This weekend
Dogwood Fall Festival: Visit Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville for a weekend of scares, food and fun, today through Saturday. Enjoy Dogwood’s Dark Dream, historic haunting tours through the cemetery and hayrides all three days. Music, food, beverages and children’s entertainment will be available Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.faydogwoodfestival.com.
Meet and Greet with Lou Ferrigno: Come meet the original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno! He will be at the Fort Bragg South Post Main store Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. for a Meet and Greet so come on out, meet Lou and take a photo with him.
Holly Arts and Crafts Festival: The annual Holly Arts and Crafts Festival at the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Saturday, 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, Saturday and Sunday 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.
Upcoming Events
Hallowe’en Revels: The annual Poe House Night Tours will take place Oct. 25, starting at 6 p.m. For those who have not attended before, this is not a traditional Poe House tour. Guests will be transported back in time, witnessing a series of short vignettes while becoming immersed in early 20th century cultural norms, music and poetry through this scripted short play. This is a unique opportunity to experience historical theater in an actual historic home. For a more detailed look at the Poe House and family history, attend a tour during regular museum hours. Tickets are $3 per person, children under 4 are admitted free but must be carried by an adult. Advance ticket purchases are highly encouraged. Visit https://museumofthecapefear.yapsody.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Oktoberfest: The day kicks off with Kinderfest, a fun festival for children, with lots to see and do for the whole family. There will be carnival games, entertainment and contests from 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 28, at the James W. Tufts Memorial Park in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The fun continues in the evening for adults from 6-9 pm with a traditional Oktoberfest featuring German music from the Holzhackern Tyrolean band, folk dancing, the second annual Pumpkin-Apple Baking Contest and an Oktoberfest Games Arena. Food and beverages will be available to purchase throughout the day including brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, soda, beer and wine. For more information contact the Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department at 295-2817.
Bat Hike: Come enjoy Carvers Creek State Park and Blue Cross Blue Shield Hike North Carolina during a Bat Hike. Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at the park. This is a hike to get Families into the Halloween spirit! There will be a short introduction to this flying mammal before hiking to the millpond. By using a bat detector park rangers can pick up their echolocation and even tell what species of bat they are looking at. There is no need to sign up in advance for this event. Please meet in front of the park office.
Poisons and Potions: The American Red Cross and the Fort Bragg Veterinary Center have paired together again to bring the community Poisons and Potions, Toxicity Snakes and Spider Bites. This is a free event at the Fort Bragg Vet Center with tasty treats, pet costume contest with prizes, haunted indoor trail and more. The event will take place Monday through Oct. 27 and Oct. 30 to 31 during normal clinic hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). No appointment is needed to attend this event.
Native American Indian Heritage Month: Fort Bragg will kick off its celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month is a cake cutting at the North Exchange on Nov. 1 at 11:30. From Nov. 6 to 9, the North and South Exchanges, Throckmorton Library and the Soldier Support Center will have displays honoring Native American heritage. The culminating event will be a celebration at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy Auditorium, Nov. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This weekend
Rhythm and Brews: The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is pleased to host Rhythm and Brews on Friday, in downtown Smithfield, North Carolina. Come out for a fun night of singing and dancing in the street to the tunes of Liverpool: Carolina’s Beatle’s Experience, fun games and activities for all ages, and craft beer and wine. Live music will start at 7 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Third Street. Bring a lawn chair and Family and friends; this is a free concert for all ages. There will also be also free carriage rides from 6 to 9 p.m.
North Carolina Yam Festival: This annual celebration in Tabor City, North Carolina, Friday through Oct. 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, Saturday, 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, Saturday. There will be fall crafts, face painting, a bounce house and more. Visit www.playwilmington.org for more information.
Upcoming Events
Boo at the Zoo: Celebrate the magic of the season with a weekend of safe daytime Halloween fun at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina, Oct. 28 and 29. Enjoy trick or treat games, magic, storytelling and live music.
Seaboard Festival: Established in 1982, the Seaboard Festival is an annual event that celebrates Hamlet, North Carolina’s history as the “Hub of the Seaboard.” The festival is held annually in downtown Hamlet the last Saturday in October. It is a Family friendly event featuring crafts, kids events, food and a variety of entertainment. Each year, the event sponsors a regional car show, Conductor’s Call and a 5K race event.
Wilson Whirligig Festival: Held Nov. 4 and 5 in Wilson, North Carolina, this is a two-day event in historic downtown with arts and crafts, live music on multiple states, vendors, WhirliKids zone and more. The festival fills several blocks downtown — all to celebrate the whirligigs and Wilson.