This Weekend: 

A NORTH CAROLINA PREHISTORIC SAFARI
When: Thursday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Milton E. Mazarick Park
Cost: Free
North Carolina has been home to many strange prehistoric animals in addition to dinosaurs. Find out about new fossil discoveries in the state. Dinosaurs, pterosaurs, sea reptiles and the giant Megalodon shark will be discussed. The prehistoric safari is part of the Mazarick Science Series held throughout the summer.
Mazarick Park is a multi-purpose park featuring a disc golf course, picnic shelters, a playground and trails. Registration is required. Call (910) 433-1579 to register.

DOWNTOWN SUMMER NIGHTS
When: Thursday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Cool Spring downtown Fayetteville
Cost: Free
Downtown Summer Nights is kicking off in the Cool Spring downtown district. Taking the stage at 6 p.m. will be a local favorite, Autumn Nicholas, followed by The Legacy Motown Revue. Be prepared to dance and sing along to some of your favorite Motown tunes.
The Kids Zone will be presented by Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, with a different activity every Thursday. North Carolina summer nights can be hot, so there will be a misting station.
Adults have access to a beer and wine garden, thanks to Healy Wholesale and Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom. Plan for fun every Thursday night with Downtown Summer Nights in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville After Five featuring Rivermist
When: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Festival Park
Cost: Free
Fayetteville After Five is bringing this Fayetteville-formed band to the stage in July. Rivermist is primarily a classic rock/variety party band. Their shows are relaxed, though intensively performed, as only professionally driven musicians can do. Rivermist harmonies, as well as the musicianship, is something that needs to be experienced.
Bring your lawn chairs and an empty belly, as there will be food trucks at Festival Park to fill you up. See you at the park.
For more information, call (910) 323-1934.

Fifth Annual African World Peace Festival
When: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday,
noon to 8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Fayetteville
Cost: Free
The African World Peace Festival is returning to downtown Fayetteville for the fifth year to bring together the community for peace and nonviolent social change, using music and social events. The public is invited to experience a three-day music festival, dance performances, cultural exhibitions and storytelling, kids zone, 5K peace walk/run with free health screenings, workshops, food trucks, authentic African cuisine and vendors, vendor fair and more.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/347824745866558 for vendor lists and any updates to the schedule.

Fayetteville Swampdogs vs. Wilson Tobs
When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: J.P. Riddle Stadium
Cost: $7 to $9
The Fayetteville SwampDogs is a summer collegiate baseball league and 2019 marks its 19th season. The SwampDogs will continue its tradition of affordable family fun while watching college kids from across the country and Canada play baseball for the love of the game.

Upcoming events:

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Arsenal Tours
When: July 16 and 30; tour times at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of the Cape Fear
Cost: Free
The Museum of the Cape Fear is offering arsenal tours to the public. The arsenal is slated to be the location for the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center.
The arsenal was commissioned in 1836 to increase the country’s defenses. It became property of the Confederate States of America after the local militia group, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, marched on the site and took it without incident.
The arsenal met its demise as part of Gen. William T. Sherman’s “Total War” strategy, aimed to destroy the enemy’s economic system and undermine the morale of southern families and Confederate soldiers. This was also achieved by thousands of slaves who took it upon themselves to escape and find freedom by following the Union Army as they passed through the area.
The tours leave from the lobby of the Museum of the Cape Fear building. Please arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time.
For more information, please visit the website at www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.

ROUGH N’ ROWDY BRAWL
When: July 19, brawl starts at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Crown Arena
Price: $25 to $80
Rough N’ Rowdy Brawl “Red, White, and Bruised” will invade the Crown Arena on one special night. This is an off-the-street boxing contest featuring the area’s roughest street fighters, bikers, bouncers, bodybuilders and servicemen. This brawl will feature amateur fighters with no defense-throwing haymakers, combined with the funniest, most action-packed four hours you’ll ever be a part of.
For tickets and more information, visit http://www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/rough-n-rowdy-brawl.

Movie by the Lake: Mary Poppins Returns
When: July 19, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Lake Park
Cost: Free
Join us for “Mary Poppins Returns.” Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase. The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department along with its sponsors and Ward Productions will start the showing at 8:30 p.m. Rain dates will be the same time, the following day.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/611973682651258/.

Moth Night
When: July 20, 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center
Cost: Free
Clark Park’s woods yield stunning moths. Hear about how moths differ from butterflies, how to attract them and see what can be caught.
Moth Night is part of National Moth Week. An introductory lecture will precede the catching. Call (910) 433-1579 to register.
This event is appropriate for all ages.

The Bacon Brothers
When: July 23, 8 p.m.
Where: The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Cost: $37.50 to $57
Most people would agree there’s nothing stronger, more durable and occasionally, even more volatile, than the bond between brothers. When that bond includes the common goal of making music, the results often offer reason for an audience to sit up and take notice. Join Michael and Kevin Bacon as they share the spotlight and create music together.
For tickets and more information, visit http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/bacon-brothers?utm_source=www.visitnc.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=downstream.

Santa’s Summer in the Pines
When: July 27, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Tufts Park in Pinehurst
Cost: Free
Join us for this community giving event benefiting MIRA Foundation USA. Santa will arrive in the Pines on summer break with activities for kids of all ages, including pop up shops, music, snow machines, giveaways and more.
Food, beer and desserts available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit http://www.pinehurstbusinesspartners.com/events/santas-summer-in-the-pines/?fbclid=IwAR2lTzlHr13K-F2WL2XedetVCnYg_EgPph5uOG97VKoZCYme4QuFrBrPrnI.

National Black Theatre Festival
When: July 29 to August 3, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Winston Salem
Cost: Ticket price ranges based on event
The 16th biennial National Black Theatre Festival rolls out the purple carpet, transforming North Carolina’s city of arts and innovation into a mega-performing arts center with over 100 performances in a number of the city’s venues. Theatre workshops, films, seminars, a teen poetry slam and a star-studded celebrity gala make this one of the best theatre festivals in the country. Visitors will see performances by celebrities as well as up-and-coming amateurs on the big stage including 2019’s celebrity co-chairs, actress Margaret “Shug” Avery (The Color Purple) and Broadway sensation Chester Gregory.
Visit https://visitwinstonsalem.com/special-events/view/NBTF?/fullsite for a full schedule and to purchase tickets.

Recurring Events:

D-DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT
When: Now until Aug. 31, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Cost: Free
The D-Day 75th Anniversary Exhibit includes artifacts that have never been on display until now. Artifacts have been specially selected to commemorate this 75th D-Day anniversary and have a very detailed history, with insights of who they belong to and their meaning.
This exhibit is located in the museum’s main gallery.

Fayetteville Baseball Fever
When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
Cost: Free
Don’t miss out on spring training in local history. “Baseball in Fayetteville” is the museum’s newest exhibit. This exhibit highlights the community’s love of the game. As Fayetteville embarks on the newest chapter of baseball here, learn about the nearly 150 years of homerun hitting heritage.
“Baseball in Fayetteville” will be open through 2019 and part of 2020.

Origami in the Garden2
When: Daily, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., until Sept. 6
Where: Cape Fear Botanical Gardens
Cost: Free for members, $5 to $10 for general admission
Unfold your imagination this summer with special programming and events alongside these beautiful origami sculptures.
Origami means “folding paper” in Japanese. Origami in the Garden2 tells the story of this art form through a traveling collection of metal sculptures, displayed outdoors in public gardens and museums. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper that has been transformed into museum-quality metal and tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing.