Wake Forest Outdoors

Wake Forest loves spring! 

Not only does this colorful, sunny season close the door on Old Man Winter, it also introduces a variety of local events guaranteed to help you shake the winter blues and experience "Wake Forest Outdoors." 

All of these events are great for the entire family, and best of all - most don’t cost a thing!

Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 2, 11 am - 3 pm
Downtown Wake Forest

Make plans now to join your friends and neighbors in downtown Wake Forest Saturday, March 2, for the Seventh Annual Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival. Presented by Thomas G. Walters Allstate Insurance and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, this family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., and admission is free.

Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours
Beginning March 7, 10 am
Wake Forest Historic District

The Town of Wake Forest will offer a series of free Historic District Walking Tours during the spring of 2019. The tours will include areas along North Main Street, North Avenue, Front Street, and South Avenue. Along the way each group will discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who lived in the homes.

Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies
Begin Monday, April 1 & continue on the first Monday of each month through October
Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St.

At 11 am on the first Monday of the month (from April through October), the Town of Wake Forest joins with several local veterans' organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families by hosting a Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony in town hall's Centennial Plaza. Participating veterans' organizations include American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, and Marine Corps League Detachment 1257. These services are provided at no cost and provided solely to pay tribute to the service and memory of deceased Wake Forest veterans, while also acknowledging the sacrifices of their families. Each ceremony features patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising by the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard. After raising the American flag, the WFFD Honor Guard raises the service flag representing the military branch in which the honoree served. Both flags fly in Centennial Plaza throughout the remainder of the month.

Dirt Day
Saturday, April 6; 10 am - 3 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest

Promising something for the entire family, Wake Forest's 4th Annual Dirt Day will take place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, April 6, from 10 am to 3 pm. Kids will have a blast playing in an over-sized sandbox or making wheatgrass containers for home windowsills. Adults will have the chance to learn about the newest techniques in gardening and composting, check out the newest in outdoor activity gear, enjoy a beekeeping demonstration and visit with a variety of vendors offering an array of products and insight.

Friday Night on White
Begins Friday, April 12; 6 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest 

Friday Night on White returns to South White Street in downtown Wake Forest on Friday, April 12. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., "Friday Night on White" will continue on the second Friday of each month through September beginning at 6 pm. Concerts will feature a variety of premier local bands

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13; 10 am - 12 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road 

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13. Presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics the egg hunt will take place at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Six Sundays in Spring  
April 28 - June 2; 5 - 7 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road  

Bring the kids, friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times! The 2019 Six Sundays in Spring concert series will take place on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2. Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. 

Meet in the Street 
Saturday, May 4; 10 am - 4 pm
Downtown Wake Forest

The 39th Annual Meet in the Street ® festival will take place Saturday, May 4, at 10 am in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. Admission is free. Festivities will include dozens of artisans' booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. The event also will include multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden.The event also will include multiple entertainment venues.

Bike Safety Fair
Saturday, May 4; 10 am - 2  pm
Wake Forest Town Hall, Brooks Street Parking Lot, 301 S. Brooks St.

May is Bike Safety Month and the Town of Wake Forest is helping to raise awareness about the importance of bike safety by sponsoring a free Bike Safety Fair on Saturday, May 4, from 10 am until 2 pm, in the Brooks Street parking lot of town hall. This year's safety fair is again being offered as part of the 39th Annual Meet in the Street set to take place along Taylor Street, Brooks Street and White Street.

Music at Midday
Begins Thursday, May 9; Noon - 1 pm
Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest is now offering Music at Midday in the spring, too! Area residents are invited to enjoy local musical talent in Centennial Plaza in the Wake Forest Town Hall Centennial Plaza every Thursday in May from noon to 1 p.m. Assorted dessert food truck vendors will be onsite during each concert. Grab your lunch and come enjoy the tunes!

2019 Historic Cemetery Walking Tour 
Saturday, May 11; 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wake Forest Cemetery, 400 N. White St.  

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board and the Town of Wake Forest, the annual Historic Cemetery Walking Tour offers unique insight into the lives of Wake Forest residents from generations past. Docents will be stationed at various family plots throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as small artifacts and photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park
Series begins Saturday, May 25; 8:30 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will host a free, monthly outdoor movie series from May through August at Joyner Park. The first in the series of Family Movie Nights will take place on Saturday, May 25, at 8:30 pm. Future showings are scheduled for June 22, July 27, and Aug. 10.

National Trails Day & 5K
Saturday, June 1; 9 am - 1 pm (5K starts at 8 am)
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, from 9 am - 1 pm at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo featuring interactive environmental 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. 

Wake Forest Charity Car Show  
Saturday, June 15; 9 am - 2 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest  

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 15, from 9 am until 2 pm. Presented for the benefit of several area charities, this family-friendly event will take place along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Wake Forest Outdoors
Communications & Public Affairs Director