Truck Touch: This is the biggest event of the year at St. Andrews Academy Preschool. Truck Touch offers something for the whole Family, Saturday. Start off the day with the yard sale at 7 a.m. At 10 a.m., start exploring numerous commercial and recreational vehicles, a bounce house, crafts, raffles, petting zoo, mascots and much more.
9th Annual Dancing with the Fayetteville Stars: Come out to Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m. for this annual event. The gala benefits the housing program at the Center for Economic Empowerment and Development. CEED is a local nonprofit that has positively impacted Fayetteville for over 26 years. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ncceed.org/fundraiser.
Jazz and Wine Fest: The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents its second annual Jazz and Wine Fest, April 7, 6 p.m., at Festival Park. Jazz bands and a cappella groups from around the state will perform. General admission includes various beer and wine samples, as well as a souvenir glass. Various food trucks will be on site. Tickets are $25 for advanced general admission, $20 for military, $10 for non-drinking, $30 for day of general admission and $45 for a VIP package.
Meet and Greet: The Fire Antz hockey team will be at Sports USA at Fort Bragg for a meet and greet event April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Call 907-0739 for more information.
Ms. Lauryn Hill: The “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!” tour is coming to the Crown Coliseum April 6 at 8 p.m. Visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/ms-lauryn-hill for more information and to purchase tickets.
Prayer walk: AsONE Prayer Walk April 8 at Festival Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This annual prayer walk, thought to be the largest stand-alone prayer walk in the country, is an ecumenical event that focuses on prayer and inclusion, bringing believers together so as to promote unity. Participants will stop at seven prayer stations along the route and walk for a total of 2.1 miles (about 2 hours). The prayer walk will conclude at Festival Park and will be followed by the AsONE Family Reunion, which will include music, vendors, and entertainment throughout the day. Visit www.asoneprayerwalk.org for further information. Admission is free.
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES: April 11 at the Crown Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. This live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring new songs and high definition imagery, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics. This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles. Visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/rain-a-tribute-to-the-beatles for more information and to purchase tickets.
All American Tattoo Convention: April 14 from 4 to 11:30 p.m., April 15, noon to 11:30 p.m. and April 16, noon to 9:30 p.m. at the Crown Complex Expo Center The Family-friendly convention will give some of the best tattoo artists the opportunity to showcase their talents. Just a few of the many events being planned feature the All Veteran Parachute Team, the Half Pint Brawlers, and Fayetteville’s Rogue Rollergirls. Visit www.allamericantattooconvention.com for more information.
Easter Brunch: An Easter brunch will be held at Fort Bragg’s Iron Mike Conference Center, April 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch is open to the public. The cost is: adults: $19.95; children ages 6 to 11: $9.95; and children ages 5 and under: free. Call 907-2582 for more information.
Blue, Brew AND Que Festival: The Blue, Brew, and Que Festival will feature some of the best bluegrass music, craft breweries, and barbecue around at Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, North Carolina. Come out for this two day event, Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bands appearing at the festival include: Soggy Bottom Boys, VW Boys, Trinity River Band, Lonesome River Band, and Russell Moore and lllrd Tyme Out. For more information, visit www.duplinbluegrassfest.com.
North Carolina Symphony: The symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Saturday, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Pinecrest High School auditorium in Southern Pines, North Carolina. North Carolina native and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and violinist Caroline Shaw returns. The Symphony plays two works prepared for the upcoming SHIFT Festival in Washington, D.C., plus Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets are available at the door but may be purchased at the Campbell House in Southern Pines before the concert. Call 877-627-6724 or visit www.ncsymphony.org.
World Beer Festival: Find, taste and discover the beer of your dreams in Raleigh, North Carolina Saturday. General admission tickets include a tasting glass with unlimited four-ounce tastings from more than 250 of the finest beers and access to the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, brewery descriptions and more. VIP admission also adds a VIP entrance, a bonus selection of rare and unique beers, a private VIP lounge with VIP restrooms, a three-issue subscription to “All About Beer” magazine and catered food provided. The event will return to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for the second year. Admission: Advance tickets $45; VIP $90; Day of festival $55.
Pottery and Glass Festival: 49th Annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6. The event will feature pottery demos, glass blowing demos, wood turning demos, kiln openings, kiln firings, Raku firings, live music, plant sales, adult egg hunt and raffles. Don’t miss the Adult Easter Egg hunt that benefits North Carolina Food Bank. Admission is free. Visit www.cedarcreekgallery.com for more information.
North Carolina Azalea Festival: The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington, North Carolina’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun Family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. The event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event, which begins Wednesday. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina. Featured performances at this year’s festival include Jason Derulo, Duran Duran and Cole Swindell. For more information on all events, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org.
Downtown Easter Hunt: Come to downtown Sanford, North Carolina for an Easter egg hunt, April 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Bring a basket for an Easter egg trail through downtown. Participating businesses will be handing out candy and Easter eggs.
Art and crafts: The 9th Annual Hillsborough Art and Crafts Show in Hillsborough, North Carolina is a juried show offering original art and quality handcrafted items of dozens of area artisans. Organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council, the show also features food, beer, wine, ice cream and music during the day. Admission is free. Visit www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org.
Strawberry festival: The Cleveland Strawberry Festival in Clayton, North Carolina is April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An all-day celebration for the community focused on Family fun and entertainment including a classic car show, face painting, activities for the kids, lots of food, and of course, strawberries from local farms across the county. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-773-8448.
Wine and food festival: The Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival in Cary, North Carolina is April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Great Grapes! has grown to be the Triangle’s premier casual wine festival with hundreds of wines available. Visit www.uncorkthefun.com/homepage.