This weekend
Father-Daughter Ball: Friday, 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.
Fayetteville After 5: Fayetteville’s free summer concert series is now on the second Friday of the summer months! Come out Friday for a show featuring 120 Minutes, a 90’s alternative/pop/rock tribute band and plenty of food trucks. Fayetteville After 5 takes place in Fayetteville’s concert destination: Festival Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. with acts beginning at 7 p.m.
Youth fishing day: Families with children 15 years of age and younger are invited to the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center to try their hand at fishing during this free fishing event to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Young anglers registered at fishing events across the state can enter a drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes, including a lifetime sportsman license. Families may bring their own fishing equipment and bait (natural bait only — no minnows are allowed). This will be a catch and release fishing only event. The Pechmann Center will have a number of fishing combos for loan at the event and worms will be available for purchase. The event is free of charge. Registration will be completed on site and is limited to the first 200 kids 15 years of age and younger and their Families. All participants must check-in at the registration booth to receive wrist band prior to fishing. No fishing license is required.
Lights out Roller Derby: Fayetteville Roller Derby All Stars take on Carolina Rollergirls at 5 p.m., Saturday, followed by the Fayetteville Roller Derby Ritzy Rollers vs Wreckers. Crown Coliseum doors open at 4 p.m. for the event, which will feature raffles, 50/50, concessions and more. Don’t miss out on this exciting re-match. Pre-sale tickets are: $10 Adult/ $6 Youth, 8 and under free. Tickets at the door are: $12 Adult/ $8 Youth, 8 and under free.
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, Sunday, 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
Upcoming Events
Summer concerts on the green: Sandhills Community College Jazz Band, the “Big Band Sound of the Sandhills” will present its first free concert of the summer Monday, at 6:30 p.m. at SCC on the Green in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Owens Auditorium.
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.
Habitat 24: It all starts with a foundation. With help, the inaugural 24-Hour Build will not end until walls are raised, a roof is overhead, and windows and doors are in place. Join the 24. Build with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity on June 24. Participants will improve a Family’s future for generations to come. Construction experience is not required. Proceeds from Habitat 24 will be designated to the cost of materials and supplies to construct this new home. For more information, visit
Out of Sight Wing Fling: The second Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling fundraising event is happening on June 24. The Wing Fling is a chicken wing cooking competition in a team format. This year it will be held at Festival Park. There will be food trucks, beverages, bands, a kids’ zone, a VIP tent, educational areas, and lots of fun and laughs. This is a not-to-be-missed Family event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Statewide Events

This weekend
Cruisin’ to the Cape Festival and Car Show: It’s coming — the coastal event everyone has been waiting for, Saturday and Sunday, at Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret, North Carolina. This event is one of Eastern Carolina’s premiere 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: Saturday, 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 for more information.
Washington Summer Festival: The Washington Summer Festival is a long standing tradition that takes place the second weekend in June on the Washington, North Carolina waterfront each year. This is a Family oriented festival featuring a street fair, amusements and live entertainment. This year’s festival takes place Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature kid’s events, rides, free outdoor concerts, fireworks and more.
Upcoming Events
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, barbecue cook-off, a 5K run, special exhibits, and more.
Wild History Foraging Walk: Join Piedmont Picnic Project for a Wild History Foraging Walk and Wild Food Tasting, June 17, at 9 a.m. Participants will learn more about edible wild plants growing along downtown Raleigh streets, hear stories about Raleigh’s local history along the trail, and then taste dishes made from the same plants. Class begins in the Naturalist Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. From there, participants will explore the wild places in the surrounding downtown area, and then end at a nearby park for a wild foods tasting. They will review foraging guidelines and safety as well as instruction on plant uses and identification. For the light picnic participants can expect wild tea, local bread, wild jams, jellies, and pickles, wild greens, and a wild treat for dessert.
Function at the Junction: Recording artists Gasoline Stove Band return to Depot Park June 22 in Sanford, North Carolina with their new album Laundromat. Families can enjoy this Americana band hailing from Pittsboro, North Carolina from 7 to 9 p.m. at Depot Park for free.