1st Fridays concerts return in July

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The City of Wilson’s annual 1st Fridays on the Lawn, free community concert series, will continue to be held on the Wilson County Library lawn at 249 Nash St.

The concerts are free, family-friendly events that also include a kids’ area with free activities for children, local food vendors and informational community booths. The Human Relations Commission sponsors the concerts.

1st Fridays on the Lawn will kick off July 6 and continue on Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. The exact line up of band is still in the works but will always include rock, country, R&B and an international style of music. The goal of the concerts is to bring music to Wilson not typically heard in venues around town.

Each evening when the band takes a break, families will be able to enjoy intermission acts. These acts vary from local dance studio performance to international and a variety of cultural activities to continue the diversity theme.

As part of the concert series, the Human Relations Commission will continue to celebrate National Night Out on Aug. 3.

Local food vendors will sell a variety of affordable menus on Jackson Street, next to the lawn each month.

As a way to continue that engagement, the Human Relations Commission encourages non-profit organizations to contact the Human Relations Office to register for an educational or outreach community booth.

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will continue to move indoors in the Arts Council’s Boykin Center. The schedule remains the same with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the music starting at 6 p.m.

To learn more about the concerts, activities, bands and the Human Relations Commission search for “1st Fridays on the Lawn” on the City of Wilson’s website (WilsonNC.org) or contact the Human Relations Office by calling 399-2308.