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Friday Night on White kickoff canceled

Summer concert series held in downtown Wake Forest

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UPDATE (12:50 p.m. 4/12/19): Due to inclement weather, the first Friday Night on White has been canceled, the town announced.

It will not be rescheduled.

There is a chance of thunderstorms in the region in the late afternoon and early evening, the town said in a news release.

"Considering the potential risks for visitors, sponsors, performers and others exposed and outdoors, town officials made the decision to cancel tonight's event," the release said.

Original story below:


WAKE FOREST — The Magic Pipers will kick off the fourth season of “Friday Night on White” tonight. The free outdoor concert will take place from 6-9 p.m. along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest.

The remaining 2019 concerts will feature Sleeping Booty on May 10, Love Tribe on June 14, Soul Psychedelique on July 12, Big Love on Aug. 9 and Crush on Sept. 13.

“This is a great community event,” said Lisa Hayes, the downtown development director with the town of Wake Forest. “We get an outpouring from everyone in the Wake Forest community and surrounding communities that come here and hang with out their neighbors, and visit with friends. Great music, good food, great beer. Just a great night to relax.”

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at several downtown restaurants, and a variety of food and dessert trucks will be on-site in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St. Food and dessert trucks scheduled to participate include American Meltdown, Baozi, Charlie’s Kabob Grill, Cousins Maine Lobster, Fuzzy’s Empanadas, Havana Dave’s, Kona Ice, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Sweet Traditions, the VFW Chuckwagon, Virgil’s Jamaica, and The Wandering Moose.

No outside alcohol or coolers are permitted during Friday Night on White, but beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase within the festival area.

All attendees wishing to purchase beer and wine will be required to present age identification and wear the provided identifying bracelet.

Beer serving stations are located at the western end of Owen Avenue, adjacent to B&W Hardware; at the intersection of Jones Avenue and South White Street; and at the intersection of South White Street and Wait Avenue.

Wine serving stations will be provided at the wine tent located at the intersection of Wait Avenue and South White Street.

The last call for outside beer and wine is 8:50 p.m.

Festivities end along South White Street at 9:30 p.m.

Free parking will be available during each Friday Night on White at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and along several side streets and parking lots in downtown Wake Forest.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to Friday Night on White by downloading the town of Wake Forest app and utilizing the app’s “Friday Night on White” function. Designed to offer smart phone users instant access to important details about this year’s outdoor music series, the function includes the complete concert schedule, the lineup of participating food and dessert trucks, parking information, weather updates and more.

Friday Night on White is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather on the day of a concert, a decision on whether to proceed will be made no later than 4 p.m. Updated concert information will be posted on the town’s Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the town’s app will receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.

Last year’s Friday Night on White concert series attracted well over 55,000 visitors to downtown Wake Forest.

“We’ve got a great downtown, it’s a perfect location to welcome folks to our community,” Hayes said.

For complete information about Friday Night on White, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Friday Night on White.”

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