This weekend
History hike: Join Carvers Creek State Park for a three mile hike, Saturday, at 9 a.m. Participants will walk and explore the millpond, silos, pavilion and other historical farm buildings not yet open to the public. There is no need to sign up to this event. Bring a bottle of water, a camera (if you like taking pictures) and walking shoes! Please meet in front of the park office for this event.
Rick’s PLace Fun day: Visit Rick’s Place in Fayetteville, Saturday, and test out their new kids’ zip line and Family games. They will have water kickball, snow cones, a dunk tank and more fun. Families should bring a towel and wear clothes that can get wet. Please RSVP at www.rhfnow.org/currentevents so they will know how much lunch to provide.
Back to Cool: It’s that time of year again! The kids will be heading back to class in just a few days and temperatures have (hopefully) begun a gradual slide back into the tolerable range. The Downtown Alliance has officially handed over 4th Friday responsibilities to Cool Spring Downtown District, just in time for one last hurrah before the end of summer! Come join the celebrations in downtown Fayetteville, Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m. Local community organizations have been invited to set up tables on the 200 block of Hay Street to receive donations of school supplies and other items for kids who need them. In addition to donation collection, there will be teacher appreciation specials at select downtown businesses and, as always, entertainment and activities for the whole Family.
Moore County Community Flea Market: It’s time for the Annual Moore County Community Flea Market, Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina for this fun Family event. There will be over 60 vendors inside and outside the barn, food, youth activities, free parking and admission. Feel free to email Danaka Bunch, Fair Barn Coordinator at dbunch@vopnc.org with any questions.
Children’s Treasure Trail: Join Sandhills Horticultural Gardens for a morning of fun for kids, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome but the event is geared to ages 5 to 12. There will be crafts — painting garden stones and face painting. There will also be educational programs: learning about pollinators, snakes, gems, minerals and planting veggies. Watch hummingbirds get banded and learn about honey bees. There will be music and refreshments. This event is free.
Upcoming Events
First Friday Southern Pines: There are only two more concerts left in this this 11th First Friday season. The Ben Miller Band will highlight the next First Friday event, Sept. 1, from 5 to 8:15 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines. This fun Americana Band has played all over the world and now Families can hear them right here in Moore County! Stacks and Military Moms food trucks will be onsite as well as beer from Southern Pines Brewing Company and wine too. Please remember to leave all pets at home.
Live After 5: Raleigh, North Carolina-based The Band Punch makes its return to Live After 5 at the Village Arboretum in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sept. 8, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This eight piece, high energy band features a horn section and multiple lead vocalists, delivering all the best music from 70s funk and Motown, to today’s Top 40 pop hits. Food trucks will be on-site with a great selection of sandwiches and desserts. Beer, wine, water and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed; however, outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. This is a great free event that the entire Family is sure to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes.
Greek Festival: This spectacular three-day Greek Festival, held Sept. 8 to 10 at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, is a wonderful Family event that draws thousands of visitors each year. Guests can plan to enjoy mouthwatering Greek cuisine and homemade pastries, traditional Greek dancing, arts, crafts, a marketplace and much more.
Creative Writing Workshop: Dr. Jan Johnson facilitates this “It’s a Hart Thing” workshop designed to help writers apply their creative energy into a written piece at Throckmorton Library, Sept. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Whether it is an original poem, or a creative story, allow the heart to lead and the imagination will follow. This event is open to the public.

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This weekend
International Block Party: Visit Raleigh, North Carolina Saturday for a free trip around the world. Food, desserts, bazaars, dances and live bands from around the world in downtown Raleigh. Come see a vibrant and affluent downtown. Travel the world without flying or driving ... just walking.
Downtown Beats and Eats: Chet Nichols and The Repeat Offenders and The Balter Brothers will kick off the first concert in the Downtown Beats and Eats series in Wilson, North Carolina, Saturday. The concerts are free. Be sure to bring a chair and/or blanket. No coolers please. Doors will open to the public at noon at 217 Brew Works, with the main event entrance on South Street. The music will kick off at 1 p.m. and feature music, beer and wine, food truck vendors and various games and activities. With reentry permitted, concert goers can also enjoy dining and shopping in historic downtown Wilson.
Science Cinema: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, North Carolina presents “Deep Blue,” Saturday. Viewers embark on a journey from the shallowest coral reefs to the barren shores of the Antarctic and from the vast stretches of the open ocean to the nocturnal landscapes of the ocean’s deepest chasms. The G- rated film will be shown at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. To extend the learning experience of “Deep Blue,” museum educators will be on hand to show participants different physical structures of fish found in North Carolina and to teach the traditional Japanese art method of printing fish, a practice that dates back to the 1800s. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Upcoming Events
Back Porch Music on the lawn: The free outdoor concerts, an annual Triangle tradition, are held beneath the Lucky Strike water tower at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina. Come out for Seldom Scene with Cicada Rhythm, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. With more than four decades behind them, The Seldom Scene is the quintessential bluegrass band. Tight harmonies, hot licks and good humor keep the show moving. The songwriting duo Cicada Rhythm open the show. Picnics, coolers (no glass) and dogs are welcomed. Food, beer, and wine are also available for purchase.
The National Folk Festival: America’s longest-running free celebration of the nation’s heritage and culture, Greensboro, North Carolina hosts the prestigious National Folk Festival, Sept. 8 to 10. With over 300 world-class artists across seven stages, this three-day national destination event is an outdoor multicultural celebration of roots, music, dance and traditional arts.