Salute to Veterans: The Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation will host the eighth annual “Salute to Veterans” to honor all veterans beginning Saturday, at the museum. The public can purchase flags for $5 in honor or in memoriam of a veteran by calling the museum at 643-2778 or visiting the website at www.asomf.org. Flags can also be purchased in the museum’s Gift Shop. Each flag will be placed on the museum grounds from Nov. 5 through 14th. An opening ceremony for the Salute to Veterans will take place Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the museum. The guest speaker there will be World War II veteran Vincent Speranza. Immediately following the ceremony there will be a book signing with Speranza, author of Nuts!: A 101st Airborne Division Machine Gunner at Bastogne. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, call 643-2773.
Holly Day fair: The Holly Day Fair, holiday gift and craft show will celebrate its 50th year today through Sunday, at the Crown Expo Center in Fayetteville. Hosted by the Junior League of Fayetteville and presented by Carolina Pottery, the Holly Day Fair is a one-stop, holiday shopping event that draws over 200 vendors. Show-goers have an extensive selection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products to select from including the best in holiday decorations, handmade crafts, stylish jewelry and clothes, children’s toys, specialty food items and much more. For more information, visit www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/holly-day-fair.
When Pigs Fly Barbecue Festival: Held in Festival Park, Nov. 12, 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 www.whenpigsflybbqfestival.com for more information.
Kidtopia: Nov. 12, 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 www.fayobserver.com/events/kidtopia.
Taste of Fayetteville: Come taste what Fayetteville has to offer at the 7th Annual Taste of Fayetteville, Nov. 13, 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.
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 www.yulemart.com.
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.
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 www.theartscouncil.com/dickensmain.
North Carolina Cotton Festival: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cotton Festival is Dunn, North Carolina’s annual celebration of cotton farmers, their contributions and the cotton farming and harvesting heritage that plays an important role in the Dunn area. It’s a lot of fun for the whole Family, from the little cotton blossom all the way to the big cotton bales. With two stages of entertainment featuring a variety of music, a classic car show featuring more than 100 cars, more than 100 vendors offering commercial products, food and crafts there should be something for everyone’s taste. Festival admission is free, but rides, food and crafts have a charge.
Wilson Whirligig Festival: Like the whimsical outdoor art, the Wilson Whirligig Festival in downtown Wilson, North Carolina is a community celebration of people and art in motion. The festival takes place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. With the many goals of entertaining, attracting visitors, celebrating differences, providing a positive economic impact, promoting the sharing of our rich history, and fostering civic pride, the Whirligig Festival is a true community-wide celebration. For more information, visit www.whirligigfestivalnc.org/home.
22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival: Celebrate the art of film at the 22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, Nov. 9 through 13. This is a non-competitive, independent film festival showcasing more than 200 films and attracting an audience of over 14,000 cultural 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: From Nov. 11 to 13, master craft artisans will convene at the at the Raleigh Convention Center for the annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market. 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. carolinadesignercraftsmen.com/the-market/tickets.
Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival: This festival is a full day of entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters re-creating a 16th century European marketplace in Huntersville, North Carolina through Nov. 20. It’s a 22-acre village nestled in the forest and meadows, complete with castles, cottages, kitchens and pubs, filled with activities. You’ll find music, comedy and theater, food and drink, fine, hand-made arts and crafts and more. Visit www.carolina.renfestinfo.com for more information.