This weekend
Greek Festival: The spectacular three-day Greek Festival, held Friday to Sunday at the Saints 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.
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, Friday, 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 onsite 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, Friday, 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.
Festival of Yesteryear: The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will celebrate Lafayette’s birthday in grand style with its annual Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Arsenal Park. Spend a day in colonial North Carolina with costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including cooking, medicine, politics, music, toys and games, spinning, and militia drills. The event also includes musical and artistic performances, military firing demonstrations, and hands on activities for kids. Admission and activities are free, with concessions available for sale from R-Burger, The Blind Pig, and Tina & J Catering.
Pours in the Pines: Come out for the 2nd annual Pours in the Pines, Saturday, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Sip and sample beer from all over North Carolina in the heart of the Sandhills. Weymouth Center has lush gardens, a large open space and a quaint, southern style mansion. There will be food trucks, lots of beer (and cider too) and McKenzie’s Mill will be headlining. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Duskin and Stephens Foundation, a local nonprofit supporting Families of Special Forces Soldiers.
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, Saturday, 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.
Upcoming Events
Supper on the Grounds: Enjoy an evening on the beautiful grounds of the Weymouth Center for the Arts in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Sept. 14, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be complete with live music from April Collins, delicious food from Jordan’s BBQ, as well as adult beverages. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 nonmembers. All attendees must RSVP by Sept. 11th by calling 692-6261 during the office hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Symphony in Your Neighborhood: Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Westover Park in Fayetteville for an evening of dixieland jazz, Thursday, 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 onsite 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
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, Friday through Sunday. 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.
Book Discussion: During the event “Lines of Fire: The Search for the Greatest War Letters Ever Written,” Sunday, Andrew Carroll, from Chapman University, will discuss his book “My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War.” The event will take place at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina. Carroll will also discuss his Million Letters Campaign to preserve war-related correspon­dence. Feel free to bring war-related letters to a question and answer session and book signing that follow. For information, call 919-807-7969.
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, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Just bring the appropriate ID for a fun day at the park. Dependants are half price.
Birds of Prey: Visit the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina, Saturday, to learn more about the great birds of prey. From amazing adaptations to fun flight facts, come discover these under appreciated and misunderstood birds. Visit www.nczoo.org for more information.
Upcoming Events
80th Annual Lee Regional Fair: Join the Sanford Lions Club for local entertainment, agricultural and commercial exhibits, midway rides, great fun, and events for all ages. Six days of fun at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgounds in Sanford, North Carolina starts Tuesday. For tickets and more information, visit www.sanfordlionsclub.com.
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.
Creedmore Music Festival: Promising a day full of fun for all ages, the 26th annual Creedmoor Music Festival kicks off on Main Street in Creedmore, North Carolina, Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. Eight talented bands featuring bluegrass, blues, country and classic rock will take to two stages.