There's always something to celebrate in Tarboro!
We love to party! Whether it's fine arts or football, Tarboro knows how to have a good time. Come join in the festivities and you'll leave town ready for more. And that's exactly what we promise: more fun, more fellowship, and more unforgettable moments at every single event.

SpringFest Street Fair & ECU Health's Blue Ribbon Kidz Day 
April 1st, 2023 from 10:00am-2:00pm

Celebrate the season with a fun-filled street festival of health and wellness! Highlights include live music, street dancing, entertainers, bouncers, face-painting, arts and crafts vendors, health checks, and giveaways. Additionally, a diverse array of food trucks will be there fill any of your food cravings.  For additional information contact Event Coordinator, Tina Parker at or by phone at (252) 641-4242. 

Happening on the Common
May 20th, 2023 from 10:00am-5:00pm

An eclectic mix of arts and crafts vendors take over the Town Common for this annual crowd-pleaser. From paintings and photography to Christmas ornaments, calligraphy, and artisan soaps, you'll find it all here! Musical and entertainment acts join in on the fun, as do plenty of food trucks. So, what are you waiting for? That perfect piece is just waiting to be found!  For additional information contact Eric Greene, Tarboro Edgecombe Public Arts Director at or by phone at (252) 4159.

Symphony on the Common
June TBD

Celebrate summer in style as the North Carolina Symphony treats our community to a wonderful performance under the stars. Bring a lawn chair, food, and friends to make the most of this magical night. There's no better place to hear the symphony than on our idyllic town common, and no better price out there than free!

July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
July 4th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Join us at Braswell Park as we celebrate America's independence! There will be live music with a band and local DJ Brad Perkins with Impultz Entertainment, contests, bouncers, face-painting, rides, and much more. Stop by the food trucks to whet your appetite, and then stick tight for a magnificent fireworks display starting around 9!  Interested vendors should contact Event Coordinator, Tina Parker at or by phone at (252) 641-4242. 

Downtown Live! Summer Music Series
3rd Thursday of the month, June-September

Dance and sing along to your favorites at Courthouse Square in Downtown Tarboro with live music from a variety of bands and a local DJ from Impultz Entertainment!  Food trucks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for the whole concert. Stop by and show off your best moves!  Groups interested in performing and food vendors should contact Event Coordinator, Tina Parker at or by phone at (252) 641-4242. 

National Night Out Celebration
August 1st, 2023 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

The Tarboro Police Department loves to build connections in our community! They'll be setting up activities, food, and live music on the town common and would love to see you there. Come stop by to see what they do - and how they can serve you!  Interested vendors should contact Event Coordinator Krystal Shaffer at or by phone at (252) 4275.

The Field of Honor Flag Display Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tarboro
November 4-18th 

In tribute for those who by their actions have become heroes in our lives, the Tarboro Rotary Club brings their 3rd Annual Field of Honor® display to the western edge of North Carolina’s coastal plain. The days surrounding Veterans Day is the appropriate time to honor members of our armed forces, veterans, first responders and all who have become heroes in our lives. It is appropriate to honor our heroes with display of the flag that they honored through their service and sacrifice. Tarboro’s Field of Honor® display of U.S. Flags brings volunteers, residents and visitors together as 500 flags are posted. This inspiring and memorable panorama of red, white and blue is hard to describe, but once experienced, it is not to be forgotten.  The Tarboro Field of Honor® flag display is a gift to the community made possible through donations, sponsorships and the efforts of many dedicated volunteers.  Anyone interested in purchasing a flag or sponsoring should contact Mike Stanley at or by phone at (252) 823-3125.

Tarboro's Hometown Homecoming Event
September 30th - October 2nd, 2022 (Read below for specific times!)
Tarboro is incredibly-proud of its football team, the reigning state champions! Come watch the Tarboro Vikings dominate Gates County at 7:00 on Friday night in its annual homecoming game. On Saturday, head downtown for a homecoming parade at 10:00am and stick around for the Town Common Reunion  from 10:00am-2:00pm featuring live music, vendors. kids entertainment, games, rides, and food vendors. The Mix & Mingle on Main goes from 5:00pm-11:00pm and features a lively evening of music with Legacy Motown Revue, Impultz Entertainment, and special guests singer, Karonica Whitley & drummer Kyle Lane, food trucks, and beer. In the morning, head to Courthouse Square for a Sunday service from 10:00am-11:30am.  Close out the weekend at OkTarboroFest hosted by Tarboro Brewing Company beginning at 12pm featuring german beer, live music from the Little German Band, and food trucks.  Interested vendors should contact Event Coordinator, Tina Parker at or by phone at (252) 641-4242.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Main Street
October 31st from 10:00am-2:00pm & 3:30pm-5:00pm
Grab your best costume and head downtown at 10:00am to receive either a trick - or a treat - from our merchants from 10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm. 

Tarboro's Brewgrass Celebration
November 6th from 12:00pm-5:00pm
Let's face it: beer makes everything better! Add in some bluegrass and it's basically heaven. Spend a day relishing the best of both at Tarboro's Riverfront Park from 12:00pm-5:00pm! This year's headliner will feature Hubby Jenkins followed by C. Albert Blomquist, Momma Molasses, and Carolina Lightnin'. Craft brewers include Duck Rabbit,  Koi Pond, Pitt Street, Uptown, HopFly, SpaceWay and our very own Tarboro Brewing Company! Grab a lawn chair and bring a crowd to this family-friendly event!  Food trucks will be on site.  Beer sales are sponsored by the Tarboro Development Corporation.  Interested vendors should contact Event Coordinator, Tina Parker at or by phone at (252) 641-4242.

A Tar River Christmas & Parade
December 1st-11th, read below for specific times!
Embrace the excitement of Christmas during the month of December in Downtown Tarboro! Join us Wednesday night for a performance by the North Carolina Symphony at Edgecombe Community College. The fun continues the first Thursday, December 1st in downtown Tarboro with a tree-lighting, caroling by Shades of Harmony, kids' activities, and free carriage rides!  The second Thursday, December 8th enjoy  caroling by Edgecombe County Public Schools and North East Carolina Prep School, activities, and free carriage rides. Finish the event on Sunday, December 11th  with the annual Christmas Parade at 6pm sponsored by the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce.  Interested parade participants should contact the Chamber of Commerce at (252) 823-7241 or by email at

New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown & Ball Drop
December 31st from 7:00pm-12:00am
Join us for an exciting night as we ring in a new year! The fun begins at 7:00pm with the kids' ball drop and is followed by live music at 9:00pm by Liquid Pleasure. There will be a downtown countdown, laser light show, and confetti blast at midnight to celebrate the start of 2020! Food vendors and both hot and cold drinks will be available. No outside alcohol, please!