2019 Fall Festivities in Rocky Mount

Sample mouth-watering barbecue, enjoy live music, and escape to the magical world of the theater this autumn with some of the fantastic fall festivities in Rocky Mount. 

This year sees a repeat of some of the most popular events: First Fridays and the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down.

The fall also brings several new events to the Imperial Centre, including the latest exhibit, “Spin,” which explores the science of motion.

The Best Barbecue Down East

When The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down comes to Rocky Mount, get ready for well-guarded recipes, some serious cooking and chefs who bring their best game to create their masterpieces.

One of the most talked-about events of the fall, The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down returns in October, calling barbecue enthusiasts and master chefs from across the country.

Participants in The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down strictly follow the 58 barbecue categories that were created and designated by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

There will be cash awards, trophies and plaques for those who represent the best of the best.

What you need to know in order to go:

The 12th Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down will be held on October 11 and 12 at the Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station. On October 11, it runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and October 12 the festivities will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Barbecue is intrinsically linked with North Carolina ever since former Rocky Mount resident Bob Melton established North Carolina’s first sit-down barbecue restaurant. But the true legacy of this tasty delicacy extends far beyond that.

The origins of this dish can be traced back to its Caribbean roots where it was originally created with alligator, lemons and peppers. It wasn’t until the Spanish introduced pork to the area that we had the beginning of the dish we now know.explore our earlier article

Check out our previous post to learn more about the history of barbecue in North Carolina and Rocky Mount.

Showcasing the Best Local and Classical Playwrights

The Imperial Centre Theatre will present outstanding staged readings by local playwrights. These scripts were selected out of submissions from writers throughout Eastern North Carolina.

October 4 at 7 p.m. will feature “Lady M” by Nicole Bellamy and on Friday, Nov. 1, Lela Chesson’s “Old Things” will take the stage.

These events are for those ages 18 and older.

If classic Shakespeare is your thing, you can catch a production of “Twelfth Night,” which will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

The cost is $11 General Admission, $9 for seniors and students, and $7 for children 12 and under.

Family Fun at First Fridays

These events are held on the first Friday of every month from October through May (except for the month of January).

Events are from 6 to 9 p.m. and feature FREE admission to the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.

There are events for the whole family including:

  • No Shame Open Mic Night 
  • Live music in the art galleries
  • Children’s Museum activities
  • Planetarium shows
  • Food trucks

There’s Always Something Happening in Rocky Mount

From the Spin exhibit at the Children’s Museum to the stellar community theater performances at the Imperial Centre Theatre, Rocky Mount offers something for everyone.

Check out our previous articles for more information on the great events happening in our city:

Downtown Rocky Mount Offers a Variety of Family-Friendly Fun

Top Ten Things to Do in Rocky Mount This Summer 

What to Do When You Live in Rocky Mount
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