This weekend
Movies by the Lake: Come out to Aberdeen Lake Park, Friday, to enjoy “The Jungle Book,” a great Family movie on the big screen. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase. The show will start at 8:30 p.m.
WWE Summerslam Tour: WWE returns to Fayetteville with the SummerSlam Heatwave tour! See all of the favorite Raw superstars at the Crown Coliseum on Friday. 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.
Magic Men Live: Magic Men Live wants to give local ladies a night they’ll never forget Friday, 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.
Dive-in Theater: Enjoy “The Little Mermaid” at Twin Lions Outdoor Pool, Saturday, at 8 p.m. Watch while you swim or stay on the deck. Doors open at 8 p.m. This is a Family-friendly event. Cost is $4 for Department of Defense ID cardholders and $6 for their guests.
Outdoor Education Program: Forests, meadows, ponds and wetlands — these are just a few of the animal habitats that Families may find in this area. Learn about these different habitats and why it’s so important to protect the homes of our wildlife, Saturday at Smith Lake Recreation Area, at 10 a.m. This is a free event. Open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and guests.
Local Author Showcase: Cumberland County Public Library’s annual Local Author Showcase is Sunday 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.
Upcoming Events
Big Bang Boom: Enjoy parent-Friendly children’s music that gets you up and moving, interacting, and learning with three professional musician dads at Throckmorton Library, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Be prepared for some fun — there is no sitting down at a Big Bang Boom show!
The Fantasticks: A special event is coming to the Ramada Plaza on Owen Drive in Fayetteville, July 27 to 29. Families can enjoy a cocktail reception and three-course dinner with entertainment from the Cross Creek Chordsman. Following dinner, local and regional actors will perform“The Fantasticks,” a romantic musical comedy and the longest-running Broadway show of all time. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kidsville News Literacy and Education Foundation. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit
www.fayettevilledinnertheatre.com.
Downtown Southern Pines Sidewalk Sale: It’s that time of year again for the Annual Downtown Southern Pines Sidewalk Sale. This is the perfect event for everyone who likes great deals. Most of the shops in downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina will be participating in the sale, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Gather friends and Family, enjoy some lunch at one of the downtown restaurants, and make a day of it.
Santa’s Summer in the Pines: Santa will arrive in the Pines on summer break with activities for kids of all ages, including live music, pop up shops, snow machines, giveaways, and more. The event, held July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m., at James W. Tufts Memorial Park in Pinehurst, North Carolina, is free and open to the public. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
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
Watermelon Festival: Deep into the humid summer of North Carolina is a juicy cooling method: The North Carolina Watermelon Festival, Friday to Sunday, 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.
A Night at the City of Raleigh Museum: A team of super-sleuths is headed back to the City of Raleigh Museum this summer with brand new characters from the capital city’s intriguing history. Sir Walter Raleigh is teaming up with Sammy the Squirrel — the City of Raleigh Museum mascot — to uncover local legends of buried treasure, stolen artifacts, and political shenanigans. The 90-minute experience includes a scavenger hunt in the museum, craft, and interactive performance at the City of Raleigh Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Shows are Saturday, at 4, 5:45, and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for all ages. The show is suitable for ages 6 and up.
Lumber River Day Festival: Visit Lumber River State Park, Saturday, for canoe rides and races, booths and exhibits by the park and local craftsmen, kids’ fishing contest, casting contest, kids race, blue grass and country music and other activities. Food vendors will be present or Families can bring a picnic. Admission is free and open to the public.
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival: This is the original, premier, the one that started it all. No other event in the country beats the best. Come out to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbeque eatin’. Admission includes a sampling glass so attendees can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if patrons get hungry while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day. Tickets include admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer and bourbon sampling and all live entertainment. For more information, visit www.beerandbourbon.com.
Upcoming Events
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.
Carolina Pickers Festival: Come on out to the Rowan County Fairgrounds in Salisbury, North Carolina, July 28 to 29 and get in the pickin’ spirit with food, music and a lot of great vendors specializing in rusty gold, old advertising signs, gas pumps, barn finds, antiques, old porch gliders and more.
Downtown Live: Bring lawn chairs for a free concert on the Imperial Centre lawn, Aug. 3, at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Food and beverage vendors will be on site (sorry, no coolers). Come out for some great music, food and dancing. Each event starts at 6 p.m. but doors open at 5 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are relocated to the Booker T. Theatre.