Quality of Life

As part of the rapidly growing Triangle region, the Wake Forest community enjoys all the benefits of metropolitan living, yet has carefully maintained its small town charm and unique identity.

Cost of Living

Wake Forest offers a tremendous quality of life, yet the cost of living for the metro area remains below the national average.

Cultural Arts & Attractions

Wake Forest is culturally vibrant offering many community festivals, art showings, garden and historic home tours, special events and a thriving farmers market.  A quick commute to Raleigh and Durham offers many additional diverse cultural events. 

 Six Sundays in Spring

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is the town’s cultural arts venue. Through exhibitions, workshops, community theatre, classes, concerts, guest artist’s appearances and special events, the center offers a wide variety of programming to encourage a flourishing arts community.

The Wake Forest Historical Museum includes a diverse array of exhibits illustrating how life was lived in the town and its college. Never before seen documents, artifacts and collections of memorabilia tell the story of the town of Wake Forest and other surrounding areas.

Friday Night on White held the second Friday of each month from April through September is a wildly popular, free, outdoor music series that draws thousands to downtown Wake Forest. The streets come alive with live music, food and beer trucks and activities for the whole family.  

Six Sundays in Spring offers family-friendly, outdoor concerts at the beautiful E. Caroll Joyner Park Amphitheatre.

From the weekly Wake Forest Farmers Market and Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park, to annual events such as Mardi Gras, Meet in the Street, the Fourth of July Celebration and Christmas Parade, there is something for everyone all the year through. For a complete list of events, see the Wake Forest Community Calendar.  

In addition, a quick drive to Raleigh opens up countless options including the North Carolina Symphony, Broadway-style theatrical performances, museums of art, history and natural sciences and more.


Nestled within acres of scenic parks, lakes and golf courses, the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Wake Forest are limitless.


A growing network of greenways offers walkers and cyclists many miles of access and are an important part of the Town of Wake Forest’s plans for the future. 

The Wake Forest Park System includes 12 parks offering a variety of recreational amenities, including access to ball fields, hiking trails, playgrounds and an off-leash dog park.

E. Carroll Joyner Park is one of the community’s most treasured resources with acres of sweeping meadows, trails and beautiful settings for public and private events.

Five Golf Courses in the area including the award winning Heritage Golf Club.

Wake Forest Reservoir in the heart of town offers a convenient place to canoe or kayak.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area just moments away, provides a large lake for fishing, swimming and boating, and thousands of wooded acres for hiking, mountain biking and camping.

Wake Forest Parks and Recreation offers organized sports opportunities for youth and adults, including baseball, softball, basketball and pickleball leagues. The department also offers summer sports camps, tennis leagues, lessons and clinics, and baseball leagues for children with special needs.

The Polar Ice House offers two NHL regulation ice rinks for public skate sessions, open hockey, league play, freestyle figure skating sessions and year-round camps.

Sports enthusiasts will find plenty of events in the area year-round. The Triangle Area is known for its college sports and is home to several successful teams from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. In addition, there are several professional teams based in the Triangle such as Carolina Mudcats, Durham Bulls, Carolina Hurricanes and Carolina Railhawks.


Wake Forest alone houses a multitude of superior medical professionals, specialists and treatment centers. The Triangle area is home to some of the most outstanding hospitals, emergency care, essential health and screening services and renowned specialists in the country. There are three major medical systems, including two top-rated teaching hospitals, within 30 minutes of each other.