag your posts and photos! Attendants sharing on social media are encouraged to use the hashtag #FNOW.
While you're downtown, you're invited to visit the variety of outstanding dining establishments in downtown Wake Forest or enjoy delicious food from a variety of food trucks that will be on site.
Downtown food and beverage establishments include Black & White Coffee Roasters; Bodega Tapas, Wine and Rum; The Burger Shop; Domino's Pizza; The Forks Cafeteria; Hardee's; Las Margaritas; The Lemon Tree; Lumpy's Ice Cream; Norse Brewing Company; Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium; Over The Falls; Pizza Amore; Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs; Tonic, Bar and Social Club; Unwined on White; Wake Forest Coffee Co.; and White Street Brewing Company.
Beer and wine are available for purchase. Age identification will be checked for beer and wine.
Reduce Your Time in the Beer Line
Due to the incredible crowds that turn out for Friday Night on White, the lines for beer are sometimes long - but they move fast. You can help us reduce the wait times even more by remembering the following:
When approaching the front of the line, be prepared to move to the next available server. There are at least three servers at each beer truck.
Have your token(s) ready.
While standing in line, read the beer descriptions and know which one you want to order or ask about.
Free parking is available along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest, including Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
However, some parking lots may appear to be public, when in fact they are private. Read all signage in the parking lot to determine what type of lot you are using. Private lots are intended for business patrons only. Public lots that are open to Friday Night on White attendees are clearly marked.
Uber & Lyft
Anyone planning to use Uber or Lyft to take you to or from Friday Night on White (FNOW) is encouraged to set the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., as the destination and pickup location.
Streets in the FNOW event area close at 1:30 pm and remain closed until cleared and cleaned, which is typically around 11-11:30 pm. By designating Town Hall as the destination and/or pickup location, you'll make it easier for yourself and your driver to connect, plus the festivities along South White Street are only a short block away.
Items Allowed & Not Allowed
Bring a lawn chair and blanket - but if you bring a lawn chair and/or blanket, please place them in the street - not on the sidewalk. Please leave the sidewalks open for pedestrians.
Please leave your coolers and outside alcoholic beverages at home.
Volunteers are needed. Learn how you can help!
In the event of inclement weather on the day of a concert, a decision on whether to proceed will be made no later than 4 p.m. Updated concert information will be posted on the Town’s website, Nextdoor site and Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town app will also receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.
Please note: Due to the popularity of Friday Night on White, organizers make every effort to proceed with each concert as scheduled. However, when severe weather threatens, the safety of visitors, sponsors and performers is of utmost concern. As a result, decisions on whether to continue or cancel a concert are based entirely on the potential risks posed by inclement weather.
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to Friday Night on White in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and utilizing the app's "Friday Night on White" function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about this year's outdoor music series, the function includes the complete 2020 concert schedule, the lineup of participating food and dessert trucks, parking information, weather updates and more.
IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the Town's free app by searching for "Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code.
South White Street
Downtown Wake Forest
Outside alcoholic beverages
Weapons of any kind