Events around post

This weekend
Zombie Walk: This is a free, Family-friendly event in downtown Fayetteville as part of Fourth Friday. The zombie meet up and pre-party will be held downtown off Maiden Lane at Headquarters Library. A costume contest will be held just before the walk with first, second, and third place prizes. Face painting and Zombie makeup is being done before the walk in the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center by the crew of Paul Mitchell the School. The walk starts at 8 p.m. in the Maiden Lane library lot, turning left onto Ray Ave, turning left onto Hay Street, circling the Market House and ending on Green Street. From 7 to 9 p.m., the 82nd Airborne Division’s rock band Riser Burn will play at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.
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, a pet costume contest with prizes, a haunted indoor trail and more. The event will take place through Friday and Oct. 30 to 31 during normal clinic hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). No appointment is needed to attend this event.
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., Saturday, at the James W. Tufts Memorial Park in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The fun continues in the evening for adults from 6 to 9 p.m. 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. Saturday, 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.
Kids Halloween Party: Wear your costume for an afternoon of Halloween games, crafts and silly spooky stories at the Hope Mills Library, Saturday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Enter the costume contest for a chance to win a prize. This event is geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Upcoming Events
Blues crawl: This annual event, hosted by the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, North Carolina, brings the best in blues to the Sandhills. This year, there are over 10 locations and new venues all the way down Broad Street, with a free shuttle. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.sunrisetheater.com.
The Moving Vietnam Wall: This year’s Salute to Veterans flag display at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum will be made even more special by the presence of the Moving Vietnam Wall. The stick flags sponsored in honor of veterans will be displayed in the parade field in front of the Memorial from Nov. 10 to 20. The Salute to Veterans flag display is intended to celebrate and honor the service of all veterans regardless of time served, branch of service or war time service.
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.

Statewide Events

This weekend
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, Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Sonlight Farms Corn Maze: Families can come find their 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. It all takes place at Sonlight Farms in Kenly, North Carolina, Saturday.
North Carolina Wine Festival: This event is the fall’s premier food and wine festival showcasing the best of North Carolina and beyond. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with winemakers and local artisans, while enjoying wine tastings, food pairings, live music and entertainment throughout the day. Visit www.ncwinefestival.com for more information.
Upcoming Events
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.
Festival Latino: This festival, held Nov. 11 and 12 at Ogden Park in Wilmington, North Carolina, is the largest Latino event in North Carolina and features an array of themed sections like the Kids Fiesta area, a food courtyard, live Latin music and dance lessons, vendors selling various products and more. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.amigosinternacional.org/home-page/festival-latino.