This weekend
Bug Hunt: Insects are some of the most numerous and diverse creatures in the world. On Saturday at 10 a.m., join a hunt through Weymouth Woods at the Weymouth Woods Visitor Center in Southern Pines, North Carolina to discover some of the insects that live here, while learning safe ways to catch, observe, and release them. For more information, visit www.ncparks.gov/weymouth-woods-sandhills-nature-preserve/events-and-programs.
Wing Fling: The second Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling fundraising event is happening on Saturday. 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/out-of-sight-wing-fling-by-vision-resource-center-tickets-32077351221.
Korean War Remembrance: The public is invited to join the Airborne and Special Operations Museum for a Korean War Remembrance Ceremony Saturday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Yarborough/Bank Theater. This year’s ceremony will highlight the Prisoners of War and their Families. The event is open to the public and all veterans and all service branches from the Korean War. The guest speaker will be Col. (retired) Douglas C. Dillard. As chief, special airborne missions, Dillard completed 115 missions over North Korea where he successfully dropped hundreds of Korean partisans and agents.
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 Saturday. 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.
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 Sunday, 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.
Upcoming Events
Hummingbirds in the garden: Come see local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Monday, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Participants will learn about trapping and handling as well as applying 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 p.m for parking.

Statewide Events

This weekend
57th Annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour: This 57th annual walking tour of Beaufort, North Carolina’s private historic homes, gardens, churches and meeting halls takes place Friday and Saturday. Private homes, Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, music concerts and an antique car show are all highlights of this signature event.
National Truck and Tractor Pull: Come out to the award-winning truck and tractor pull at Newport Flea Mall in Newport, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday. Classes will include: Two Wheel Drives, Four Wheel Drives, Light Four Wheel Drives, 7,500 pound Modified, 6,300 pound Modified, Mini Modified, Light Pro Stock, Super Stock, and Super Farm. Wander the open pit area and get a picture taken or autograph of a favorite driver. Food concessions are available including hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, nachos and popcorn. For tickets, visit www.newportfleamall.com/events.html.
Cape Fear Blues Festival: The Cape Fear Blues Festival is a cultural fixture in the region and an up and coming festival throughout the national blues industry where blues fans can satisfy their soulful cravings, Friday through Sunday. This year’s impressive lineup includes touring blues artists, noted regional performers, and talented local blues musicians performing in a variety of genres. Wilmington, North Carolina’s premier blues music venues — the Rusty Nail Saloon and Ted’s Fun on the River — will host the 2017 Cape Fear Blues Festival. The three-day, all-blues celebration features live concerts, a blues workshop, an all-day blues jam and more.
Upcoming Events
SCIENCE BUFFET: This event, held July 1, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a lively science presentation featuring a “taste” of everything the museum has to offer: live animals, weird science facts, dramatic demonstrations, and explosions (small and controlled of course), all seasoned with a touch of humor. Bob Alderink, head of the Museum’s Natural World Investigate Lab, is a talented science communicator with unique skills as a presenter and teacher. Bob teaches math and science topics to museum audiences in programs that range from large auditorium shows to intensive lab classes for school groups.
Summer Concert at Bicentennial Park: This Summer Concert Series offers a variety of party music, beach music, oldies, and Motown for dancing at Bicentennial Park in downtown Asheboro, North Carolina. Come out July 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and listen to the sounds of the Sand Band.
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 and nonprofit booths.
Carrboro Community 4th of July Celebration: Music, face painting, balloon sculpture artists, roaming magicians, scrap exchange, games, food and more. Parade on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro, North Carolina with music, food, kids games and more at the Town Commons, July 4.