Clayton Road Race
The annual Clayton Road Race is held on the second Saturday in May on the streets of Downtown Clayton. Join us Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 9 a.m. for the 34th running of this popular 5K. Runners and walkers age 7 and up can register right now online. Ages 6 & under can participate in the .1 mile Tot Trot. This is a certified course by US Track & Field so timing chips and free T-shirts are provided! Click here to find out more and register!
Senior Recognition Day
Always the third Friday in May in the Council Chambers of The Clayton Center at 111 E. Second Street. Citizens ages 55 & up are invited to join us for a little fun and excitement as Clayton appreciates its Seniors! Clayton Parks & Recreation is proud to team up with Free food, music and entertainment for your enjoyment! Mark your Calendar for May 19, 2017 at 10 a.m.!
July 4th Celebration
Join us every July 4th for our decades-old Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton. Activities start at 4 p.m. and include free family field games, free ice cream, free watermelon, a free hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department and a free concert. Also look out for food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The fireworks shoot off at dark and often the live music, inflatables and rides will run another half hour after the show. That way, you can have more fun instead of sitting in traffic. Views of the fireworks from locations like Town Square and Horne Square (where you may have watched from in years past) are obscured. If you want to see all the fireworks - more shells than we've ever had before - and have all the fun, you've got to be at Municipal Park on July 4!!
Meet Halloween characters, play games and win prizes as you ride around the trail at Clayton Community Park. Join us Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. $5 per child over the age of 2. Adults ride for free.
Halloween Special Needs Dance
New this year, we're adding a special Halloween-edition of our popular FREE dance for special needs participants in middle school, high school and adults! Come wearing your favorite costume – we just ask you wear soft-soled shoes so we don't scuff up the gym floor at the Clayton Community Center. We're also adding games, such as limbo. Great volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Trick or Treat in Downtown Clayton! This holiday tradition allows costumed preschoolers and their parents to take over Main Street…marching down the street and sidewalks where they are greeted by local business owners waiting to hand them goodies and treats. Once you've filled up your bags, everyone is invited to Town Square (corner of Main and Fayetteville Streets) where the fun continues with games and more goodies for the children. Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Would your children love to get a call from Santa? He'll be making calls to Clayton children the second week of December! This is a free service for children age 3 to 2nd grade. Santa Call forms are available online, starting the week of Thanksgiving. Calls will be made in early December.
Enjoy a family morning before the annual Clayton Christmas Parade and join us Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clayton Community Center! Children can make crafts and visit with Santa, Free with the donation of two canned goods for Clayton Area Ministries which serves needy families in the Clayton area.
Special Needs Dance
Every year, we host this themed dance for special needs participants in middle school or older. You have to wear soft-soled shoes so we don't scuff up the gym floor at the Clayton Community Center, but that just makes it easier to dance! Great volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible. 2017's dance has come and gone but check back later for dates on the next one! Check out this video from past years!
Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Community Park is annually held on the morning of Good Friday, each year. The Egg Hunt is for preschoolers (roughly age 5 and under) and will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny will arrive on a Clayton Fire Engine to meet and take pictures with the whole family! Plan to arrive early, parking is limited.
Breakfast with the Bunny
This fun event is aimed at children 5 & under who will enjoy pancakes, crafts and a story with the Easter Bunny at the Clayton Community Center. Mark your calendar for the Thursday before Good Friday!
NC Senior Games
Are you 50 or older? Do you know someone that is 50 or older? Get out for some fitness, fun and friendship! 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Johnston County Senior Games featuring everything from the 100 meter dash to cornhole, from pickleball to basketweaving. The games are held in Spring and registration starts the first of January. check back for 2018 dates!
For information on other events offered by the Town of Clayton visit Downtown Clayton - Events.