Johnston County Event Calendar

Jun
21
Mon
KIDZ @ PLAY @ Sarah Yard Community Center
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 9:00 am

The camp will be Monday- Thursday 9am-11am. Each day we will focus on different sports. Ages 5-13 . Residents $8 for the week or Non-Residents $16 for the week. 20 kid maximum

Jul
2
Fri
All-American Festival @ Blackstone Plaza
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
All-American Festival @ Blackstone Plaza | Selma | North Carolina | United States

Come celebrate our nation’s birth at Blackstone Plaza near the Catch-Me-Eye intersection in Selma.
The Fantasy Band will perform LIVE on stage at Blackstone Plaza.
Free watermelon slices, kids zone and a pie eating contest.
Azteca Market, Kandy & More will have food and ice cream treats.
Stay for the best fireworks display in Johnston County!
They will be set off at 9:15pm behind Temple Baptist Church.
Parking for viewing will be at Tractor Supply, Temple Baptist and Blackstone Plaza.
Fore more information or questions, contact Selma Parks and Recreation at 919-975-1411.

Jul
3
Sat
Ocean City Jazz Festival @ The Clayton Center
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm

ocean city jazz festHistory, a limited-live audience, and social media come together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its eleventh anniversary with a bang.

After being sidelined last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ocean City Jazz Festival unveils an eye-popping, eclectic lineup for its 2021 edition. The trademark phrase of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose,” as it is a celebration of the legacy and culture of the Ocean City Community, an African-American beach established during the Jim Crow era. On July 3, you can immerse yourself in this uniquely jazzy experience while supporting a great cause.

The 2021 iconic event will be live-streamed from the Clayton Center at 111 E 2nd St, Clayton, with a limited live audience of approximately 150 people.

Hosted by the Ocean City Community’s nonprofit — the Ocean City Beach Citizens Council — and presented by First Citizens Bank, the festival boasts an incredible lineup of talent that caters to both jazz purists and lovers of contemporary jazz.  This year’s artists include the smooth jazz chart-buster, Willie Bradley, and jazz fan favorite, Duke University Jazz program Director John Brown and the John Brown Little Big Band.

The festival began in 2009, when the Ocean City Community celebrated its 60th anniversary with entertainment by a Fayetteville, N.C. jazz saxophonist and his accompanist on the porch of the Ocean City Community Center in North Topsail Beach. All in attendance, both visitors and residents, enjoyed the celebration and launched the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival as a vehicle to promote and celebrate the history of the Ocean City Community and to help preserve its culture. Proceeds are used for community preservation; promotion of the history of the Ocean City Community and it significance to the state; to foster music education by underwriting jazz workshops; and underwriting of festival costs. While many of the historic Black beaches in America have seen gentrification and lack of restoration, Ocean City still remains as active an destination.

The live event will be ticketed with general admission of $35 in advance. Purchase tickets here.

For festival info, visit the Ocean City Jazz Festival website.

About the Historic Ocean City Community

After World War II, Edgar Yow, an enterprising white Wilmington attorney and former mayor purchased six miles of beach property on Topsail Island. As mayor, Yow was acquainted with many members of the black community and realized that in the Jim Crow era there was a need for beachfront recreational opportunities for African Americans.

Yow, called upon Dr. Samuel Gray and later Wade Chestnut and his siblings Bertram, Robert and Louise Chestnut. Gray and the Chestnuts purchased several tracts of land from Yow and formed an inter-racial corporation, Ocean City Developers for the development of the community.  Ocean City Beach was established in 1949 and is the first community in the state that African Americans could purchase oceanfront property.

The close-knit community, now a part of North Topsail Beach, continues to grow. Despite the passing of time, Ocean City remains a community united in values and tradition.

Jul
9
Fri
Smithfield Parks & Recreation Month @ Smithfield Recreation & Aquatic Center & Community Park
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Smithfield Parks & Recreation Month @ Smithfield Recreation & Aquatic Center & Community Park | Smithfield | North Carolina | United States

Come out and run through the Fire department sprinkler and enjoy popsicles on us. 1pm-4pm at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Summer Movie Night @ Selma Public Library
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Summer Movie Night @ Selma Public Library | Selma | North Carolina | United States

Bring a chair and enjoy a FREE movie! Come by to the Selma Public Library parking lot (301 N. Pollock Street) at 6:30 pm. We will show a variety of movies ALL SUMMER!

June 11: Wonder

July 9: Scoob

August 13: Mulan

September 10: CoCo

Fore more information or questions, contact Selma Parks and Recreation at 919-975-1411.

Jul
12
Mon
ARTZY KIDZ Play @ Sarah Yard Community Center
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 9:00 am

Each day we will focus on two crafty art projects. The camp is Monday- Thursday 9am-11am. We will do some activities as well. Residents are $8 for the week Non-Residents are $16 for the week. There is a 20 kid maximum. Register online at SRAC.clubautomation.com or at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Jul
15
Thu
Rockin’ on Raiford @ Downtown Selma
Jul 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rockin' on Raiford @ Downtown Selma | Selma | North Carolina | United States

Rockin’ on Raiford is a Downtown Selma Summer Concert Series.

Grab your chair and some friends and come on down for some great food, some great music from local bands and a real party atmosphere.

May 20th – StingRayz Band
with O’Taste & Sea Food Truck

June 17th – Kyran & Friends
with Mama Nem’s Soul Food Truck

July 15th – John Howie, Jr & The Rosewood Bluffs
with Fired Up Pizza & BBQ Food Truck

August 19th – The Parking Lot Ramblers
with King’s Authentic Cheesesteaks Food Truck

Coolers are not allowed. Social distance rules apply.
**Call ahead to confirm band and food truck
For more information, please call Selma Parks and Recreation at 919-975-1411

Jul
16
Fri
Smithfield Parks & Recreation Month @ Smithfield Recreation & Aquatic Center & Community Park
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am
Smithfield Parks & Recreation Month @ Smithfield Recreation & Aquatic Center & Community Park | Smithfield | North Carolina | United States

COME SWIM !!!! Admission: Non-perishable food for Backpack Buddies (10am-2pm) or (4pm-8pm)

Jul
17
Sat
Vacation Bible School @ 204 Rick's Rd
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come join us “Under The Sea” for Vacation Bible School at Faith Baptist, 204 Rick’s Rd, Selma NC. Time will be 9am until 2pm with lunch provided! There will be a water slide!!

Jul
19
Mon
Johnston County Middle School Performing Arts Camp @ Cleveland High School
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day
Johnston County Middle School Performing Arts Camp @ Cleveland High School | Clayton | North Carolina | United States

Open to all current and rising middle school students! Participants will be taught skills that include dance, performing with flags, rifles, sabres. Develop skills to allow you to be a part of a performance group at your current or future school. Students from any county are welcome.