10 Fun Things to do in Wake Forest this Spring

Start making plans with family and friends, the Town of Wake Forest is offering a variety of fun things to do this spring season! From historical walking tours of Wake Forest to live music concerts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. All of these events are great for the entire family, and best of all – most don’t cost a thing! The Town of Wake Forest has created a special web page dedicated to these upcoming events WAKE FOREST OUTDOORS, save it as a favorite so you can reference back to it when looking for something to do outdoors this coming spring!

Carnival for the Kids
March 14 – 19
Home Depot Parking Lot, 11915 Retail Dr.

The Wake Forest Police Department’s annual Carnival for the Kids begins Tuesday, March 14, and runs through Sunday, March 19. The carnival will be held in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot at 11915 Retail Drive.

The Carnival for the Kids offers fun and entertainment for the entire family, including rides, games, and lots of food. Carnival admission is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday from 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-8 p.m. Ride tickets are available for purchase.

A special unlimited ride wristband will be available for purchase at the carnival for $20 each on Tuesday, March 14, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, from 1-5 p.m. Coupons worth $2 off the wristbands are available in the lobby of Town Hall, Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and the Police Department. The coupons may only be used to purchase the wristbands on March 14, from 5-10 p.m. and March 18-19, from 1-5 p.m.
Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours
Begin March 22
Wake Forest Historic District

The Town of Wake Forest will offer a series of free Historic District Walking Tours during the spring of 2017. 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.
Dirt Day
Saturday, April 1; 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 1, 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.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road 

Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources will sponsor its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, 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.
Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Seedling Giveaway
Saturday, April 22
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.
Six Sundays in Spring  
April 30 – June 4; 5 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 2017 Six Sundays in Spring concert series will take place on consecutive Sundays from April 30 through June 4. Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS, these free concerts get underway at 5 p.m.
Friday Night on White
Begins Friday, April 28; continues on the second Friday of each month from May – 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 28. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., “Friday Night on White” will continue on the second Friday of each month from May through September beginning at 6 pm. Concerts will feature a variety of premier local bands.
Music at Midday
Begins Thursday, May 4, 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!
Meet in the Street 
Saturday, May 6; 10 am
Downtown Wake Forest

The 37th Annual Meet in the Street ® festival will take place Saturday, May 6, 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 6; 10 am
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 37th Annual Meet in the Street set to take place along Taylor Street, Brooks Street and White Street.
2017 Historic Cemetery Walking Tour 
Saturday, May 13; 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 20
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 20, at 8:30 pm. Future showings are scheduled for June 24, July 29, and Aug. 12.
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3; 9 am – 1 pm
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road

The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, 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 17; 9 am
Downtown Wake Forest  

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. is sponsoring the Wake Forest Charity Car Show on Saturday, June 17, 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.

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