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Free movies, free concerts & so much more is going on in Downtown Clayton.

Click here to see our full Calendar of Events or click here to only see the schedule of Events for Downtown.

Clayton Farm and Community MarketClayton 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.


Christmas Village & Tree Lighting 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 3, 2015 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 ParadeChristmas Parade - There’s just something about a small town Christmas Parade!  Sponsored and organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 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 12th in Downtown Clayton!



Town Square Concert SeriesTown Square Concert Series - These FREE concerts bring more than 1,000 people to Town Square, 110 W. Main Street, at the corner of Main and South Fayetteville Streets.  Every year 5 different bands cater to a variety of musical tastes.  These concerts are the 3rd Thursday of each month from May to September.  Bring a blanket and enjoy the local vendors like Deep River Brewing and an assortment of food trucks.  Click here to see the line up for this year!


Zaxby’s Movie NightZaxby’s Movie Nights - Bring the family to Town Square, 110 W. Main Street for Zaxby’s FREE  movie nights. May 2nd, August 22nd, and September 18th!  Bring your own blankets, drinks and food and enjoy a movie under the stars. The fun always starts at 6:30 PM with face painting by Sybil the Clown, a bouncy house, Karaoke, balloon twisting, and more. Refreshments, food trucks and other vendors are available before and during the movie. The movie starts at 8:00 PM.  Click here to learn more! 


Millstock Art & Music Festival  Millstock Art & Music Festival  (Clayton Visual Arts) - Clayton’s annual summer arts festival is brought to you by Clayton Visual Arts, Inc. the first Saturday in June in Horne Square, 348 E. Main Street at the corner of Main & Lombard Streets. The event, heading into its 15th year, focuses on LOCALLY-CREATED ART and fills Horne Square with talented works from pencil sketching to elaborate sculptures.  It is a rain-or-shine event and runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  It’s all free to the public to browse and enjoy…with attendance ranging over 1,500 people.  See you Downtown on June 6, 2015!

Clayton Road Race Clayton Road Race - Who could pass up the chance to run wild through the streets of Downtown Clayton?! Hundreds come out every year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend for one of the longest-running road races in the Triangle! 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! 


July 4thJuly 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 Harvest & Music Festival  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. 2015 promises 5 days of fun from September 16th to the 20th.


Halloween Parade Halloween Parade - On Friday, October 30, 2015, 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.

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.

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