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!

Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies
Begin Monday, April 4 & continue monthly through October; 11 am
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 Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies 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.

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.


Easter Egg HuntEaster Egg Hunt 
Saturday, April 9; 10 am-Noon
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road 

This year's annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 9. The egg hunt will again take place at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

In addition to hiding over 10,000 Easter eggs, PRCR will offer Easter-themed arts and crafts activities, plus games and a free raffle. 


Friday Night on WhiteFriday Night on White 
Begins Friday, April 8; 6 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest 

Friday Night on White returns to South White Street in downtown Wake Forest on Friday, April 8. FNOW will continue on the second Friday of each month (except July) through September beginning at 6 p.m. 

Bands scheduled to perform include The Magic Pipers (April 8); Sleeping Booty (May 13); The Soul Psychedelique (June 10); Love Tribe (July 15); The Brickhouse Band (August 12); and Crush (September 9).


Forest Fest

Forest Fest
Saturday, April 23; 9 am-2 pm
Downtown Wake Forest

Join is along Festival Street (Owen Avenue) in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, April 23, for Forest Fest!

Presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. in partnership with the Town of Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Guild of Artists, the Wake Forest Historical Museum, and the Wake Forest Farmers Market, this fun-filled event will feature live entertainment, the Wake Forest Guild of Artists Spring Art Market, a tree seedling giveaway, historic walking tours, a kids game area, food options from Longleaf Swine BBQ, Buoy Bowls, Not Just A Fry Guy, Lumpy's Ice Cream and Gabi's Grounds Coffee, and much more!

Six Sundays in Spring

Six Sundays in Spring
April 24-May 29; 5:30-7:30 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 2022 Six Sundays in Spring concert series will take place on consecutive Sundays from April 24 through May 31. Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. 


Meet in the Street

Meet in the Street 
Saturday, May 7; 10 am-4 pm
Downtown Wake Forest

The 40th anniversary Meet in the Street, powered by Ting and coordinated by the Wake Forest Area Chamber, is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10 am-4 pm in downtown Wake Forest.

This premier arts & crafts, music and food festival will include more than 100 artisan booths featuring handmade items for sale, dozens of food trucks, live music throughout the day, a children's village filled with activities for kids, and more. Admission is free. 


Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park 
Series begins Saturday, May 21; 8:30 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The 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 21, at 8:30 p.m. Future showings are scheduled for June 18, July 23, and August 6.


National Trails Day

National Trails Day 5K 
Saturday, June 4; 8 am-11 am (5K starts at 8 am)
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The Recreation Advisory Board will host a family-friendly 5K/3K walk/run as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Check-in on the day of the event starts at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m.

Please note: Registrations will be accepted on the day of the event. Everyone who registers before May 15 will receive a race T-shirt.


Fireworks Spectacular
Sunday, July 3
Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road

Free and open to the public, our Fireworks Spectacular will take place inside Husky Stadium on the campus of Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. 

Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the fireworks show on the Husky Stadium football field or on one of the designated viewing areas on the Heritage High School campus. Spectators may also sit on the home side stadium bleachers.


July 4 Children's Parade
Monday, July 4; 1 pm
Intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

The Fourth of July Celebration revelry continues Monday, July 4, with the annual Children's Parade. The lineup begins at 1 p.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. along North Main Street and ends at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

No registration is required! All area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon as part of a "walking parade" designed just for them!

Again, participation in the Children's Parade is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets!  


Art in the Park
Monday, July 4; 2-4 pm
Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

On Monday, July 4, from 2-4 pm, children of all ages will have the opportunity to create a variety of interesting arts and crafts projects.

Presented by the Wake Forest Woman's Club, Art in the Park will take place at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.


Concerts in the Park
Sundays, Sept. 4, and Sept. 11; 5-7 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road  

Our 2022 Concerts in the Park are scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 11. Bring your family and friends, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for some foot-tapping, finger-snapping good times!


Wake Forest Unplugged
Sunday, Sept. 11; 4-6 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

Prior to the September 11 Concert in the Park, the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Board will provide an array of games and activities as part of Wake Forest Unplugged…Get Connected.

This free, family-friendly event offers residents a unique opportunity to “disconnect” from their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices and “reconnect” with their community, friends and family by engaging in healthier, more active pursuits.

Wake Forest Outdoors
Communications & Public Affairs Director