Our mission is to support and enhance a strong, vibrant community through the development, promotion and coordination of arts and cultural activities.
Upcoming/Ongoing Events: Check our postings below and our Calendar for news on arts-related events in and around Wake Forest.
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the first-ever Neck of the Woods “Youth Edition” on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. The event will showcase a variety of talented performing artists – all under the age of 21.
Among others, performers will include Brooke Willse (13-year-old Wake Forest singer and songwriter), Camryn Jamison (Rolesville High School student playing banjo), Grace Boudah, an energetic 14-year-old inspiring vocal and musical theatre performer from Wake Forest and Happy Accidents, a well-known Improv Troupe from Enloe High School.
Area residents are invited to come out, enjoy a truly unique and entertaining community event and show your support for our young local artists. Refreshments will be available for purchase, but no alcohol will be served.
Tickets are $5 plus tax and are available for purchase online or at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre box office, located at 405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Neck of the Woods is presented and sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS. Anyone interested in performing during Neck of the Woods is encouraged to email email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/neck-of-the-woods.aspx or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.
Music at Midday returns to Wake Forest Town Hall Plaza on Thursday, September 7 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. The Midday series is brought to you each Thursday in September and May by Wake Forest Arts and The Town of Wake Forest’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
Bring a lunch, get a tasty treat from a dessert vendor, and enjoy an hour of great music. Concert music schedule is September 7: Mister Felix, September 14: Capital Transit, September 21: Dudley Baggett, and September 28: Loos Change. Music at Midday is presented free of charge.
Wake Forest Dance Festival, the Triangle’s first outdoor dance festival is planned for Sept. 30, 2017, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road in Wake Forest. Free and family-friendly, the inaugural event will feature national and regional professional dancers, as well as local rising advanced performers. The festival will begin with an educational technical rehearsal in the morning and conclude with a staged performance lasting through the early evening. During the day, dancers will perform in different areas of Joyner Park and facilitate education stations. The event is presented by Wake Forest Arts in partnership with the Town of Wake Forest and the festival’s director is Wake Forest resident Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City. Event details can be found at www.WakeForestDanceFestival.org.
Friday, July 21; 7:30 pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre we once again present our Neck of the Woods variety show. A Neck of the Woods evening consists of four or more varying performance art acts. All performing artists are from our area and are volunteers who participate in the event out of a love for what they do and a desire to share their work.
Performing on July 21 are Writer/Storyteller Drew Bridges (Ambrose Bierce monologue), Pianist/Singer Ronald Williams (Jazz & Gospel music), Dancer Mariya Dashkina Maddux (original dance work), and Free, Loose & Naked (comedy improv). Don’t miss this great show! Get tickets (just $5) online or at the Renaissance Centre ticket desk before or at the performance. There will be a cash bar for beer, wine, and other refreshments.
Six Sundays in Spring at Beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park
Our Six Sundays in Spring concert series at Joyner Park continues on Mother’s Day, May 14 with the EG Peters Band. Bring family, friends and a picnic or purchase from a variety of food vendors. Enjoy Joyner Park, dance a little, and be sure to stop by the Wake Forest Arts booth to say hello.
Music at Midday resumes on May 18 with Leon & Jacob Holt performing some of your favorite jazz standards from Noon to 1:00 pm. This brown-bag, lunchtime series takes place in Centennial Plaza at the Wake Forest Town Hall (301 S. Brooks Street) on Thursdays in May and September.
Bucket of Geraniums by Patricia Pruett
Wake Forest Arts and the Wake Forest Guild of Artists were pleased to work with the Wake Forest Garden Club to place artists in the gardens that comprise the Mad Hatters Artist & Garden Tour. Eleven area artists will show and sell their creations in ten gardens located on North Main Street and in the Kenwood neighborhood of Wake Forest.
The tour is Saturday, May 13 from 10 am to 4 pm and is held in conjunction with the Garden Club’s annual Mad Hatters’ High Tea and Vintage Car Show. Tickets for the tea and the tour are available online and at local merchants. On event day purchase ticket at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. See you in the gardens on May 13 …
Weekly Lunchtime Concerts May 11-June 1
A recent addition to Wake Forest Arts’ musical lineup is the Music at Midday concert series. These brown-bag lunchtime concerts are presented on Thursdays in May and September from Noon-1 pm at Centennial Plaza in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall. A different food truck will be there each week serving dessert items.
The May Midday concert series starts on May 11 and concludes on June 1. Each concert features a different band. May 11 is Hope & Blake Anderson (Acoustic Americana), May 18 is Lee & Jacob Holt (Keyboard/Vocals), May 25 is Williams & Custer (70s Rock) and June 1 is Capital Transit (Jazz, Blues, DooWop).
Hope you’ll join us on Thursdays in May!
Each spring for more than 20 years, the volunteers of Wake Forest Arts have presented the free, family-friendly Six Sundays concerts. The series is held at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest on consecutive Sunday evenings from 5-7 pm starting April 30 and concluding June 4.
Concert-goers are invited to bring family, friends, a picnic (or choose from the offerings of five food trucks) and enjoy a different type of music each week. Concerts this year include Jazz, Celtic Rock, Beach Music, Bluegrass, Folk/Americana, and a Mariachi Band.
Six Sundays is co-sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest. Special thanks also this year to The Wege Foundation, Wake Forest Authors Lauren & Drew Bridges, the Realtors of the Allen Tate Rogers Road office, and Sam’s Express Car Wash. PineCone presents the June 4 concert.
Hope to see you on Sundays!
Wake Forest Arts invites you to join us as a proud sponsor of the Wake Forest Dance Festival. This unique event is scheduled on Saturday, September 30 at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park. The festival features national professional and regional dancers along with local rising advanced dance students. During the day, dancers will perform in different areas of the park and facilitate education stations. The event will be free and open to the public.
Masha Dashkina Maddux, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York, states, “The vision for the Wake Forest Dance Festival is to bring a day of dance to our community in an outdoor setting. Whether rekindling an existing passion or sparking a newfound interest in this remarkable art form, through dance, we hope to bring the community together for a day of performances, new experiences, making memories with neighbors and new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of the art of expression through movement and its historical significance.”