The annual free Downtown Clayton Concert Series is held in partnership with the Downtown Development Association and usually draws more than 1,000 people to Town Square - at the corner of Main and O'Neil St.
This open-air market happens every Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm with local farmers and vendors bringing their fresh, locally grown, and made veggies, fruits, meats, honey, homemade soaps, and much more. It's located at Horne Square, 348 E Main Street, on the corner of Main and South Lombard streets.
This holiday tradition allows costumed children and their parents to take over Downtown Clayton…marching down Main Street where they are greeted by local business owners who are waiting to hand them goodies and treats on the sidewalks.
Organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, this is by far, the biggest event in the Town of Clayton drawing an estimated 20,000+ people from all over the state to downtown for 5 days of music, vendors, food, rides, performances and so much more for the entire family.
Every year, more than 5,000 people head to Main Street on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving for the festive and popular "Christmas Village and Tree Lighting." We usually close Main Street for 2-1/2 hours of music, holiday cheer, a business open house, and, of course, the traditional tree lighting at Town Square.
There's just something about a small-town Christmas Parade! Sponsored and organized by the Clayton Rotary. the event features more than 100 colorful floats, booming marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus! Join us along Main Street on the second Saturday in December at 3 pm to grab a front-row seat anywhere from Smith Street to Robertson Street.
Don't pass on the chance to run wild through the streets of Downtown Clayton?! Hundreds come out every year for one of the longest-running road races in the Triangle! The 2020 race had to be canceled for the first time in 35 years. Everyone from 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds gear up to complete this challenging 5K on a certified U.S. Track and Field course, so we hope it will be able to return soon. There's also a Health Walk and a Tot Trot for the little ones. Start and finish at The Clayton Center!