Local and Statewide events

This weekend
Blues-n-Brews Festival: Cape Fear Regional Theatre presents the 15th Annual Blues-n-Brews Festival. Saturday, 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.
Aquatics Expo: Experience everything the Fort Bragg Aquatics Program has to offer under one roof at Tolson Indoor Pool, Saturday, from noon to 1 p.m. Meet instructors, ask questions and join in as they showcase seven programs. Be sure to bring a swim suit and towel. All ages are welcome to attend this event.
Jon B: Come out to Sports USA, Saturday at 8 p.m., and enjoy Jon B, a consummate artist, an accomplished musician and noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records under his belt. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man’s love for all things soul. His beginning was seasoned by early influences including Duran Duran, Inxs, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade. Jon B spent the summer after high school writing, producing and recording 40 incredible songs and began making his rounds to all major record labels.
Othello: Divided by color and creed, Othello and Desdemona seem to have the perfect love. Iago, fueled by jealousy and hate, sets a plan in motion to separate them for good. Desire, deception, and vengeance lead to the ultimate betrayal. Be careful who you trust. Shows hosted by Sweet Tea Shakespeare at the 1897 Poe House in Fayetteville today through Sunday, June 11, and 15 to 18. For more information and tickets, visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com.
Hitchcock Creek Duck Derby: Join the fun as 5,000 rubber ducks race down Hitchcock Creek in Rockingham, North Carolina for cash and prizes, Sunday, 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.
Upcoming events
Family Fishing Workshop: Fishing is a great way to bring Families together to create lifelong memories. The John E. Pechmann Education Center is hosting a Family Fishing Workshop Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is designed to teach Families with children 7 years old and older the basic skills needed to go fishing. If a Family has never gone fishing before, this workshop will help get everyone started on the path to creating an outdoor adventure and cherished fishing memories. This workshop is an active hands-on learning experience for all Family members including fishing on the Pechmann Center’s stocked ponds. During this three hour workshop, Families learn how to cast a spin-cast outfit, how to collect bait, how to catch a fish and more. Space is limited so participants will need to register early at www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Pechmann.
Tapas and Wine Tasting: It’s a Carolina Gold Rush at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities In Southern Pines, North Carolina, June 8 at 6 p.m. Participants will hit gold with delicious fare from Elliott’s on Linden and a variety of delectable wines. Fun raffle items and a silent auction will round out the evening. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Visit
www.weymouthcenter.org for more information.
Father-Daughter Ball: June 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Iron Mike Conference Center. There is no age limit, but jackets are required. The event is open to the public. Cost is $35 per father-daughter couple and $15 for each additional child.
Peter Pan: All children, except one, grow up … Captured live at the National Theatre in London, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas, shown one day only, June 11, at Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students. For more information, visit www.sunrisetheater.com/calendar.html
Super Science Saturday: It’s science time at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum in downtown Fayetteville, June 17 at 11 a.m. This month, children will learn about the states of matter, and at the end of the session they will create slime and goo to take home. This activity is free with paid museum admission or membership.

Statewide events

This weekend
Carolina Beach Music Festival: The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival Saturday, on the beach strand at the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. During the event, “shaggers” of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South. All three bands offer that laid-back style of rhythm and blues with deep roots in the Carolina Coast. The gates will open at 10 a.m. with the first band hitting the stage at 11 a.m.
Kickin it Country: Come out to Midtown Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, 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, Sunday. 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.
Upcoming Events
Cruisin’ to the Cape Festival and Car Show: It’s coming — the coastal event everyone has been waiting for, June 10 and 11, at Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret, North Carolina. This event is one of Eastern Carolina’s premier car shows and also features live bands, amusement rides, funnel cakes, candy apples, vendors, kareoke, kid’s activities and more. Bands include: Slyde, Steel Shot and Country Music Television artist Bryan Mayer. Funds raised will be donated to the CC Trail.
Arts by the Sea: June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Swansboro, North Carolina. The event will feature a juried craft show with jewelry, paintings, photography and more; live entertainment; and a kids art zone, offering craft projects for kids of all ages. Visit www.swanborofestivals.com for more information.
North Carolina Blueberry Festival: The North Carolina Blueberry Festival is Burgaw, North Carolina’s annual community celebration. Founded in 2003, the Blueberry Festival has become Burgaw’s premier event. Held on the third Saturday in June, the Blueberry Festival provides an opportunity for people to enjoy a full day of family entertainment while experiencing the southern hospitality of a small town. The festival will include over 20 events ranging from entertainment to a car show, a street fair, recipe contest, barbeque cook-off, a 5K run, special exhibits, and more.