This weekend

Jazz and Wine Fest: The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents its second annual Jazz and Wine Fest, Friday, 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.

Prayer walk: AsONE Prayer Walk Saturday 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 for further information. Admission is free.

The Secret Garden: Directed by Matthew Overturf. Mary Lennox is orphaned when she is eleven years old. She is sent to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle. Catch the full performance of Secret Garden at the Gilbert Theater through Sunday. Purchase tickets to the full performance at

Upcoming events

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES: Tuesday, 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 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 for more information.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Scramble: The Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation will host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and a free Easter Egg Scramble in the Reflection Garden at the ASOM in downtown Fayetteville, April 15. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 3 to 12 and free for children under 2 with a paying adult. The Easter Egg Scramble begins at 9:30 a.m. Children will participate in the scramble based on their age group. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 a print while waiting, or for an additional $10, people can receive a digital copy by email to share online. For reservations, call 643-2778 or make reservations at the ASOM gift shop in person or online at

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.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Auction: Furniture, tools, antiques, electronics, and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation property will be sold to the highest bidder during an auction April 20, 10:30 a.m., at Building 2-2814 Jackson Street. Interested buyers may preview items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of the auction and 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the sale. A 10 percent buyer’s fee will be charged. The auction is open to the public and accepts cash, money orders, credit cards, and certified personal checks.

Statewide Events

This weekend

FireFest: Celebrate art created with fire, Friday, from 1 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in Star, North Carolina. Firefest is a two-day festival celebrating the role of fire in the creation of art. Enjoy workshops, glassblowing, pottery and metal demos, artist talks, live music, iron pour, large sculpture firing and more. Admission is $5 and includes finale events, demonstrations, music, a glass magic show and more. Children ages 12 years and younger admitted free. Food trucks and a beer garden are on site.

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 and runs through Sunday. 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

Downtown Easter Hunt: Come to downtown Sanford, North Carolina for an Easter egg hunt, Saturday, 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.

Upcoming Events

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, April 22. Organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council, the show also features food, beer, wine, ice cream and music during the day. Admission is free. Visit

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 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