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Free concerts, festivals & so much more in Downtown Clayton!

Clayton Farm and Community MarketClayton Farm and Community Market - Open every Saturday, 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.

Halloween Parade Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat  - On Tuesday, October 31, 2019, this holiday tradition allows costumed children and their parents to take over Downtown Clayton…marching down Main Street where they are greeted by local business owners who are waiting to hand them goodies and treats on the sidewalks. This event runs from 2::00-3:30 p.m. 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 3:30 p.m. 

 Clayton Harvest & Music Festival

Clayton Harvest & Music Festival - Organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commercethis is by far, the biggest event in the Town of Clayton drawing nearly 20,000 people from all over the state to downtown for 5 days of music, vendors, food, rides, performances and so much more for the entire family.  The dates are Oct. 30- Nov. 3, 2019  so mark your calendars to be in Downtown Clayton! 

Downtown Clayton, NC is proud to host what's being called the "holy grail of music festivals" - The Shindig! Heading into its 8th year in Clayton, the Shindig promises amazing Americana bands and regional craft beers - all while maintaining an intimate feeling! Admission is FREE! Town Square, Nov. 2, 2019! The Shindig will be rocking Town Square the same time as the huge Clayton Harvest Festival vendor fair t- two great festivals - one awesome downtown. 


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, Dec. 5, 2019 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 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 14, 2019 in Downtown Clayton!


Clayton Road Race

Clayton Road Race - Don't pass on 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 is Saturday, May 12, 2018!  The annual Clayton Road Race has been going on for 34 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!  Click here to register now! 

Town Square Concert SeriesTown Square Concert Series – Join us for the FREE Town Square Concert Series every month from May through September, which draws more than 1,000 people to the corner of Main and South Fayetteville streets (110 W. Main St.) Set your calendars for June 21, July 19, Aug. 23, Sept. 7 and Oct. 19, 2018. Click the link for more info, including the list of performers. The CDDA recently expanded the concert venue to make way for more vendors, more community groups, more food and beverages and a better all-around concert experience. Bring a blanket or chair - the fun starts at 5:30 and music starts at 6:30! 

Mondo Roots Art & Music Festival - Saturday, June 2, 2018 from noon to  p.m., Downtown Clayton comes alive with this FREE eclectic and diverse music and arts festival. Hosted by Earth Plow Productions and Clayton Visual Arts, this year's festival, now in its 2nd year, will include an array of funk, jazz, blues bands and world music playing in the heart of downtown. fan favorite vendors are back featuring arts and crafts and we are adding some exciting new artists and performers. With this FREE event, organizers aim to bring multiple cultures, races and walks of life together to celebrate diversity and to make a stronger community. From food to dance, you're sure to see every continent represented! Click here for more details.

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 33-year-old tradition that you can't miss.  The biggest fireworks show in the area starts at dark! This year July 4th falls on a Tuesday - so see you for our best show yet - Tuesday, July 4, 2018!


Movie Nights at Town Square – Bring your own blankets and enjoy a FREE movie under the stars at Clayton Town Square, located at 110 West Main Street in the heart of Downtown Clayton. In 2018, we'll feature Incredibles 2 on October 5, Boss Baby on Oct. 12 and Coco on October 26! No movie tickets needed here!  The fun starts at 6 p.m. with face painting and a bounce house, vendors, food trucks and more!  

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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