This weekend
First Friday Southern Pines: There are only two more concerts left in this 11th First Friday season. The Ben Miller Band will highlight the next First Friday event, Friday, 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.
Cumberland County Fair: It’s the ultimate staycation, kicking off Friday. The Cumberland County Fair will offer fairgoers 10 days of fun, Family entertainment, food, state-of-the-art amusement rides, motorsports, animals and more. For tickets and information, visit www.cumberlandcountyfair.org.
Back to School Princess Meet and Greet: What better way to celebrate the first week of school than with everyone’s favorite princesses. Stop by Studio 215 in downtown Fayetteville, Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., to say hello and take pictures with the princesses, make a fun craft, check out other upcoming events, and pick up a new Princess Autograph Book. This event is free.
Librari-Con: This is an annual anime/graphic novel/sci-fi mini convention featuring anime viewing, panels and forums, Artist Alley, Chibi Corner, Manga Lounge, Cosplay Runway, and more. The event is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cumberland County Headquarters Library.
Upcoming Events
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.
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. Concert tickets start at $35 and are available at www.crowncomplexnc.com.
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.
Symphony in Your Neighborhood: Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Westover Park in Fayetteville for an evening of dixieland jazz, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Performed by select FSO musicians, this evening will bring the heart of New Orleans jazz straight to the backyard ... for free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on as these items will not be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring food and coolers, however no pets or alcohol are allowed in the park. Some food trucks will be on site to purchase food. The concert will last approximately an hour and a half, with a short intermission. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Westover Recreation Center, but not cancelled.
Eats, Beats and Brews: Bring an appetite as the Pinehurst Arboretum in Pinehurst, North Carolina hosts food trucks, craft beer vendors, games and live entertainment, Sept. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, so bring friends, Family, and neighbors and have a good time.

Statewide Events

This weekend
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, tonight, 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.
First Fridays at the Museum: See the exhibit North Carolina and World War I until 6 p.m., then watch “Paths of Glory” at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Museum Shop will be open late, too, and adults can enjoy beer samples from Mystery Brewing.
Old Fashion Farmers Day: A celebration of American farm life from yesteryear, Saturday and Sunday, with working farm animals in action, antique tractor and equipment exhibits, restored steam engines powering sawmill, door mill, cotton gin and press, grist mill, Junior Dairy Show and more. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. The event is at Farm Heritage Park in Silk Hope, North Carolina. Visit www.silkhopenc.org for more information.
Upcoming Events
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.
Military Appreciation Day: White Lake Water Park in Elizabethtown, North Carolina would like to show their appreciation for military personnel by offering free admission all day for all current and former service members, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Just bring the appropriate ID for a fun day at the park. Dependants are half price.
Farm/Corn Maze Opening Day: Naylor Family Farm’s opening day is Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will have a variety of attractions including a petting zoo, corn maze, corn crib and more. Their new 2017 attraction is the “Fort Feed Bin,” where 4-feed bins are connected with winding twists and turns with surprises around the corner. The Fort will even include theme park-grade air cannons that shoot foam balls. For more information, visit www.naylorfamilyfarm.com. The farm is located in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.