Thank you for your support of our weekly concerts

livestream compilation collage

Since the initial pandemic shutdown back in March, The Clayton Center has continued bringing live music to the community.

To commemorate our eight months of shows, we have put together an “events in review” stream. Join us for the Giving Thanks Live Stream Compilation, which features highlights from some of our favorite pandemic livestream concerts.

The featured North Carolina musicians have sustained us through this time of isolation and uncertainty, and we are grateful to them and to you for sticking with us. We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and we hope you enjoy the show. You’ll find it this Wednesday, November 25, at 7:00 PM at https://youtu.be/t7plwfcVBVo.

Keeping the music live: Third live stream event features Taylor Schiess


The Clayton Center is continuing to bring live music to its local audiences with the third in a series of Facebook Live stream events. Clayton musician Taylor Schiess will perform on the auditorium stage this Wednesday night, April 15, at 7:00 PM. Link to the event here.

Hundreds of people have been watching the local livestream events. The series began on Wednesday, March 25, with a performance by Aaron Hamm. The second event was a performance by Proton Jones on April 8.

Each of those events reached hundreds of people who either tuned in live or watched the live stream in the days that followed. The series allows The Clayton Center to support our hometown community of talented musicians who are struggling in the midst of the closure of local venues due to Covid-19.

Remaining Palladian Series shows and rental events canceled through April 30

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices will remained closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all rental and auditorium events scheduled through at least April 30 are canceled, including the remaining two shows in this year’s Palladian Series.

The shows include the previously postponed March 20 performance by Susan Werner and David Myles and the April 18 comedy show featuring Don Friesen and Brad Upton.

All patrons with tickets for these shows are being contacted directly. Patrons who purchased tickets online will be contacted by Etix; those who made their purchases through The Clayton Center box office will be contacted by our staff. Any questions about ticketing/cancellations should be directed to the box office at 919-553-1737.

All renters scheduled to hold events at The Clayton Center during this time are being contacted directly by our staff. Anyone scheduled to attend an event here between March 26 and April 30 should contact the sponsoring organization for more information.

Happy Holidays from The Clayton Center

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Clayton Center – along with all other Town offices – will be closed Tuesday through Thursday, December 24 through 26. We will reopen on Friday, December 27. The building will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Please note that The Clayton Center box office will be closed from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, at 10 AM. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please leave us a message at 919-553-1737, or email cmarraccini@townofclaytonnc.org.

During this time, tickets to all upcoming events – plus gift certificates – can be purchased online at theclaytoncenter.com.

We hope to see you in 2020 at The Clayton Center.

Ready. Set. Bake!

If you think you have what it takes to create the best gingerbread house in town, get out the sugar, turn on your oven and start constructing your entry for the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest.

Sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts, the contest is open to Johnston County residents in the following categories: Youth – 17 and under; Adult – 18 and over; and Professional – chefs, bakers, caterers and artists.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Entries will be judged by members of Clayton Visual Arts. Winning entries will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

All contest entries will be on public display during business hours at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from November 27 through December 23.

For a complete list of submission deadlines, entry application and contest rules, visit AddressYourDreams.com/Contest.