This is North Carolina's official Lafayette Birthday Celebration, as recognized by the NC General Assembly and the United States House and Senate. It's held annually in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the first city to be named for Lafayette (1783). All festivities taking place over this 2-day event are listed below.
Friday, September 6 Arias and Artifacts, Methodist University - Davis Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. During a free reception and program at Davis Memorial Library, learn about Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette and Fayetteville native PFC Billy Shaw--two young men determined to fight for liberty on foreign soil. Afterward, cross the quad for a lively concert of French and American music at 7:00 p.m. Concerts are only $10 ($5 for students with ID) and may be purchased online or by phone from City Center Gallery & Books (910-678-8899).
Saturday, September 7 Lafayette Trail Tour, City Center Gallery & Books, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Almost 200 years after Lafayette visited Fayetteville, you can follow in his footsteps on a narrated tour by Commander Bruce Daws of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry. During this unique historical experience, you will learn intriguing facts about the early history of Fayetteville and North Carolina and why Lafayette's visit was the event of the century for our fair town! Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online or by phone at City Center Gallery & Books (910-678-8899).
Festival of Yesteryear, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex - Arsenal Park, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Focusing on early America, this program features living historians, hands-on activities for kids, musical performances, and more. Be sure to check out “Camp Lafayette” under the tents, near the performance stage, where there will be free cake and ice cream served (while supplies last) at 1:00 p.m.
French Wine Tasting, The Wine Café, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. “Party like you’re in Paris!” with a free wine-tasting experience at Fayetteville’s premier watering-hole, The Wine Café.