The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s 38th Annual Meet in the Street® festival presented by Engine Masters Outdoor Power Equipment will be held Saturday, May 5, from 10 am until 5 pm in historic downtown Wake Forest. Join us as we fill South White Street, South Brooks Street, Owen Street, and South Taylor Street with arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, live music and performances, and plenty of kid friendly activities. It’s a full day of fun for the whole family! And best of all, it’s FREE!
Check out what’s in store for you throughout the day:
Live Music Stage presented by UNC REX Healthcare
Music will be found on Owen Street. Bring your chairs and enjoy great live music all day! Booked music acts this year include Irresistible Groove and country star John King.
Performance Plaza presented WakeMed
This year the Performance Plaza will be found on Taylor Street.
10:00 – 10:30 am: Flourish Baton Club
10:45 – 11:15 am: Dance Dynamics
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Innovative Martial Arts
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Destiny Dance Institute/Wake Forest Civic Ballet
12:45 – 1:15 pm: Gartrell the Great-Magician
1:30 – 2:15 pm: The Carolina PineCones
2:30 – 3:00 pm: Gartrell the Great-Magician
3:00 – 3:30 pm: Nan’s School of Dance
3:30 – 4:00 pm: Master Chang’s Martial Arts ( Tiger Team)
New Location! Beer Garden sponsored by White Street Brewing Company
The White Street Brewing Company’s Beer Garden is moving to the Fidelity Bank parking lot on Owen Street. Come enjoy some White Street brews and have a prime spot to listen to the live music acts on the main stage.
A number of food vendors will participate in this year’s event: Cousins Maine Lobster, Sweet Traditions by LeAne, City Barbeque, Gooey’s American Grille, Mr. Sticky’s, Big Al’s BBQ & Catering Services Inc., Kona Ice of Raleigh, Fully Loaded Fritters, Fuzzy’s Empanadas, Crabdaddy’s, Gussys Greek, D & J Concessions, Bulkogi Truck LLC, Havana Dave’s, Charlies Kabob, Tropical Delights, LLC, Pelican’s SnoBalls of Wake Forest, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, and Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Buy yourself a handmade item, or shop for gifts. More than 200 vendors will line the streets offering their wares! You’ll find some of your favorite vendors, as well as plenty of new ones! CLICK HERE for a street-by-street map and vendor listing.
Young Entrepreneurs Fair, presented by Blue Wave Pressure Washing
Stop by the Wake Forest Chamber’s parking lot (350 S. White Street) to see and buy handmade wares by local children ages 9-14. Come out and support these budding entrepreneurs! You’ll find young entrepreneurs making:
- Handmade wooden animals
- Ultra-realistic, hand-painted vinyl baby dolls
- Lip balm, lip sticks and bath bombs
- Delicious treats like white chocolate hearts and chocolate cake
- Handmade drawings of landscapes, anime and pet portraits, as well as handmade dog toys
- Hand-painted original “stained-glass” style artwork, framed and ready to hang in refinished wooden frames
- Homemade granola and dog biscuits
- Gourmet brownies
- Homemade dog treats
- Wooden fishing lures/bottle openers, bird houses and butterfly houses
- Wood plank signs with painted messages
- Hand-painted clay pots with herbs
- Emoji cookies
- Homemade brownies, lemonade, and products made with Aloe plants including scrubs and lotions
- Comics and cookies
- Rainbow loom jewelry, pillows and baked boods
- Handmade clay charms suitable for necklaces, keychains, etc.
- Applique t-shirts for kids
- Varieties of slime
- Fabric coasters, bookmarks, wooden tic-tac-toe sets, doll scarves, neck warmers, iced mocha mix
- Sugar scrubs, stress balls and soaps
New! Community Raffle Showcase
The Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year is the Community Raffle presented by Food Lion. Winners will be drawn on the live music stage at 3:00 pm during Meet in the Street, but you’ll have time during the event to buy your last minute tickets! Come to the Community Raffle Showcase located next to B & W Hardware Co. at 232 S. White Street to buy your raffle tickets and browse booths from businesses that donated prizes as well as local nonprofits. Tickets are $50 each and 15 prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize of $10,000 cash! Ticket sales will end at 2:00 pm on May 5th. Want to go ahead and buy your ticket online? Click here! Online ticket sales are available until 1:00 pm on May 4th.
Special Appearances & Other Events
Special appearances will take place throughout the day, including a visit from the North Carolina FC Football Club, and Muddy the Mudcat from the Carolina Mudcats baseball team. As in past years, children will be able to enjoy free activities in the Children’s Village, presented by The Goddard School of Wake Forest, on Taylor Street, including inflatables, arts and crafts, and a visit with the Wake Forest Fire Department. The Bicycle Safety Fair will be located in the Town Hall Lot off Brooks Street.
A free shuttle service once again will be provided again this year from Sam’s Club – Wake Forest, located at 11460 Royal Cotton Road, Wake Forest. Shuttles will run from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Thank you to Sam’s Club Wake Forest and Banks Kerr YMCA for sponsoring the shuttle!
NEW! Rickshaw Service sponsored by Traditions at Wake Forest. We will have three rickshaws running along Elm Avenue to take visitors to White, Brooks and Taylor streets.
Free parking will be available in assigned spaces along several downtown streets and parking lots. Handicap parking will be provided in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St., and the upper SunTrust Parking Lot. We will have additional handicap parking in the Renaissance Centre parking area. Limited spots will be available and you will need to access this lot from Elm Avenue.