This weekend

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, Saturday, 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.

Chris Young: Chris Young performs at the Crown Expo, Saturday, 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, Friday through Sunday. 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

Upcoming events

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, Throckmorton Library, Wednesday, 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, at 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 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 the event, 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 all proceeds from ticket sales of three weekend shows, Nov. 26 and 27, at the Crown Theater. For tickets and more information, visit

Sustainable Saturdays Film Series: The Burden is the first documentary of its kind to tell the story of our dependence on fossil fuels as the greatest, long-term, national security threat confronting the U.S., and how the military is leading the transition away from oil. The film will be shown as part of the Sustainable Saturdays Film Series at Cameo Art House, Nov. 26. The show starts at 11 a.m. and doors open at 10:30 a.m. Each film in the series has a suggested donation of $7, and $5 if you are a Cameo Film Society or Sustainable Sandhills Member.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Fort Bragg will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Main Post Parade Field. The festivities include a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, light refreshments, holiday entertainment, a kids corner and a Golden Knights parachute demonstration. The event is free and open to the public.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Christmas celebration: Sweet Tea Shakespeare invites all fans to their Christmas cantata, Dec. 8 and 9, 7 p.m., at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Behold will feature Sweet Tea Shakespeare musicians and actors with music from Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God and the Oh Hellos, along with readings and good cheer. Behold is a musical take on the Christmas Story. Part Gospel, part Sweet Tea magic, this is a reflective evening meant to warm your hearts and focus your minds on Advent and Christmas. Details available at

Statewide Events:

This weekend

Tanglewood Festival of Lights: Friday through 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.

21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration: Visit the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a special, free day of activities and programs that celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. The museum’s 21st celebration features a day of music, dance, arts, storytelling, and cultural presentations with members of every state-recognized tribe and organization. With something for all ages, the celebration is a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture, past and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods, and much more. To learn more about the event, visit

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, Saturday. 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.

Open Farm Day: Tour the 95-acre Prodigal Farm in Rougemont, North Carolina, Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Visit the milking parlor, play with the super-sweet and friendly goat kids, meet the milkers, and taste their nationally award-winning cheeses. The farm will also have goat meat chili, and pumpkin/goat cheese mac’n’cheese and goat milk hot chocolate. There will be a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, and blacksmith Randy Stoltz of the Triangle Blacksmiths Guild will be performing blacksmithing demonstrations all afternoon. The farm is located at 4720 Bahama Road, Rougemont, North Carolina. GPS and googlemaps are inaccurate — the farm is on the right as you head north, a few driveways past the Hampton Road crossing. No dogs, please, and wear clothes that can get dirty. Email with questions.

Upcoming Events

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.