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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

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. Mark your calendar: Friday, March 29, 2019 7-9pm. 

Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Community Park is annually held on the morning of Good Friday, each year.  Join us Friday, April 19, 2019!  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!   

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. Join us March 27-April 12. Registration deadline is March 1. Stop by the Community Center for more info and an application, register online or email Matt Lorion at 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 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. for the 36th 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 4. 

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 17, 2019 at 10 a.m.

July 4th Celebration

Join us Thursday, July 4, 2019 fpr the 39th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton. 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!!​ 

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. (This is a half-hour earlier than last year since we always seem to run out of daylight!) $5 per child over the age of 2. Adults ride for free. Check back for the 2019 date! 

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! Check back for the 2019 date! Come wearing your favorite costume – we just ask you wear soft-soled shoes so we don't scuff up the gym floor at the Clayton Community Center. We're also adding games, such as limbo. Great volunteers from Clayton Youth Council and other organizations help make this possible. 

Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat in Downtown Clayton! Check back for the 2019 date! This holiday tradition allows costumed children (12 & under) and their parents to 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. 

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 2nd grade. We're sorry the deadline for submitting a Santa Calls form has passed! 


Santa’s Workshop

Enjoy a family morning before the annual Clayton Christmas Parade and join us Saturday, December 8, 2018 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. 

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! Join us Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Residents are $5. Non-residents are $10. 

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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