Community Events

If you are interested in knowing how you can participate in any of Clayton Parks and Recreations special events, please email Lauren Lambert, our Marketing and Special Events Coordinator.

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All Town of Clayton events can be found here

Happening in Clayton: 


Easter Egg Hunt

This free family fun event is one of our absolute favorites! We provide over 12,000 eggs for kids to pick up! The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance so be sure to bring your cameras! March 23, 2024 - Enjoy bounce houses, lawn games, and Pelican's Snoballs from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., EGG HUNT begins at 11:00 a.m.! 

Arbor Day Movie Night

Join Clayton Parks and Recreation at Municipal Park as we celebrate Arbor Day with a family friendly movie night. Free tree seedlings, food trucks, planting resources, and The Lorax on the big screen! Friday, April 26th beginning at 5:00 p.m. Stop by for some fun and listen to music by Pork Chops fromMovie will start once the sun goes down.

Run the Branch 5k

Annual 5k - run 3.1 miles along Sam's Branch Greenway! This race starts and finishes at Municipal Park! Save the Date: May 11, 2024, 9:00 a.m.

Early bird registration begins March 1! $30 per participant and guarantees you a t-shirt. Price increases to $40 between April 23 - race day. For more information and to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Clayton/RuntheBranch5k

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! For more than three decades, the Johnston County Senior Games has been celebrating athletes in events ranging from the 100-meter dash to cornhole, from pickleball to basket-weaving. Head over to https://www.ncseniorgames.org/johnston for information, registration, and more!

Spring Special Needs Dance

Head back to the 80's as we break out our neons and hit the dance floor! This dance is open for children and adults of all ages with physical and/or mental disabilities. Volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible. Refreshments will be provided and support staff is welcome! May 24, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Clayton Community Center.

Boo Bash - Halloween Special Needs Dance

Our annual free Halloween dance and trunk or treat for participants with special needs will take place outside under the covered porch at the Clayton Community Center! Wear your favorite costume and come dance the night away! Volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible. Refreshments will be provided and support staff is welcome! October 25, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Clayton Community Center.

Trick or Treat Main Street

Trick or Treat in Downtown Clayton! This holiday tradition is designed for those with little legs to put on their costume and 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, stop by Town Square to snap a festive picture and play some games! Meet in Horne Square to get things started - 348 E Main St.

October 31st from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Downtown Clayton - 348 E Main St. 


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