Kidtopia: Bring the whole Family out to the Crown Expo Center Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Kidtopia 2017. This event is kid’s Utopia with many free activities including face painting, bounce houses, live performances, arts and craft projects, safety information as well as up-close interaction with princesses, super heroes, costumed characters and local heroes including police and firefighters. Kidtopia has something for kids of all ages and vendors with activities, samples, demonstrations of their products and services, etc. This year’s special guest is Peyton List, who is known for her roles in hit shows “Jessie” and “Bunk’d” and the film franchise “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
Blue and Brews: Come out to Malcom Blue Farm in Aberdeen, North Carolina for a day at the farm, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include bluegrass performances by The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience, Vickie Vaughn Band, and Hank, Pattie & The Current. Railhouse Brewery and Southern Pines Brewing Company will be on the grounds serving cold beer all day along with Black Rock Vineyards. Chewy’s Smokin’ BBQ, Uschi’s Imbiss, and The Market Place Restaurant will also be available for concessions. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. For more information, visit www.townofaberdeen.net and click on “Calendar.”
Vietnam War Rememberance Ceremony: Join the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation in honoring all Vietnam War veterans during the second annual Vietnam War Remembrance Ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. in the museum’s parade field. A special lapel pin presentation will be performed for all Vietnam War Veterans in attendance that have not already been presented one.
Fort Bragg Fair: The Fort Bragg Fair runs today 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.
Military Appreciation at Pinehurst: Throughout the month of May, the Spa at Pinehurst will celebrate Military Appreciation month by welcoming active-duty service members and their spouses to the spa for a discounted day of pampering. They can enjoy four of the spa’s most popular services at a special rates. The signature Pinehurst Massage and Pinehurst Facial, both 50-minute treatments, will be $85 each. The Pinehurst Pedicure and Pinehurst Manicure will be $50 and $40, respectively. For more information, call 235-8320.
Book Sale: Visit Throckmorton Library May 11, 10 a.m. to noon or 4 to 6 p.m. and May 13, 1 to 3 p.m. for the inaugural Throckmorton Library Book Sale. Items come from the library’s donated items section and include books of all kinds, DVDs, CDs and video games. Many items are like-new quality. Prices range from under $1 to $5. Cash only. Proceeds benefit library programs and learning tools for children. For more information, call 396-2665 or visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/throckmorton-library.
A Comic Evening: Enjoy a night of comedy for the whole Family, May 12, at The Hannah Center at The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. Performers include “Comic Ventriloquist” Steve Brogan and comedian Caleb Elliott. All seats are general admission and tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. For more information, visit www.vision4moore.com/a-comic-evening.html.
Kids Appreciation Day: Come join the 15th Annual Kids Appreciation Day put on by the Holly Springs Kiwanis Club, Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina. This is a day to celebrate the wonderful children of our community through games, crafts, food, activities and the support of dozens of local businesses and organizations. Free food and activities for the kids. Additional food available for purchase from many local vendors. Entertainment includes the 82nd Airborne Division Band, Sal the Salamander, UNC Ramses and more.
Longleaf Film Festival: The festival celebrates year three with two days of film, fun, and community at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 12 and 13. This free-to-attend festival explores historical and contemporary stories from around the world and our own backyard through narrative and documentary films. Sixty Official Selection films will screen; other events include workshops, the awards presentation, and an inaugural public “Wrap Party” at the festival’s conclusion on May 13. As always, free fresh-popped popcorn will be available, along with other concessions and a selection of festival T-shirts.
Columbus’ Ships: May 12, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Wilmington, North Carolina. The ships will be docked at Port City Marina until May 21. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Nashville Blooming Festival: The Nashville Blooming Festival in Nashville, North Carolina, is a downtown community celebration that showcases the area’s top artists and musical acts, May 12 and 13. The two-day extravaganza features a parade filled with floats and marchers as well as performances from original and tribute country, funk and rock bands. There’s also the crowning of the Mom of the Year, a Nashville talent competition and a carnival.
Bugfest South: Join the fun of all things “buggy” and get to know the six-legged neighbors at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, North Carolina’s BugFest South, held May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy entertaining displays, exhibits and activities — both inside and outside the museum. Visitors can bring out their inner bug by competing in the Arthropod Olympics, cheering on Madagascar Hissing Roaches at the Roachingham 500 and learning all about the insects that make up three quarters of all animals on Earth at the Arthropod Zoo.