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

Click here to see our full Calendar of Events or click here to only see the schedule of Events for Downtown.

Clayton Farm and Community MarketClayton Farm and Community Market - Open Saturdays, 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.

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, November 30, 2017 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 9, 2017 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 13, 2017!  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, more than 1,000 people head to 110 W. Main Street, at the corner of Main and South Fayetteville streets. Set your calendars for May 19, June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 8, 2017. Stay tuned for the performer announcement! The Clayton Downtown Development Association 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 square opens at 5:30! 

Mondo Roots Art & Music Festival - Saturday, June 3, 2017 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, 2017!


 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 this annual weekend of music, vendors, food, rides, performances and so much more for the entire family.  The dates fare September 13-17, 2017- so mark your calendars to be in Downtown Clayton! 

Halloween Parade Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat  - On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, this holiday tradition allows costumed preschoolers and their parents to take over Main Street…marching down the sidewalks where they are greeted by local business owners who are waiting to hand them goodies and treats on the sidewalks.  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 4:00 PM.

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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