This weekend

Third Thursday — Tango unTapped: Come see the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in a different light, as the garden extends its hours for Third Thursdays each month beginning Thursday and continuing through September. Come soak up nature till 9 p.m. in the garden. Each month’s “Third Thursday” is a bit different from the next and sure to be fun. Evenings are free with a membership or paid admission. This Thursday will feature an exciting showcase of how Tango has changed throughout the years by Anna Fiore, Dom-Sebastian, and Alejandro Pinzon. Watch and then learn. The food truck A Little Taco and a cash bar will be open for purchases. Beer, wine and tacos? Yum!

Dive-IN Theater: Friday, at Tolson Indoor Pool. Watch the hit movie “Moana” while swimming or stay on the deck. Open to all authorized Family and Morale, Wellness and Recreation users. Doors open at 8 p.m. This is a Family-friendly event. The cost is $4 for ID cardholders and $6 for guests.

Cape Fear Wildlife Expo: The expo, held Friday to Sunday at the Crown Complex Arena, is a Family event that features wildlife art, decoy displays, hunting and fishing projects, decoy carving demonstrations, hand-crafted duck and turkey calls, jewelry, RVs and much more. The event also features kid-friendly interactive activities such as raptor displays and an archery range. Patrons can expect to meet a variety of fascinating and uniquely beautiful wildlife such as snakes, bobcats and wolves from the Newell Farms Moon Shadow Rescue Wolves. For tickets and more information,


Babypalooza 2017: Come out to SkyView on Hay in downtown Fayetteville, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for all the best that Fayetteville has to offer for moms, moms-to-be, Families and kids. There will be a variety of mom and baby centered vendors at the event. Shop at the natural parenting style consignment sale. There will be diapers, diaper accessories and baby carriers as well as some products with huge discounts. Amber and teething oil are on the list as well. During the event, attendees will have access to free demonstrations by local small businesses who offer Family services. There will be bouncy houses and activities here and there around the venue. Pet some animals at the petting zoo too.

Upcoming events

Harnessing Your Warrior to Achieve: A Green Beret and Silver Star Recipient will share his remarkable story on March 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Embassy Suites. Jeff Adamec, a retired Sgt. First Class in the United States Army Special Forces, will explain his journey at a special breakfast event in Fayetteville. Transitioning service members, military spouses, and veterans are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register for the event, visit

An All-American Fourth Friday: It’s back! Come to Downtown Fayetteville on March 24 and help kick off 2017’s Fourth Friday season, with street performers, exhibit openings, kids’ activities, and Family-friendly fun. The event will include plenty of American flags, special events and more.

Documentary Film Screening and Book Signings: Join Maurice Renaud and Doug Stebleton at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville for a special documentary film screening and book signings, March 25, at 11 a.m. Maurice Renaud, son of Alexandre and Simone Renaud, will sign “Sainte-Mere-Eglise: D-Day, June 6, 1944”, a book written by his father, and “Mother of Normandy”, a book about his mother. Following the book signing, at 11:30 a.m., a special showing of the documentary produced by Doug Stebleton, “The Heroes of World War II”, will be shown in the museum’s main theater. Renaud will again sign books immediately following the presentation. In addition, a special showing of “Mother Of Normandy”, also produced by Doug Stebleton, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in the theater. The event is free and open to the public.

All-American Fayetteville Challenge: The event will bring 200 or more participants to downtown Fayetteville, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a morning of fun and exploration of many landmarks and local businesses. Challengers will be tasked with retrieving items, completing tasks, and getting to know the captivating downtown area. A web-based program will guide participants through the course and track their progress. For more information, visit

Dog Day in the Garden: Wag tail all the way to Cape Fear Botanical Garden March 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Dog day in the Garden. It is a special opportunity to bring the whole Family, dogs included, to the garden for a pawsitivley paw-some day. Families and their pups will have a belly-scratchin’ good time while learning about local dog-related vendors, shopping and enjoying samples and other canine-friendly activities to benefit the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. FAPS will provide a low-cost microchip clinic making it easier for your dog to find its way home, if ever lost. Does your pup have what it takes to be royalty? Enter the Dog of the Garden Pageant, which will sniff out the best and cutest of the canine contestants. Fetch yourself some food from local food trucks while you experience an action-packed day of demonstrations and doggie fun.

Statewide events:

This weekend

North Carolina ComiCon — Oak City: Raleigh, North Carolina’s premier comicon is coming to the Raleigh Convention Center, from Friday to Saturday. New exhibits. New panels. New workshops. New all-encompassing comic book pop culture overload experience. And of course they will once again welcome the finest vendors in comic books, toys and collectibles as well as a plethora of phenomenal comic book creators from the triangle area and around the world. All of this plus the massive fan-favorite cosplay contest. For more information, visit

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The Village of Pinehurst in Pinehurst, North Carolina will show off its Irish spirit during the 16th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade at James W. Tufts Memorial Park. Colorful parade entries, great music, dancing, and good Irish cheer are in store for all who attend. The parade begins at 11 a.m. sharp, Saturday. Following the parade, Families can stick around Tufts Memorial Park for entertainment, children’s activities, and food and beverages. It is free to participate in the parade; entries are being accepted from nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, churches, and Families, so decorate your golf cart, car, or float, and join us for the traditional Pinehurst celebration. Parade entry forms are available online at, or they may be picked up at Dugan’s Pub or the Pinehurst Village Hall.

Behind the Scenes with the Butterfly House: Does a pupa move inside it’s cocoon? Why do tarantulas spin webs on the ground? Ask an entomologist while getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for our smallest animals. Visit the Life and Science Museum in Durham, North Carolina for a special tour of the Butterfly House, Sunday, from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events

Blue, Brew AND Que Festival: The Blue, Brew, and Que Festival with 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, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and April 1, 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

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 April 5. 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

An Evening with James Lovell, Apollo 13 Commander: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is proud to present an evening with American hero and astronaut James Lovell as part of the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Between 1959 and 1975, Morehead was called to serve not only the people of North Carolina, but also the nation’s burgeoning space program. During this time, nearly every astronaut who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs trained at Morehead in star navigation. Now, the time-honored hero who actually put that knowledge to work in his calm and careful command of Apollo 13 in 1970 is coming back to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina to share his wisdom and stories at a one-time event at Memorial Hall.