1st Fridays on the Lawn

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About the Series
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Celebrating Diversity Through Music -The first Friday of each month, from July to October, join us on the Wilson County Library Lawn in Historic Downtown Wilson for First Fridays on the Lawn, a free community concert which also provides family entertainment and educational opportunities. The Wilson community comes together to relax, enjoy and get to know each other a little better, while listening to great music and enjoying festivities to bring our diverse community together. The event features live bands, food vendors and community entertainment and you just might learn something too! Rain or Shine – In case of rain, all performances will be held at an indoor location to be determined.  Vendors and information booths will be available as space allows. Doors open at 5 pm.

2019 Concert Events 

Kickoff of the 2019 Series will be

July 5, 2019 

Check back later for more information as it becomes available. 


Location: Wilson County Library Lawn (249 Nash Street, NW)

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

FREE Family-style fun!

Kid’s Zone

Intermission performance groups

Community Booths

Several local food vendors

Rain or Shine

(In case of rain, concerts will be moved to an indoor location to determined)




The concerts celebrate family fun and invite a variety of musical talent and local performance groups to entertain. The Human Relations Commission is always searching for community performance groups including bands, dancing, singing and other talents. Children and adult groups are welcomed.

Entertaiment & Activities –  Bands, Food Vendors,Community Information Booths and Intermission Acts seeking to be included should click & download the applications, then submit it to the Human Relations Office.

Intermission Acts –  Each month different groups provide intermission entertainment while the band takes a break. The groups vary from local dance studios, children’s performance groups to traveling artist. Make sure to arrive on the lawn by 7 pm so you don’t miss it!

Keep in Mind – All concerts are a family friendly atmosphere. No alcohol is permitted. Pets are preferred to be left at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Questions? Call the Human Relations Office at 252-399-2308.

Community Groups

Wilson Community groups are invited to participate at the concert date that best matches their services.  Civic clubs,  non-profits and faith-based organizations are encouraged to join the lawn celebration each month. Groups may use this opportunity to inform the community of their goals, services, community action, events and membership opportunities.

The booths are free of charge, but limited to only 5-7 groups per concert date.

Each Community group must donate a doorprize for the audience drawings. The prize can be for children or adults. The Human Relations Commission runs the drawing from the Welcome Tent throughout the concert.

Many Community groups use this opportunity as a fundraiser asking for donations or by holding a raffle. Community partner booths are not available for selling merchandise.

Community groups interested in being food vendors must apply separately as a food vendor. This could include a bake sale, popcorn, lemonade, fish fry, etc… The planners carefully review food vending applications and assign one booth per food type per concert date.

You can view and print a Community Booth application by clicking the link below:

2018 1st Fridays Community booth app

Questions? Call the Human Relations Office at 252-399-2308.

Performance Groups

1st Fridays on the Lawn – Bands & Intermission Acts

Performance Bands

Wilson community bands and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply for consideration as a performance band. The bands are needed to help create an upbeat, festive celebration that is family focused and reflects the diversity of Wilson. Music genres include rock, country, bluegrass, gospel, international, R&B, funk, jazz and more.

One or two bands are selected to perform on each concert date. The variety of bands, availability and expenditures help determine the final line up.

With the wide selection of community talent, identifying only a handful of bands to perform each year is a difficult decision. Should a band not be selected for this year’s lineup they may reapply in the future and all information is retained for consideration at other events.

Intermission Acts

In addition to bands, each concert date also highlights community talent such as dance groups, demonstrations and performance acts.  Groups can be considered for a performance on the ground level dance floor during the intermission as bands switch on/off stage.  The intermission is approximately 30 minutes in which one or several groups may perform.

Intermission acts may also set up an informational booth to share with attendees more about their group, upcoming performances and membership opportunities.

You can view and print a Intermission Act application by clicking th link below:

2018 Intermission Act applicationAct application

Questions? Call the Human Relations office at 399-2308

Food Vendors

Local food vendors, restaurants, non-profits and community groups may apply to be considered as food vendors. Vendors can expect an average of 400-800 citizens in attendance at each concert.

To maximize vendors’ time and efforts, we limit participation to a couple vendors per concert due to space and utility needs, and only one food type per vendor.  For example, only one vendor may be the “bake sale” table per concert date.  Applications will be considered for variety of food served, family based pricing and willingness to support community celebrations.

All vendors must be certified by the Wilson Health Department.

You can view and print a Food Vendor application by clicking the link below:

2018 1st Fridays Food Vendor app

Questions? Call the Human Relations Office at 252-399-2308.