This weekend

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 Saturday, 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, Saturday, 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.

King Lear: Two theatre companies in residence at two universities in two cities come together to bring you King Lear, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University. “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.” Shakespeare’s monumental look at an aging monarch, full of hubris and on the precipice of senility, as he divides his kingdom among his three daughters. In turn, they break his heart, resulting in a loss of country, loss of family, loss of self, and loss of sanity; a sublime exploration of foolishness in all its forms. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com/tickets.

Upcoming Events

Chanticleer: Celebrating 36 years of presenting great music in Moore County through the Classical Concert Series, the Arts Council of Moore County, Parsec Financial Wealth Management, and Sunrise Theater are proud to present Chanticleer on Monday at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The title of the concert is “Heart of a Soldier.” The program is about the art of soldiering, the pageant of war, the absurdity of battle, the loves left behind and the hope of peace. Tickets to individual concerts are $35 ($30 for Arts Council members) and may be purchased at the Arts Council offices or by calling 692-2787.

Book Sale: Throckmorton Library is having its annual book sale from its donated items selection. Proceeds will go to library programs and learning tools for children. Items for sale include books of all kinds, DVDs, CDs and video games. Prices range from under $1 to $5. This event is open to the public. Cash only. Small bills appreciated. Event dates and times:

Oct. 5: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 5: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6: 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 396-2665 or visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/calendar/event/book-sale/1427288

WWI Centennial: In a tribute to victory acres, war bonds and heroic efforts in battle, a traveling exhibition commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I opens at the Museum of the Cape Fear on, Oct. 5. The Museum of the Cape Fear will present this free exhibition of 10, informational panels and related artifacts through Nov. 12. It’s a way to show appreciation for “The war to end all wars.” Fayetteville is the 11th site across the state to showcase the exhibit during the 2017 centennial.

First Friday Southern Pines: This is it, folks! The last First Friday concert of the 2017 season, Oct. 6, at First Bank Stage by The Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Families can enjoy a Bayou Americana/Roots Rock band from New Orleans, Honey Island Swamp Band. Gonza Tacos y Tequila and Military Moms food trucks will be on-site and everyone will be able to get their fill of beer and wine.

Home Team Tour: Thomas Rhett will perform at the Crown Coliseum Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. He will be joined by country duo Dan and Shay and rising star Walker Hayes
Tickets start at $32.75 and are limited to eight per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/thomas-rhett

Woofstock: The 6th annual Woofstock event is set for Friday, October 6, at Cape Fear Botanical Garden! Woofstock will feature a catered dinner, drinks and live music. Despite its groovy attitude and laid back atmosphere, Woofstock is an event with a purpose. And that is to help our community’s homeless animals find new forever homes. Woofstock’s proceeds helps us to continue to lessen this number, to place shelter pets in healthy, loving homes. This mission involves the spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and microchipping of each pet, but also providing their food and veterinary care while they are with us. Tickets available at ww.fapspet.org/woofstocktickets.

Statewide Events

This weekend

Day out with Thomas: Everyone’s favorite trains, Thomas and Percy, share duties pulling the passenger and caboose trains at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina, Friday through Sunday and Oct. 6 to 8. Visitors can meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live music, see magic performances and enjoy games and activities spread across the museum’s 60 acre site. For more information, visit www.nctrans.org.
2nd Annual Sonlight Farms Corn Maze: Sonlight Farms in Kenly, North Carolina offers fall Family fun for all ages, Saturday. Come find your way through the corn maze (they even have a kid maze), take a hayride around the farm, slide down the giant slide, have a turn on the Bouncin’ Barnyard bounce house, pick out a pumpkin to take home, have a picnic in the shade, play on the play ground, participate in fall games, or take advantage of the Family photo props. Concessions available.

Muscadine Festival: Visit the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday 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, Friday, 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!

Upcoming Events

50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival: Come out and enjoy live demonstrations of pottery, glass, wood turning, Kiln openings and firings, and Raku firings at Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmore, North Carolina, Oct. 7, 8 and 13. In addition, there will be live music, plant sales and on-site food trucks each day.

Scotland County Highland Games: Held at the historic John Blue Complex in Laurinburg, North Carolina, Oct. 7, this is just the kind of event Families would expect to find in the county that has one of the largest concentrations of Highland Scots in North America. Watch lads compete in traditional events, such as tossing the caber (a massive tapered pine pole) and the sheaf toss — throwing a 20-pound bale of straw straight up using a pitchfork. Of course, what would the games be without the piping and drumming, dancing and Tartan glory associated with this unique culture? Beverage and food vendors will be on-site.