There’s plenty to do in 2018: From soccer to a rodeo, plenty of fun in Wilson

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Break out the 2018 calendar and start marking days!

While the new year is still very new, why not think ahead so you can plan around some of Wilson’s favorite events?

Not every organization has set its calendar of events for 2018, but plenty of them have.

For instance, this year’s N.C. Whirligig Festival is the first weekend in November again.

The festival is a huge draw, not only for the tens of thousands of visitors who flock to downtown Wilson, but also for craft and food vendors who sell their wares here.

The Wilson County Fair is another big draw. This year’s fair is Sept. 18-23.


There are a few remaining events in Boykin Series 21, including “The Motown Show” on Jan. 20 with Bill Myers, Dale Bryce and The NuTones.

Robert Finley and his guitar will be in town on Feb. 23. Finley, who is legally blind, has been playing guitar since he was a boy.

Delbert McClinton returns to town on March 23. A Grammy Award-winner, McClinton’s hits include “Givin’ It Up for Your Love” and duets “Good Man, Good Woman” with Bonnie Raitt and “Tell Me About It” with Tanya Tucker. He also recorded the opening song, “Weatherman” for the movie “Groundhog Day.”

Steady Drive Bluegrass Band is sure to draw a crowd on April 27. Kevin Lamm, a partner at Parker’s Barbecue, plays banjo with the regional band. The band plays gospel and traditional bluegrass.

If you’re interested in tickets for any of these Boykin Center shows, call 252-291-4329.


The Arts Council of Wilson’s ACT! for Youth has two remaining shows in its 2017-18 series.

Take the kids to see “Seussical the Musical” during a two-weekend run: Feb. 2-4 and Feb. 9-11. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. at the Boykin Center.

“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon One Act” will be presented April 20-21 at 7:30 at the Boykin and April 22 at 3 p.m.

For tickets call 291-9469.


Playhouse of Wilson will be working on two more shows in its 2017-18 season.

“Sister Act” will be presented March 9-10 and 16-17 at 8 p.m. and March 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. at the Boykin Center.

See “Noises Off” May 10-12 at 8 p.m. and May 13 at 3 p.m.

For tickets call 252-363-1933.


The Miss Wilson Scholarship Pageant returns to Wilson on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boykin Center as young women from across the region compete for the title and the opportunity to compete in the Miss North Carolina Pageant.

Miss Wilson’s Outstanding Teen will also be crowned.

Tickets are for sale at Fringe Salon and Hilton’s at Brentwood.


The spring semester will include a number of special events at Barton College, starting with the annual N.C. Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition Jan. 28-Feb. 22. Students and their families travel from throughout the region for this annual event.

Other Barton events the Barton College/ Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s Love the Symphony on Valentine’s Day featuring vocalist Melvin Tunstall and its annual spring concert April 29 with pianist Eric Mazonson in Kennedy Family Theatre.

Theatre at Barton presents its New Works Festival and Student Showcase Feb. 23-25 and “Little Women” April 19-22 at the Kennedy Family Theatre. “Little Women” is a contemporary musical based on the Louisa May Alcott novel.

Throughout the semester, there are lectures, visiting writers and gallery shows as well.

Graduation is May 12.


The fourth edition of the outdoor art exhibit opens on April 21 along Nash Street in downtown Wilson.

Once again, 100 photographers from around the world will submit photos for display on Nash Street storefronts.

There will also be a kids’ gallery as well as lectures and workshops.

The large-scale photographs stay on display for 100 days.


This year’s The Brittany Soccer Showcase is March 9-10 at Gillette Athletic Complex.

The tournament is held its year to celebrate the life of the late Brittany Willis by showcasing her love for soccer and team sports.

Teams from across the state participate each year.


Historic Downtown Wilson hosts a number of events each from the annual Christmas parade to spring and fall concert series.

With the opening of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, some of the events will be changing a little, perhaps moving to the park, said Susan Kellum, downtown marketing and communications coordinator. Those decisions will be made in coming weeks, she said.

This year’s Christmas parade could be a little different as well, she added, and might merge with a Shriner’s parade being held here.

The 2018 Sudan Shriners Fall Ceremonial will be held in Wilson Nov. 16-17, according to George Raecher, Sudan recorder and public relations director. The parade is in Wilson because Edwin “Teeny” Jones of Wilson is potentate-elect.


In addition to the Wilson County Fair Sept. 18-23, the fairgrounds hosts a number of other events.

The spring craft show and sale will be May 4-5.

The Southern Rodeo Association brings the rodeo back to town June 1-2.

Make plans to spend July 4th at the annual celebration at the fairgrounds and return July 27-28 for the National Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pull.

Nov. 23-24, the annual Farm Toy Show and Sale returns with the Christmas Craft Show and Sale.


The Wilson Tobs’ season begins on May 27.

The Tobs play their baseball games in Fleming Stadium.


Brentwood draws big crowds for its annual events.

Families will fill the shopping center for trick-or-treat fun on Halloween.

The annual Light Up at Brentwood is set for Nov. 15, and this year's Holiday Open House follows on Nov. 18.