This weekend
The Fantasticks: A special event is coming to the Ramada Plaza on Owen Drive in Fayetteville, tonight through Saturday. 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, Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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. Sunday 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.
Upcoming Events
First Friday Southern Pines: It’s the 11th season of First Friday Southern Pines and the new First Bank Stage at the Sunrise in downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina is complete! Come out Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy this free community concert with beer, wine, food trucks and kids activities. As a reminder, due to the large crowds, please leave pets at home. This month’s headliner is Ellis Dyson and the Shambles. They are a six-piece, swingin’ jazz band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina known for their whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ sound and wildly explosive live shows. Their old-time front porch vibe takes traditional music to the next level with masterful musicianship and showmanship.
Soldier Fest: The inaugural Soldier Fest weekend will take place at Sports USA, Aug. 5 and 6. The weekend kicks off with the Soldier Salute Concert, Heroes Star for A Night talent competition, Independent Artist Stage and Fashion Show. On Aug. 6, the day kicks off with a Blues and Classic Soul Concert. The host of the event will be Vivica Fox. Additional talent will include Ginuwine, Stephanie Quayle and Lucas Hoge, both up and coming country artists. The Blues and Classic Soul Concert is dedicated to retirees and Veterans and will feature The Floaters, Jamell Richardson, The Sandhill Soul Crooners, Mia Thompson and Freddie Smith. For more information, visit www.soldierfest.com.
Veggie Gardeners: Listen to a story about things anyone can find in a vegetable garden, and take a walk to the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens’ own vegetable garden to check out what is growing during this event, Aug. 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to tell which vegetables are ripe, then roll up their sleeves and harvest some. This program is geared for preschoolers and their Families. The fee is included with CFBG membership or admission, to be paid at the door. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required at https://form.jotform.com/60596183169970.
Rods and Rockabilly: Hot rods and rock n’ roll have been staples of American culture since the early 1950s. The Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina brings chrome, whitewalls, poodle skirts and pompadours to the Village Arboretum with its first-ever Rockabilly Concert, Aug. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Take a dash of country and a sprinkle of blues, crank up the energy, volume, and fun, and get ready to dance as Pinehurst welcomes the hopping sounds of Wilmington’s The Phantom Playboys. Classic car owners are encouraged to arrive early and show off their period autos (pre-1960 for this event, please). Stick around for great food and fantastic music. This is an event that cannot be missed!

Statewide events

This weekend
Carolina Pickers Festival: Come on out to the Rowan County Fairgrounds in Salisbury, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday, 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.
MusicSPARK Benefit Concert: Grab some friends and head on down to the brand new Imurj space in Raleigh, North Carolina, Friday, at 7 p.m. for an all-local all-arts fundraiser to support SPARKcon’s musicSPARK. Doors open at 7 p.m., when attendees will have time to browse and buy from local vendors showing off their jewelry, clothing, and art before the music starts at 8 p.m. artSPARK will be creating live paintings throughout the night and will also host a silent auction with up to 20 pieces from local artists that people can take home to flaunt their Raleigh pride. In addition to browsing local goods and artists, fellow spark-ers litSPARK will have a booth set up doing on-demand poetry all night. The event is free.
Annual Hummingbird Day: Come see hummingbirds up close and personal at the Big Bloomers Flower Farm in Sanford, North Carolina, Saturday, 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.
Upcoming Events
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.
Movies by Moonlight: In what has become a popular summer favorite, the “Movies By Moonlight” series returns to Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina for another stellar season. Movie buffs are invited to attend this popular event, Aug. 4, that provides the perfect opportunity and atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy the stars of the big screen under the stars at one of the region’s most popular venues. For $5 (kids under 12 are free), patrons can bring a blanket/chair and picnic dinners inside the venue as the spacious lawn at Booth Amphitheatre is transformed in to an outdoor movie theatre. Venue gates/box office open at 7 p.m. and the movies start at dusk. August’s featured movie is “Finding Dory.”