Knightdale Cracks Top 15 Best Places to Live in NC for 2019


With a  low crime rate, a quality public school system, and plenty of family friendly events and functions as just a few of the major reasons, the team of experts at agree with your choice to relocate your family to the Knightdale Station new home community as they placed the town of Knightdale in the Top 15 among their 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

“We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible,” explained Homesnacks blogger, Chris Kolmar on the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings “Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

From there, Kolmar went on to give details on the final ranking process for the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC list, adding, “We then gave each city a Family Score.The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For North Carolina, that meant a total of 60 cities.”

Knightdale climbed up a spot from its ranking last year, scoring an overall 8.5 out of 10 and placing it as number 14 among the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The town scored very high marks for its diversity, available jobs, affordability, education, and safety.

To view the entire listing of the Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina as well as detailed statistics on the Town of Knightdale accumulated in their in depth research aimed at helping families and individual find the best choices in location, schools, and many other aspects of life, visit

(Photo Courtesy of Town of Knightdale)

Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue Expands for 2018

The annual holiday tradition, Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue, will be returning to Knightdale Station Park to ring in the yuletide spirit and the good tidings of the season starting on Friday, November 30 from 6-8 p.m. for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Christmas Parade following through downtown Knightdale the following afternoon (Saturday), December 1 with a 2:00 p.m. start.

The tradition that has become Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue will no doubt once again see the community out in full force showing their holiday spirit, as the Tree Lighting Ceremony will have tons of fun filled activities not only for the kids, but for the entire family to enjoy. The youngsters in attendance will have plenty to do, including “Letters to Santa,” visiting and taking pictures with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Christmas themed games and activities, music, live performances, and even a visit from the one and only Santa Claus himself. At the conclusion of the festivities on day one of Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue, the beautiful Christmas tree that sits at Knightdale Station Park. Food trucks will also be on site at the ceremony, serving up food, beverages, and goodies throughout the evening.

This year, the Town of Knightdale will once again add a new “wrinkle” to the holiday traditions local residents have come to love so much, as the weekend festivities on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at Knightdale Station Park at the Holiday Fair and Music Celebration.  There will as always be all types of different vendors selling Christmas items, a live band playing Christmas music and food trucks.

After night one of Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue gets everybody in the mood, the following day, community dignitaries, businesses, and yes, Santa himself will make a return as a part of the Christmas Parade. As was the case last year, the parade route will start at Knightdale Elementary School and end at Knightdale Station Park. Once again, there will be food trucks located at First Avenue and Main Street along the Parade route to curb your hunger as you show support for the passing by floats.

For further details on the either of the two events that are a part of Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue, including float registration for the Parade or vendor opportunities at the Tree Lighting ceremony, visit the event page at 

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale

Prime Barbecue in Knightdale Breaks Ground…at the Station

Adding to the allure of building or buying a new house at the Knightdale Station new home community, renknowned BBQ master, Chris Prieto recently broke ground on site “at the Station” for the building and opening of his Prime Barbecue restaurant, which will feature all the famous BBQ flavors synonomous with North Carolina and as they have noted, “ribs three ways: spare, baby back, and beef.”

The ground breaking, which took place in early May, and in speaking with the Raleigh publication, the News and Observer, Prieto explained that he hopes it will be the “next great North Carolina barbecue joint.” He explained further that the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will be unique in many ways as opposed to what people have become accustomed to in a “BBQ joint.” Detailing this, Prieto said, “No plates, no hushpuppies, not corn sticks.” He continued, “We’re not a region. We’re the craft of barbecue. We’re a new grade of barbecue. I didn’t invent it, I’m just out to perfect it.”

Originally from the state of Texas, before moving to North Carolina and spending the past two decades in the Tar Heel State, Prieto is familiar with the famous BBQ styles in both areas that are so well known for that type of fare, and does not “choose favorites” when comparing the two styles.

“”It’s something in my DNA; I’ve been infatuated with barbecue since I was a kid,” Prieto said. “I was called to barbecue; it’s more of a calling than something you fall into.”

In addition to serving up delicious whole hog and beef brisket, the three styles of aforementioned ribs and other delicious smoked meats, along with a variety of unique mouth -watering sides, the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will hopefully see its doors open to the public this fall and will boast live smoke pits right in the dining room to give patrons a chance to see up close the art of BBQ first hand.

Prieto also teaches BBQ classes, which is where he was introduced to former mayor of Knightdale Russell Killen, who first planted the idea of bringing Prime Barbecue in Knightdale to town in his head. Speaking of the former mayor’s pitch to him and the beauty of Knightdale Station which eventually was key in him deciding on the location, he said, “He showed me farmland that was being cleared. It was going to be soccer fields and parks and running trails. It was all very Norman Rockwell kind of atmosphere.”

Again noting in the N&O article that the restaurant, which will be located at 403 Knightdale Station Run, is nearing its grand opening to the public, Prieto concluded, “Everything is 100 percent ready to go,” he said. “I know how many paper towels we’ll need on day one.”

Ring in the Spring at Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo

Just as the Spring Sprouts Fest on Saturday, April 15 will mark the opening of one seasonal tradition, the Market at Knightdale Station, and other favorite event all residents look forward to once the weather gets warmer will commence on Sunday, April 15, as there will be a Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo at Knightdale Station Park, kicking off the bi-weekly visits the trucks make with no less than eight different “tasty visitors” set to be on hand serving up goodies.

In the spirit of the previous days’ festival, this Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo, will also bear the name “Spring Sprouts,” and many of the trucks that residents can expect to see at the upcoming “Food Truck Thursdays,” will be featured to give you an earlier taste of what to expect.

The “whole hog BBQ and smoked meats” of Long Leaf Swine will be on hand on April 15 serving up what has become one of the more sought-after BBQ experiences in the Triangle.  Likewise, Daddy Bob’s BBQ is also sure to have a long line at the Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo for their famous pulled pork or smoked chicken. Yet another of the area’s most popular BBQ food trucks will also be …”at the Station” for the event, as “The Humble Pig,” will also be present.

For those looking for what they describe as food with “Southern soul, Caribbean flair, and Euro-African roots,” The Boricua Soul Food Truck will be present, as will the Merry Franksters, who urge you to “feed the hunger inside” with one of their delicious specialty pork, beef, or veggie dogs and sausages. Morfa Empanada will also be at the Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo, offering several regular and even a dessert-like sweet empanada at the event.

Speaking of the sweet treats, Coco Forte Cheesecakes, and JAM Ice Cream will also have trucks at the Spring Sprout Knightdale food truck Rodeo once you are ready for dessert.

The Spring Sprout Knightdale food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, April 15 kicks off at 11 am and runs until 3 pm at Knightdale Station Park. For more details on this and all other upcoming Town of Knightdale events, visit

Spring into the Season with New Knightdale Outdoor Festival

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On Saturday, April 14, the newest Knightdale Outdoor Festival to be added to the already incredible lineup of fun filled family events will take place, as Knightdale Station Park will play host to you ringing in the season as part of the Spring Sprouts Fest.

At the official Town of Knightdale website, they describe what can be expected at the new Knightdale Outdoor Festival, stating, “Knightdale, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs will host the first annual Spring Sprout Fest. Bring the family for a fun-filled free event, to welcome in Spring, and enjoy fun activities that will definitely melt away the winter blues.”

Kicking things off at the new Knightdale Outdoor Festival will be the “Two Green Thumbs Plant sale,” where you can purchase some beautiful new plants for your home, or items in which you can begin growing some at your residence. This commences at 7:00 am and runs throughout the day until 2:00 pm.

This day will not only play as host to the new Knightdale Outdoor Festival celebrating the dawning of the new season, but it will also mark the kickoff of another weekly event synonymous with Spring in Knightdale, as the opening of the season for the “Market at Knightdale Station” kicks off at 10:00 am, and also runs until the event finishes at 2 pm.

Additionally, for the younger members of the family, the always popular inflatables will be on hand, as will the “Touch a Truck” portion of this Knightdale Outdoor Festival, when the little ones can see and explore a variety of different vehicles.

Live music will serve as the backdrop for the event, as the popular sounds of local favorites, the “Gen X Band” will no doubt have the crowd dancing and swaying from 11:30 am when they begin until 1:30 pm. This Knightdale Outdoor Festival is not different from so many of the others, as there will be a variety of food trucks on hand, offering up delicious food and beverages for all to enjoy.

To get more details on this great new Knightdale Outdoor Festival, and all the other incredible upcoming Town of Knightdale events, visit

Give Thanks and Get in Shape with Knightdale Holiday Events

The holiday season is one that families and communities alike always look forward to with great joy, and with all of the fantastic Knightdale Holiday Events coming up on the calendar set to kick off as always in late November, you and your family can get in shape and show community spirit at  Knightdale Station on Thanksgiving morning, with the return of the Turkey Leg 5K.

The latest in what seems to be an endless string of town holiday traditions. the annual Turkey Leg 5K  starts at Knightdale Station on Thanksgiving morning, November 23. This popular “fun run/walk” has become a “Turkey Day” tradition in town and starts at 8:30 a.m with registration for the event currently under way.

Regardless of weather conditions, rain, shine, sleet, or snow, the “healthiest” of the Knightdale Holiday Events on the calendar will take place, helping everyone to feel a little less guilty when they indulge in the Thanksgiving Day feast later in the day. Thanksgiving themed attire is encouraged, bu not necessary for the Turkey Leg 5K runners or walkers.

If you have interest in being a part of either of the Turkey Leg 5K or any of the fantastic upcoming Knightdale Holiday Events throughout the month of December, you may contact Michelle Wester at 919-217-2232 or Megan Thornton at 919-217-2236.

(Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale)

New Knightdale Fall Family Event coming to…the Station

On the weekend of October 13, the latest in what is certain to once again be another tradition that the Knightdale area residents will be looking froward to as an annual Fall Family Event, takes place at Knightdale Station park, as “Mumkin Fest” offers a little season related fun for the whole family.

The schedule of events for the new Fall Family Event is as follows:

Friday, October 13 6- 9 pm

The Catch 22 Band and food Trucks

Saturday, October 14 10 am-9 pm

10 am- 5 pm- The Market at Knightdale Station Park

10 am- 5 pm Vendors, arts and crafts

11 am – 5 pm Inflatables

11 am- 4 pm Train Rides

11 am- 9 pm Food Trucks

11 am- 2 pm Pumpkin Patch: all kids get a free pumpkin to paint with purchase

4 pm – 7 pm Beer Garden with Double Barley Brewery

12″30 pm- 9 pm Live music to include:

Cara Yates and Twisted Fate, EG Peters, Gary Brunotte, Funk N Disorder, Baileys Comet

Sunday, October 15 1 pm-5pm

Runyons Funyons band, Food Trucks, and Inflatables

Come out and bring in the new season with the next great Fall Family Event…at the Station. For more information on this and all the great Town of Knightdale activities coming up, visit

Knightdale Once Again Listed Among Safest Cities in North Carolina

Safest Cities in North Carolina

Many items factor into making the important decision to build a new home and the choice of where to move your family, with none of these factors being more important than the safety of your children. The choice to move to the Knightdale Station new home community is one that not only gives you the great on site amenities and a beautiful new home, but with Knightdale being once again named by the experts at Safe Wise as one of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, you also can rest assured that your youngsters are safe.

The rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina is an annual listing done by Safe Wise, where they do an in depth analysis of all municipalities across the state that have a population of over 4,000 residents. For accuracy, the team of experts there uses the most recent FBI Crime Report each year to compile their listing. After pouring over the numbers, they look at two major categories and plug the numbers in to come up with the final rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina.

The categories used by the Safe Wise team in the comparison are first, the number in each town of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well the overall number of property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). Once these are figured out, they then arrive at an overall ratio showing the chances out every 1,000 residents of each of these crimes possibly happening.

This is the third consecutive year that Knightdale has ranked in the Top 50 among all municipalities on the listing of Safest Cities in North Carolina. Safe Wise has described the town and the reasoning behind their inclusion the past few years to the Safest Cities in North Carolina, explaining that Knightdale is “family friendly, affordable, and safe.” They have gone on to speak of the fact that Knightdale has become a very desirable location for young families, adding, “Its low crime rates, expansive recreation opportunities, and close proximity to Raleigh make it perfect for couples who want to raise a family.”

To view the entire article detailing the Safest Cities in North Carolina, visit the blog section at

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Knightdale Kids Festival to Showcase the Talents, Creativity, and Community Spirit of Area Youngsters…at the Station

Knightdale Station Kids Festival

On Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Knightdale Station Park will play host to a very special first time event to put a spotlight on the talents and creativity of the children in our community, while offering up a day full of fun for the whole family as the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department presents the inaugural Knightdale Kids Festival (K-Fest) event.

The first ever Knightdale Kids Festival is a combined effort, as all of the area schools, as well as countless organizations with in the community have banded together to showcase the great work and efforts of the youth in the Knightdale area and those dedicated to strengthening their education and futures. As quoted on the official Town of Knightdale website, the mission of the inaugural Knightdale Kids Festival is “Understanding that education is the pathway to success, the mission of K-Fest is to connect youth with local non-profits, educational and cultural arts opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to. This collaborative effort of community partners plays an important role in strengthening the educational component in Knightdale and Eastern Wake County.”

Throughout the day at Knightdale Kids Festival, children of all ages from area elementary, middle, and high schools will be performing in a variety of events, showcasing their vast skills in many areas. The highlights throughout the day that the kids will be a major part of at this community themed event will include:

  • Student Talent Showcase
  • Local Artists
  • Interactive Art Stations
  • Book Mobile and Reading Corner
  • Early Childhood Zone
  • Backpack and School Supply give away and so much more

On top of all of those great activities, there will also be plenty of other entertainment, food and beverages, and all around family fun to enjoy at the Knightdale Kids Festival. As has become tradition at Knightdale Station Park events, there will be a big selection of food trucks on hand serving up tasty goodies hat can please any appetite. The food trucks set to be on site at the Knightdale Kids Festival are:

In addition to all of these great things going on throughout the day at the first ever Knightdale Kids Festival there will also be live music and performers from some of the most popular local acts throughout the festivities. There will also be games and several inflatables for the children to play, and the Knightdale Farmers Market will be going on as regularly scheduled also.

With over 50 community organizations and businesses supporting the Knightdale Kids Festival as a partner or sponsor and 15 different schools or educational partners from the area lending a hand as well, this community based event is certain to become a Knightdale tradition to showcase our children. To see more information on this event, including a full list of all the educational partners, festival and community partners, and sponsors, visit



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Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays are Back…at the Station

Knightdale Station Food Truck Thursdays

With the overwhelming popularity of the same events in the Spring and Summer, both dinner and lunch will be served at Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays starting on Thursday, September 1, with a variety of tastes available each week at Knightdale Station Park.

Building on the initial success of the once weekly events held at Knightdale Station in its first go around, last Spring and Summer, the Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays expanded to have trucks both during lunch hours and a completely different truck on site for dinner hours. With the great response from members of the community, the Town of Knightdale will this trend will continue for Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays, as the lunch hours each week will see the trucks serving up delicious fare from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the dinner hours will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The schedule for the Knightdale Fall Food Truck Thursdays will feature:

September 1

September 8

September 15

 September 22

September 29

 October 6

 October 13

 October 20

 October 27

 November 3

November 10

November 17

Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays are held rain or shine near the amphitheater at Knightdale Station Park. For more information on these and all other great Town of Knightdale events visit