Community Events

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. If you are interested in planning an event, please email Amy Shearin, the Emergency Management Coordinator. The Special Events Permit Application (PDF) is available here.

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.

Many of our annual special events have been postponed due to COVID-19. As restrictions begin to ease, we hope to be able to announce dates for events to be held later in the year. Check back often and like us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest information about upcoming special events

All Town of Clayton events can be found here

Happening in Clayton:

Easter Egg Hunt

A girl and her mother pose with the Easter BunnyThe annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Community Park is typically held on the morning of Good Friday each year. The Egg Hunt is for preschoolers (roughly age 5 and under) and begins promptly at 10:30 am. The Easter Bunny and Clayton Fire Department are on hand at 9:30 am to take pictures with the whole family! Plan to arrive early: parking is very limited.

Brunch with the Easter Bunny

Children ages 5 and under can join the Easter Bunny for a pancake breakfast, craft and a story. Check back for the 2022 date!

Spring Special Needs Dance

People having fun at the Spring Special Needs DanceClayton Parks and Recreation hosts this themed dance for participants with special needs 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.


NC Senior Games

Attendees play games at NC Senior GamesAre 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. Check back for registration and dates. Email Matt Lorion for more information.



Clayton Road Race

Clayton Road RaceThe annual Clayton Road Race is typically held on the second Saturday in May on the streets of Downtown Clayton.

Please check back for 2022 date. This is a certified course by U.S. Track and Field, so timing chips and free T-shirts are provided!


Senior Recognition Day

A band composed of seniors plays at Senior Recognition DayAlways the third Friday in May in the Council Chambers of The Clayton Center at 111 E Second Street. Citizens ages 55 and up are invited to join us for a little fun and excitement as Clayton appreciates its Seniors! Clayton Parks and Recreation is proud to team up with free food, music and entertainment for your enjoyment.

Boo Bash - Halloween Special Needs Dance

An Elvis impersonator sings to attendees at the Boo BashFriday, October 22nd, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Clayton Community Center! Our popular free Halloween dance for participants with special needs in middle school, high school and adults will take place outside this year! Wear your favorite costume and come dance the night away! Great volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible.


Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat

A child dressed up as the solar system at Downtown Clayton Trick or TreatFriday, October 29th from 1 to 3 pm. 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 grab a Halloween craft to go! (Corner of Main and Fayetteville Streets)