This Weekend:

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.

When: Saturday, 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.
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Movie by the Lake: Mary Poppins Returns
When: Saturday, 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.
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Moth Night
When: Saturday, 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.

North Carolina Peach Festival
When: Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: South Main Street, Candor, North Carolina
Cost: Free
Enjoy the 23rd annual North Carolina Peach Festival in downtown Candor. Friday evening will feature musical entertainment and activities for the whole family. On Saturday, the parade begins at 10 a.m. Afterward, stroll down to Fitzgerald Park where the rest of the festivities are located. Bring lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy the live entertainment.
There are, of course, fresh local peaches, arts and crafts and homemade peach ice cream. Activities include a petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides and more!
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Upcoming Events:

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.
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When: July 26, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Ramada Plaza — Bordeaux
Cost: $50 to $120
This weekend of events is open to the public, and the sponsors welcome the support of the military and the community.
On July 26, the expo will kick off with a night of elegance, honor, live entertainment, guest speakers, and recognition of outstanding veterans. This year, the keynote speakers are: Capt. Lindsay Jefferies of Raleigh, the first African American female Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard; Capt. Donnie L. Cochran, former commander of The Blue Angels and the first African American aviator selected to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in 1986; and Dr. Sidney Jacobs, a Fayetteville State alumnus, Air Force veteran, poet, and expert on re-entry issues. A special briefing will be given by a suicide survivor, Venessa D. Abram, MBA.
For more information and for tickets, call (704) 380-7686.

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.
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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 for a full schedule and to purchase tickets.

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Arsenal Tours
When: July 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

Fayetteville Woodpeckers vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
When: Aug. 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Segra Stadium
Cost: $9 to $16
Experience the inaugural season of Fayetteville Woodpeckers baseball at the brand-new Segra Stadium in downtown Fayetteville. This Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros is taking flight in Central North Carolina, bringing family fun and professional baseball during 70 home games.
The theme of this game is “Star Wars Night.” It is also “Fireworks Friday.” Fireworks will illuminate downtown post-game. For more information, visit

Recurring Events:

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.

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
When: Now until Sept. 22, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Cost: Free
This exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of the U.S. government’s efforts to preserve these materials.
The exhibit is on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Archives Trust Fund Board.