Events Around Post

This weekend

Star Party in the Garden: Come out to Cape Fear Botanical Garden and gaze at the stars, Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be scheduled and continuous activities to pique the interest of all levels of astronomers. This is a great date night or Family event. Attendees can meet local astronomy enthusiasts who will help them explore the night sky. This event is part of a state-wide celebration of science: North Carolina Science Festival. Please bring a flashlight. General Admission taken at the door. Free for garden members. RSVP appreciated to beamick@capefearbg.org.

Party for the Pine: The Old Tree is turning 469, Saturday, at the Meadow of Weymouth Woods’ Boyd Tract from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the annual celebration for the oldest longleaf pine, learn how prescribed fire keeps the longleaf forest healthy, and appreciate the natural beauty of the Sandhills of North Carolina. The event includes •hikes to the Old Tree, a turpentining demonstration, live animals, bluebird house building, live music, arts/crafts vendors, food trucks and more. For more information, visit www.partyforthepine.com.

As you like lit: Sweet Tea Shakespeare invites members of the military to a special night of Shakespeare and shenanigans with a performance of “As You Like LIT” Saturday from 7:15 to 10 p.m. at Fort Bragg’s Sports USA. The play is a unique take on Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It,” and includes live music under the direction of Jacob French, drinking games, audience participation, and “Monologue Mad Libs,” in which familiar soliloquies receive a new twist. Department of Defense ID card holders may reserve tickets at 672-1724 for a $2 discount.

7th Annual Celebration of the Military Child: Come out to Pinehurst Arboretum in Pinehurst, North Carolina Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. for this free event. Activities include a cookout, pony rides, a video game trailer, bounce house, traveling magician and more. Don’t miss a special performance by the 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus at 1:30 p.m. For questions, call 295-2817 or visit www.vopnc.org.

Upcoming events

Sip and Sample: Sip and sample an enormous collection of dazzling wines and mouth-watering, delectable appetizers from some of the best Sandhills chefs at The Fair Barn, Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m. Sip and Sample is the 18th annual food and wine benefit for children who have special developmental needs at Sandhills Children’s Center. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.sandhillschildrenscenter.org/special-events-fundraisers/sipandsample.

Fort Bragg Fair: The Fort Bragg Fair runs April 27 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 will be April 28 to 30. 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.

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, April 30, 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 and 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.

Statewide Events

This weekend

Brewgaloo: The largest North Carolina craft beer festival featuring North Carolina Beer, food trucks, live music and the best of local vendors, Friday and Saturday in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Beer is sampled by the glass or the pour. Features something for everyone and purchases every keg tapped in an effort to support all North Carolina brewers. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/257081931307918.

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, Saturday. 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 Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is 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 info@greaterclevelandchamber.com or call 919-773-8448.

Earth Day Weekend: Come to a “Party for the Planet” at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dance to African drums and explore new ways to help take care of the earth. Event included with zoo admission. Visit www.nczoo.org/events for more information.

Upcoming Events

Ansel Adams Masterworks: Monday, from noon to 8 p.m., enjoy free admission to exhibitions “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” and “Glory of Venice” at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. The museum’s west building (including permanent collection galleries, Iris restaurant, and Sip coffee bar) will be closed as they normally are on Mondays. The museum park will be open from dawn to dusk. Learn more about the exhibitions at www.ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions/dual/ansel_and_venice.

Triangle Beach Music Festival: Join in one of North Carolina’s biggest beach festivals at the Triangle Beach Music Festival, April 29, 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 April 29 at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina. Close encounters with live animals and exciting discoveries await.