This weekend
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, Friday, 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, Friday 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 Saturday 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.
Summer Constellations and Meteor Shower: Enjoy an evening under the stars and learn about summer constellations at Clark Park, Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m. Learn the legends and stories behind them as well as the science of the stars, nebulae, and planets visible this time of year. Afterward, Families can lounge back and see if they can catch sight of a shooting star as they observe the Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year. Call 433-1579 to register. The event is free and open to all ages.
Sunday Exchange: Free outdoor concert at the Exchange Place off of Exchange Street in Aberdeen, North Carolina, from 6 to 9 p.m. The final concert of this series features Paul Thorn performing with his full band. Thorn is a singer-songwriter specializing in Americana and “roots-rock.” Be prepared for some great food and drink from The Market Place, The Goodie Jar, One Nine Drive, Southern Pines Brewing Company and Swank Coffee Shoppe. Bring chairs and blankets!
Upcoming Events
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.
Music Together: Experience the joy of Family music with a free demonstration of the Music Together program at Throckmorton Library, Aug. 17, at 12:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for caregivers, parents and children ages 0 to 5 to share music, instruments and movement together. Children of all abilities are welcome. The event is free and open to the public.
Movies by the Lake: Bring chairs and blankets to Aberdeen Lake Park in Aberdeen, North Carolina for a free movie! Come see “SING” at 8:15 p.m., Aug. 18. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Military Police Ball: The 16th Military Police Brigade will host the Annual Fort Bragg Military Police Regimental Ball, Sept. 8, at the Iron Mike Conference Center. The goal of the event is to build espirit de corps within the Fort Bragg Military Police community, provide an opportunity to socialize for Military Police Soldiers, Families and friends, and to partake in drill and ceremony along with military customs. Ticket can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-bragg-annual-military-police-regimental-ball-8sep2017-tickets-35795865397.

Make America Rock Again: The Make America Rock Again Tour is bringing America’s biggest and best hard-rocking party to The Crown Theatre, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.! The tour will feature a stellar line-up consisting of Creed vocalist Scott Stapp in the headlining spot (performing Creed hits with his full band), alt-rock giants Sick Puppies, massive heavy rockers Drowning Pool, and modern rock royalty Trapt.VIP pre-show dinner tickets are available and include a BBQ style dinner as well as meet and greet opportunity with various artists from the touring bands.Concert tickets start at $35 and are available at www.crowncomplexnc.com.

Statewide Events

This weekend
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, Friday and Saturday. 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.
Summer Cinema Series: The final film of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science at Whiteville, North Carolina’s Movies on Madison: Summer Cinema Series season, Warner Bros’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be shown Friday, at dusk. Families can dress in their favorite Harry Potter costume and bring a blanket or chair. Be picture-ready to meet our very special guests from the Cape Fear Raptor Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Cape Fear Raptor Center’s mission is to provide compassionate and aggressive rehabilitation services to injured raptors with the goal of releasing them back to their natural habitat. Museum lawn opens at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at dusk. This is a Family-friendly event: no pets, coolers, alcohol or smoking permitted. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Insects on the Farm Storytime: Join Funny Girl Farm in Durham, North Carolina as they gather in the shade next to the farmstand to hear Farmer Tara read stories and sing songs about insects on the farm, Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. Families will learn about how these tiny crawling critters are so helpful in the garden. The line up will include classics like “Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar” and tunes such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” The program will be tailored to toddlers and pre-school aged children and designed to encourage curiosity for the natural world. Storytime is free, all are welcome, and caregivers must accompany children.
Upcoming Events
Outdoor Movie: Big-screen movie magic under the stars has been a cherished North Carolina Museum of Art experience for over 20 years. They present recent Oscar winners, timeless classics, and Family favorites. This month’s featured film is “Moonlight.” The film will be shown Aug. 18 at the Museum Park Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for non-members and free for members.
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.