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Nature Connects® Art with LEGO® Bricks

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
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Inspired by nature and built by artist Sean Kenney with over 500,000 colorful LEGO® bricks, the exhibit features larger-than-life sculptures representing the complex and amazing network that interconnects all living things on Earth. The sculptures are displayed throughout the Garden, and interpretive panels for each display feature a message to connect children with the natural world and promote environmental stewardship and conservation. Adding to the exhibit are activities for all ages, hands-on building stations and design competitions. Exhibit opens on September 30, 2016, and remains open through January 8, 2017.


Garden Hours: Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Eve and Day.

Event Admission: $5 - $10 per Non-Member; Free for Members

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"Art Interrupted" Exhibition

City Center Gallery and Books
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The current art exhibit at City Center Gallery & Books is inspired, in part, by Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Their exhibit features 197 unfinished works from the Renaissance to the present. At City Center, the pieces by artist Bob Rector are in various states of near-completion. They were left unfinished by the artist’s death in 2004.


Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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The 2nd Annual Boom City Fall Classic

Fayetteville Motor Speedway
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Enjoy all the racing action at the Speedway with The 2nd Annual Boom City Fall Classic - Carolina Clash / Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds: LATE MODEL SPECIAL, MODIFIED, SUPER STREET, SPORTMOD, PURE STOCK, U-CAR, LEGEND, MODLITE.


Event Times: Pit gates open at 4:00 p.m.; grandstands open at 5:00 p.m.; hot laps start at 7:00 p.m. Call to confirm times, as they vary by event.

Event Admission: $10 - $30 (Prices May Vary)

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Animal Feedings

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alligators are chomping, snakes are swallowing, and turtles are snapping. Come see what's for dinner at the Nature Center! All ages welcome.

Event Admission: Free

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City Market at the Museum

Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The City Market at the Museum is a farmers and crafters' market in the heart of Downtown Fayetteville. The market is operated by the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, and meets on the museum grounds every Wednesday afternoon and every Saturday morning. Locally grown vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, and other farm products are offered for sale. These seasonal offerings--along with plants, flowers, coffee, pottery, tea, soap, candles, jewelry, knitted goods, and other handcrafted products--can be purchased. The main market season runs from April through December, but a number of vendors appear year-round. The 2016 season officially kicks off on April 16.

Event Admission: Free to Attend

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Come See the Trains!

Fascinate-U Children's Museum
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Cape Fear Model Railroaders showcase their train exhibit on the third floor of the museum. This event occurs twice a month and is open to children of all ages. Museum admission must be paid if children stay and play after visiting the train exhibit.

Event Admission: Free (Museum Admission Not Included)

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Nature Tales: Incredible Bats

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Session 1: 10:00 a.m.; Session 2: 11:00 a.m.

This free preschool story and nature time is presented in partnership with Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center. Each month students explore a different natural science theme; October's theme is "Incredible Bats." Two sessions are held per scheduled morning, at 10:00 a.m. (ages 2-4) and 11:00 a.m. (ages 5-6). Pre-registration is required at least two business days in advance.

Event Admission: Free

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Marquis Slam

Marquis Market
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Marquis Slam is a place of free expression and creativity for the lovers of poetry and the arts. On the first Saturday of every month, the Slam is hosted by Enfinite Entertainment and the Marquis Market downtown. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy dinner and drinks beforehand or during the show.

Event Admission: $7 - $10

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Human Foosball Tournament

Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is hosting Fayetteville's second annual Human Foosball Tournament. Watch your favorite table-top game come to life! Teams of six people attach themselves to fixed poles across the field and move to the right or left as a team in order to move the ball up the field. Twenty-four teams on four fields participate in this all-day, round-robin tournament. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams. Beer and concessions are available at the event.

Event Admission: Free

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Fayetteville-Cumberland Metric Century Bike Ride

Festival Park
8:00 a.m.

Join a 12, 30 or 62-mile bike ride through Fayetteville and Cumberland County, starting at Festival Park. All proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics Cumberland County. Register at FCPR Administrative Office and online at www.active.com. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the ride. Ride safe and wear a helmet. All ages welcome.

Event Admission: $20

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Youth Archery

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This is an introductory class for younger archers. The basic safety rules, proper use of a bow and arrow and correct shooting techniques will be taught. Target practice and archery games make the class fun. Parent or guardian must be present. Register early, as space is limited. Children, ages 5 to 7 years, are welcome. 

Event Admission: $5 per Child

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WIDU Anniversary: Jesus Rocks Glow Party

John D. Fuller, Sr. Recreational/Athletic Complex
4:00 p.m.



The 2016 WIDU Anniversary celebration week continues with the Jesus Rocks Glow Party, a youth concert, with over 1,000 youth and young adults expected to gather for a life-changing experience. This year's event features PJ McKethan and His Push Team, Carnell “C” Lewis, Shatina Davis, Bryan “Young Saint” Carter and Don Bri. Visit the event website for the complete celebration week schedule and ticket information.



Event Admission: Free

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Patriot Outreach Day: Warrior Jam

Tony Rand Student Center, Fayetteville Technical Community College
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join other patriots at the 4th Annual Patriot Outreach Day: Warrior Jam 2016 on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. The day's festivities will include live music, vendors and food. All ages are welcome.

Event Admission: Free

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Stoney Point Trail of Terror

Stoney Point Fire Department - Station 13
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Now in its 13th year, the Stoney Point Trail of Terror is known for its thrills, chills and spills! Hosted at the rear of the Stoney Point Fire Department property, the Trail of Terror is a fun-filled assault on your senses. You will be treated to an entertaining stage show before you depart on a perilous trek through the haunted mansion and spooky wooded trail. Along the way, you may encounter monsters, clowns and other creepy creatures in animated and 3-D scenes sure to scare and excite you. The trail opens September 30th and remains open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in October (plus Sunday, October 30th, and Monday, October 31st). Refer to event website for additional information.

Event Admission: $15

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"200th Anniversary of the Fayetteville Observer" Exhibition

Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum
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The Fayetteville Observer is North Carolina’s oldest newspaper still being published. It was first published as the Carolina Observer on June 20, 1816, and was later renamed the Fayetteville Observer. See a number of Observer cover pages in this special exhibit. All ages welcome. The exhibit opening will occur during Downtown Fayetteville's "4th Friday" program, on the evening of June 24.


Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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"A R T: Alpha Romeo Tango" Exhibition

Cape Fear Studios
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This military art exhibition features artwork by service members, active and retired. An opening reception is being held at the studio during downtown Fayetteville's "4th Friday" event, on September 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit will then remain on display through October 22, 2016.


Studio Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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"Charles White Sketchbook Collection" Exhibition

Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery
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In collaboration with the Jerald Melberg Gallery, the Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery presents an exhibition featuring early sketchbook drawings from one of America's most renowned and recognized African-American artists, Charles White.


Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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"Contemporary Art Forms by America's First People" Exhibition

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
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Venture onto new terrain as you explore the world of contemporary art through the eyes of America’s indigenous artists. While art by "America's First People" is deeply rooted in tradition, the work in this exhibition is contemporary and shows the perspective of Native American artists who are living and creating today. The exhibit opens during downtown Fayetteville's "4th Friday" event, on August 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit will then remain on display through October 22, 2016.


Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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"Death and Remembrance: A Historical Perspective" Exhibition

Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum
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Explore the ways that individuals, families, and this community mourned loss in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit features mourning clothing and accessories, artifacts related to the funeral professionals of Fayetteville, and local historical cemetery secrets. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Cape Fear. All ages welcome.


Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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Dinner Theater: "Deer in the Headlights!"

Northwood Temple Church
7:45 p.m.

Northwood Temple Church presents its 29th annual dinner theater production, "Deer in the Headlights!", a fun-filled musical dinner theater that will have its patrons laughing one minute and crying the next. Prior to each show, a buffet meal will be served at 6:45 p.m. Additional matinee shows will be held at 1:30 p.m. on September 10, September 24 and October 8, with a buffet meal served at 12:30 p.m. Call for reservations.

Event Admission: $23

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"Elemental: Ceramics and Abstract Paintings" Exhibition

David McCune International Art Gallery, Methodist University
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Methodist University and the David McCune International Art Gallery present Elemental: Ceramics and Abstract Paintings, a showcase featuring ceramic artist Akira Satake and painter Victoria Pinney. The opening reception is to be held on September 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will then remain on display through November 17, 2016.


Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; closed Sundays, Mondays, October 18 and November 11.

Event Admission: Free

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Special Exhibits at the Local History Museum

Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
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The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum features multiple ongoing exhibitions that focus on Fayetteville's unique role in the history of North Carolina and the U.S. For further information on any one of these exhibits, contact the museum. Ongoing exhibits currently include the following:



  • 200th Anniversary of the Fayetteville Observer

  • Cumberland County Goes to War

  • Death and Remembrance: A Historical Perspective

  • Early Camp Bragg and Pope Army Airfield

  • Edward Evans

  • Frances Benjamin Johnston Photos

  • From State House to Statehood

  • Lafayette in Fayetteville

  • Local Law Enforcement

  • Modern Greece

  • Punitive Expedition

  • Railroading in Fayetteville


Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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Steel Magnolias

Gilbert Theater
Call for Show Times

The Gilbert Theater opens their 2016-2017 season with this Southern classic by Robert Harling. A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. Shows typically run Friday through Sunday; call or visit the event website to confirm show times.

Event Admission: $16 (Discounts Available)

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Gallberry Corn Maze

Gallberry Corn Maze, Hope Mills
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Jump into fun at Gallberry Corn Maze! Gallberry offers a 5-acre main maze and a storybook-themed "kiddie" maze, hay rides, farm animals, jumping pillow, double barrel tube slide, giant corn shack, bouncy ball corral, corn hole, "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" barn, covered picnic area, barrel train, hay mountain, photo ops and much more. Children, ages 2 and under, are free.


Event Times: Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Event Admission: $10 (Discounts Available)

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Much Ado About Romeo & Juliet

Huff Concert Hall, John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building, Methodist University
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Methodist University (MU) and Sweet Tea Shakespeare (STS) present a new take on two classic Shakespeare plays. "Much Ado About Romeo & Juliet" ("MAARJ") is part of a collaborative project, "MU/ST," that pairs MU and STS actors. MU students are given free admission with MU ID.


Show Times: Thursday - Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

Event Admission: $5

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Nature Connects Opening Weekend

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the opening weekend of the "Nature Connects® Art with LEGO® Bricks" exhibit at Cape Fear Botanical Garden (CFBG), join Bricks 4 Kidz and CFBG for a Brick-tastic creative time building and playing with Lego®. All interactive hands-on fun for the family in the Technic® Station, Lego® Duplo® Station, Lego® Raceway Station, EV3 Robotics Station, Lego® Spin Art Station and more.

Event Admission: Regular Garden Admission

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Million Dollar Quartet

Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Call for Show Times

They came together to make music. They ended up making history. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley for one unforgettable night. The play features over 20 Rock ‘n’ Roll hits. (Musical)

Event Admission: $17 - $30 (Discounts Available)

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"Parlor to Parlor: Funeral Traditions of the Cape Fear" Exhibition

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
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The Museum of the Cape Fear opens a new exhibit, Parlor to Parlor: Funeral Traditions of the Cape Fear, 1850 – 1950, examining funerary practices in late-19th/early-20th century North Carolina. A variety of artifacts will illustrate the diverse and changing practices of this era. Also, the 1897 Poe House will be dressed in mourning from May 6 through June 12 and again from October 4 through November 13. Parlor to Parlor is a joint production between the Museum of the Cape Fear and the North Carolina Museum of History, and will be on display through December 31, 2016.


Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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Lake Rim Kayak Tour

Lake Rim Park
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Lake tours are perfect for those trying kayaking for the first time and for seasoned paddlers looking to relax on the water. All equipment and basic instruction for beginners will be provided. Register by the day before the tour, as space is limited. Tours are dependent on the weather. Children, ages 10+, are welcome with a participating adult. Cost is $15, or $5 with your own boat.


Event Times: October 2, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; November 23, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Admission: $15

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Heritage Square Tours

Heritage Square
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visit Heritage Square to see a selection of Fayetteville's historic houses, to include the Sandford House, the Oval Ballroom, and the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House. Sites are open on the first Sunday of every month. Call for further details.

Event Admission: Free

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Oktoberfest Dance and Dinner

St. Brigid Social Hall, St. Patrick Catholic Church
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The annual Oktoberfest Dance and Dinner features a performance by The Little German 18 Piece Band. Traditional German fare, beer, wine, and soda are available for purchase (not included in admission cost).

Event Admission: $10

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Bull Riding on the Farm

Shady Acres Rodeo
6:00 p.m.

Every Sunday Shady Acres Rodeo, a self-sustaining farm, hosts a bull-riding event. Bring your friends and family out to enjoy watching some bull riding. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., books open at 5:00 p.m., and the show starts around 6:00 p.m. Call the farm to confirm hours, or to inquire about the rules and terms of participation.

Event Admission: $5 per Spectator (Children Free)

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Java Expressions

The Coffee Scene
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Local and regional artists present their work every Sunday night. Every third Sunday of the month, the Coffee Scene hosts Java Expressions Live--a live-streamed invitational series featuring two spoken-word artists and two singer/songwriters--as part of its regularly scheduled Java Expressions program. Call before attending, as this weekly event could be canceled due to special events or holiday closures.

Event Admission: Free

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National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Exhibition

Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville State University
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Members of the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) will submit original traditional and contemporary visual artworks in response to the conference theme, "Into the New Millennium: New Media Abstractions and Identity Politics." This exhibition explores the contemporary aesthetic used to examine, interrogate and re-imagine dominant cultural narratives of Black experiences across the Diaspora. "New Media Abstraction" infuses contemporary elements of the visual arts and other media, such as music and pop culture.


Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event Admission: Free

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The Open Mic

The Coffee Scene
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Local and regional artists perform their work at this open-mic event, held every Monday night. Call before attending, as this weekly event could be canceled due to special events or holiday closures.

Event Admission: Free

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WIDU Anniversary: "Mama's Girls 2" Stageplay

Kingdom Impact Global Ministries
7:00 p.m.



The 2016 WIDU Anniversary celebration week continues with Mama's Girls 2: Sugar Ain't Sweet, another hilarious urban theater creation by award-winning playwright Garrett Davis. Baby Girl, Ke-Ke, Bre’ana, Paulette and that trash talking Ruthie-Mae are all back, and this time they are coming together to figure out a way to help Baby Girl accept the fact that she is now diabetic. Mama’s Girls 2 will entertain and educate you on the topic of diabetes as the play brings another real life situation to the stage. Visit the event website for the complete celebration week schedule and ticket information.



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Agricultural History Bus Tour

Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Explore Gillis Hill Farm worked by the family whose ancestors emigrated from the Scotland to the county over 200 years ago. Participants should bring a picnic lunch and additional money for produce or ice cream. Participants will travel via bus but tours may require moderate walking. Registration is required.

Event Admission: $10.00

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Tai Chi for Health

Cape Fear Botanical Garden
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Practice this flowing Eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the garden. Tai Chi is best practiced in loose, comfortable clothing; dress for the weather, as class may be held outside, and bring a water bottle. All levels and walk-ins are welcome.

Event Admission: $17 per Non-Member; $15 per Member

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