Free concerts, festivals & so much more in Downtown Clayton!
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Clayton Farm and Community Market - Open Saturdays, April through October from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM selling everything from local farmers with not only their fresh veggies and fruit but also local honey, locally made soaps and much more. It’s located at Horne Square, 348 E. Main Street, corner of Main and South Lombard Streets. There are two Holiday Markets, one in November and the other in December as well as Winter Markets from November through March.
Town Square Concert Series - 2016 is ushering a new year of great changes and improvements for the popular and FREE Town Square Concert Series. Every month from May through September, more than 1,000 people crowd into Town Square, 110 W. Main Street, at the corner of Main and South Fayetteville streets. This year, the Clayton Downtown Development Association is expanding the concert venue set-up to accommodate more vendors, more community groups, more food and beverages and a better all-around concert experience. Traditionally the concerts were held on Thursdays but this year, we're mixing it up - trying out Fridays and Saturdays too! Bring a blanket and enjoy the local vendors like Deep River Brewing and Wine on Main, plus an assortment of food trucks. Square opens at 5:30!
Clayton Harvest & Music Festival - Organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, this is by far, the biggest event in the Town of Clayton drawing nearly 20,000 people from all over the state to downtown for this annual weekend of music, vendors, food, rides, performances and so much more for the entire family. The dates for 2016 are September 14-18th - so mark your calendars to be in Downtown Clayton!
Halloween Parade - On Monday, October 31, 2016, this holiday tradition allows costumed preschoolers and their parents to take over Main Street…marching down the sidewalks where they are greeted by local business owners who are waiting to hand them goodies and treats on the sidewalks. Once you've filled up your bags with goodies, everyone is invited to Town Square, 110 E. Main Street, (corner of Main and Fayetteville Streets) where the fun continues with games and more goodies for the children until 4:00 PM.
Christmas Village & Tree Lighting - Every year, more than 5,000 people head to Main Street on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving for the festive and popular “Christmas Village & Tree Lighting.” Join us Thursday, December 1, 2016 as the Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. (CDDA) closes Main Street for 2-1/2 hours of music, holiday cheer, a business open house, and, of course, the traditional tree lighting at Town Square.
Christmas Parade - There’s just something about a small town Christmas Parade! Sponsored and organized by the Clayton Rotary. the event features more than 100 colorful floats, booming marching bands and of course, Santa Claus! Join us along Main Street on the second Saturday in December at 3:00 PM to grab a front row seat anywhere from Smith Street to Robertson Street. Join us Saturday, December 10th in Downtown Clayton!
Mondo Roots Art & Music Festival
- Clayton Visual Arts, Inc's
is bringing Downtown Clayton a fun, new, eclectic cultural experience called "Mondo Roots." This first-of-its-kind festival will include nationally-known musical acts performing on the main stage in Town Square, plus multiple food trucks, craft beer, quality wine, handmade arts and crafts, fine arts vendors, and live art performances. This is a free event for all ages on Saturday, June 4th from 1 -9 p.m. on Main Street.
July 4th Celebration - Always held on July 4th, this is by far the biggest Town-sponsored event all year with great views of the fireworks from all over Downtown Clayton. For the best seat in the house, join us at Municipal Park, West Stalling Street, just a few blocks off Main Street at 4:00 PM for FREE ice cream, FREE watermelon, FREE games for the kids, FREE spray down by the Clayton Fire Department, and a FREE concert by great local bands. This is an awesome 32 year old tradition that you can't miss. The biggest fireworks show in the area starts at dark!
Clayton Road Race - Who could pass up the chance to run wild through the streets of Downtown Clayton?! Hundreds come out every year for one of the longest-running road races in the Triangle! This year's race was Saturday, May 14, 2016! The annual Clayton Road Race has been going on for more than 32 years with everyone from 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds gearing up to complete this challenging 5K on a certified US Track & Field course. There's also a Health Walk and a Tot Trot for the little ones. Start & finish at The Clayton Center!
Planning a special event of your own?
A Special Events Permit is required to hold an event on any public property in the Town of Clayton. The application is available here and in the Planning Department located in our Town Hall/Clayton Center complex at 111 East Second Street in downtown Clayton.