Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina

Community Center: 

Community Center Hours
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Physical Address:
715 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC 27520

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 contact the Special Events Coordinator Amy Shearin. The application is available here 

Clayton Farm and Community Market

Open every Saturday, April through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Clayton Farm & Community Market sells everything from local farmers with not only their fresh veggies and fruit but also local honey, locally made soaps, crafts and much more.  The market is 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. For questions regarding the Farm and Community Market please contact info@cfcmnc.org

Christmas Village and 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.”   It is with great disappointment that the Clayton Downtown Development Association and the Town of Clayton have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Christmas Village and Tree Lighting. This is one of our most popular annual events, and we had hoped to be able to continue the tradition this year. We encourage you to continue to make Downtown Clayton a part of your holiday celebrations. Alternative activities are in the planning stages – Small Business Saturday, storefront decorating and an opportunity to see Santa Downtown are sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! Check back for more information as we get closer to December.


Santa Calls

Would your children love to get a call from Santa? Santa will be making calls to Clayton families on Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th  from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This is a free service for children age 3 to 8. Sign ups start the week of Thanksgiving and are due by December 4. Check back for the form to sign up. 


Santa’s Workshop

This holiday season, the Clayton Youth Council (CYC) wants to make gift-giving a little easier by hosting a Drive-Thru Santa's Workshop. They have prepared craft kits for each child to make at home while watching Santa make each craft on the Clayton Parks and Recreation Facebook each evening.  CYC will be collecting a cash donation for admission onsite the day of the Drive-Thru.  All proceeds will be donated to the Harbor of Johnston County. Advance registration is required at ClaytonParks.org/Register Drive thru pick up is on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Christmas 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! In response to public health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, the Clayton Rotary Club and Town of Clayton have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Clayton Christmas Parade.


 Spring Special Needs Dance

Every year, we host 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. Check back for our next dance date. 

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 and Clayton Fire Department will be on hand at 9:30 a.m. to take pictures with the whole family! Plan to arrive early, parking is VERY limited.

Brunch with the Easter Bunny

Children ages 5 & under are invited to join the Easter Bunny for a pancake breakfast, craft and a story with the Easter Bunny!  Check back for the date!

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 3 decades, the Johnston County Senior Games has been celebrating athletes in events ranging from the 100 meter dash to corn-hole, from pickleball to basket-weaving. Check back for registration and dates. Stop by the Community Center for more info and an application, register online or email Matt Lorion at mlorion@townofclaytonnc.org for more information. 

Clayton Road Race

The annual Clayton Road Race is held on the second Saturday in May on the streets of Downtown Clayton. Prior to COVID-19, the race was scheduled on Saturday, May 9, 2020  at 9 a.m. for the 37th running of this popular 5K. It was RESCHEDULED to Saturday, August 8.  And has now been officially canceled. Please check back for new dates when it becomes possible to run public races again. This is a certified course by US Track & Field so timing chips and free T-shirts are provided! 

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! Unfortunately our May 15, 2020 event was canceled by COVID-19, but we look forward to seeing you in 2021! 

July 4th Celebration

Unfortunately, our Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton has been canceled due to COVID-19 state restrictions. We are all disappointed and will miss the 6 hours of fun that we normally plan, topped off by the best fireworks show around! Instead this year, we had an awesome FREE virtual concert with the Malpass Brothers - click here to watch the wonderful video event! 


Halloween Hayride

Meet Halloween characters, play games and win prizes as you ride around the trail at Clayton Community Park. It's normally the Friday before Halloween. With restrictions on gathering sizes in place by the N.C. Governor’s office and specific guidance on the potential dangers of hayrides, the Halloween Hayride event is not possible this year.


Boo Bash - Halloween Special Needs Dance

We've added a special Halloween-edition of our popular FREE dance for participants with special needs in middle school, high school and adults! Wear your favorite costume and come dance the night away!– We just ask you wear soft-soled shoes so we don't scuff up the gym floor at the Clayton Community Center. Great volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible. While the 2020 event is canceld, we are looking forward to seeing you in 2021! 

Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat

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, everyone is invited to Town Square (corner of Main and Fayetteville Streets) where the fun continues with games and more goodies for the children. With restrictions on gathering sizes in place by the N.C. Governor’s office, the Downtown Clayton Trick-or-Treat is not possible this year. We look forward to seeing you in 2021! 

Harvest 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 the Spring Fling Festival Website.




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