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!


Carnival for the Kids
March 14-18 - Start delayed due to wintry weather
Home Depot Parking Lot, 11915 Retail Dr.

The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Carnival for the Kids begins Wednesday, March 14, and runs through Sunday, March 18. The carnival will take place in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot, 11915 Retail Dr.

The Carnival for the Kids promises fun and entertainment for the entire family, including rides, games, and lots of food. Admission to the event is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday from 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-8 p.m.


Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours
Begin March 21
Wake Forest Historic District

The Town of Wake Forest will offer a series of free Historic District Walking Tours during the spring of 2018. 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.


Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road 

Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources will sponsor its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Event organizers will hide over 10,000 Easter eggs. Kids who discover the rare golden eggs will receive a special prize.


Dirt Day
Saturday, April 7; 10 am - 3 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest

Promising something for the entire family, Wake Forest's 3rd Annual Dirt Day will take place along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, April 7, 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 13, and continues on the second Friday of each month through September; 6 pm
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest 

Friday Night on White returns to South White Street in downtown Wake Forest on Friday, April 13. 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


Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Seedling Giveaway
Saturday, April 21
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

This year Wake Forest will once again host its Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Seedling Giveaway on the same day. Both events - plus an Arbor Day Expo - are scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The Arbor Day Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway will get underway at 11 a.m., while the Arbor Day ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon.
 

2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo
Saturday, April 28
Holding Village, Wake Forest 

The Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the nation's foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge - and its coming to Wake Forest on April 28, 2018! At the rodeo, apprentice and journeyman lineworkers from across the United States will compete for professional recognition and display essential job skills - 30 feet above ground! Free and open to the public, the rodeo will take place in Wake Forest’s Holding Village, located off South Franklin Street, via Rogers Road.
 

Six Sundays in Spring  
April 29 - June 3; 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 2018 Six Sundays in Spring concert series will take place on consecutive Sundays from April 29 through June 3. Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m. 
 

Meet in the Street 
Saturday, May 5; 10 am
Downtown Wake Forest

The 38th Annual Meet in the Street ® festival will take place Saturday, May 5, 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.


Bike Safety Fair
Saturday, May 5; 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 6, 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 38th Annual Meet in the Street set to take place along Taylor Street, Brooks Street and White Street.


Music at Midday
Begins Thursday, May 10, and continues each Thursday throughout May; 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!


2018 Historic Cemetery Walking Tour 
Saturday, May 12; 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 26; 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 26, at 8:30 pm. Future showings are scheduled for June 30, July 28, and Aug. 11.


National Trails Day
Saturday, June 2; 9 am - 1 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 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 16; 9 am - 3 pm
Downtown Wake Forest  

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 16, from 9 am until 3 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.