Fort Bragg Fair: The Fort Bragg Fair runs today through May 14. Monday through Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 1 p.m. It is open to the public and accessible from Bragg Boulevard via Howell Street. Unlimited carnival rides and live entertainment are included in one, low admission price. Parking is free. Entertainment includes Will Jones, Mango Band, The Plaids, Steel Country Express, Crossing Avery and more. There is a special area for young children to enjoy. For more information and admission prices, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/ft-bragg-events/fort-bragg-fair?eID=538293.
Fayetteville Dogwood Festival: It’s that time of year again! The 35th annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Fayetteville. Come enjoy free live music, anchored attractions, live artists, food and arts and crafts vendors, and much more. Headlining acts include Parmalee, Winger, Skid Row, DieDra and Lotus Sun. The Dogwood Festival footprint will now extend past the Market House, past Green Street, Gillespie Street, and down Person Street. This newly expanded area will allow for more vendors, artists, entertainment, and performances for festival patrons to enjoy.
Springfest: The annual event will take place Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina. The festival is free to attend and both sides of Broad Street are blocked off for two blocks. Join the Southern Pines Business Association for arts, crafts, games, rides, food, entertainment, and more. The association hosts over 160 vendors from all around North Carolina and the country. Enjoy beautiful artwork and crafts including paintings, jewelry, metal art, photography, woodwork, designs from nature, and other amazing creations. There will be an entire “Kids Block” with games, rides and fun. For more information, visit www.southernpines.biz/event/springfest.
Puttin on the Dog Show: Join Fayetteville Animal Protection Society for the annual Parade of Rescues (no fee) as they celebrate second chances and love shown through rescues at Heritage Square in Fayetteville, Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. Come on out and show off your pooch (no pedigree required). Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. The dog show begins at 1 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee per pooch, per class, which includes: Gorgeous Gals, Handsome Guys, Owner Look-A-Like, Best Dog Costume and Best in Show.
Jack Hanna Live: America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his television series to the live stage with Into the Wild Live at the Crown Theater, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. In this live show, prepare to be fascinated as Jungle Jack takes Families into the wild with a spectacular array of about 15 incredible animals. He will also share humorous stories and amazing footage from his adventures all around the world from Africa, to the Amazon, to Antarctica and beyond. Visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/jack-hannas-into-the-wild-live for more information.
Kidtopia: Bring the whole Family out to the Crown Expo Center May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Kidtopia 2017. This event is kid’s Utopia with many free activities including face painting, bounce houses, live performances, arts and craft projects, safety information as well as up-close interaction with princesses, super heroes, costumed characters and local heroes including police and firefighters. Kidtopia has something for kids of all ages and vendors with activities, samples, demonstrations of their products and services, etc. This year’s special guest is Peyton List, who is known for her roles in hit shows “Jessie” and “Bunk’d” and the film franchise “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
Blue and Brews: Come out to Malcom Blue Farm in Aberdeen, North Carolina for a day at the farm, May 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include bluegrass performances by The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience, Vickie Vaughn Band, and Hank, Pattie & The Current. Railhouse Brewery and Southern Pines Brewing Company will be on the grounds serving cold beer all day along with Black Rock Vineyards. Chewy’s Smokin’ BBQ, Uschi’s Imbiss, and The Market Place Restaurant will also be available for concessions. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. For more information, visit www.townofaberdeen.net and click on “Calendar.”
Triangle Beach Music Festival: Join in one of North Carolina’s biggest beach festivals at the Triangle Beach Music Festival, Saturday, in Greenville, North Carolina. Since its inception in 1999, the festival has grown to attract some of the finest local and regional acts. This year’s lineup includes Band of Oz, Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, and Jim Quick and Coastline. For more information, visit www.trianglebeach.com.
Scales and Slippery Skin: Uncover the difference between skin-covered amphibians and scaly reptiles Saturday, at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina. Close encounters with live animals and exciting discoveries await.
LEGO Engineering Workshop: Let imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGOs at the Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Build engineer-designed projects like boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create unique designs. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO building system with the guidance of an experienced Play Well TEKnologies instructor. Geared for ages 5-12; cost is $20 per child. Pre-registration is recommended to secure a space. To register, or for more information, visit www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.
Kids Appreciation Day: Come join the 15th Annual Kids Appreciation Day put on by the Holly Springs Kiwanis Club, May 6, noon to 4:30 p.m. at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina. This is a day to celebrate the wonderful children of our community through games, crafts, food, activities and the support of dozens of local businesses and organizations. Free food and activities for the kids. Additional food available for purchase from many local vendors. Entertainment includes the 82nd Airborne Division Band, Sal the Salamander, UNC Ramses and more.
Longleaf Film Festival: The festival celebrates year three with two days of film, fun, and community at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 12 and 13. This free-to-attend festival explores historical and contemporary stories from around the world and our own backyard through narrative and documentary films. Sixty Official Selection films will screen; other events include workshops, the awards presentation, and an inaugural public “Wrap Party” at the festival’s conclusion on May 13. As always, free fresh-popped popcorn will be available, along with other concessions and a selection of festival T-shirts.
Columbus’ Ships: May 12, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Wilmington, North Carolina. The ships will be docked at Port City Marina until May 21. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.