1st Fridays on the Lawn

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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 moved indoors to the Edna Boykin Cultural Center located at 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson NC 27893. Vendor and information booths will be available as space allows. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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. 

1st-Friday-logo2019 Concert Information

Location: Wilson County Library Lawn (249 Nash Street, NW)
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • FREE Family-style fun!
  • Interactive Kid’s activities
  • Intermission performance groups
  • Community Booths
  • Several local food vendors

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.

July 5 - R&B night - On the Edge Band

On the Edge suits pic

August 2 - Rock night - EagleWing Band

Eaglewing street pic

September 6 - Country night - RT Johnson Band


October 4 - Latin Rock - Los Acoustic Guys

Los Acoustic Guys bw

Entertainment & 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!

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 door prize 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.

A Community Booth application is provided below. Applications should be submitted to the office at least 30 days prior to the concert date for which you'd like to participate.

2019 Community Booth Application

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 intermission as bands take a brief break. 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.

An Intermission Act application is provided below. Applications should be submitted to the office at least 30 days prior to the concert date for which you'd like to participate. 

2019 Intermission Act application

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.

A Food Vendor application is provided below. Applications should be submitted to the office at least 30 days prior to the concert date for which you'd like to participate.

2019 Food Vendor application


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

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