Johnston County Event Calendar

Smithfield Scavenger Hunt @ Town of Smithfield
Sep 4 – Sep 20 all-day
Smithfield Scavenger Hunt @ Town of Smithfield

Teams of 2-5 people. It starts today and ends on September 20th at 5pm. Take pictures of the places and send them via email to or Get them all right and you are entered to win a great prize. Figure out the riddle no answers are given. Good Luck

“THE AWAKENING” SOUNDS FOR SCULPTURE – Facebook Live Event @ The Clayton Center Online Event
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Seward Johnson AtelierChristian Tamburr performing and world-renowned composer/musician Christian Tamburr announce their collaboration Sounds For Sculpture “The Awakening.” Enjoy this one-of-a-kind performance by the Christian Tamburr Quintet on Wednesday, September 9, at 7:00 PM.

This dynamic live performance features an all-star ensemble of Grammy and Tony recognized musicians. The quintet performs Tamburr’s original musical compositions inspired by 10 of Seward Johnson’s breathtaking sculptures.

Sounds For Sculpture premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City in August 2019. It was well-received and played to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. Its musical influences are rooted in modern and traditional jazz, South American rhythms, and contemporary vocals.

This show is presented by The Clayton Center, North Carolina Arts Council, Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation and Manifold Studios. It is part of our ongoing Wednesday Night Livestream concert series. Access the performance from our Facebook Live page.

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Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer and arranger with touring and performances in over 67 countries around the world. Downbeat magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performance” award, and he is a five-time “Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award recipient on vibraphone.

Christian is the current musical director, pianist and arranger for 2018 double Grammy nominee Clint Holmes Soundtrack On Tour and The Modern Warrior. In addition to his public performances, Christian travels as CEO and lead facilitator of Sonic Leadership LLC, bringing unique musically inspired presentations on leadership and training to corporate teams around the globe.

Community Yard Sale @ Adams Point
Sep 12 all-day

Large community wide yard sale Adams Point subdivision 7am-2pm

JOHN BROWN QUARTET – Facebook Live Event @ The Clayton Center Online Event
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

John Brown with bassThe multi-talented John Brown brings his quartet to The Clayton Center stage on Wednesday, September 16. The performance is part of our ongoing Facebook Live concert series, which begins at 7:00 PM.

A successful bassist, composer, educator and actor, John currently serves as Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. He has a long history of performance excellence. At the age of 13, he began performing with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. He was playing Principal Bass with that orchestra and performing with the Florence Symphony in South Carolina while still in high school.

John has performed in the United States and abroad with artists that include Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter, Lou Donaldson, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Fred Wesley and Mark Whitfield.

He also has a Grammy nomination for his performance and co-writing on Nnenna Freelon’s 1996 Concord release, Shaking Free. His extensive experience includes performances at notable venues like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note, Blues Alley, and the Hollywood Bowl and at major jazz festivals like the Playboy Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Free Jazz Festival (Brazil) and Jazz e Vienne (France).

This event is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. It is part of our ongoing Wednesday Night Livestream concert series. Access the performance from our Facebook Live page.

Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Virtual Event submit pictures through email
Sep 22 – Oct 25 all-day
Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Virtual Event submit pictures through email | Smithfield | North Carolina | United States

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PROJECT 63 – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center @ The Clayton Center
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

And they’re back….The Clayton Center welcomes Project 63 back to the stage on Wednesday, September 23. This Alt Americana band made their debut on our Facebook livestream series back on the first of July. They have since released their newest album, “Lost In The Light.”

Join us on Facebook Live at 7 PM and connect with our growing community of local livestream music lovers. The live stream is free, but you can show your support by donating to the Project 63 virtual tip jar during the show.

PIEDMONT LAUREATE TAMARA KISSANE – Special Facebook Live Event @ The Clayton Center Online Event
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Love in space, at the seashore, in the backyard.
Love in the future, one hundred years ago, and right this very moment.
Love between family, friends, and lovers.
Broken love, silly love, healing love.

It’s all in here. The Declaration of Love Project.

2020 Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane and colleague Aurelia Belfield of Artist Soapbox commissioned 11 North Carolina playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

Though the resulting original pieces span the gamut in style, setting, and content, they all spark emotions and unleash imagination through story and sound.

Recorded remotely by local actors, the finished, sound designed scenes will be released to the public in podcast form later this year. But Tamara will present six of the 11 audio pieces in a special appearance on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Livestream on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.

This special event, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, will feature the following scenes:

Love is All I Know (Robin Carmon Marshall) and Happy Anniversary (Lakeisha Coffey), performed live by actors Lakeisha Coffey and Thaddaeus Edwards.

Video performances of Game On (Tamara Kissane) and Constellation (Aurelia Belfield) by actors Aurelia Belfield, Kyma Lassiter, AhDream Smith, and Lamont Reed.

Audio performances of Always (Thaddaeus Edwards) and The Gifts We Leave (Michael Ivory) by Trevor Johnson and Sai Graham and Yolanda Rabun (the same Yolanda Rabun who performed on our livestream with her band back in August).

During the event Tamara and Aurelia, co-producers and directors of the scenes, will discuss the project and their love for the audio drama art form.

NEW COVENANT – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center @ The Clayton Center
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Clayton Center prenew covenant gospel groupsents the first gospel performance of our Livestream Concert series, featuring New Covenant from just up the road in Wendell.

New Covenant brings to the stage a blend of Contemporary Christian, praise and worship, and southern gospel music, and they are even known to take a nostalgic journey with the music of the 50s and 60s.

The members of New Covenant are Larry Johnson, Sherry Gammon, Joanna King, Jeremy Gamble, and Angela Millenbaugh. Each member has the versatility of singing various vocal parts, and together they bring a casual yet spirited performance to a variety of musical venues. Roots run deep and wide as the individual members originate everywhere from Central and Eastern North Carolina, to Central Alabama, Texas and across the “pond” in England.

Learn more about New Covenant here.

Selma Railroad Days Festival @ Uptown Selma
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Selma Railroad Days Festival @ Uptown Selma | Selma | North Carolina | United States

The Town of Selma Parks and Recreation Department announced today that it will host virtual events, a model train display, a Food Truck Rodeo, and an online merchandise store to commemorate the 2020 Railroad Days Festival.

On Friday, Oct. 2nd from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at the corner of Webb and Waddell Streets, the 4th Annual Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo will be held in collaboration with the Selma Firefighters Association BBQ Cook-Off. Take out, car hop, and walk up options will be available. Social distancing guidelines will apply here, so please be prepared to wear your mask and stay 6ft from your neighbor.

The planned virtual events include an “All-Aboard” Hollering Contest where participants submit their videos of their best impression of a train conductor yelling “All-Aboard”. Along with a Railroad Days D.I.Y. Train contest, where participants build a train out of everyday household items and submit their photo for judging.

The model train display at Historic Union Depot is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2nd and 3rd 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This display will be the work of the North Raleigh Model Train Club. Social distancing guidelines will apply here also, so please be prepared to wear your mask and stay 6ft from your neighbor while inside the Historic Union Depot.

“The committee is very excited about this year’s events to celebrate the Festival. The Selma Railroad Days Online Merchandise store will offer t-shirts and hats for purchase until September 23rd. You can find the link to purchase items on the Selma Parks and Recreation website, and all of our social media outlets. As always, please continue to support local Selma businesses and stay safe.” Stated Parks and Director and Railroad Days Committee Chairman, Billy Roach.

Complete information about the 2020 Selma Railroad Days Festival can be found on our website, Selma Railroad Days Facebook page and Selma Parks and Recreation Facebook & Instagram pages, or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department.

WILLIAM SEYMOUR – Live via YouTube @ The Clayton Center
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

William Seymour performs The Clayton Center’s Wednesday night livestream concert series continues on October 7 with the music of William Seymour.

William is a singer-songwriter based out of Greenville. His sound can be described as a mix of blues, soul and Americana. His influences come from artists such as Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton and Ray Lamontagne. He is a former band member with Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey (Rebekah performed on our livestream earlier this summer) and The Broadcast. His current project is the release of his debut solo album Quicksand, available on all streaming platforms. You can listen to William’s music here.

Note: this is the first performance that will stream live via YouTube. To access the concert and subscribe to our YouTube channel, click here.