Events in Wake Forest, N.C.

Wake Forest, N.C., just north of Raleigh, is a vibrant town to spend your time in, and their annual events make the area even more lively and welcoming.

Wake Forest Mardi Gras
Wake Forest’s family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration features a children’s parade, games and a king-and-queen costume contest.

HerbFest
This annual downtown event in April features the largest selection of herb plants for sale on one acre. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find herb, HerbFest may be the right stop on your day-trip.

Six Sundays in Spring
E. Carroll Joyner Park hosts a free concert series on six consecutive Suns., starting in April. Bring a picnic blanket and come enjoy live music in a warm outdoor environment!

Meet in the Street
A downtown street festival in May, Meet in the Street offers live music, entertainment, kids’ activities and a wide variety of artisans’ booths with arts and crafts.

Fourth of July Celebration
Wake Forest’s two-day Fourth of July Celebration includes a Fireworks Spectacular, the Children’s Parade and the Art and Games-in-the-Park with sack races, tug of war and a pie-eating contest.

Beach Night on White
Celebrating the end of summer, downtown Wake Forest hosts a night of dancing to live beach music in Aug. Downtown merchants and restaurants on White St. will stay open later for all visitors to enjoy.

Wake Forest Unplugged
This unique Wake Forest event in Sept. has families disconnecting from their electronics and reconnecting with families, friends and life with a day of activities and games.

Lighting of Wake Forest
In early Dec., watch the kickoff of the holidays with the annual lighting of Wake Forest’s Christmas tree and an arrival by Santa Claus.

Wake Forest Christmas Parade
Wake Forest’s largest community event, the Christmas Parade in Dec. celebrates the holiday season with festive floats in downtown Wake Forest.