Memorial Day Weekend Events

Military Appreciation Music Festival: Join the Veterans Golf Association, Thursday, at Dormie Club in West End, North Carolina as they honor the military with a music festival to kick off the start of Memorial Day weekend. All attendees will enjoy a free concert featuring Colt Ford and special guests, including The Bandit Flight Team, Rob West, DJ Irie, The Greg Finger Band and NFL cheerleaders. Free parking for all attendees. VIP Parking for valid military ID holders. Gates open at 7 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are permitted. Open to all ages. Food trucks on site.

Rockfish Memorial Day EVENT: Come out to the 9th annual event, Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rockfish Flea Market in Rockfish, North Carolina. There will be horse and pony rides, live music, sky divers, a horse show, carriage rides, and petting zoo. Free hot dogs while supplies last.

A Symphonic Salute: The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Army Ground Forces Band of Fort Bragg present their fifth annual free concert, Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. The two groups will perform together on the Festival Park stage in downtown Fayetteville, presenting an evening of patriotic music to honor the Armed Forces this Memorial Day weekend. Select local food trucks will be on site. Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket to sit on.

Spring Lake’s Memorial Day Ceremony: Join the Town of Spring Lake, North Carolina at their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park as they pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Admission is free and the event takes place Monday, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Fayetteville’s Memorial Day Ceremony: Join the greater Fayetteville community in honoring those Cumberland County veterans who died in wartime at this annual ceremony. Limited bleacher seating is available at the event, which takes place at Freedom Memorial Park, Monday, at 10 a.m.

K9 Memorial Day Ceremony: Join folks in honoring the Special Operations Forces’ canines and handlers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, in partnership with the Special Operations Forces K9 Memorial Foundation, hosts the annual ceremony to honor the bravery and dedication of the Special Operations K9 Soldiers and handlers. The event begins with a flag-raising and wreath-laying at the K9 Memorial, on the grounds of the ASOM, Monday, at noon.

Hope Mills’ Memorial Day Ceremony: The Town of Hope Mills, North Carolina recognizes the sacrifices of veterans and their Families at this annual ceremony with the traditions of a wreath-laying and the playing of “Taps” at Veterans Memorial, Hope Mills Municipal Park, 4 p.m., Monday. Immediately following the ceremony, light refreshments are served in the Hope Mills Recreation Center.

Events Around Post

Fourth Friday: Come out to the Cumberland County Headquarters Library in downtown Fayetteville, Friday, at 7 p.m. for a performance by Second Time Around. They play big band music from favorites like Glenn Miller, Les Brown and more along with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Refreshments are available.

Fayetteville Swampdogs: The local favorites open their season Tuesday at J.P. Riddle Stadium. Come out and see the Fayetteville SwampDogs play on their home turf. Food, fun, and baseball – what more could you want? First pitch is at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.goswampdogs.com.

Food Truck Wednesdays: Come one, come all! Festival Park is hosting food trucks every Wednesday through Oct. 25. They have several local food trucks serving up lunches to all foodies! Trucks will be located on the utility road in Festival Park, off Ray Avenue. Bring an appetite and some friends to enjoy everything Downtown Fayetteville has to offer. Meals are available for purchase (cash or credit) from the food trucks.

The Diary of Anne Frank: The Gilbert Theater’s last show of the 2016 to 2017 season starts Wednesday. In The Diary of Anne Frank, by Goodrich and Hackett, Anne and her Family share a claustrophobic attic with another Family. Tension is often unbearable, as the people hiding know that their discovery by the enemy could lead to almost certain death at the hands of their captors. Evening shows are typically at 8 p.m., and matinee shows are typically at 2 p.m. Visit

www.gilberttheater.com to confirm show times and purchase tickets.

Blues-n-Brews Festival: Cape Fear Regional Theatre presents the 15th Annual Blues-n-Brews Festival. June 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. This is a one-day event featuring over 100 different beers from more than 20 breweries, with live blues music, local food vendors and games. Come out for the event of the summer, sample some of the finest beers around, and jam to the hottest blues bands.

Hitchcock Creek Duck Derby: Join the fun as 5,000 rubber ducks race down Hitchcock Creek in Rockingham, North Carolina for cash and prizes, June 4, 2 to 4 p.m. First place duck wins $1,500. Second place wins $500. Anyone is welcome to adopt a duck for a chance to be a winner. There will also be a Kids Zone with fun and games as well as concessions. All proceeds benefit children who have special needs at Sandhills Children’s Center. For more information, visit www.sandhillschildrenscenter.org/special-events-fundraisers/hitchcock-creek-duck-derby.

Statewide Events

Freedom Balloon Fest: The Balloon Festival will be held Friday through Monday at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. The three day event will feature competitive balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, evening glows and a myriad of activities planned from sunrise to sundown. Expect a great weekend filled with lots of activity, entertainment and food. Visit www.wralfreedomballoonfest.com for a schedule of events.

9th Annual Swingin Under the Stars: Bring a partner to Union Square in Hickory, North Carolina and dance the night away to the sound of the Hickory Jazz Orchestra under The Sails on the Square. There will be plenty of room to dance and swing, Monday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Kickin it Country: Come out to Midtown Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 3, from 3 to 9 p.m. for a celebration of North Carolina and the South. The third annual event will include live music from Casi Joy from NBC’s The Voice and the Blake Kearney Band, a North Carolina Pork Council Whole Hog Barbecue Series sanctioned cook-off, kids activities, local breweries, specialty cocktails and vendors from around the area. Proceeds will benefit the Adventurers for Special Needs and Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

Family Renaissance Fair: Step back in time and visit Venice for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations, and art-making for the whole Family, June 4. Princesses and kings, pirates and comedians, fairies and acrobats are just some of the people you will encounter at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Renaissance Village in Raleigh, North Carolina. This event is free. Activities will include calligraphy, blacksmithing, maskmaking, interactive drumming and performances.