This weekend
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 Friday 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.
Mother and Son Ball: Families are invited to attend the annual Mother and Son Ball at Iron Mike Conference Center, Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, arts and crafts, music, dancing and much more. Cost is $35 per mother/son couple and $15 for each additional child. Tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services, located inside the Mini Mall on Reilly Road.
An Evening on the Lawn: The Carolina Philharmonic Junior Orchestra will perform an outdoor concert on the grounds of Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities Sunday, at 6:30 p.m. This talented group of children are in grades 3 through 12 and play beautiful string music. Please bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets. The cost is $10 for Weymouth members & $20 for non-members payable at the door. Children 18 and under are free. Cash or check please.
Upcoming Events
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, Monday, 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.
Skulls and Skins: A Carvers Creek State Park ranger introduces the wildlife living here in the forest at the Cumberland County North Regional Branch Library in Fayetteville, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Attendees can see and touch skulls and furs as they learn about lifestyles, teeth, eye sockets and more. Registration is required for groups of six or more by calling 822-1998 ext. 1450. This event is suitable for children in grades kindergarten through 5th.
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!
Fayetteville After 5 and Food Truck Fridays: What better way to spend the final month of summer than with some country music? Visit Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville, Aug. 11 for plenty of food trucks and a performance by country artist Kasey Tyndall, with an opening performance by Faith Bardill.
Friends of the Library Book Sale: The Friends of the Library book sales resume in August selling thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more at the Headquarters Library in downtown Fayetteville. A public book sale is scheduled for Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Methods of payment accepted are cash, checks and credit and debit cards with a minimum purchase of $10. Items in the sale have been donated to the Friends of the Library or have been discarded from the library’s collection. Proceeds provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services such as Summer Reading Programs and the guest author speaker series.
Third Thursday: Come see the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in a different light, with extended hours on third Thursdays. From March through September, soak up nature till 9 o’clock in the garden. Each month’s “Third Thursday” is a bit different from the next and sure to be fun. For August’s event, Anne Fiore is back at the garden to dance and immerse attendees in Latin culture, Aug. 17. Purchase food from an onsite food truck and enjoy beer and wine from the garden’s cash bar.

Statewide events

This weekend
North Carolina Watermelon Festival: Plan a short road trip for the 32nd annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival, today through Sunday in historic downtown Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Free admission today, admission cost is $1 for ages 12 and up Friday through Sunday. Enjoy the food, fun, and watermelon celebration festivities. Entertainment by Backyard Groove, Steve Owens and the Summertime Band and Pizazz. For more information, visit www.ncwatermelonfest.com.
Pigs and Pedals: Join in the fun for the 4th Annual Pigs and Pedals event in downtown Asheboro, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday. The weekend will include a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned barbecue cooking competition, an antique car show, a beer garden and local bands throughout the event. Food and fun-filled activities for the entire Family! It will also feature a free kid’s zone in two locations on Saturday. Rides, bounce houses, and a bungee trampoline will be located behind the concert stage in Bicentennial Park and on Academy Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.
Downtown Live: Bring lawn chairs for a free concert on the Imperial Centre lawn, tonight, 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 Amphitheater in Cary, North Carolina for another stellar season. Movie buffs are invited to attend this popular event, Friday, 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 Amphitheater 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.”
Upcoming Events
Pirate Invasion: For two full days, Families can step back in time with the sights and sounds of the 17th century as Beaufort, North Carolina comes alive with more than 100 pirate and militia re-enactors as they overrun the town, Aug. 11 and 12. Enjoy historical demonstrations such as sword fighting, cannon firing and see blackpowder weapons displays, a mock trial and hanging and so much more. There will be activities for everyone young and old to enjoy throughout town, such as musical entertainment, magic shows, costume contest, storytelling, period encampments and vendors. Visit www.beaufortpirateinvasion.com for more information.
NATURAL SELECTIONS: Join North Carolina brewers at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina for their fourth annual Natural Selections event, Aug.18. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. There will also be hands-on science of beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers.