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


Special Needs Dance

We look forward to celebrating the Roaring 20's with you at the 2020 Special Needs Dance on March 21 from 7-9 p.m.! Every year, we host this themed dance for special needs participants 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. 

Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Community Park is annually held on the morning of Good Friday, each year.  Mark your calendar for Friday, April 10, 2020! 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 cornhole, from pickleball to basketweaving. Registration and dates for the 2020 Games will be available the first of the year. 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. Join us Saturday, May 9, 2020  at 9 a.m. for the 37th running of this popular 5K.  Runners and walkers age 7 and up can register for the 5K  Ages 6 & under can participate in the .1 mile Tot Trot.   This is a certified course by US Track & Field so timing chips and free T-shirts are provided! Registration starts February 1. 

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! Mark your Calendar for May 15, 2020 at 10 a.m.

July 4th Celebration

Make it a family tradition! The Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton is always on the holiday, July 4th. Click here for maps and all the details! Activities start at 4 p.m. and include free family field games, free ice cream, free watermelon, a free hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department and a free concert. Also look out for food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The fireworks shoot off at dark and often the live music, inflatables and rides will run another half hour after the show. That way, you can have more fun instead of sitting in traffic. Views of the fireworks from locations like Town Square and Horne Square (where you may have watched from in years past) are obscured. If you want to see all the fireworks and have all the fun, you've got to be at Municipal Park on July 4!!​ 

Clayton Farm and Community Market

Open every Saturday, April through October from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, 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.

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 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. $5 per child over the age of 2. Adults ride for free.

Boo Bash - Halloween Special Needs Dance

We've added a special Halloween-edition of our popular FREE dance for special needs participants 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. Check back for the 2020 date!

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. Friday, October 30, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Harvest Festival

Together, the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce will host 5 days of fun at the Clayton Harvest Festival brought to you by Food Lion. With roots that date back to 1951, this current 5-day festival now attracts an estimated 30,000 people to Downtown Clayton. The festival features carnival rides, games, the Squealin’ on the Square BBQ competition, Johnston County's largest vendor fair, a car show, motorcycle show, tractor shows,local talent performances, and the third annual Latin American Festival. And we'll see the return of the Clayton Harvest Festival Military Crossroads on Saturday as well, complete with a military plane fly-over!

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.”   Mark your calendar for the 2020 installment of this great event on December 3 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.

Santa Calls

Would your children love to get a call from Santa? He'll be making calls to Clayton children the second week of December! This is a free service for children age 3 to 8. Sign ups start the week of Thanksgiving each year. 


Santa’s Workshop

Enjoy a family morning before the annual Clayton Christmas Parade and join us from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clayton Community Center! Children can make crafts and visit with Santa, Free with the donation of two canned goods for Clayton Area Ministries which serves needy families in the Clayton area. 

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!  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.  Mark your calendar for December 12, 2020! 

Breakfast with Santa 

Ages 5 & under with a parent are welcome to come to the Clayton Community Center to enjoy a stack of delicious pancakes with Santa Claus! You'll also make a holiday craft. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged! Thank you for joining us in 2019, check back in Fall 2020 for the new date! 


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 

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