This weekend
Fayetteville After 5: Bring the Family out Friday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. for plenty of food trucks and a performance by Fayetteville favorite On the Border — the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band, with an opening performance by Quilted Sky. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. with acts beginning at 6 p.m. The sounds of the summer will carry on until around 10:30/11 p.m. No outside food or beverages are allowed within the park.
Jurassic Quest: This is a dinosaur adventure for the whole Family, Friday and Saturday, at the Crown Expo. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, dino crafts and much more.
Rick’s Place: Special guest yoga instructor Dani Park will lead a one-hour yoga class Friday for military moms at Rick’s Place’s air-conditioned welcome center. While mom is at yoga, Families can play in our 50-acre greenspace. Rick’s Place regrets that they can’t offer childcare but they do have a playground, fields, gardens (vegetable and flower), woods, a creek, picnic tables and pergolas outside. Space is limited, so please RSVP to allegra@rhfnow.org. Come back out on Saturday for a Work Day and help build Rick’s Place. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at www.rhfnow.org/currentevents. Join other volunteers in continuing the community tradition of Soldiers and loved ones building Rick’s Place for Soldiers and the people they love. The RSVP page has tips on what to bring (eye protection, chain saws, etc.).
Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Show: Help out a great cause, Family Promise, and get a jump start on Christmas shopping at this fun, annual event, Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Whispering Pines Country Club in Whispering Pines, North Carolina. There will be more than 40 handcrafted vendors. Music provided by Party Tyme Entertainment and Santa will visit from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free but a donation of Personal Care Products is suggested for the clients of Family Promise.
Upcoming Events
Astronauts for a Day: Families can come enjoy a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math story time, July 19, at 3 p.m. at the Cumberland Country Library Spring Lake Branch. Listen to stories about the men and women who explore space suing the International Space Station. Find out if you could survive in space with activities, experiments and crafts. Registration recommended.
Magic Men Live: Magic Men Live wants to give local ladies a night they’ll never forget July 21 at the Crown Theater with a brand new, high-energy, crowd-interactive show. Get ready to let loose, dance, sing and more. Visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/magic-men-live-1 for tickets and more information.
WWE Summerslam Tour: WWE returns to Fayetteville with the SummerSlam Heatwave tour! See all of the favorite Raw superstars at the Crown Coliseum on July 21. Stars will include Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, The Hardy Boyz, FInn Balor, The Miz & Maryse, Bayley Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and many more. For more information, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/wwe-live-summerslam-heatwave-tour.
Local Author Showcase: Cumberland County Public Library’s annual Local Author Showcase is July 23 at 2 p.m. at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville. Authors will meet and talk to the community about their books and other writings. This year’s event features local authors with books ranging from inspirational nonfiction, self-help, romance, thrillers, mysteries and poetry. Authors will have their books for sale with 20 percent of sales donated to The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library.
Gulf War Veterans Panel Discussion: The Museum of the Cape Fear recently opened the exhibit The First Gulf War: The War to Free Kuwait. The Government of the State of Kuwait funded the exhibit to honor the 75,000 men and women, and their units, stationed in North Carolina, who served and sacrificed to liberate Kuwait. On July 30 at 2 p.m., the museum will host three of the war’s veterans in a panel discussion. Master Sgt. (retired) Jim Greathouse, Staff Sgt. (retired) Paul Peeples, and Chris Woodson, who fought with the Alabama National Guard, will discuss their experiences. The discussion will be moderated by Leisa Greathouse, curator of education at the museum. The audience will be invited to ask questions of the panelists.

Statewide events

This weekend
Hoopla Party in the park: Hoopla is back, Polynesian style, with a Carolina luau at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. Experience fire dancers and ukulele music amid art in the park. A local DJ spins tunes, and Imagine Circus dazzles with their Femme de Fire show. Durham Ukulele Orchestra and Raleigh Drum Circle perform. Food trucks will be on hand, and beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. The Disney film “Moana” (ticket required) screens after the party at 9 p.m. Hoopla is free and takes place in the NCMA Park at the Ellipse Lawn. Moana tickets are $6 for nonmembers and free for members. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2rdLuXd.
North Carolina Peach Festival: Peaches are an important part of Montgomery County, North Carolina’s history. The proof is in the North Carolina Peach Festival in Candor, North Carolina, held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The peach party is teeming with fresh, local peaches. Peach ice cream, arts and crafts, a parade, live music, children’s activities and much more are amongst the juicy goodness at the N.C. Peach Festival. After a day at this place Families will feel … well, rather peachy. Visit www.ncpeachfestival.com for more information.
Color of Harmony: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville in Whiteville, North Carolina presents “Color of Harmony,” a one-day special community event featuring an interactive workshop and musical performances by scholars whose work has been influenced by race, Saturday. The event’s accomplished performers hope to create a sense of self-awareness by inviting the audience to think about race and celebrate diversity through song. Bring a chair or blanket. Museum lawn opens at 12:30 p.m. Music begins at 1 p.m. This is a Family-friendly event: No pets, coolers, alcohol or smoking permitted.
ReptiDay Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: ReptiDay tours the U.S. to provide a one-day version of the Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Convention and will visit the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Fairgrounds, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The animal expo features exotic animal exhibits and hands-on educational reptile care demonstrations. Breeders from around the world are on hand to make our cold-blooded friends available for purchase. Some additional attractions include workshops for those interested in keeping and caring for reptiles as a hobby, as well as a showcase of unusual amphibians.
Upcoming Events
Watermelon Festival: Deep into the humid summer of North Carolina is a juicy cooling method: The North Carolina Watermelon Festival, July 21 to 23, in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. Munch on the best Carolina watermelons by the slice, participate in the festival parade, witness the beauties in the pageant and have a whole lot of Family fun. Fore more information, visit www.ncwatermelonfestival.org.
Annual Hummingbird Day: Come see hummingbirds up close and personal at the Big Bloomers Flower Farm in Sanford, North Carolina, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local hummingbird expert Susan Campbell will band them as part of her ongoing research in North Carolina. Families should bring their questions and personal observations. They can also learn how to attract and keep hummingbirds in a garden. Lee County Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to identify garden pest and disease issues. Please bring specimens in a ziplock bag. Maura Egan of Wake County Audubon Society will be here to answer questions about building a bird-friendly habitat in a yard and to answer any questions Families may have about our local feathery friends. There will also be refreshments and door prizes. Don’t forget a camera! Visit http://www.bigbloomersflowerfarm.com for more information.