Forest Fest, Tree Seedling Giveaway, Paper Shredding Event & more coming to Downtown Wake Forest April 20

Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 4:20pm

You’re invited to Forest Fest on Saturday, April 20, in historic downtown Wake Forest. Presented by Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. in association with the Town of Wake Forest and a host of community partners, this free family-friendly event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – rain or shine – in several areas throughout the downtown area.

Celebrating the heart and history of Wake Forest, Forest Fest will include the Wake Forest Guild of Artists Spring Art Market inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.; extended hours by the Wake Forest Farmers Market along South Taylor Street; and a variety of local vendors, non-profit booths, and children’s activities along East Owen Avenue, Brooks Street, and the Town Hall parking lot. Centennial Plaza will feature live musical entertainment and Blooming in the Forest.

In addition, the Urban Forestry Board (UFB) will again host the popular Arbor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway in the Town Hall parking lot, 301 S. Brooks St. As part of the seedling giveaway, UFB members, Town staff, and volunteers will distribute over 2,500 oak, pine, and redbud seedlings- while they last.  For more information, visit

This year’s Forest Fest will also include a free Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event sponsored by Civic Federal Credit Union. The drive-thru event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until the two paper shredding trucks are full) in the parking lot of the Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave. For complete details, visit

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day at several downtown restaurants. Plus, the following food and dessert trucks will be on site: Soulbachi, Chicken-N-Que, Dusty Donuts, Main Squeeze Smoothie Truck, and Lumpy's Ice Cream.

A special thanks to our 2024 Forest Fest partners: Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Farmers Market, Wake Forest Guild of Artists, Carolina Regenerative Health, Fidelity Bank, The Wake Forest Historic 13.1, Wake Forest Federal, the Wake Forest Historical Museum, and the Kerr Family YMCA.

A special thanks to our 2024 Forest Fest sponsors: Professional Touch Paint; Holding Village; Johnson Hyundai of Wake Forest, Wild Birds Unlimited; Warren, Shackleford & Thomas Attorneys; Cameron & Furman Certified Public Accountants; Focus Design Builders; Hounds Town; Re/Max Hometown Wake Forest; Ting Internet; and Wake Forest Federal.

For complete details about Forest Fest, visit or email Downtown Development Program Assistant Tracy Painter at [email protected]. Please note: Vendor applications for this event are no longer being accepted.

Forest Fest is a Wake Forest Outdoors event. To view a complete listing of Town-sponsored spring and summer outdoor events and activities, visit To receive email notifications concerning special events in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at