This weekend

When Pigs Fly Barbecue Festival: Held in Festival Park, Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this festival has something for everyone. For the pitmasters, there’s a backyard barbecue style competition, sanctioned by the Carolina Barbecue League. Kids can enjoy activities in the “Kid Zone.” Attendees can also kick back, enjoy some barbecue and listen to great music. Visit for more information.

Kidtopia: Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kidtopia is a magical place for kids featuring inflatables, on-stage entertainment, characters, hands-on activities, photo opportunities, face painting, balloons and more. The event is free. For more information, visit

Taste of Fayetteville: Come taste what Fayetteville has to offer at the 7th Annual Taste of Fayetteville, Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m., at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville. Local businesses come together each year for the Taste of Fayetteville to offer patrons sample size servings of their best menu items. Learn about your local area restaurants that you may have never considered and try something new. Admission is free and tickets are $1 each. Most of restaurants charge between one and four tickets per taste. For more information, search “Taste of Fayetteville” on Facebook.

Upcoming events

Chris Young: Chris Young performs at the Crown Expo, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. with special guests Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope. Several ticket options are available, including a VIP meet and greet experience. This package starts at $204 and includes a top price reserved ticket, a preshow meet and greet with Chris Young, autograph opportunity, exclusive performance by Chris Young and more. Tickets for the concert range from $29.50 to $55.50 and can be purchased online at

Yule Mart Craft Fair: The association of Bragg Spouses presents the 2016 Yule Mart at the Crown Arena, Nov. 19 and 20. Yule Mart is a three-day, juried craft fair with a wide selection of handmade crafts and artwork sold by the artists themselves. The 2016 Yule Mart is set to include over 50 handmade craft vendors, live entertainment and opportunity prizes. For more information, visit

Fayetteville Symphony orchestra: FSO will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 with guest conductor Stefan Sanders, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m, Nov. 19, at Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University. This is a work that is cheery and lyrical, drawing its inspiration from the Bohemian folk music that Dvorak loved.

Story Time — Mis Amigos, My Friends: An active, bilingual story time program for children with music, finger plays, puppets and flannel board stories to promote early literacy. At Throckmorton Library, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m., for children aged 12 months to 2 and a half years old.

Thanksgiving Feast: Community meal at Iron Mike Conference Center, Nov. 24, noon. Pre-paid reservations are required for this event, which is also open to the public. The cost is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children aged 6 to 11, and free for children aged 5 and under. Gratuity is not included in prices. To make a reservation, call 907-2582.

Dickens holiday: The streets of downtown Fayetteville bustle with carriage rides, photos with Father Christmas, holiday music and carolers during the 17th annual A Dickens Holiday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 9 p.m. Merchants and arts and craft vendors are decked out in Victorian style for a unique shopping experience. Scrooge, Marley and other characters from “A Christmas Carol” roam the streets. For more information about event offerings, visit

Heart of Christmas: Celebrating 18 years, the Heart of Christmas Show is a full-blown, whistles and bells, Broadway-style production that has something for everyone. It’s a fast-paced show that beautifully portrays the meaning of Christmas with song and dance. The show gives away every dollar from all ticket sales of three weekend shows, Nov. 26 and 27, at the Crown Theater. For tickets and more information, visit

Statewide Events

This weekend

22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival: Celebrate the art of film at the 22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, today through Sunday. This is a non-competitive, independent film festival showcasing more than 200 films and attracting an audience of over 14,000 travelers from all over the world to celebrate the art form and connect with peers. Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema.

Carolina Artisan Craft Market: Master craft artisans will convene at the at the Raleigh Convention Center for the annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market, Friday through Sunday. The 47th Annual Market will feature a diverse mix of craft art including pottery, sculpture, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, furniture, leather, basketry, printmaking and mixed media. The diverse representation of artists appeals to every type of craft enthusiast from the established collector to holiday shoppers looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. For more information, visit www.

Dog Fair: Visit downtown Aberdeen, North Carolina, Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the Bull Room’s Second Annual Dog Fair. A fun free event for dogs and their humans including free pictures with Santa, treats, prizes, booths and more. The event will feature several dogs available for adoption. For more information, email

Upcoming Events

Tanglewood Festival of Lights: From Nov. 18 to Jan. 1, 2017, Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, North Carolina will be transformed into a winter wonderland of giant, twinkling snowflakes and whimsical scenes. Entering its 25th season, Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the entire Southeast. Each year the show is better and brighter with brand-new and improved light displays, a wide variety of vendors at holiday gift village, and even Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Visit for more information.

Oyster Roast & Down East Seafood Feast: The annual Oyster Roast & Down East Seafood Feast promises to be a fantastic event once again this year at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Nov. 19. Oysters will be served by Keyzer Catering from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. followed by a seafood buffet. There will be raffles in addition to both live and silent auctions. Visit for more information.

A City Market Christmas: Kick off the holiday season in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina with a vintage Christmas celebration taking place throughout City Market, Nov. 27, from noon to 7 p.m. In addition to live music and holiday performances, historic Market Hall will also be home to a Makers Market featuring over 20 local artisans. Grab some hot cider, ride in a horse drawn carriage, catch some music and listen to carollers as you roam the cobblestone streets. For the kids, there will be face painting, arts and crafts and Santa on-site for a visit and photos.