This weekend

Luke Bryan: The country superstar will perform his Kill the Lights tour with Brett Eldredge, Friday, 7 p.m., at the Crown Coliseum. Tickets start at $49.50 and are limited to four per person. For more information, visit

Fayetteville FireAntz: Come see the Fayetteville FireAntz, a professional minor-league hockey team, battle it out against the Peoria Rivermen, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Crown Coliseum. Enjoy great food, drinks and hockey with Family and friends on “Pucks for Paws Night.”

Fences: See the play that inspired the movie. Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Department of Fine Arts presents August Wilson’s iconic stage play, “Fences,” at Pope Theatre on Saturday, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, at 2 p.m. Light snacks will be available to purchase. This event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Intimate Apparel: Today through March 19 at Cape Fear Regional Theater. Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel is a moving and intimate story that confronts race and religion. This rich, vivid portrait of turn-of-the-last-century New York features Esther, a black seamstress, who lives in a boarding room house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Upcoming events

March Preschool Pals: Parents of preschoolers, Tuesday, at 10 a.m., the Museum of the Cape Fear will host Preschool Pals. Preschool Pals will celebrate women’s history month with a look at aviator Amelia Earhart and North Carolina native Dolley Madison. Children will participate in a variety of activities, including making a craft and listening to a story.

Averasboro Battlefield Memorial Service: At Averasboro Battlefield, 1:00 p.m., Wednesday. In honor of the Battle of Averasboro’s anniversary, the Fayetteville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, dressed in period costume, will be performing a memorial service for the 56 Confederate Soldiers buried at the Averasboro Battlefield Cemetery. The public is invited to attend the service.

Dive-IN Theater: March 17 at Tolson Indoor Pool. Watch the hit movie “Moana” while swimming or stay on the deck. Open to all authorized Family, 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 March 17 to 19 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 wide 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, visit

Babypalooza 2017: Come out to SkyView on Hay in downtown Fayetteville, March 18, 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.

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.

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Statewide events

This weekend

Chamber Music Concert: Come out Friday, at 7 p.m., as Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco perform classical guitar music in the Great Room at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The internationally recognized duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James will perform a mix of Italian and French repertoire of the early 19th century by A. Diabelli, M. Giuliani, A. Lhoyer and G. Rossini. Combining an historically informed approach with world-class musicianship, they play exclusively on authentic 19th century guitars including the terz guitar, an instrument unique to the early Roman era.

Food Truck Rodeo: “Spring forward” with friends and Family to the legendary gathering of more than 50 food trucks and local craft beer, Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., at Durham Central Park in Durham, North Carolina. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or drink. Electric Kif from Miami and Alison Shearer Group from New York City (and Pitchblak Brass Band fame) are the funky/cool/jazzy musical guests, along with Raleigh Rockers Crew.

5TH ANNUAL BULL CITY FOOD and BEER EXPERIENCE: Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The event features the Harris Onstage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food and beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Come join your friends while helping a good cause. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Ellerbe Creek. For tickets, visit

Star Families — Time Machine in the Sky: The deeper you look into space, the farther back in time you see. Experience the scale of our universe, and find out if you have a “birthday star” visible from North Carolina, Saturday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Star Families is a special planetarium program designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This special program is also good for Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other groups focused on group learning. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events

North Carolina ComicCon — Oak City: Raleigh, North Carolina’s premier comicon and is coming to the Raleigh Convention Center, from March 18 to 19. 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, March 17. 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.