International Folk Festival: The 39th Annual International Folk Festival returns to downtown Fayetteville, Friday through Sunday. Travel around the world in one weekend — without even leaving downtown Fayetteville. The fun begins Friday with a street dance with international music downtown. In addition to the international block party, folks of all ages get a taste of Fayetteville’s arts and cultural offerings throughout downtown, from artist performances to cultural food at local establishments. Inside the Arts Council building, see how organic materials transcend their elements in the Fuel for the Fire exhibition. The popular Parade of Nations will take place Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. on Hay Street. Visit www.theartscouncil.com/iff/ for more information about the event.
Wilderness Skills Campout: Visit Clark Park, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday for a fun campout. Roast marshmallows over a fire for s’more perfection and rest under the stars. Learn outdoor skills like primitive fire making and how to make cordage. Attendees should bring camping gear and plenty of water and food for dinner, breakfast and lunch. Cost is $5 per person; ages 5 and up. Call 433-1579 to register.
Remember my Name: Join Cumberland County North Carolina Family Court for the annual “Remember My Name” Domestic Violence Vigil Friday, at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Cumberland County Courthouse in downtown Fayetteville. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held in room 119 of the courthouse. Attendees will pause to remember victims of Family violence in Cumberland County and across the state. Wear purple and enter the raffle for a chance to win a gift basket.
Food Bank Food Fight: The Food Bank Food Fight at the Crown Complex, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, is a collaboration between the Food Bank and 14 of the area’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants who will offer up delectable bites — both savory and sweet — for guests to enjoy. Beyond the tasty array of signature dishes prepared by local greats, guests can indulge in a hosted bar, enjoy the harmonious sounds of local artists and a take part in a silent auction while providing healthy nutritious meals to more than 235,000 low-income children in Southeast North Carolina.
Dream Girls: See the show at Cape Fear Regional Theater through Oct. 8. This powerhouse musical pulls back the curtain on how to make it big in the music business. Effie White and her best friends Deena and Lorell are a girl group on the advent of a new sound in music: Rhythm and Blues. When they sign with a manager and success comes knocking at their door, sacrifices have to be made to turn up the volume on their careers. If the cost of success is friendship, is it a price worth paying? Find out in one of the most dazzling shows ever created.
Taste of Southern Pines: Stroll through beautiful downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina with friends and enjoy a delicious sampling of area foods and beverages while supporting local shops, Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be free shuttle service and raffles going on throughout the evening. All proceeds from this event go to support the students of Sandhills Classical Christian School. This event will go on rain or shine. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students with purchase of adult ticket. Purchase tickets at www.sandhillsccs.org
Support Local Businesses: Gillis Hill Road Produce and Chickaroo’s Handmade are excited to announce that they will be hosting another Support Your Local Businesses event! This event will be held Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gillis Hill Road Produce in Fayetteville. There is no fee to enter this event. Along with local businesses setting up booths, food trucks will be serving lunch. Families can enjoy local produce from the farm stand, the pumpkin patch, corn maze and wagon rides.
Heritage Festival: Celebrate the coming autumn with a fun-filled day of history in Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s Heritage Garden Complex made up of a farmhouse from the 1800s, a general store, tobacco barn and corn crib. Take a tour, taste the fall flavors of local craft beers, learn how to churn butter and make candles, weave corn husk dolls and have some good ol’ fashioned fun. Children’s activities include pony rides, pumpkin painting, crafts, lawn games and more. Refreshments are available for purchase. Garden members receive free admission to this event. Regular admission applies for non-members.
Uwharrie Outdoor Festival: Hosted by the town of Troy, North Carolina, Saturday, at noon. Get outdoors and get active with the Uwharrie Outdoor Festival. This year’s inaugural event will feature live music from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Shelby Rae Moore and more. Try out the rock climbing wall, sample brisket or grab food from one of the gourmet food trucks. The street festival goes from noon to 7 p.m., but come enjoy a bluegrass concert from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine until 10:30 p.m.
Benson Mule Days: Held annually in Benson, North Carolina, this year’s Mule Days Festival will take place through Sunday. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, trail rides, parades, bluegrass shows and more. For more information, visit www.bensonmuledays.com.
Malcolm Blue Festival: At this festival, held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Malcolm Blue Farm in Aberdeen, North Carolina, Families will enjoy artisan work of all kinds, such as blacksmithing, pine needle basket weaving, quilting, bees making honey, wood carving, cloggers, storytelling, potters and many more. Children can pet the farm animals, mine for gems and ride on a pony. Come sample homemade foods in the farmhouse kitchen and ride in a horse drawn wagon. There will be barbecue, beer, funnel cakes, ice cream, craft vendors and more. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and older with a $20 max for Families; children under 5 are free.
Carrboro Music Festival: The 20th Annual Carrboro, North Carolina Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. This means two great days to hear great music all day long, all over town for free. Visitors can hear music on Saturday afternoon at Town Hall Commons from 2 to 6 p.m. Then, on Saturday evening, festival goers can hear great local bands at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Free and all ages welcome. On Sunday, enjoy over 190 musical performances at 29 various indoor and outdoor venues all across Carrboro. Music starts at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.carrboromusicfestival.com.
Muscadine Festival: Visit the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, North Carolina, Sept. 29 to 30 for the North Carolina Muscadine Festival. With a cooking contest, wine tasting, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of food, this is an event for the whole Family. Visit www.ncmuscadinefestival.com/ for tickets and more information.
Storytelling Festival: Enjoy a day at the Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and listen to stories from professional storytellers in this event proudly presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries. There will also be a wagon shuttle, activity tents and food vendors. Lawn seating — bring a blanket or chair. This festival is free for all ages. Event takes place rain or shine!