This weekend
Fayetteville Swampdogs: Come out and see the Fayetteville SwampDogs, a member of the Coastal Plains League, play on their home turf! Food, fun, and baseball — what more could Families want? The Swampdogs have home games Friday and Sunday nights, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.goswampdogs.com.
Super Science Saturday: It’s science time at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum in downtown Fayetteville, Saturday 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.
Othello: Enjoy Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s presentation of Othello by William Shakespeare, Friday through Sunday at the 1897 Poe House. 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. For more information, visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com/event/othello.
Upcoming Events
Bird Appreciation Walking Group: Bring or borrow binoculars and meet other bird lovers as we walk the trails at Clark Park and along the Cape Fear River looking for species, learning song, and collecting information about locations and behavior. This group is for adults and mature children 12 and older, Tuesday, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. The event is free.
7TH Annual Caribbean Heritage Festival: Caribbean American Connections of Fayetteville is a nonprofit organization. The group is made up of members of various Caribbean Islands. It’s their mission to provide and share the area’s history and customs. Caribbean Heritage Day will take place on June 25, from noon to 9 p.m. at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. The event will be a day of appreciation, of culture nationalities and diversity. There will be various local artists, performers, international artists, food and merchant vendors, a kids’ zone and much more.
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 www.fayettevillenchabitat.org/event/habitat-24/?instance_id=334.
Hummingbirds in the garden: Come see local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, June 26, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Participants will learn about trapping and handling as well as applying a tiny bands and taking data. They will witness, up close, all of the important elements of this specialized scientific endeavor. An expert will share information gained to-date and answer questions about hummingbirds during the event. She will not only be talking about the activities of these birds in the wild but important aspects of providing for hummingbirds on your property. Feeder selection, landscaping and other special considerations will be discussed.
Carousel in Concert: Help Touching Humanity and The Sandhills Broadway Series raise awareness for the importance of arts programming in Moore County schools, June 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Carousel is a professional, semi-staged concert production. They will have an 18 piece orchestra, a 60 piece chorus, and reduced dialogue with Broadway stars.
Fourthfest: This free concert and fireworks celebration takes place at the Pinehurst Harness Track in Pinehurst, North Carolina, July 4. Children’s activities will include pony rides, hayrides, bounce houses, and more. The “Tim Clark Band” will perform throughout the evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and picnic baskets are also allowed. Don’t forget lawn chairs and blankets The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Don’t miss out on all of the excitement! Gates open at 4:00 p.m for parking.

Statewide Events: 

This weekend
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.
301 Endless Yard Sale: It’s the 5th Annual 301 Endless Yard Sale, Friday and Saturday, with over 100 miles of antiques, thrift store finds and yard sales with more than 500 vendors along U.S. Highway 301 from Weldon, North Carolina down to Dunn, North Carolina. Sales start at 7 a.m. and run to 5 p.m. each day. Please drive safe, don’t park on the highway and watch for pedestrians.
Wild History Foraging Walk: Join Piedmont Picnic Project for a Wild History Foraging Walk and Wild Food Tasting, Saturday, 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.
Upcoming Events
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.
Picnic in the Park: Celebrate Independence Day with a community picnic and live music from Music Makers Relief Foundation at this year’s annual Picnic in the Park event, July 2, in Hillsborough, North Carolina. There will be food trucks (Chez Moi - A Baking Renaissance...Experience the Awakening!, Taco Grande, BO’s kitchen and Bam Pow Chow), yard games and crafts, live music, community reading of the Declaration of Independence, nonprofit booths.