Events around post

This weekend
Indigo Moon Film Festival: Filmmakers and audiences from around the world will gather in historic downtown Fayetteville for three days of fun and films with friends, Friday to Sunday. The film festival is very walkable with all four venues in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. Enjoy the opening night film and reception, awards BBQ, master classes, and of course great films. For tickets and more information, visit www.squareup.com/store/indigomoonff.
live after 5: Hosted by the Village of Pinehurst, Live After 5 is a monthly concert series at the James W. Tufts Memorial Park in Pinehurst, North Carolina. This month’s event takes place Friday with entertainment from The Entertainers Band, which specializes in fun! While staying true to their R&B beach music roots, the group also satisfies the most diverse audiences by playing selections from the latest top-40, classic rock and roll and country music. Food trucks will be on-site with a great selection of sandwiches and desserts. Beverages will also be available for purchase. Picnic baskets are allowed; however, outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. This is a free event that the entire Family can enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes.
Witches Night out: Shop, eat, and have fun in downtown Fayetteville, Friday. Come down early with the Family from 5 to 7 p.m. and stay late with the witches from 7 to 9 p.m. Special sales and discounts at many participating shops and restaurants for any witches wearing their favorite hat!
Blast from the Past Festival: Come out to Carvers Creek State Park, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Blast from the Past Festival. Families can enjoy old-timey toys, representatives from Clark Park and Nature Center, Smokey the Bear, Pony and friends with farm animals, pine needle baskets, demonstrations from the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association and more.
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra: Nefarious pirates and treacherous seas ... join the FSO for the first concert of the season on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. in Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University for this Family-friendly concert as they explore the Carolina coastline, home to pirates and shipwrecks. Works to be performed include Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Music from Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. Come dressed in a pirate costume, and start practicing pirate slang — ye not want to be marooned on an island for disobeying the pirate code.
Upcoming Events
Night at the ASOM: In partnership with the Fayetteville Christian Church, the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation will host the fourth annual free Night @ the ASOM Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. When the doors open, children of all ages will see giant inflatables including a moon walk and slide plus nearly a dozen game booths, each with free prizes for all children. There will be booths for Go Fish, a bean bag toss, Ring the Pumpkin and many more. All children are encouraged to wear a costume. Throughout the evening spooky stories will be told and there will be flashlight guided tours of the main gallery.
Holly Arts and Crafts Festival: The annual Holly Arts and Crafts Festival at the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Oct. 21, combines the talents of over 200 hand-crafters in a variety of genres — from woodworking to glass, stitched art to lawn ornaments, hand-crafted jewelry to metal sculpture. Downtown shops offer sales and specials and a food court will have a variety of offerings. New this year will be a “Kids Zone” on the Village Green with DIY crafts, story time, and games.
Fayetteville Comic Con: The Fayetteville Comic Con is an annual event that celebrates geekdom, Oct. 21 and 22 at the Crown Complex. There will be comics, toys, gaming, cosplay, creators, fans and celebrities, all under one roof. For more information, visit www.fayettevillecomiccon.com.

Statewide Events

This weekend
Aberdeen Sardine Festival: The Sardine Festival is held annually on the second Friday in October at the Aberdeen Lake park shelter in Aberdeen, North Carolina. The menu for the festival is quite simple: sardines, saltine crackers, moon pies and sodas. The food is free but donations are accepted in support of a local youth organization, like the Boys and Girls Club. Some of the highlights of the festival include the Sardine Queen parade, crowning of the new Queen, and local musical entertainment.
Logan’s Annual Harvest Festival: Families can make fall memories while they enjoy festival games, food, and crafts, Saturday, at Seaboard Station in Raleigh, North Carolina. Take a ride around Seaboard Station on the hayride, feed the animals in the petting zoo, pick some pumpkins, or enter a scarecrow building competition. Attendees can also sample delicious food from locally-owned and operated vendors.
Zoo Grooves: Shake your tail feathers at the North Carolina Zoo’s all ages Halloween Zoo Grooves event, Saturday, in Asheboro, North Carolina. Don’t miss this wicked fun night featuring live music from popular bands Ziggy Pockets with Todd Allmon, and Brothers Pearl. Enjoy craft beer, food vendors and a Halloween costume party. These bands will get visitors grooving in the outdoor African Amphitheatre. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for general admission seating (chairs and blankets allowed). Concert is from 6 to 10 p.m. Limited number of tickets available at the door.
Upcoming Events
North Carolina Yam Festival: This annual celebration in Tabor City, North Carolina, Oct. 20 to 28, features a sweet potato pancake supper, food cookoff, arts and crafts, parade and more. For more information, visit www.ncyamfestival.com.
Fall-O-Ween: Visit Aberdeen Lake Park in Aberdeen, North Carolina, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fun carnival games, inflatables, face painting, and a climbing wall. There will also be food and ice cream for purchase. Costumes are highly encouraged. This event is for children ages 15 and under, and the cost is $5 per child. Children ages 2 and under are free. The cost gives children access to all the games, inflatables and climbing wall.
Fall Festival: Hosted by the Children’s Museum of Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina, Families are invited to celebrate the changing seasons and falling leaves, Oct. 21. There will be fall crafts, face painting, a bounce house and more. Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information.