Events Around Town

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: Join in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life at the annual downtown Fayetteville parade, Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.. The parade will proceed from the Cumberland County Courthouse to Hay Street and end at the Amtrak Station. Arrive early to secure your spot.

Antony and Cleopatra: Sweet Tea Shakespeare presents the classic Antony and Cleopatra, today through Saturday and Jan. 19 to 21, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The preshow starts at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors and military, and $8 for students.

Upcoming events

The Little Mermaid: Presented by Cape Fear Regional Theater, Jan. 19 to Feb. 12. Fall in love with The Little Mermaid all over again, featuring Ariel, Sebastian and more in this re-vamped live action retelling of one of Disney’s most popular movies. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Tickets range from $17 to $30, with both matinee and night shows available. For more information, visit www.cfrt.org/shows/thelittlemermaid.

Fayetteville FireAntz: The local hockey team takes on the Pensacola Ice Flyers, Jan. 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Crown Coliseum. Tickets start at $7 for kids and $9 for adults. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/fireantz-vs-columbus-cottonmouths-1.

Lee brice and Justin Moore: Two of country music’s most dynamic performers will ring in 2017 with their co-headlined “American Made” tour on Jan. 27 at the Crown Coliseum. The show starts at 7 p.m. and ticket prices start at $29.50. A platinum meet and greet experience is available for $179. This experience includes a premium seat within rows one to five or general admission pit ticket, a meet and greet opportunity with Lee Brice and Justin Moore, VIP laminate and interactive souvenir, and more.

The Beach Boys: Legendary music group the Beach Boys visit the Crown Theater, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50 and can be purchased at

www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/the-beach-boys.

Heritage Square Tours: Visit Heritage Square Feb. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. to see a selection of Fayetteville’s historic houses, to include the Sandford House, the Oval Ballroom, and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House. Sites are open on the first Sunday of every month. Visit www.heritagesquarefay.org or call 483-6009 for more details.

Statewide Events:

STAR WARS THE MUSIC!: Grab your lightsaber and come join an electrifying journey to a galaxy far, far away as the Charlotte Symphony celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, through Saturday. Relive the excitement of John Williams’ majestic scores with selections spanning all seven films at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tickets start at $27. For more information, visit www.blumenthalarts.org.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series: Spectators can only see Monster Jam Triple Threat Series in select cities across the country, including at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday. The event features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam. Fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. The Pit Party on Saturday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. gives fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit passes can be purchased for $10. For more information, visit www.greensborocoliseum.com/events.

North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival Cary: This weekend is the last chance to see the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival. The festival includes more than 20 displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights. In what proved to be a fan favorite last year, the spectacular Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake will return to mesmerize visitors. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. at Cary, North Carolina’s Booth Amphitheatre. Visit www.boothamphitheatre.com.

Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Parade: The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Parade in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, will be held Monday. The parade route begins at 1898 Park. Lineup and registration is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Boys to Baghdad: Set in the late 1980s and early 90s, this coming-of-age romance explores the challenges of growing into manhood by way of the military, and the lifelong bonds of brotherhood. Shows Wednesday to Jan. 21 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte, North Carolina. For tickets, visit www.blumenthalarts.org.

16th Annual African American Cultural Celebration: Join the statewide kick off to Black History Month in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by celebrating our state’s diverse heritage and culture. Have fun while learning about the state’s diverse African American heritage and culture during this free event for all ages. The 16th annual African American Cultural Celebration will feature more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors and more. Admission is free. Visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org for more information.

Astronomy Days: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina partners with NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture of the universe. From comet crafts to solar observing, lectures to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Jan. 29 noon to 5 p.m.

The 150th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson: Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Winnabow, North Carolina. Join Fort Anderson as they commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson with two days of historic entertainment, the “Plunging Shots and Screaming Shells.” Events include reenactments, activities and more. Admission is free. Visit www.nchistoricsites.org for more information.