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

Clayton Farm and Community MarketClayton Farm and Community Market - This open-air market happens every Saturday, April through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with local farmers and vendors bringing their fresh, locally grown and made veggies, fruits, meats, honey, homemade soaps and much more.  It’s located at Horne Square, 348 E. Main Street, on the 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  - 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. Please stay tuned for an announcement on this event for 2020.

 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 an estimated 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 2020 Clayton Harvest Festival has been canceled. Instead the Clayton Chamber of Commerce is planning the Spring Fling Festival from April 21-25, 2021. For more information go to https://www.claytonspringfestival.com/

Downtown Clayton, NC is proud to host what's been called the "holy grail of music festivals" - The Shindig! The Shindig promises amazing Americana bands and regional craft beers - all while maintaining an intimate feeling! Admission is FREE! The Shindig usually rocks Town Square the same time as the huge Clayton Harvest Festival vendor fair, but for 2020, the Shindig has been cancelled. Stay tuned for more information by following their Facebook page: TheClaytonShindig


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.”  Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 as the Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. (CDDA) but stay tuned for details on whether the pandemic may alter his beloved event. We usually close 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.  Saturday, December 12, 2020 is the planned date for the parade, but stay tuned to this page to find out whether the pandemic may alter this event. 


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! The 2020 race had to be canceled for the first time in 35 years. Everyone from 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds gear up to complete this challenging 5K on a certified US Track & Field course, so we hope it will be able to return soon. There's also a Health Walk and a Tot Trot for the little ones. Start & finish at The Clayton Center!

Town Square Concert SeriesTown Square Concert Series – The annual FREE Town Square Concert Series is held every month from May through September and usually draws more than 1,000 people to the corner of Main and South Fayetteville streets (110 W. Main St.). For 2020, the series has been postponed, with fingers crossed that the concerts can be rescheduled. Check back for news on September's possibilities. 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. Dozens bring blankets or chairs - the fun starts at 5:30 and LIVE music starts at 6:30! 

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 2020, the event had to be cancelled but we definitely plan to bring it back on July 4, 2021. The best seat in the house is at Municipal Park off West Stalling Street, just a few blocks off Main Street. The fun usually starts at 4 p.m. with FREE ice cream, FREE watermelon, FREE games for the kids, a FREE spray down by the Clayton Fire Department, and a FREE concert by great local bands. This is an awesome 36-year-old tradition that you can't miss.  The biggest fireworks show in the area starts at dark! 


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.  The fun starts at 6 p.m. with face painting and a bounce house, vendors, food trucks and more!  No dates have been scheduled for 2020 or 2021 at this time. 

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 by calling our Special Events Coordinator at Clayton Parks & Recreation. Call 919-553-1550. 

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