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Top 10 Reasons to Choose Fayetteville NC

No matter what type of meeting is in the works, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has one mission: to help planners safely execute the perfect event. Planners will find the area affordable, easily accessible, diverse, and brimming with Southern hospitality.Here are the top 10 reasons to choose Fayetteville for a winning event:…

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Huske Hardware Brewery
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North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike.

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Gaston Brewing Company (GBC)
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If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it.

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Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom
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A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself.

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Heckler Brewing
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Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow!

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Mash House Restaurant and Brewery
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Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery.

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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank

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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank

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The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910)   Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charles Bessman (@charlesthebeerman)   Heckler Brewing Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heckler Brewing Company (@hecklerbrewing) View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Valkyrie Project (@valkyrieprojectus)   Mash House Restaurant and Brewery Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery. View this post on Instagram A post shared by North Carolina Beer Pride (@nc_beer_pride) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mash House Brewing Company (@mashhousenc)   Need some help planning your visit? Celebrate Veteran's Day with us during Heroes Homecoming! Check out our full list of businesses offering Veteran Discounts! Brewery tour plans? Check out our Lodging Options!","id":"61670573dc02a06f46f91ec1","url":"/blog/list/post/6-cheers-for-fayetteville-beers/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/6-cheers-for-fayetteville-beers/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/6-cheers-for-fayetteville-beers/","metaTitle":"6 Cheers for Fayetteville Beer and the Vets Behind Them!","metaDescription":"In celebration of October as #NCBeer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. 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Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. 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Heroes Homecoming is BACK! After the 8th annual celebration of American heroes was limited to virtual events in 2020, the Fayetteville community is buzzing with excitement to reunite for all that Heroes Homecoming has in store for 2021. Because there are so many medical military and first responders who made it possible to reunite, this year’s event is specially dedicated to extending a big “Thank You” to these individuals. With events spread out throughout the week surrounding Veterans Day, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. In case you need some ideas of what to check out this year, here are our top 5 events you won’t want to miss…

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VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
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Let’s start with the obvious. Around this time in 2020, it was exciting to see anyone walking down the street. So, imagine what it's going to feel like when seemingly the entire population of Cumberland County is back together on Hay St. while proudly cheering on the thousands of marching military members. Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.

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WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL
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If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.

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M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT
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It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! Now, eight years later, what better way to honor the contributions of the medical military than sharing a laugh once again watching Hawkeye, Radar, and Hotlips grace the screens at Dirtbag Ales - one of Cumberland County’s most prominent (and just downright awesome) veteran owned-and-operated businesses.

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RED, WHITE, & BLUE FAMILY FUN RUN
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As a special tribute to the medical military and first responders, walkers and runners alike will be tracking around Downtown Fayetteville in military/medical-themed attire to show their support. Whether you’re a family of five with a stroller or a trained runner, the event is open to all. You can probably expect to see a lot of camo pants, white coats, and scrubs. However, if you’re running close to 3 miles, no one’s going to call you a scrub. That’s for sure.

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VETERANS DAY RIDE
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What is probably the loudest and proudest event of the bunch, also is one for a great cause. The Veterans Day Ride is one of the most exciting events to be a part of. The event starts off at Fort Bragg Harley Davidson for a pre-ride party with food, music, prizes, and of course looking at all the decked-out motorcycles. Then, you hit the road in honor of the fallen veterans with all money raised being donated to Wreaths Across America. No Harley? No problem. All vehicles are invited to join the party and the ride!

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Heroes Homecoming is BACK! After the 8th annual celebration of American heroes was limited to virtual events in 2020, the Fayetteville community is buzzing with excitement to reunite for all that Heroes Homecoming has in

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Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.     WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.     M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! Now, eight years later, what better way to honor the contributions of the medical military than sharing a laugh once again watching Hawkeye, Radar, and Hotlips grace the screens at Dirtbag Ales - one of Cumberland County’s most prominent (and just downright awesome) veteran owned-and-operated businesses.     RED, WHITE, & BLUE FAMILY FUN RUN As a special tribute to the medical military and first responders, walkers and runners alike will be tracking around Downtown Fayetteville in military/medical-themed attire to show their support. Whether you’re a family of five with a stroller or a trained runner, the event is open to all. You can probably expect to see a lot of camo pants, white coats, and scrubs. However, if you’re running close to 3 miles, no one’s going to call you a scrub. That’s for sure.       VETERANS DAY RIDE What is probably the loudest and proudest event of the bunch, also is one for a great cause. 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Now, eight years later, what better way to honor the contributions of the medical military than sharing a laugh once again watching Hawkeye, Radar, and Hotlips grace the screens at Dirtbag Ales - one of Cumberland County’s most prominent (and just downright awesome) veteran owned-and-operated businesses.     RED, WHITE, & BLUE FAMILY FUN RUN As a special tribute to the medical military and first responders, walkers and runners alike will be tracking around Downtown Fayetteville in military/medical-themed attire to show their support. Whether you’re a family of five with a stroller or a trained runner, the event is open to all. You can probably expect to see a lot of camo pants, white coats, and scrubs. However, if you’re running close to 3 miles, no one’s going to call you a scrub. That’s for sure.       VETERANS DAY RIDE What is probably the loudest and proudest event of the bunch, also is one for a great cause. 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Let’s be honest, life has been pretty hectic lately for most of us adults. After over a year of way too much time at home, where the phrase “going out” translated into a scavenger hunt for toilet paper or meeting the Uber Eats driver in the driveway, it’s finally time to get back to planning those much-needed nights out with that special someone. Whether you’re meeting up for your first date, looking for an impromptu getaway, or finally shipping those kids off to your parents for the weekend, Downtown Fayetteville awaits! With so much to do in less than a one-mile radius, it is the perfect place to make up for lost time by checking off a few date spots, all in one evening. Check out these 7 great places to wine, dine, and (re)kindle the romance in Downtown Fay!

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District House of Taps
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Fayetteville waited patiently for their first self-pour taproom, and oh boy did this place deliver! Opening just over a year ago, “Taps” has already won the hearts of locals by offering a unique atmosphere to enjoy 40 beers they can pour themselves. Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too. 

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Huske Hardware House
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For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?

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Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium
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Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.

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Cameo Art House Theatre
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Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.

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Circa 1800
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Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.

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Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? Fantástico!
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Pierro’s Italian Bistro
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“Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.

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Antonella’s Italian Ristorante
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Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. If you’ve never experienced authentic Italian food, just try any of the pasta here. Upon the first bite, you will never be swayed by those unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks places ever again. Not only will you get a genuine Italian food experience, but the elegant decor and Sicilian vibes will have you feeling you’re in Fayetteville’s little slice of Italy. Whether you sit indoors or out, you can guarantee a scrumptious meal and a divine wine selection - all in a truly romantic setting. So, don’t be surprised if you get the urge to tell that special someone those 3 little words they’ve been dying for you to say: “More Lasagna Dip?"

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This past year has been anything but ordinary - limited family hugs, abnormally small holiday celebrations, one lockdown location for work, sleep and play. But spring has sprung, times are changing, and more than ever, we all share a common desire to reconnect with family! 

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With southern hospitality just minutes from I-95, the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina is the optimal choice to host your long-awaited family reunion, your much-needed girls' weekend away or even your boy's back in town outing. Whether you are planning to entertain a large group or an intimate get-together, with the help of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB), there has never been a better time to start planning an unforgettable reunion. Reaffirm your strong familial bonds in a city built on the values of commitment, duty, and honor.  

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As the weather is turning warmer, Fayetteville, NC has all of the resources, indoors and out, that you need to make sure your celebration goes off without a hitch. The FACVB has your preplanning stages covered with Reunion Timelines and Budget Worksheets, to check off as the event begins to take shape. Plan the weekend full of activities across Cumberland County, that group members of all ages will enjoy.

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For the more active members of the group, check out Cumberland County’s only state park, Carvers Creek State Park for a nice hike around the scenic lake. Those with more of a need for speed will enjoy biking or running along the Cape Fear River Trail; a paved path complete with a covered bridge and boardwalks, stretching 5.3 miles one way through 700 species of plants and trees and 150 species of birds. The even more daring may want to visit ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure or indoor skydiving at Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving.

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If you’re searching for a more relaxing weekend, organize a stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. With 80 acres of pristine gardens, art installations, waterways, and an onsite cafe, the garden boasts a beautiful day to meander, lost in reacquainting conversation. Add in a trip to the US Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) and North Carolina Veteran’s Park to experience the values of service, honor, and sacrifice embedded into this community. From interactive learning experiences to exhibits recounting heroic soldiers’ stories from wars past, ASOM is a great place to bring everyone together in thanksgiving for freedoms earned by those past and present.  

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The opportunities are endless for anyone in the group in Fayetteville, NC. There are tons more activities and things to do all around the county - from catching a seasonal sports game to touring one of the many museums to walking through the downtown streets, popping in and out of the many shops and restaurants along the way. Wander through historic sites and heritage trails or play outdoor games at the many parks located sporadically all over town, truly immersing yourself in the joys of being surrounded by family throughout it all.

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With 65+ hotels, minutes from I-95, it will be a tough choice to pick just one indoor or outdoor location for the main reunion event. And with accommodations to suit any budget, no one will be able to turn down an invitation! From hotel ballrooms to event spaces to restaurants to outdoor parks and gardens, any of Fayetteville’s spaces provides you with ample room to host an unforgettable reunion weekend. 

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Mere minutes from any location chosen within the community, lies comfortable, affordable accommodations that welcome reunion travelers. From dependable hotel brands to homey campsites, guests will sleep tight as they reminisce and create new memories. To find a full list of all options offered, view our Accommodations page. 

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It is safe to say that this past year has led us all to realize the importance of family and the need to reconnect with loved ones in all-new ways. Fayetteville, NC is ready to make your hugs last a little longer, make your smiles a little wider and provide you with the easiest ways to celebrate with those you hold most dear. 

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This past year has been anything but ordinary - limited family hugs, abnormally small holiday celebrations, one lockdown location for work, sleep and play. But spring has sprung, times are changing, and more than ever,

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The even more daring may want to visit ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure or indoor skydiving at Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving. If you’re searching for a more relaxing weekend, organize a stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. With 80 acres of pristine gardens, art installations, waterways, and an onsite cafe, the garden boasts a beautiful day to meander, lost in reacquainting conversation. Add in a trip to the US Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) and North Carolina Veteran’s Park to experience the values of service, honor, and sacrifice embedded into this community. From interactive learning experiences to exhibits recounting heroic soldiers’ stories from wars past, ASOM is a great place to bring everyone together in thanksgiving for freedoms earned by those past and present.   The opportunities are endless for anyone in the group in Fayetteville, NC. 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Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the Lafayette Trail. The state’s largest city on Interstate 95 is home to Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army’s most populous base.  If you love Americana, Fayetteville will reward you.

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Fayetteville’s major contributions to American history begin in 1775 when Fayetteville citizens signed the Liberty Point Resolves, a declaration of independence that predated the national Declaration of Independence by more than a year.

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In 1789, North Carolina was the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution at a Fayetteville convention. Gen. William T. Sherman marched through Fayetteville in the latter days of the Civil War.

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And because of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has remained at the center of significant historical events.

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Things To Do In Fayetteville

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Buckle your seat belt for a whirlwind tour through Fayetteville, where history, adventure, food, drinks, and shopping are all waiting for you.

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Channel a trapeze artist at ZipQuest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure

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If you’ve ever envied a trapeze artist, ZipQuest will bring you as close as you’ll come to joining a circus aerial act. Even if you never imagined joining the Flying Wallendas, ziplining is for you. I’ve never been acrobatic, but flying by wire felt great.

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The Waterfall Expedition features eight tree-to-tree zip lines, three suspension bridges, three spiral staircases, and an exhilarating view of Carver’s Falls. Before you arrive, fill out the required waiver online.

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How To Be Tarzan Instead Of George

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Choose snug-fitting gloves. Make sure your harness fits you snugly, but not too snugly. Check your harness after every stage of your journey and ask the guides to readjust if the harness becomes ill-fitting.

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To brake, rest your hand on top of the wire behind you, not in front of you. The friction will slow you. Do not grab the wire. The resulting sudden stop is hard on your body and leaves you stranded on the wire. Dropping your legs will also slow you; just don’t neglect to apply friction to the wire. If you forget, you might embrace a tree.

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To fly faster, turn into a cannonball or extend your legs into an plank. Don’t copy a washing machine. Spinning slows you down and is more likely to leave you hanging like clothes on a line.

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Experience Natural Healing At Cape Fear Botanical Garden

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Being in a garden produces peaceful, easy feelings. At Cape Fear Botanical Garden takes peaceful and easy to another plane. To reach the healing plane, simply stroll along the garden paths. Visit the gorgeous camellias in the Mary McLaurin Camellia Garden or rest in the gazebo. To ascend to a higher plane, join the Therapeutic Horticulture program. The program grows food for a local food bank. Fortify yourself for the journey at the Garden View Cafe.

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Honoring America’s best:  The U.S. Airborne And Special Operations Museum

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The fighting soldiers from the sky have always been my special heroes, and I greatly enjoyed honoring them at The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The lobby holds a rotor hub from the first helicopter shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. The chewed up blades are a jolting reminder of the sacrifices in the incident known as Black Hawk Down. Two snipers earned the Medal of Honor in the action that cost them their lives. I wanted to weep as I considered what they endured.

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After the lobby, exhibits begin with World War II paratroopers and continue to the present day. Pause at the 555th Parachute Infantry exhibit. Black paratroopers jumped into forests to extinguish Japanese balloon bombs, becoming the first military smoke jumpers.

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Each fall, walk through the flags on the Field of Honor. Each flag wears a tag naming its honoree and sponsor. Walking through the flags with the fluttering tags at the top is deeply moving. Nearby, a war dog is on Constant Vigilance, his ears pricked up to listen eagerly for danger. Surrounding the dog, pavers list war dogs from around the world. The dog constantly watches over Iron Mike, the 16-foot-tall statue of a paratrooper in front of the museum.

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Raised hands at North Carolina Veterans Park honor those who have sworn to defend us

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When service members join the military, they raise their hands and recite an oath. North Carolina Veterans Park commemorates the moment when a civilian becomes military. Raised hands decorate a wall with the oath listed on it. Further hands adorn pillars dedicated to each North Carolina county. In the visitor center, nearly 10,000 dog tags represent North Carolina service members who died for their country from World War II to the present.

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Ask about the strange story of Hurricane Matthew and the Missing Man Table.

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Experience four hundred years of southern North Carolina history

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The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes a museum building, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E.A. Poe House. No, not that E.A. Poe. Fayetteville’s Poe was a brick manufacturer, not an author. Ironically, his beautiful home is an wooden Eastlake-style house. The bricks provide the foundation. The home’s woodwork is gorgeous.

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After the War of 1812, Congress decided to build arsenals, including one in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility wasn’t finished until the late 1850s, just in time for the Civil War. The local militia recognized its strategic importance and confiscated it after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Women manufactured 900,000 rounds of ammunition during the war. Sherman’s troops leveled the arsenal. Only the foundation stones remain. A Ghost Tower shows the outline of one of the arsenal’s towers.

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Pro Tip: Explore Civil War sites on Fayetteville’s Civil War Trail. The militia that commandeered the arsenal is still an active unit. Visit its museum.

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Theater Lives At Cape Fear Regional Theater

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Cape Fear Regional Theater offers a live, six-show season. The 2020-21 season includes The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Color Purple.

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Get A Breath Of Fresh Air At Cape Fear River Trail

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Stretch your legs on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail. The trail extends 5.5 miles one way and has steep sections. Park at Clark Park Nature Center at the trail’s southern end. Picnic overlooking a waterfall.

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Fayetteville’s best restaurants 

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Fayetteville offers a large selection and variety of eateries. We enjoyed these options.

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Stop and smell the coffee at The Coffee Cup

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The Coffee Cup invites guests to come in for a “warm hug in a cup.” Their delicious drinks will warm your heart as well as your throat. The gingersnap chai latte was delectable. Enjoy their yummy vegan pastries from The Humble Bakery. The Raspberry Bliss Bars: heavenly.

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Enjoy more than a spot of tea at Winterbloom Tea

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Winterbloom Tea is about tailoring the tea experience to the individual customer. Their menu can be overwhelming, but the staff will gladly guide you. Their passion for tea is refreshing. Sample the tea cocktails. My Hemingway tea cocktail was perfect for a travel writer.

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Try, try some Fayetteville pie

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Stretch your concept of pies at Fayetteville Pie Company. The stereotypical American pie is a sweet pastry dish. Fayetteville Pie offers plenty of sweet pies, but don’t limit yourself. Their tagline promises “savory and sweet pies.” Try their French onion roast beef pie. The menu items rotate seasonally.

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Dirtbag Ales is beer heaven

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Dirtbag Ales offers a beer-lovers’ paradise. You have to start with their Blood Orange Kolsch, their most popular brew, but don’t stop there. At the onsite Napkins Restaurant, try the Three-Cheese Bacon Burger.

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Beer in a (former) hardware store? Huske Hardware House has it

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For 115 years, the Huske Hardware House has graced Fayetteville’s downtown. In 1996, it became a restaurant. The shepherd’s pie drips with flavor or pick your cheese and doneness on the filet mignon beef tip hoagie. Pair it with a North Carolina beer.

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Enjoy the ultimate farm-to-fork experience at The Mash House

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The giant brewing tank outside The Mash House puts guests on notice about the delicious beer inside. But remember the food. The restaurant prioritizes ingredients from local farmers and growers. I adored the hard cider made from North Carolina apples and I devoured the shrimp and grits.

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Explore more breweries on the Hometown Hops trail.

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Barbecue aficionados will adore Fowler’s

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Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is the top of the eastern North Carolina food chain. You’ll never eat a better batch of burnt ends. Come early because they sell out fast.

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—. This story  was originally published on Travel Awaits. 

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Where To Shop In Fayetteville

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Shopping in downtown Fayetteville is pure pleasure. You’ll enjoy browsing the storefronts in the historic buildings and bringing home unique treasures.

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Make a wish to build a dream on at Hummingbird Candle Co.

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As a candle flickers, it writes your wishes into the air. When you create a custom candle at Hummingbird Candle Co., you write the wish onto the wick. As the wick sends fragrance into the air, your wish goes up. And wishes do come true.

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Browse Loved Books At City Center

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The enticing smell and feel of old books is sheer joy. Reading them is a bonus. You can cash in that bonus at City Center Gallery and Books.

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Start The Antiquing Trail At 123 Hay Street

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Window shopping at The Shops at 123 Hay Street is prime. Go inside to enjoy the excellent antique and collectibles selection. The store is one of a dozen shops on the Greater Fayetteville Antiquing Trail.

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Roxie Yonkey is the Chief Exploration Officer of RoxieontheRoad. As the blog’s name implies, she loves road tripping on roads less traveled. Sometimes she travels solo and sometimes with her husband Eric. Whether solo or together, they find fun and adventure wherever they travel. Eric and Roxie have two cats, Dalbie and Lola.

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Roxie is the Chief Exploration Officer of RoxieontheRoad. As the blog’s name implies, she loves road tripping on roads less traveled. Sometimes she travels solo and sometimes with her husband Eric. Whether solo or together, they find fun and adventure wherever they travel. Eric and Roxie have two cats, Dalbie and Lola.

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Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the

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And because of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has remained at the center of significant historical events.   Things To Do In Fayetteville Buckle your seat belt for a whirlwind tour through Fayetteville, where history, adventure, food, drinks, and shopping are all waiting for you. Channel a trapeze artist at ZipQuest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure If you’ve ever envied a trapeze artist, ZipQuest will bring you as close as you’ll come to joining a circus aerial act. Even if you never imagined joining the Flying Wallendas, ziplining is for you. I’ve never been acrobatic, but flying by wire felt great. The Waterfall Expedition features eight tree-to-tree zip lines, three suspension bridges, three spiral staircases, and an exhilarating view of Carver’s Falls. Before you arrive, fill out the required waiver online. How To Be Tarzan Instead Of George Choose snug-fitting gloves. Make sure your harness fits you snugly, but not too snugly. Check your harness after every stage of your journey and ask the guides to readjust if the harness becomes ill-fitting. To brake, rest your hand on top of the wire behind you, not in front of you. The friction will slow you. Do not grab the wire. The resulting sudden stop is hard on your body and leaves you stranded on the wire. Dropping your legs will also slow you; just don’t neglect to apply friction to the wire. If you forget, you might embrace a tree. To fly faster, turn into a cannonball or extend your legs into an plank. Don’t copy a washing machine. Spinning slows you down and is more likely to leave you hanging like clothes on a line. Experience Natural Healing At Cape Fear Botanical Garden Being in a garden produces peaceful, easy feelings. At Cape Fear Botanical Garden takes peaceful and easy to another plane. To reach the healing plane, simply stroll along the garden paths. Visit the gorgeous camellias in the Mary McLaurin Camellia Garden or rest in the gazebo. To ascend to a higher plane, join the Therapeutic Horticulture program. The program grows food for a local food bank. Fortify yourself for the journey at the Garden View Cafe. Honoring America’s best:  The U.S. Airborne And Special Operations Museum The fighting soldiers from the sky have always been my special heroes, and I greatly enjoyed honoring them at The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The lobby holds a rotor hub from the first helicopter shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. The chewed up blades are a jolting reminder of the sacrifices in the incident known as Black Hawk Down. Two snipers earned the Medal of Honor in the action that cost them their lives. I wanted to weep as I considered what they endured. After the lobby, exhibits begin with World War II paratroopers and continue to the present day. Pause at the 555th Parachute Infantry exhibit. Black paratroopers jumped into forests to extinguish Japanese balloon bombs, becoming the first military smoke jumpers. Each fall, walk through the flags on the Field of Honor. Each flag wears a tag naming its honoree and sponsor. Walking through the flags with the fluttering tags at the top is deeply moving. Nearby, a war dog is on Constant Vigilance, his ears pricked up to listen eagerly for danger. Surrounding the dog, pavers list war dogs from around the world. The dog constantly watches over Iron Mike, the 16-foot-tall statue of a paratrooper in front of the museum. Raised hands at North Carolina Veterans Park honor those who have sworn to defend us When service members join the military, they raise their hands and recite an oath. North Carolina Veterans Park commemorates the moment when a civilian becomes military. Raised hands decorate a wall with the oath listed on it. Further hands adorn pillars dedicated to each North Carolina county. In the visitor center, nearly 10,000 dog tags represent North Carolina service members who died for their country from World War II to the present. Ask about the strange story of Hurricane Matthew and the Missing Man Table. Experience four hundred years of southern North Carolina history The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes a museum building, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E.A. Poe House. No, not that E.A. Poe. Fayetteville’s Poe was a brick manufacturer, not an author. Ironically, his beautiful home is an wooden Eastlake-style house. The bricks provide the foundation. The home’s woodwork is gorgeous. After the War of 1812, Congress decided to build arsenals, including one in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility wasn’t finished until the late 1850s, just in time for the Civil War. The local militia recognized its strategic importance and confiscated it after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Women manufactured 900,000 rounds of ammunition during the war. Sherman’s troops leveled the arsenal. Only the foundation stones remain. A Ghost Tower shows the outline of one of the arsenal’s towers. Pro Tip: Explore Civil War sites on Fayetteville’s Civil War Trail. The militia that commandeered the arsenal is still an active unit. Visit its museum. Theater Lives At Cape Fear Regional Theater Cape Fear Regional Theater offers a live, six-show season. The 2020-21 season includes The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Color Purple. Get A Breath Of Fresh Air At Cape Fear River Trail Stretch your legs on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail. The trail extends 5.5 miles one way and has steep sections. Park at Clark Park Nature Center at the trail’s southern end. Picnic overlooking a waterfall. Fayetteville’s best restaurants  Fayetteville offers a large selection and variety of eateries. We enjoyed these options. Stop and smell the coffee at The Coffee Cup The Coffee Cup invites guests to come in for a “warm hug in a cup.” Their delicious drinks will warm your heart as well as your throat. The gingersnap chai latte was delectable. Enjoy their yummy vegan pastries from The Humble Bakery. The Raspberry Bliss Bars: heavenly. Enjoy more than a spot of tea at Winterbloom Tea Winterbloom Tea is about tailoring the tea experience to the individual customer. Their menu can be overwhelming, but the staff will gladly guide you. Their passion for tea is refreshing. Sample the tea cocktails. My Hemingway tea cocktail was perfect for a travel writer. Try, try some Fayetteville pie Stretch your concept of pies at Fayetteville Pie Company. The stereotypical American pie is a sweet pastry dish. Fayetteville Pie offers plenty of sweet pies, but don’t limit yourself. Their tagline promises “savory and sweet pies.” Try their French onion roast beef pie. The menu items rotate seasonally. Dirtbag Ales is beer heaven Dirtbag Ales offers a beer-lovers’ paradise. You have to start with their Blood Orange Kolsch, their most popular brew, but don’t stop there. At the onsite Napkins Restaurant, try the Three-Cheese Bacon Burger. Beer in a (former) hardware store? Huske Hardware House has it For 115 years, the Huske Hardware House has graced Fayetteville’s downtown. In 1996, it became a restaurant. The shepherd’s pie drips with flavor or pick your cheese and doneness on the filet mignon beef tip hoagie. Pair it with a North Carolina beer. Enjoy the ultimate farm-to-fork experience at The Mash House The giant brewing tank outside The Mash House puts guests on notice about the delicious beer inside. But remember the food. The restaurant prioritizes ingredients from local farmers and growers. I adored the hard cider made from North Carolina apples and I devoured the shrimp and grits. Explore more breweries on the Hometown Hops trail. Barbecue aficionados will adore Fowler’s Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is the top of the eastern North Carolina food chain. You’ll never eat a better batch of burnt ends. Come early because they sell out fast. —. This story  was originally published on Travel Awa its.  Where To Shop In Fayetteville Shopping in downtown Fayetteville is pure pleasure. You’ll enjoy browsing the storefronts in the historic buildings and bringing home unique treasures. Make a wish to build a dream on at Hummingbird Candle Co. As a candle flickers, it writes your wishes into the air. When you create a custom candle at Hummingbird Candle Co., you write the wish onto the wick. As the wick sends fragrance into the air, your wish goes up. And wishes do come true. Browse Loved Books At City Center The enticing smell and feel of old books is sheer joy. Reading them is a bonus. You can cash in that bonus at City Center Gallery and Books. Start The Antiquing Trail At 123 Hay Street Window shopping at The Shops at 123 Hay Street is prime. Go inside to enjoy the excellent antique and collectibles selection. The store is one of a dozen shops on the Greater Fayetteville Antiquing Trail. Roxie Yonkey is the Chief Exploration Officer of RoxieontheRoad. As the blog’s name implies, she loves road tripping on roads less traveled. Sometimes she travels solo and sometimes with her husband Eric. Whether solo or together, they find fun and adventure wherever they travel. Eric and Roxie have two cats, Dalbie and Lola.","id":"601308035b4ca3609ad280eb","url":"/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-long-weekend-in-fayetteville-north-carolina/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-long-weekend-in-fayetteville-north-carolina/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-long-weekend-in-fayetteville-north-carolina/","metaTitle":"How to Spend a Long Weekend in Fayetteville, NC","metaDescription":"Visiting travel writer Roxie Yonkey highlights some of the top things to do while visiting Fayetteville and Cumberland County. She outlines fantastic things to do, places to eat and artistic endeavors.","cleanDescription":"Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the Lafayette Trail. The state’s largest city on Interstate 95 is home to Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army’s most populous base.  If you love Americana, Fayetteville will reward you. Fayetteville’s major contributions to American history begin in 1775 when Fayetteville citizens signed the Liberty Point Resolves, a declaration of independence that predated the national Declaration of Independence by more than a year. In 1789, North Carolina was the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution at a Fayetteville convention. Gen. William T. Sherman marched through Fayetteville in the latter days of the Civil War. And because of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has remained at the center of significant historical events.   Things To Do In Fayetteville Buckle your seat belt for a whirlwind tour through Fayetteville, where history, adventure, food, drinks, and shopping are all waiting for you. Channel a trapeze artist at ZipQuest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure If you’ve ever envied a trapeze artist, ZipQuest will bring you as close as you’ll come to joining a circus aerial act. Even if you never imagined joining the Flying Wallendas, ziplining is for you. I’ve never been acrobatic, but flying by wire felt great. The Waterfall Expedition features eight tree-to-tree zip lines, three suspension bridges, three spiral staircases, and an exhilarating view of Carver’s Falls. Before you arrive, fill out the required waiver online. How To Be Tarzan Instead Of George Choose snug-fitting gloves. Make sure your harness fits you snugly, but not too snugly. Check your harness after every stage of your journey and ask the guides to readjust if the harness becomes ill-fitting. To brake, rest your hand on top of the wire behind you, not in front of you. The friction will slow you. Do not grab the wire. The resulting sudden stop is hard on your body and leaves you stranded on the wire. Dropping your legs will also slow you; just don’t neglect to apply friction to the wire. If you forget, you might embrace a tree. To fly faster, turn into a cannonball or extend your legs into an plank. Don’t copy a washing machine. Spinning slows you down and is more likely to leave you hanging like clothes on a line. Experience Natural Healing At Cape Fear Botanical Garden Being in a garden produces peaceful, easy feelings. At Cape Fear Botanical Garden takes peaceful and easy to another plane. To reach the healing plane, simply stroll along the garden paths. Visit the gorgeous camellias in the Mary McLaurin Camellia Garden or rest in the gazebo. To ascend to a higher plane, join the Therapeutic Horticulture program. The program grows food for a local food bank. Fortify yourself for the journey at the Garden View Cafe. Honoring America’s best:  The U.S. Airborne And Special Operations Museum The fighting soldiers from the sky have always been my special heroes, and I greatly enjoyed honoring them at The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The lobby holds a rotor hub from the first helicopter shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. The chewed up blades are a jolting reminder of the sacrifices in the incident known as Black Hawk Down. Two snipers earned the Medal of Honor in the action that cost them their lives. I wanted to weep as I considered what they endured. After the lobby, exhibits begin with World War II paratroopers and continue to the present day. Pause at the 555th Parachute Infantry exhibit. Black paratroopers jumped into forests to extinguish Japanese balloon bombs, becoming the first military smoke jumpers. Each fall, walk through the flags on the Field of Honor. Each flag wears a tag naming its honoree and sponsor. Walking through the flags with the fluttering tags at the top is deeply moving. Nearby, a war dog is on Constant Vigilance, his ears pricked up to listen eagerly for danger. Surrounding the dog, pavers list war dogs from around the world. The dog constantly watches over Iron Mike, the 16-foot-tall statue of a paratrooper in front of the museum. Raised hands at North Carolina Veterans Park honor those who have sworn to defend us When service members join the military, they raise their hands and recite an oath. North Carolina Veterans Park commemorates the moment when a civilian becomes military. Raised hands decorate a wall with the oath listed on it. Further hands adorn pillars dedicated to each North Carolina county. In the visitor center, nearly 10,000 dog tags represent North Carolina service members who died for their country from World War II to the present. Ask about the strange story of Hurricane Matthew and the Missing Man Table. Experience four hundred years of southern North Carolina history The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes a museum building, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E.A. Poe House. No, not that E.A. Poe. Fayetteville’s Poe was a brick manufacturer, not an author. Ironically, his beautiful home is an wooden Eastlake-style house. The bricks provide the foundation. The home’s woodwork is gorgeous. After the War of 1812, Congress decided to build arsenals, including one in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility wasn’t finished until the late 1850s, just in time for the Civil War. The local militia recognized its strategic importance and confiscated it after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Women manufactured 900,000 rounds of ammunition during the war. Sherman’s troops leveled the arsenal. Only the foundation stones remain. A Ghost Tower shows the outline of one of the arsenal’s towers. Pro Tip: Explore Civil War sites on Fayetteville’s Civil War Trail. The militia that commandeered the arsenal is still an active unit. Visit its museum. Theater Lives At Cape Fear Regional Theater Cape Fear Regional Theater offers a live, six-show season. The 2020-21 season includes The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Color Purple. Get A Breath Of Fresh Air At Cape Fear River Trail Stretch your legs on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail. The trail extends 5.5 miles one way and has steep sections. Park at Clark Park Nature Center at the trail’s southern end. Picnic overlooking a waterfall. Fayetteville’s best restaurants  Fayetteville offers a large selection and variety of eateries. We enjoyed these options. Stop and smell the coffee at The Coffee Cup The Coffee Cup invites guests to come in for a “warm hug in a cup.” Their delicious drinks will warm your heart as well as your throat. The gingersnap chai latte was delectable. Enjoy their yummy vegan pastries from The Humble Bakery. The Raspberry Bliss Bars: heavenly. Enjoy more than a spot of tea at Winterbloom Tea Winterbloom Tea is about tailoring the tea experience to the individual customer. Their menu can be overwhelming, but the staff will gladly guide you. Their passion for tea is refreshing. Sample the tea cocktails. My Hemingway tea cocktail was perfect for a travel writer. Try, try some Fayetteville pie Stretch your concept of pies at Fayetteville Pie Company. The stereotypical American pie is a sweet pastry dish. Fayetteville Pie offers plenty of sweet pies, but don’t limit yourself. Their tagline promises “savory and sweet pies.” Try their French onion roast beef pie. The menu items rotate seasonally. Dirtbag Ales is beer heaven Dirtbag Ales offers a beer-lovers’ paradise. You have to start with their Blood Orange Kolsch, their most popular brew, but don’t stop there. At the onsite Napkins Restaurant, try the Three-Cheese Bacon Burger. Beer in a (former) hardware store? Huske Hardware House has it For 115 years, the Huske Hardware House has graced Fayetteville’s downtown. In 1996, it became a restaurant. The shepherd’s pie drips with flavor or pick your cheese and doneness on the filet mignon beef tip hoagie. Pair it with a North Carolina beer. Enjoy the ultimate farm-to-fork experience at The Mash House The giant brewing tank outside The Mash House puts guests on notice about the delicious beer inside. But remember the food. The restaurant prioritizes ingredients from local farmers and growers. I adored the hard cider made from North Carolina apples and I devoured the shrimp and grits. Explore more breweries on the Hometown Hops trail. Barbecue aficionados will adore Fowler’s Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is the top of the eastern North Carolina food chain. You’ll never eat a better batch of burnt ends. Come early because they sell out fast. —. This story  was originally published on Travel Awa its.  Where To Shop In Fayetteville Shopping in downtown Fayetteville is pure pleasure. You’ll enjoy browsing the storefronts in the historic buildings and bringing home unique treasures. Make a wish to build a dream on at Hummingbird Candle Co. As a candle flickers, it writes your wishes into the air. When you create a custom candle at Hummingbird Candle Co., you write the wish onto the wick. As the wick sends fragrance into the air, your wish goes up. And wishes do come true. Browse Loved Books At City Center The enticing smell and feel of old books is sheer joy. Reading them is a bonus. You can cash in that bonus at City Center Gallery and Books. Start The Antiquing Trail At 123 Hay Street Window shopping at The Shops at 123 Hay Street is prime. Go inside to enjoy the excellent antique and collectibles selection. The store is one of a dozen shops on the Greater Fayetteville Antiquing Trail. 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Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland County. Earlier this week, city workers hung wreaths on all the light poles that line the main corridors of Cool Spring Downtown District, where I work and play. For me, that's one of those rituals that indicates tis the season.

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Another ritual I enjoy is when our staff gathers around the table to prepare our annual holiday card mailing. This year, teachers and students from The School of Hope, a downtown school for children with autism, assisted us in prepping that mailing of 700+ cards. I can't tell you how delighted we were to watch these sweet kiddos as they joyfully went about doing their "jobs" for us. They were a simple reminder to me that we should seek joy in bite-size moments.

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Since the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can't mail everyone a holiday card, I'm sharing the contents of it right here, on the blog. You'll find more than 40 holiday events below, and they're some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season, taking place in just about every corner of Cumberland County this season (2020). Also, as we're a diverse community comprised of many ethnicities and religions, you'll see I included 10+ major multicultural holidays coming up. I hope our "Season's Greetings" will inspire you and yours to embrace new holiday rituals and traditions right here, in America's Hometown!

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Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures at Cape Fear Studios’ Annual Members Holiday Exhibit Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 (closed Sundays & Mondays).

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Kick-off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 23.

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Celebrate A Temptations Christmas with Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Reggie Codrington at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Nov. 23.

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REFLECT ON THE MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB NOV. 24.
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Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 26.

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Marvel at the beauty of 1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor at Museum of the Cape Fear Nov. 26 - Jan. 5 (closed Mondays & holidays).

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GATHER LOVED ONES AROUND THE TABLE FOR THANKSGIVING NOV. 28.
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Sign up now for the inaugural Fayetteville Turkey Trot at Segra Stadium to run/walk Nov. 28.

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Say thanks to our military service members while joining them for a Thanksgiving Feast at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg Nov. 28.

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Bring your appetite and a dish to the table for a Hoppy Thanksgiving at Bright Light Brewing Company Nov. 28.

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Be there when the puck drops for the Fayetteville Marksmen’s Thanksgiving Day Game at the Crown Coliseum Nov. 28.

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Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Cool Spring Downtown District Nov. 29.

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Do not miss the Victorian Christmas Exhibit at The Market House Nov. 29.

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Enjoy the ageless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Gilbert Theater Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 & 20-22.

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OBSERVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT DEC. 1-24.
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Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Dec. 3.

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Listen to the sounds of a Holiday Concert by the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and MU Concert Band at Methodist University’s Huff Concert Hall Dec. 3.

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Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Dec. 4.

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Discover joy with Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5-7 & 12-14.

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Make a new family tradition of the longstanding Singing Christmas Tree production at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Dec. 5-8.

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 6.

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Partake in a Renaissance-style dinner engagement with the Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church Dec. 6 & 7.

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Laugh at the antics in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22.

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Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-22.

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Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23.

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Get active with the 9th Annual Green Beret Jingle Jog on the Cape Fear River Trail Dec. 7.

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Watch the story of Jesus’ birth with Breakfast in Bethlehem at Lebanon Baptist Church in the Town of Eastover Dec. 7.

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Experience a small-town celebration with the Hope Mills Christmas Parade 7.

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Cherish quality family time during the Festival of Lights at Hope Mills Town Hall Dec. 7.

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Rejoice with the Deck the Halls concert by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Dec. 7.

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Hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa in Cool Spring Downtown District Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.

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SEEK WISDOM, COMPASSION AND KINDNESS ON BODHI DAY DEC. 8.
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HONOR THE BHAGAVAD GITA WITH A CELEBRATION OF GITA JAYANTI DEC. 8.
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Join in all the merrymaking for the Holiday Jubilee at Museum of the Cape Fear's 1897 Poe House Dec. 8.

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Embark on an enlightening Historic Churches Bus Tour with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum Dec. 9.

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Sip on craft beer while you enjoy a German Christmas Market at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom in Hope Mills Dec. 13 & 14.

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Surprise the little ones with Breakfast with Santa at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum Dec. 14.

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Pose for pictures and eat a tasty Breakfast with Santa at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 14.

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Write your wish-list for a Breakfast with Santa at Hope Mills Fire Department Dec. 14.

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Delight the kids with the Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 14.

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Exult in the Messiah Sings! concert by the Cumberland Choral Arts at First Presbyterian Church Dec. 14.

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Fall in love with the North Carolina State Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 14 & 15.

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PREPARE YOUR OFFERINGS FOR DHANU SANKRANTI DEC. 16.
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Savor the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 17.

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Create unforgettable memories with the family during Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures at the Crown Coliseum Dec. 19-22.

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WELCOME THE WINTER SOLSTICE WITH YULE DEC. 21.
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Treasure these times with family during the Spring Lake Winter Festival at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 22.

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BASK IN THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS DURING HANUKKAH DEC. 22-30.
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Worship with one of Cumberland County’s oldest congregations in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Bluff Presbyterian Church in the Town of Wade Dec. 24.

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REMEMBER JESUS’ BIRTH ON CHRISTMAS DAY DEC. 25.
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APPRECIATE FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE DURING KWANZAA DEC. 26 - JAN. 1.
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Immerse yourself in a Kwanzaa Celebration at the Smith Recreation Center Dec. 29.

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Ring in 2019 with the New Year’s Eve Flea Drop at Eastover Community Center Dec. 31.

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EMBRACE THE NEW YEAR JAN. 1.
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Keep your New Year’s resolution by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake Jan. 1.

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Are you planning a trip to the Fayetteville area over the holidays? Let the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) guide you to our Accommodations, Dining, Shopping, and more. Additionally, you'll find all the above holiday events and more fun happenings on the FACVB's Calendar of Events.

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Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland

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Since the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can't mail everyone a holiday card, I'm sharing the contents of it right here, on the blog. You'll find more than 40 holiday events below, and they're some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season, taking place in just about every corner of Cumberland County this season (2020). Also, as we're a diverse community comprised of many ethnicities and religions, you'll see I included 10+ major multicultural holidays coming up. I hope our "Season's Greetings" will inspire you and yours to embrace new holiday rituals and traditions right here, in America's Hometown! Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures at Cape Fear Studios’ Annual Members Holiday Exhibit Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 (closed Sundays & Mondays).   Kick-off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 23.   Celebrate A Temptations Christmas with Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Reggie Codrington at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Nov. 23.   REFLECT ON THE MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB NOV. 24.   Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 26.   Marvel at the beauty of 1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor at Museum of the Cape Fear Nov. 26 - Jan. 5 (closed Mondays & holidays).   GATHER LOVED ONES AROUND THE TABLE FOR THANKSGIVING NOV. 28.   Sign up now for the inaugural Fayetteville Turkey Trot at Segra Stadium to run/walk Nov. 28.   Say thanks to our military service members while joining them for a Thanksgiving Feast at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg Nov. 28.   Bring your appetite and a dish to the table for a Hoppy Thanksgiving at Bright Light Brewing Company Nov. 28.   Be there when the puck drops for the Fayetteville Marksmen’s Thanksgiving Day Game at the Crown Coliseum Nov. 28.   Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Cool Spring Downtown District Nov. 29.   Do not miss the Victorian Christmas Exhibit at The Market House Nov. 29.   Enjoy the ageless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Gilbert Theater Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 & 20-22.   OBSERVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT DEC. 1-24.   Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Dec. 3.   Listen to the sounds of a Holiday Concert by the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and MU Concert Band at Methodist University’s Huff Concert Hall Dec. 3.   Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Dec. 4.   Discover joy with Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5-7 & 12-14.   Make a new family tradition of the longstanding Singing Christmas Tree production at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Dec. 5-8.   Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 6.   Partake in a Renaissance-style dinner engagement with the Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church Dec. 6 & 7.   Laugh at the antics in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22.   Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-22.   Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23. Get active with the 9th Annual Green Beret Jingle Jog on the Cape Fear River Trail Dec. 7.   Watch the story of Jesus’ birth with Breakfast in Bethlehem at Lebanon Baptist Church in the Town of Eastover Dec. 7.   Experience a small-town celebration with the Hope Mills Christmas Parade 7.   Cherish quality family time during the Festival of Lights at Hope Mills Town Hall Dec. 7.   Rejoice with the Deck the Halls concert by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Dec. 7.   Hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa in Cool Spring Downtown District Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.   SEEK WISDOM, COMPASSION AND KINDNESS ON BODHI DAY DEC. 8.   HONOR THE BHAGAVAD GITA WITH A CELEBRATION OF GITA JAYANTI DEC. 8.   Join in all the merrymaking for the Holiday Jubilee at Museum of the Cape Fear's 1897 Poe House Dec. 8.   Embark on an enlightening Historic Churches Bus Tour with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum Dec. 9.   Sip on craft beer while you enjoy a German Christmas Market at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom in Hope Mills Dec. 13 & 14.   Surprise the little ones with Breakfast with Santa at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum Dec. 14.   Pose for pictures and eat a tasty Breakfast with Santa at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 14.   Write your wish-list for a Breakfast with Santa at Hope Mills Fire Department Dec. 14.   Delight the kids with the Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 14.   Exult in the Messiah Sings! concert by the Cumberland Choral Arts at First Presbyterian Church Dec. 14.   Fall in love with the North Carolina State Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 14 & 15.   PREPARE YOUR OFFERINGS FOR DHANU SANKRANTI DEC. 16.   Savor the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 17.   Create unforgettable memories with the family during Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures at the Crown Coliseum Dec. 19-22.   WELCOME THE WINTER SOLSTICE WITH YULE DEC. 21.   Treasure these times with family during the Spring Lake Winter Festival at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 22.   BASK IN THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS DURING HANUKKAH DEC. 22-30.   Worship with one of Cumberland County’s oldest congregations in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Bluff Presbyterian Church in the Town of Wade Dec. 24.   REMEMBER JESUS’ BIRTH ON CHRISTMAS DAY DEC. 25.   APPRECIATE FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE DURING KWANZAA DEC. 26 - JAN. 1.   Immerse yourself in a Kwanzaa Celebration at the Smith Recreation Center Dec. 29.   Ring in 2019 with the New Year’s Eve Flea Drop at Eastover Community Center Dec. 31.   EMBRACE THE NEW YEAR JAN. 1.   Keep your New Year’s resolution by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake Jan. 1. Are you planning a trip to the Fayetteville area over the holidays? Let the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) guide you to our Accommodations, Dining, Shopping, and more. Additionally, you'll find all the above holiday events and more fun happenings on the FACVB's Calendar of Events.","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7c5","url":"/blog/list/post/holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc/","metaTitle":"40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"Discover over 40 holiday events—some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season—in just about every corner of Cumberland County!","cleanDescription":"Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. 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You'll find more than 40 holiday events below, and they're some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season, taking place in just about every corner of Cumberland County this season (2020). Also, as we're a diverse community comprised of many ethnicities and religions, you'll see I included 10+ major multicultural holidays coming up. I hope our "Season's Greetings" will inspire you and yours to embrace new holiday rituals and traditions right here, in America's Hometown! Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures at Cape Fear Studios’ Annual Members Holiday Exhibit Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 (closed Sundays & Mondays).   Kick-off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 23.   Celebrate A Temptations Christmas with Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Reggie Codrington at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Nov. 23.   REFLECT ON THE MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB NOV. 24.   Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 26.   Marvel at the beauty of 1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor at Museum of the Cape Fear Nov. 26 - Jan. 5 (closed Mondays & holidays).   GATHER LOVED ONES AROUND THE TABLE FOR THANKSGIVING NOV. 28.   Sign up now for the inaugural Fayetteville Turkey Trot at Segra Stadium to run/walk Nov. 28.   Say thanks to our military service members while joining them for a Thanksgiving Feast at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg Nov. 28.   Bring your appetite and a dish to the table for a Hoppy Thanksgiving at Bright Light Brewing Company Nov. 28.   Be there when the puck drops for the Fayetteville Marksmen’s Thanksgiving Day Game at the Crown Coliseum Nov. 28.   Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Cool Spring Downtown District Nov. 29.   Do not miss the Victorian Christmas Exhibit at The Market House Nov. 29.   Enjoy the ageless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Gilbert Theater Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 & 20-22.   OBSERVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT DEC. 1-24.   Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Dec. 3.   Listen to the sounds of a Holiday Concert by the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and MU Concert Band at Methodist University’s Huff Concert Hall Dec. 3.   Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Dec. 4.   Discover joy with Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5-7 & 12-14.   Make a new family tradition of the longstanding Singing Christmas Tree production at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Dec. 5-8.   Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 6.   Partake in a Renaissance-style dinner engagement with the Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church Dec. 6 & 7.   Laugh at the antics in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22.   Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-22.   Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23. 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Start making plans now to join the residents of America’s Hometown for our countdown to Independence Day 2019. Other communities may brag about their patriotic celebrations, but those folks have never spent the holiday around a proud military community like Fort Bragg. Cumberland County goes all out in celebrating our nation’s freedom with our military residents, and this year is no exception, as five of our communities are hosting a variety of festivities. Locals and visitors will be taking in concerts, running in a race, honoring our heroes, enjoying America’s favorite pastime, and lighting up the 4th of July at these spectacular events.

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\"4thPhoto Credit: @stedmanphchurch

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Small-Town Festivities

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Kick off the holiday festivities early with the Stedman Fireworks Festival–a yearly celebration that draws thousands of folks to this charming corner of Cumberland County. On the 30-acre campus of Stedman PH Church, you'll find families spread out on blankets, playing pick-up games of tag football, lining up at food trucks, listening to live music, eating farm-fresh watermelon and cantaloupe, and watching the professional fireworks show. (June 23rd, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.)

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Heroes & History

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Honor our heroes at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) during the last week of the Field of Honor. Hundreds of American flags line the Parade Grounds every year to represent military members who have served and, in some cases, sacrificed their lives for our country. (Open to the public daily through June 27th)

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Afterward, take some time to stroll through the ASOM’s newest temporary installation, the D-Day 75th Anniversary Exhibit, in the museum's main gallery to see some fascinating artifacts related to that historic day that has never been on display until now. (Open to the public during regular museum hours through August 31st)

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A Patriotic Concert

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Head to Festival Park for the annual Independence Concert & Fireworks. This year’s event will feature the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing a variety of patriotic and popular songs, followed by fireworks. Bring your lawn chairs, let the kids loose in the bounce houses, and sit back for the show. (July 1st, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

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America’s Favorite Pastime

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Take the family out to J.P. Riddle Stadium for the Fayetteville SwampDogs vs. High Point-Thomasville HiToms baseball game. Then stick around afterward for a fireworks extravaganza that will top the night off perfectly. It doesn't get more Americana than this favorite local tradition with our beloved SwampDogs. (July 3rd, 7:00 p.m.)

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Enjoy the experience of a Minor League Baseball game at our brand-new Segra Stadium during the Fayetteville Woodpeckers vs. Salem Red Fox game. For their Independence Day celebration, the Woodpeckers will be putting on the largest fireworks show of the season. Whether you're sitting in the outfield rocking chairs or at Healy's Bar, there is not a bad seat in the stadium for viewing the game and show. (July 3rd, 7:00 p.m.)

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\"4thPhoto Credit: @FireCrackerFourMiler

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A Festive Fun Run

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Get decked out in your red, white and blue and start your 4th off with the Firecracker 4 Miler run through beautiful downtown Fayetteville. Beginning alongside the North Carolina State Veterans Park, runners will tackle a four-mile course that features some of our historic sites. Even the kids may participate in a one-mile run, and strollers and dogs are welcome, too. (July 4th, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.)

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A Parade & Party in the Park

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Join the locals in watching the charming 37th Annual Hope Mills Independence Day Parade, which starts at Hope Mills Middle School, proceeds down Main Street, and ends at the Hope Mills Recreation Center. (July 4th, 10:00 a.m.)

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Return for the 37th Annual Hope Mills Independence Day Party in the Park at Hope Mills Municipal Park later on that day. This party offers fun activities for the whole family, with a petting zoo, food trucks, inflatable water slide, climbing wall, live music, and fireworks show. (July 4th, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

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An All-Star Celebration with the Troops

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Get ready for one of the best fireworks shows in the region at Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration, taking place on the Main Post Parade Field. The crowd will be treated to a performance by The Fifth, followed by 3 Doors Down. Between the Golden Knights free-falling from a plane, the rock acts performing on stage, and the 750+ fireworks lighting up the night sky, it is hard to beat the experience of Independence Day on Fort Bragg. (July 4th, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

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A Main Street Festival

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Watch the skies light up with Fort Bragg's massive fireworks show from Spring Lake's 4th of July Festival. Since the Town of Spring Lake is “nearly Fort Bragg,” their residents and visitors will have a great view of that spectacular show after enjoying live music, food trucks, a Kidz Zone, and more on Main Street. (July 4th, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

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Are you planning a visit to Cumberland County for our Independence Day festivities or another reason? Take your pick from 85+ types of Accommodations, ranging from budget motels to internationally recognized brands. Additionally, you should know where to find some relief from this southern heat; be sure to check out all my suggestions for where to "Cool Down in Fayetteville." There is even more to explore and experience here, and the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Calendar of Events guides our visitors to all our holiday happenings and year-round events.

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Start making plans now to join the residents of America’s Hometown for our countdown to Independence Day 2019. Other communities may brag about their patriotic celebrations, but those folks have never spent the

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On the 30-acre campus of Stedman PH Church, you'll find families spread out on blankets, playing pick-up games of tag football, lining up at food trucks, listening to live music, eating farm-fresh watermelon and cantaloupe, and watching the professional fireworks show. (June 23rd, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.) Heroes & History Honor our heroes at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) during the last week of the Field of Honor. Hundreds of American flags line the Parade Grounds every year to represent military members who have served and, in some cases, sacrificed their lives for our country. (Open to the public daily through June 27th) Afterward, take some time to stroll through the ASOM’s newest temporary installation, the D-Day 75th Anniversary Exhibit , in the museum's main gallery to see some fascinating artifacts related to that historic day that has never been on display until now. (Open to the public during regular museum hours through August 31st) A Patriotic Concert Head to Festival Park for the annual Independence Concert & Fireworks. This year’s event will feature the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing a variety of patriotic and popular songs, followed by fireworks. Bring your lawn chairs, let the kids loose in the bounce houses, and sit back for the show. (July 1st, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.) America’s Favorite Pastime Take the family out to J.P. Riddle Stadium for the Fayetteville SwampDogs vs. High Point-Thomasville HiToms baseball game. Then stick around afterward for a fireworks extravaganza that will top the night off perfectly. It doesn't get more Americana than this favorite local tradition with our beloved SwampDogs. (July 3rd, 7:00 p.m.) Enjoy the experience of a Minor League Baseball game at our brand-new Segra Stadium during the Fayetteville Woodpeckers vs. Salem Red Fox game. For their Independence Day celebration, the Woodpeckers will be putting on the largest fireworks show of the season. Whether you're sitting in the outfield rocking chairs or at Healy's Bar, there is not a bad seat in the stadium for viewing the game and show. (July 3rd, 7:00 p.m.) Photo Credit: @FireCrackerFourMiler A Festive Fun Run Get decked out in your red, white and blue and start your 4th off with the Firecracker 4 Miler run through beautiful downtown Fayetteville. Beginning alongside the North Carolina State Veterans Park, runners will tackle a four-mile course that features some of our historic sites. Even the kids may participate in a one-mile run, and strollers and dogs are welcome, too. (July 4th, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.) A Parade & Party in the Park Join the locals in watching the charming 37th Annual Hope Mills Independence Day Parade, which starts at Hope Mills Middle School, proceeds down Main Street, and ends at the Hope Mills Recreation Center. (July 4th, 10:00 a.m.) Return for the 37th Annual Hope Mills Independence Day Party in the Park at Hope Mills Municipal Park later on that day. This party offers fun activities for the whole family, with a petting zoo, food trucks, inflatable water slide, climbing wall, live music, and fireworks show. (July 4th, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.) An All-Star Celebration with the Troops Get ready for one of the best fireworks shows in the region at Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration, taking place on the Main Post Parade Field. The crowd will be treated to a performance by The Fifth, followed by 3 Doors Down. Between the Golden Knights free-falling from a plane, the rock acts performing on stage, and the 750+ fireworks lighting up the night sky, it is hard to beat the experience of Independence Day on Fort Bragg. (July 4th, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.) A Main Street Festival Watch the skies light up with Fort Bragg's massive fireworks show from Spring Lake's 4th of July Festival. Since the Town of Spring Lake is “nearly Fort Bragg,” their residents and visitors will have a great view of that spectacular show after enjoying live music, food trucks, a Kidz Zone, and more on Main Street. (July 4th, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.) Are you planning a visit to Cumberland County for our Independence Day festivities or another reason? Take your pick from 85+ types of Accommodations, ranging from budget motels to internationally recognized brands. Additionally, you should know where to find some relief from this southern heat; be sure to check out all my suggestions for where to "Cool Down in Fayetteville." There is even more to explore and experience here, and the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Calendar of Events guides our visitors to all our holiday happenings and year-round events.","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a737","url":"/blog/list/post/4th-of-july-fayetteville/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/4th-of-july-fayetteville/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/4th-of-july-fayetteville/","metaTitle":"Light Up Your 4th in America's Hometown! - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"Start making plans now to join Cumberland County's residents for our countdown to Independence Day. Then come light up your 4th in America's Hometown!","cleanDescription":"Start making plans now to join the residents of America’s Hometown for our countdown to Independence Day 2019. Other communities may brag about their patriotic celebrations, but those folks have never spent the holiday around a proud military community like Fort Bragg. 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(June 23rd, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.) Heroes & History Honor our heroes at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) during the last week of the Field of Honor. Hundreds of American flags line the Parade Grounds every year to represent military members who have served and, in some cases, sacrificed their lives for our country. (Open to the public daily through June 27th) Afterward, take some time to stroll through the ASOM’s newest temporary installation, the D-Day 75th Anniversary Exhibit , in the museum's main gallery to see some fascinating artifacts related to that historic day that has never been on display until now. (Open to the public during regular museum hours through August 31st) A Patriotic Concert Head to Festival Park for the annual Independence Concert & Fireworks. This year’s event will feature the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performing a variety of patriotic and popular songs, followed by fireworks. 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(July 3rd, 7:00 p.m.) Photo Credit: @FireCrackerFourMiler A Festive Fun Run Get decked out in your red, white and blue and start your 4th off with the Firecracker 4 Miler run through beautiful downtown Fayetteville. Beginning alongside the North Carolina State Veterans Park, runners will tackle a four-mile course that features some of our historic sites. Even the kids may participate in a one-mile run, and strollers and dogs are welcome, too. (July 4th, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.) A Parade & Party in the Park Join the locals in watching the charming 37th Annual Hope Mills Independence Day Parade, which starts at Hope Mills Middle School, proceeds down Main Street, and ends at the Hope Mills Recreation Center. (July 4th, 10:00 a.m.) Return for the 37th Annual Hope Mills Independence Day Party in the Park at Hope Mills Municipal Park later on that day. This party offers fun activities for the whole family, with a petting zoo, food trucks, inflatable water slide, climbing wall, live music, and fireworks show. (July 4th, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.) An All-Star Celebration with the Troops Get ready for one of the best fireworks shows in the region at Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration, taking place on the Main Post Parade Field. The crowd will be treated to a performance by The Fifth, followed by 3 Doors Down. Between the Golden Knights free-falling from a plane, the rock acts performing on stage, and the 750+ fireworks lighting up the night sky, it is hard to beat the experience of Independence Day on Fort Bragg. (July 4th, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.) A Main Street Festival Watch the skies light up with Fort Bragg's massive fireworks show from Spring Lake's 4th of July Festival. Since the Town of Spring Lake is “nearly Fort Bragg,” their residents and visitors will have a great view of that spectacular show after enjoying live music, food trucks, a Kidz Zone, and more on Main Street. (July 4th, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.) Are you planning a visit to Cumberland County for our Independence Day festivities or another reason? Take your pick from 85+ types of Accommodations, ranging from budget motels to internationally recognized brands. Additionally, you should know where to find some relief from this southern heat; be sure to check out all my suggestions for where to "Cool Down in Fayetteville." 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I grew up with that mom who was always turning special occasions into memorable experiences. I vividly remember a birthday when she packed up a picnic basket with fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, and we went looking for the perfect picnic spot in a pecan grove by the Brazos River. I don't recall the gifts I was given, because the experience was so much sweeter than the material things. She relentlessly researched every vacation she planned for us, bypassed the tourist traps, and headed straight for the small towns and hole-in-the-wall gems. We were not well off, so she would take advantage of the free community festivals, concerts in the park, and a host of family-friendly events. And I have the memories to show for it.

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Now I've turned into my own mother (like we all do) and carried on those same traditions with my son. When I say we never run out of things to do in Cumberland County that are free or affordable forms of entertainment, I really do mean that. This weekend, as a matter of fact, is a prime example. Whether you're planning a celebration of the woman in your life or just looking for something to do with the fam, I have 50+ ideas for fun and affordable things to do over Mother's Day weekend (2019) here.

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\"mothersFind fabulous gift options at The Shops at 123 Hay Street and many other stores during Downtown Fayetteville's Celebrating Our Moms! event.

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Spoil Her

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Between our local farmers markets and our charming shops, there is no excuse for not finding a unique gift for the special woman in your life (or for not spoiling yourself)!

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Celebrating Our Moms! @ Downtown Fayetteville – Friday-Monday, All Day

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City Market at the Museum @ Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum – Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Beauty Bootcamp @ Ramada Plaza – Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day at the Market @ Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market – Sunday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Bouquet Bar @ Leclair’s General Store – Sunday, 11 a.m.

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\"mothersCape Fear Botanical Garden's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Origami in the Garden2, offers the whole family a delightful way to spend Mother's Day in nature. (PC: CFBG)

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Play with the Fam

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Affordable recreational and entertaining events are happening all over Cumberland County this weekend, and all you have to do is pick out your family's brand of fun.

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Origami in the Garden2 @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.

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Around the World Run @ Fort Bragg – Saturday, 7 a.m.

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Dog Jog @ Carvers Creek State Park – Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Celebration of Mama @ Clark Park – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

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Spring Fling Festival @ Town of Spring Lake's Main Street - Saturday, 11 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Carriage Rides @ Cool Spring Downtown District – Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Sandlot Movie Night at the Swamp @ I-95 Muscle – Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

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Mommy & Me: Mother’s Day Dance @ The Metropolitan Room – Saturday, 6 p.m.

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Mommy and Me @ Carvers Creek State Park – Sunday, 9 a.m.

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Mother's Day Special @ Xscape Factor – Sunday, 12 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Bowling @ Dragon Lanes – Sunday, 1 p.m.

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Mother’s Day @ Fort Bragg Fair – Sunday, 1 p.m.

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\"mothersHayat Yoga Shala leads classes all over Cumberland County, and Run, Yoga, Detox! presents the perfect opportunity for some girlfriend bonding time.

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Treat Yourself to Girl Time

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Whether you want to get active or just relax, go crafty or let loose a little, it's time to call up your besties and take a little time for yourselves.

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Ladies Night @ Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration – Friday, 5:30 p.m.

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Run, Yoga, Detox! @ Hayat Yoga Shala – Saturday, 7 a.m.

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Ladies Only “Rock It” Climbing @ The Climbing Place – Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Yoga in the Meadow @ Lafayette Memorial Park – Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Walk MS @ Festival Park – Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Mommy Dearest Trivia @ World of Beer – Saturday, 3 p.m.

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Memphis Opening Night Dance Party @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Saturday, 10 p.m.

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Mother's Day Workout @ The Vitamin Shoppe – Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Open Studio @ Wine & Design – Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Mother’s Day: Craft & Relax @ The Creative Frenzy – Sunday, 3 p.m.

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\"mothersMaid Marian's fresh and feminine take on the classic tale of Robin Hood is resonating with its audience (PC: Sweet Tea Shakespeare)

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Take in a Show

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If you’re a theatergoer, comedy fan, or live music lover, Cumberland County’s arts and entertainment options are endless (and oftentimes free).

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Fayetteville After Five Featuring 120 Minutes @ Festival Park – Friday, 6 p.m.

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Reggie Codrington @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Friday, 6 p.m.

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Live Sax Jazz with Mr. Velton Brown @ The Wine Café – Friday, 6:30 p.m.

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Eastline Band @ Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom – Friday, 7 p.m.

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Whiskey Pines @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Friday, 7 p.m.

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Maid Marian @ 1897 Poe House – Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

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Memphis @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Marquis Trio Live @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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Bill & JD Shaw @ World of Beer – Friday, 8 p.m.

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80's Unplugged @ The TapHouse – Friday, 8 p.m.

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Ron White @ Crown Theatre – Friday, 8 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Jazz Explosion @ Ambiance Entertainment Venue – Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Ed Prophet @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Artist Showcase @ Fayetteville Pie Company – Saturday, 7 p.m.

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The Parsons Live @ Leclair’s General Store – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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80's Unplugged @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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Third Degree @ The TapHouse – Saturday, 9 p.m.

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\"mothersTreat her to a perfect Mother's Day Brunch at Circa 1800, where the Southern Eggs Benedict is divine and the build-your-own Bloody Mary is a must.

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Wine & Dine Her

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Nothing speaks love to a woman like treating her to a meal she doesn't have to cook, and you'll find brunch and more all weekend long here.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Dorothy’s Catering 2 – Saturday, 10 a.m., & Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Mother Daughter Tea @ The Belmont Village – Saturday, 11 a.m.

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Wine Tasting Extravaganza @ Rockfish Creek Winery – Saturday, 12 p.m.

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Mother's Day Brunch @ The Mill at Puppy Creek – Sunday, 9 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Iron Mike Conference Center – Sunday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Sunday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Circa 1800 – Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

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Mother's Day Sunday Brunch @ ScrubOaks - Contemporary American Pub – Sunday, 11 a.m.

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Mother's Day @ Mash House Brewing Company – Sunday, 12 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Sunday, 1 p.m.

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One more idea for how to spoil yourself or someone else this Mother's Day is with a day spa experience. Guest blogger Alison Klakowicz recently shared why she thinks every visitor to Cumberland County should treat themselves to one of our oldest and most popular day spas, and you'll find her insider intel on this wellness haven at "Spring Has Sprung: Time Self-Rejuvenation."

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Need more ideas for things to do this weekend or on a future trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will guide you toward so many Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more.

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Also, if you haven't heard by now, our Fayetteville Woodpeckers have brought Minor League Baseball to Fayetteville this year, offering our visitors affordable, family-friendly entertainment for 70 home games. Regardless if it's game night or not, though, many of our downtown shops and eateries offer visitors baseball-themed everything–from souvenirs to beverages to exhibits. Read more on this at "Downtown Fayetteville: Where to Park, Shop, Eat & Watch Baseball." Then get to planning a fun family getaway to "America's Hometown"!

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I grew up with that mom who was always turning special occasions into memorable experiences. I vividly remember a birthday when she packed up a picnic basket with fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, and we went

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This weekend, as a matter of fact, is a prime example. Whether you're planning a celebration of the woman in your life or just looking for something to do with the fam, I have 50+ ideas for fun and affordable things to do over Mother's Day weekend (2019) here. Find fabulous gift options at The Shops at 123 Hay Street and many other stores during Downtown Fayetteville's Celebrating Our Moms! event. Spoil Her Between our local farmers markets and our charming shops, there is no excuse for not finding a unique gift for the special woman in your life (or for not spoiling yourself)! Celebrating Our Moms! @ Downtown Fayetteville – Friday-Monday, All Day City Market at the Museum @ Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum – Saturday, 9 a.m. Beauty Bootcamp @ Ramada Plaza – Saturday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Market @ Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Bouquet Bar @ Leclair’s General Store – Sunday, 11 a.m. Cape Fear Botanical Garden's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Origami in the Garden2, offers the whole family a delightful way to spend Mother's Day in nature. (PC: CFBG) Play with the Fam Affordable recreational and entertaining events are happening all over Cumberland County this weekend, and all you have to do is pick out your family's brand of fun. Origami in the Garden2 @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. Around the World Run @ Fort Bragg – Saturday, 7 a.m. Dog Jog @ Carvers Creek State Park – Saturday, 9 a.m. Celebration of Mama @ Clark Park – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Spring Fling Festival @ Town of Spring Lake's Main Street - Saturday, 11 a.m. Mother’s Day Carriage Rides @ Cool Spring Downtown District – Saturday, 1 p.m. Sandlot Movie Night at the Swamp @ I-95 Muscle – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mommy & Me: Mother’s Day Dance @ The Metropolitan Room – Saturday, 6 p.m. Mommy and Me @ Carvers Creek State Park – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother's Day Special @ Xscape Factor – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Bowling @ Dragon Lanes – Sunday, 1 p.m. Mother’s Day @ Fort Bragg Fair – Sunday, 1 p.m. Hayat Yoga Shala leads classes all over Cumberland County, and Run, Yoga, Detox! presents the perfect opportunity for some girlfriend bonding time. Treat Yourself to Girl Time Whether you want to get active or just relax, go crafty or let loose a little, it's time to call up your besties and take a little time for yourselves. Ladies Night @ Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration – Friday, 5:30 p.m. Run, Yoga, Detox! @ Hayat Yoga Shala – Saturday, 7 a.m. Ladies Only “Rock It” Climbing @ The Climbing Place – Saturday, 9 a.m. Yoga in the Meadow @ Lafayette Memorial Park – Saturday, 10 a.m. Walk MS @ Festival Park – Saturday, 1 p.m. Mommy Dearest Trivia @ World of Beer – Saturday, 3 p.m. Memphis Opening Night Dance Party @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Saturday, 10 p.m. Mother's Day Workout @ The Vitamin Shoppe – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Open Studio @ Wine & Design – Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother’s Day: Craft & Relax @ The Creative Frenzy – Sunday, 3 p.m. Maid Marian's fresh and feminine take on the classic tale of Robin Hood is resonating with its audience (PC: Sweet Tea Shakespeare) Take in a Show If you’re a theatergoer, comedy fan, or live music lover, Cumberland County’s arts and entertainment options are endless (and oftentimes free). Fayetteville After Five Featuring 120 Minutes @ Festival Park – Friday, 6 p.m. Reggie Codrington @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Friday, 6 p.m. Live Sax Jazz with Mr. Velton Brown @ The Wine Café – Friday, 6:30 p.m. Eastline Band @ Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom – Friday, 7 p.m. Whiskey Pines @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Friday, 7 p.m. Maid Marian @ 1897 Poe House – Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Memphis @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Marquis Trio Live @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Bill & JD Shaw @ World of Beer – Friday, 8 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ The TapHouse – Friday, 8 p.m. Ron White @ Crown Theatre – Friday, 8 p.m. Mother’s Day Jazz Explosion @ Ambiance Entertainment Venue – Saturday, 7 p.m. Ed Prophet @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. Artist Showcase @ Fayetteville Pie Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. The Parsons Live @ Leclair’s General Store – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Third Degree @ The TapHouse – Saturday, 9 p.m. Treat her to a perfect Mother's Day Brunch at Circa 1800, where the Southern Eggs Benedict is divine and the build-your-own Bloody Mary is a must. Wine & Dine Her Nothing speaks love to a woman like treating her to a meal she doesn't have to cook, and you'll find brunch and more all weekend long here. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Dorothy’s Catering 2 – Saturday, 10 a.m., & Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother Daughter Tea @ The Belmont Village – Saturday, 11 a.m. Wine Tasting Extravaganza @ Rockfish Creek Winery – Saturday, 12 p.m. Mother's Day Brunch @ The Mill at Puppy Creek – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Iron Mike Conference Center – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Circa 1800 – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mother's Day Sunday Brunch @ ScrubOaks - Contemporary American Pub – Sunday, 11 a.m. Mother's Day @ Mash House Brewing Company – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Sunday, 1 p.m. One more idea for how to spoil yourself or someone else this Mother's Day is with a day spa experience. Guest blogger Alison Klakowicz recently shared why she thinks every visitor to Cumberland County should treat themselves to one of our oldest and most popular day spas, and you'll find her insider intel on this wellness haven at "Spring Has Sprung: Time Self-Rejuvenation." Need more ideas for things to do this weekend or on a future trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will guide you toward so many Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more. Also, if you haven't heard by now, our Fayetteville Woodpeckers have brought Minor League Baseball to Fayetteville this year, offering our visitors affordable, family-friendly entertainment for 70 home games. Regardless if it's game night or not, though, many of our downtown shops and eateries offer visitors baseball-themed everything–from souvenirs to beverages to exhibits. Read more on this at "Downtown Fayetteville: Where to Park, Shop, Eat & Watch Baseball." 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She relentlessly researched every vacation she planned for us, bypassed the tourist traps, and headed straight for the small towns and hole-in-the-wall gems. We were not well off, so she would take advantage of the free community festivals, concerts in the park, and a host of family-friendly events. And I have the memories to show for it. Now I've turned into my own mother (like we all do) and carried on those same traditions with my son. When I say we never run out of things to do in Cumberland County that are free or affordable forms of entertainment, I really do mean that. This weekend, as a matter of fact, is a prime example. Whether you're planning a celebration of the woman in your life or just looking for something to do with the fam, I have 50+ ideas for fun and affordable things to do over Mother's Day weekend (2019) here. Find fabulous gift options at The Shops at 123 Hay Street and many other stores during Downtown Fayetteville's Celebrating Our Moms! event. Spoil Her Between our local farmers markets and our charming shops, there is no excuse for not finding a unique gift for the special woman in your life (or for not spoiling yourself)! Celebrating Our Moms! @ Downtown Fayetteville – Friday-Monday, All Day City Market at the Museum @ Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum – Saturday, 9 a.m. Beauty Bootcamp @ Ramada Plaza – Saturday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Market @ Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Bouquet Bar @ Leclair’s General Store – Sunday, 11 a.m. Cape Fear Botanical Garden's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Origami in the Garden2, offers the whole family a delightful way to spend Mother's Day in nature. (PC: CFBG) Play with the Fam Affordable recreational and entertaining events are happening all over Cumberland County this weekend, and all you have to do is pick out your family's brand of fun. Origami in the Garden2 @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. Around the World Run @ Fort Bragg – Saturday, 7 a.m. Dog Jog @ Carvers Creek State Park – Saturday, 9 a.m. Celebration of Mama @ Clark Park – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Spring Fling Festival @ Town of Spring Lake's Main Street - Saturday, 11 a.m. Mother’s Day Carriage Rides @ Cool Spring Downtown District – Saturday, 1 p.m. Sandlot Movie Night at the Swamp @ I-95 Muscle – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mommy & Me: Mother’s Day Dance @ The Metropolitan Room – Saturday, 6 p.m. Mommy and Me @ Carvers Creek State Park – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother's Day Special @ Xscape Factor – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Bowling @ Dragon Lanes – Sunday, 1 p.m. Mother’s Day @ Fort Bragg Fair – Sunday, 1 p.m. Hayat Yoga Shala leads classes all over Cumberland County, and Run, Yoga, Detox! presents the perfect opportunity for some girlfriend bonding time. Treat Yourself to Girl Time Whether you want to get active or just relax, go crafty or let loose a little, it's time to call up your besties and take a little time for yourselves. Ladies Night @ Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration – Friday, 5:30 p.m. Run, Yoga, Detox! @ Hayat Yoga Shala – Saturday, 7 a.m. Ladies Only “Rock It” Climbing @ The Climbing Place – Saturday, 9 a.m. Yoga in the Meadow @ Lafayette Memorial Park – Saturday, 10 a.m. Walk MS @ Festival Park – Saturday, 1 p.m. Mommy Dearest Trivia @ World of Beer – Saturday, 3 p.m. Memphis Opening Night Dance Party @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Saturday, 10 p.m. Mother's Day Workout @ The Vitamin Shoppe – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Open Studio @ Wine & Design – Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother’s Day: Craft & Relax @ The Creative Frenzy – Sunday, 3 p.m. Maid Marian's fresh and feminine take on the classic tale of Robin Hood is resonating with its audience (PC: Sweet Tea Shakespeare) Take in a Show If you’re a theatergoer, comedy fan, or live music lover, Cumberland County’s arts and entertainment options are endless (and oftentimes free). Fayetteville After Five Featuring 120 Minutes @ Festival Park – Friday, 6 p.m. Reggie Codrington @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Friday, 6 p.m. Live Sax Jazz with Mr. Velton Brown @ The Wine Café – Friday, 6:30 p.m. Eastline Band @ Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom – Friday, 7 p.m. Whiskey Pines @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Friday, 7 p.m. Maid Marian @ 1897 Poe House – Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Memphis @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Marquis Trio Live @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Bill & JD Shaw @ World of Beer – Friday, 8 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ The TapHouse – Friday, 8 p.m. Ron White @ Crown Theatre – Friday, 8 p.m. Mother’s Day Jazz Explosion @ Ambiance Entertainment Venue – Saturday, 7 p.m. Ed Prophet @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. Artist Showcase @ Fayetteville Pie Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. The Parsons Live @ Leclair’s General Store – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Third Degree @ The TapHouse – Saturday, 9 p.m. Treat her to a perfect Mother's Day Brunch at Circa 1800, where the Southern Eggs Benedict is divine and the build-your-own Bloody Mary is a must. Wine & Dine Her Nothing speaks love to a woman like treating her to a meal she doesn't have to cook, and you'll find brunch and more all weekend long here. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Dorothy’s Catering 2 – Saturday, 10 a.m., & Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother Daughter Tea @ The Belmont Village – Saturday, 11 a.m. Wine Tasting Extravaganza @ Rockfish Creek Winery – Saturday, 12 p.m. Mother's Day Brunch @ The Mill at Puppy Creek – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Iron Mike Conference Center – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Circa 1800 – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mother's Day Sunday Brunch @ ScrubOaks - Contemporary American Pub – Sunday, 11 a.m. Mother's Day @ Mash House Brewing Company – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Sunday, 1 p.m. One more idea for how to spoil yourself or someone else this Mother's Day is with a day spa experience. Guest blogger Alison Klakowicz recently shared why she thinks every visitor to Cumberland County should treat themselves to one of our oldest and most popular day spas, and you'll find her insider intel on this wellness haven at "Spring Has Sprung: Time Self-Rejuvenation." Need more ideas for things to do this weekend or on a future trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will guide you toward so many Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more. Also, if you haven't heard by now, our Fayetteville Woodpeckers have brought Minor League Baseball to Fayetteville this year, offering our visitors affordable, family-friendly entertainment for 70 home games. Regardless if it's game night or not, though, many of our downtown shops and eateries offer visitors baseball-themed everything–from souvenirs to beverages to exhibits. Read more on this at "Downtown Fayetteville: Where to Park, Shop, Eat & Watch Baseball." 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