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fayetteville Always On

Cultural Guide

Always Welcome The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County invites you to enjoy all that our vibrant and creative community has to offer. There’s always something exciting going on … something for every interest, every passion, every age, and every desire to learn, be inspired, expand horizons and be delightfully entertained. Enjoy performances in the exciting season line-ups of our first-rate symphony, award-winning theatre and popular community concert series. Be part of the magic at our highly acclaimed outdoor festivals. Experience our extraordinary Botanical Garden, where the pastoral beauty and artistic charm of nature come together. Visit our unique and outstanding exhibits and museums. Walk through history. Honor those to whom we owe our freedom at our world-class military attractions. Now in its 45th year, the Arts Council continues to work with organizations throughout our community to create a gateway to the arts and culture, history and tradition that enrich the lives of local residents and visitors alike. Highlighting major attractions and events, this guide will help you plan a day, a night – or a longer visit – to remember. Come see how Fayetteville is Always On. You’re always welcome!

The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival organization is a volunteer-based nonprofit committed to providing free events for the community year-round. In addition to their signature spring event, they also produce Cork & Fork, a premier food and wine event, Fall Dogwood Festival, complete with craft beer and food trucks, and the Fayetteville After 5 summer concert series. The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival was recently named “#1 Event in the Southeast” by Southeast Festivals and Events Association.



Fayetteville Dogwood Festival

Schedule Fayetteville Dogwood Fall Festival October 20, 2018 • Free Admission

The annual Dogwood Fall Festival is a day full of fall activities including hayrides, a food truck rodeo, craft beers, free concerts, kids activities and more!

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival April 25 - 28, 2019 • Free Admission The annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is Fayetteville’s biggest party! Head to Festival Park and Downtown Fayetteville the fourth weekend in April for four days of free concerts, food, a street fair, anchored attractions, art exhibits, street performances and more! Featuring: • Cork & Fork – premier food and wine event in Festival Park on Thursday • Boom & Bloom – a long-standing tradition, the Friday night kick-off party is complete with a marching band performance and fireworks finale • Street Fair – beginning Saturday, April 27, more than 150 arts & crafts and food vendors, as well as street performances and fun activities for the whole family, line the streets of Downtown Fayetteville • Kids Activities – more than ever for kids, including the midway carnival, a designated kids area with bounce houses and train rides, and an area with rock climbing and bungee jumping • FREE entertainment – free concerts in a wide variety of genres all weekend (past performances featured artists ranging from Parmalee and Rob Base to Tom Keifer and JoJo)

Fayetteville After 5 May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, 2019 • Free Admission Kick off those work shoes and kick up your heels! Join us in Fayetteville’s concert destination, Festival Park. Enjoy free live entertainment and a variety of food trucks during these summer month celebrations. Event dates are subject to change. Please check our website in early 2019 for confirmed dates. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @faydogwood

P.O. Box 1321, Fayetteville, NC 28302 (910) 323-1934

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Showcasing the natural beauty of our region, this 80-acre garden is an extremely popular attraction with gardens, facilities and programs of exceptional quality. Visitors can stroll along trails, spot extraordinary birds, take guided tours, explore the Heritage Garden Complex, browse through the Gift Shop and expand their horizons through educational and cultural programs for all ages.

Garden Hours Open Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Seasonal Hours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Holiday December 24-25 and New Year’s Day. Thomas Keever Photography

536 N. Eastern Boulevard Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 486-0221


F A Y E T T E V I L L E General Admission

Holiday Lights in the Garden

Members: Free Non-Members: $10 Military (with ID) and Seniors: $9 Children 6 -12: $5 Children 5 and under: Free

November 30 - December 2, December 7-9, 14-16, 19-23, 2018

For Garden members, many events and activities are free or offered at preferred pricing.

Embrace the outdoors while enjoying the Garden’s winter beauty and creating a cherished holiday memory with family and friends. Attractions and festivities include a synchronized show of lights and music over the Cypress Pond, a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, photos with Santa (when he’s not at the North Pole), roasting S’mores over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings, and free crafts for children. The Garden Gift Shop will be open each evening with a wonderful holiday selection.

Masquerade Ball: New Year’s Gala Monday, December 31, 2018 Wear your best mask as you ring in the new year with dancing, music and fun at Cape Fear Botanical Garden! Start off 2019 with delicious food and a champagne toast at midnight.

Derby Day May 4, 2019

Schedule 15th Annual Heritage Festival October 6, 2018 Celebrate autumn with a fun-filled day of history in the Heritage Garden Complex, made up of a Farm House, General Store, Tobacco Barn and Corn Crib. Take a tour, learn how to churn butter, shell corn and have some good ol’ fashioned fun. Children’s activities include pony rides, pumpkin painting, crafts and more!

Halloween at the BOO-tanical Garden – “Hogwarts” and all October 26 - 28, 2018 – Family Friendly October 25, 2018 – Adults Only

A benefit for Cape Fear Botanical Garden, this Kentucky Derby-inspired party and social event will be the right mix of fun and flair for those who want to get “down & derby”! Expect the finest in fashion, food and entertainment while taking in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

National Public Gardens Day, May 10, 2019 Spring Plant Sale, May 10 - 12, 2019 Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a visit to the Garden. Stroll around and be inspired by the flower beds, then stop by the Plant Sale for a selection of native plants, perennials, baskets and pots of colorful mixed annual plantings – all beautiful gifts for Mother’s Day – or to add a splash of color to your garden, porch or patio!

Carved jack-o’-lanterns, lights and luminaria glow and light the pathways of the Garden in celebration of Halloween. Entertainment, crafts and treats add to the indoor and outdoor evening festivities. New for 2018 is a Hogwarts theme that includes an adults-only evening. Wear your best wizardry costume, and join us for the celebration.

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Cape Fear Regional Botanical Theatre Garden

Now in its 57th season, Cape Fear Regional Theatre provides world class entertainment to the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg communities and surrounding region of North Carolina. Their season includes six main stage productions, special events, and incredible education and outreach programs. CFRT welcomes the region’s most diverse audience to witness intimate plays, captivating modern works, and dynamic musicals! But don’t just take their word for it! CFRT is the winner of seven Broadway World Awards, including Best Musical for last season’s hit Dreamgirls! See what all the excitement is about and come be part of the story at CFRT!


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1209 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28305 (910) 323-4233 Sense and Sensibility

All Photos by Raul Rubiera Photography


F A Y E T T E V I L L E 2018-2019 Season Productions Music City September 19 - October 7, 2018

Memphis May 9 - 26, 2019

Featuring five #1 Country Billboard Hits, Music City is a coming-of-age love story about two young songwriters who meet at open mic night in a gritty Nashville club. Their music draws attention from a country superstar, but things spin out of control when they try to break ties with a local meth dealer. Once meets Cabaret in this dynamic new southern musical with country hits “Somewhere With You,” “Smile,” “Somewhere in My Car,” “Sangria,” and Grammy nominated “Different for Girls.”

The creative team from last season’s hit Dreamgirls returns to CFRT with explosive dancing and irresistible songs that will have you jumping out of your seat in this hilarious and emotional thrill ride! Inspired by the actual events of one of the first white DJ’s to showcase African-American music and dance clubs in Memphis of the 1950’s. Don’t miss this uplifting and entertaining hit!

Special Event Productions

Peter and The Starcatcher October 25 - October 11, 2018

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Don’t miss this Tony Award winning original story of the beloved Peter Pan. Orphaned and alone, a boy joins forces with a willful captain’s daughter to outsmart pirates to save a mysterious trunk. A mad cap adventure of storytelling and imagination! A zany cast leads you from the high seas to exotic jungles in a creative romp full of laughter, bravery, adventure, and heart in a must-see staging of a contemporary classic.

December 6 - 22, 2019

Annie January 31 - February 24, 2019 When Little Orphan Annie sets off to find her parents, she stumbles right into an adventure! Annie shines her light on everyone she meets – from her fellow orphans to gruff millionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Annie’s plucky optimism will steal your heart! Full of classic songs like “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” “Easy Street,” “Little Girls,” and “Tomorrow!” Annie is a fun-filled treat for the whole family.

In this hilarious classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem and the fun, when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! A highlight of Fayetteville’s holiday season for 28 years. If you are looking for a chance to spend an hour of quality time with your family, take them to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The 17th Annual Blues-N-Brews Festival June 1, 2019 The 17th Annual Blues-N-Brews Festival lands in Festival Park on June 1, 2019! This fundraiser is a favorite kick-off of the North Carolina summer season, and all proceeds support Cape Fear Regional Theatre.

Trumbo March 6 - 17, 2019 The words of two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter (Roman Holiday and The Brave One) and novelist Dalton Trumbo come to life in a sharply humorous staged memoir. Told through letters collected by his son, Christopher, this irreverent and impish play brings a fresh and contemporary commentary on themes of fatherhood, truth, and integrity.

The Cake April 4 - 21, 2019 Faith and family collide when a North Carolina baker takes on her biggest challenge yet: what does she believe? When her best friend’s daughter returns to town with a special order, Della finds herself questioning her beliefs. From the producer and writer of the hit TV drama This is Us, The Cake is a modern and fresh play that tackles a contemporary subject while staying deliciously Southern.


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Cape Fear Studios

Cape Fear Studios, Inc. (CFS), a cooperative of visual artists, is a nonprofit arts organization located in historic downtown Fayetteville. Their mission is to involve, educate, and enrich Cumberland County and surrounding communities with the opportunity to create and freely view art. They welcome visitors to their main gallery and retail gallery to find beautiful paintings, photographs, sculptures, pottery, wood and glass art, and fine jewelry by local, national, and international artists. Exhibits are presented at no cost to the public, and educational opportunities are offered to the community through workshops, classes and mentoring.

Studio Hours Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Extended hours during 4th Friday & Art Walkabout Events Admission is Free.

148 Maxwell Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 433-2986


F A Y E T T E V I L L E Exhibition Schedule Members’ Silent Auction

Members’ Annual Anniversary Exhibit

August 24 - September 25, 2018

April 24 - June 25, 2019

A fundraising event featuring new work by member artists of Cape Fear Studios. There’s something for everyone – with artwork in multiple mediums.

Annual Celebration of Cape Fear Studios Members’ artwork.

PAQA-Southern Fiber Arts Exhibit September 28 - October 23, 2018 Featured fiber arts by members of the Professional Quilters Alliance South. Come enjoy the beautiful work by these artists.

Nellie Allen Smith National Pottery Exhibit June 28 - July 23, 2019 Nationwide juried pottery competition in its 21st year. This competition draws potters from throughout the United States, who submit their work and are chosen to participate and compete for cash prizes.

Native American Exhibit October 26 - November 20, 2018 A special multi-disciplinary exhibit featuring artwork created by Native Americans.

Annual Members Holiday Exhibit November 23, 2018 - January 8, 2019 This annual holiday exhibit features new work by member artists of Cape Fear Studios. The original, one-of-a-kind artwork is ideal for holiday shopping! Something for every budget!

5th Annual Cabin Fever January 11 - February 19, 2019 This non-juried event, with a “People’s Choice” award winner, is a fun opportunity for local artists. Open to member artists and non-members working in any medium. Amateurs are welcome! Contact Cape Fear Studios for more information.

Alpha Romeo Tango February 22 - March 19, 2019 Original art created by Fort Bragg affiliated military including active duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, dependents and retirees.

Pottery Exhibit March 22 - April 23, 2019 Special exhibit featuring work by Ronan Peterson.

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Community Concerts of Fayetteville

Now in its 83rd season, Community Concerts is working to make Fayetteville better, one concert at a time, thrilling audiences with some of the most notable names in entertainment. All concerts are held at the Crown Theatre. Watch for announcements of additional shows in the 2018-2019 season. For tickets and season memberships: P.O. Box 53932 Fayetteville, NC 28305 (910) 303-3996

P.O. Box 53932 Fayetteville, NC 28305 (910) 303-3996

Event Schedule The 2018-2019 season features a big name concert series, including:

Michael McDonald – Season of Peace, Holiday & Hits Tour Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Christmas favorites along with signature hits from this five-time Grammy winner.

America Thursday, April 4, 2019 From Sister Golden Hair to Ventura Highway and more, it’s hit after hit from these Vocal Group Hall of Famers.

Fayetteville’s Crown Complex is a state-of-the-art facility with multiple venues including a 2,440-seat theatre, 4,500-seat arena, 10,880-seat coliseum and 60,000-square-foot expo center. These diverse venues host a variety of concerts, events and special entertainment.



Crown Complex

Event Schedule

For information and tickets: (910) 438-4100

Tracy Morgan Live Saturday, September 22, 2018 Tracy Morgan is one of the most respected comedians in the field. He is currently starring in and executive producing his TBS show The Last O.G.

Fayetteville ComicCon Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21, 2018 Family-friendly celebration for fans of comics, collectibles and popular culture.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, December 10, 2018 Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times.

Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party Thursday, December 13 - Sunday, December 16, 2018 Join Mickey Mouse and his friends as 

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with worldclass skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts!

1960 Coliseum Drive Fayetteville, NC 28306 (910) 438-4100

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The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County has been a driving force for the vibrant cultural arts industry in the greater Fayetteville community for 45 years! To celebrate this anniversary, they’re offering an exciting line-up of enriching events and exhibitions for 2018-2019 – all free to the public! Come stroll the streets during crowd-pleasing events and stop by the Arts Center to take in exceptional works of art in their Downtown gallery.

Festivals and Events Downtown 4th Fridays Fourth Friday of each month, January - October The Arts Council galleries and historic Downtown Fayetteville come alive with wonderful exhibitions and local artists highlighted each month during 4th Friday celebrations. Amid this festive atmosphere, visitors can enjoy the arts in galleries, shops and on the street.

Exhibit Gallery Hours Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Extended hours during 4th Friday events, 7 - 9 p.m. All Arts Council exhibits and events are Free.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Bon Temps Ball - International Folk Festival Street Dance Presented by the Arts Council with the City of Fayetteville September 28, 2018 • 7 - 9 p.m. Kick off the 40th International Folk Festival during this 4th Friday celebration. The streets of Downtown Fayetteville are closed off for the first-ever New Orleans-themed international block party, featuring music by two-time Grammy award-winners Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience.

40th Annual International Folk Festival Presented by the Arts Council with Compare Foods September 29 - 30, 2018

301 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 323-1776

Tour the world in a weekend at this celebration of cultural diversity, filled with music, dance, food and more. Featured performers this year include Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, along with annual favorites such as the Parade of Nations, International Cafe, American Indian Showcase and family fun. Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra


F A Y E T T E V I L L E 19th Annual Cumberland County High School Juried Art Exhibition

Presented by the Cumberland County Schools Arts Education Program February 23 - March 9, 2019 Highlighting artwork in multiple mediums by students from high schools throughout Cumberland County. Come be amazed by what these talented students create for this juried show.

Celebrating Baseball And Our New Stadium March 22 - May 11, 2019

19th Annual A Dickens Holiday Presented by the Arts Council with Downtown partners

The exhibition focuses on the history and sport of baseball woven in with the story of Fayetteville’s new minor league team and downtown stadium.

November 23, 2018

Public Works A unique holiday and Downtown shopping experience! Horse Presented by the Arts Council with the Fayetteville drawn carriages, artisans, carolers, a candlelight procession and fireworks make this event a highlight of the holiday season. The Public Works Commission smells of cider and gingerbread permeate the chilly air. And May 24 - June 22, 2019 Ebenezer Scrooge himself is pursued by the ghost of Jacob Marley. The 14th annual Public Works exhibition of art by the people, for the people! Anyone can enter – from children to seasoned artists working in a variety of mediums.

Exhibitions at The Arts Center Contemporary Art Forms By America’s First People II August 24 - October 20, 2018

The exhibition celebrates the works of contemporary American Indian artists in North Carolina and beyond. This amazing work includes wearable art from local and nationally known artists.

Touchstone: Images of Service October 26, 2018 - mid-January, 2019

This photography exhibition and competition is based on the touchstone words – Commitment, Sacrifice, Courage, Service, Dedication, Strength, Heroism – found on the public art walls of North Carolina Veterans Park. The exhibit coincides with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s online exhibition of the contributions and stories of 100 veterans and 400 community supporters statewide, whose hands served as models for the Wall of Oath and community columns in the North Carolina Veterans Park.

Reclaimed! Presented by the Arts Council with the City of Fayetteville’s Environmental Services Department June 28 - August 17, 2019 What better way to promote recycling than an exhibition of works created from reclaimed materials.

Exhibitions and dates subject to change. For the latest information, please visit

Celebrating Black History Month January 26 - mid-February 2019 Watch for details at, as our plans evolve.

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Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

At Fascinate-U, you’ll delight the kids! They may not even know they’re learning as they milk a cow, report the news on TV, create art or slide down a fire pole. This museum connects young minds to their future through interactive experiences with role-playing, creativity and fun.

Museum Hours Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. - p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. During 4th Friday events, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission Children $4.00 Adults $3.00

116 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 829-9179


F A Y E T T E V I L L E Monthly Programs

Annual Events

Come See the Trains! First and Third Saturdays of each month • Noon - 4 p.m. The Cape Fear Model Railroad Club opens their amazing exhibit at the Museum. Admission is free unless children stay and play in the Museum.

Make It, Take It! Second Saturday of each month • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Children can express their creativity – and have fun – with a special craft activity each month. Free with paid Museum admission or membership.

Super Science Saturday

Pre-school Halloween Carnival October 24, 25, 26, 30 and 31, 2018 • 9 a.m. - noon Bring your daycare or pre-school children for a morning of spooky fun. Call the Museum for more information and reservations.

Breakfast with Santa December 8, 2018 • 8:30 - 10 a.m. Celebrate Christmas at the Museum. Event includes a buffet breakfast, photos with Santa, craft activity and play at the Museum. Reservations and pre-payment required.

Third Saturday of each month • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Children can explore the Museum’s Science Center, including a “visit” with one of their pet snakes, while participating in a science-related activity with something to take home.

4th Fridays Fourth Friday of each month, January - October • 7 - 9 p.m. Evening hours during 4th Friday events, with free admission and craft project.

Super Science FunFest April 20, 2019 • noon - 3 p.m. at Cross Creek Park Enjoy hands-on science fun on a spring afternoon at this signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Now in its seventh year, the festival provides families with the opportunity to experience the various science activities offered by community organizations. Admission, activities and projects are free.

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Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

There’s something for everyone – from history enthusiasts to families looking for fun – at this unique museum, housed in a restored 1890 railroad depot. Local history exhibits highlight people, events and places that impacted this area. To transport you back in time, there’s the model train room, vintage cars and interactive steamboat exhibit. The Museum also hosts a downtown farmers market.

Exhibition Hours Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is Free.

City Market Hours Downtown Artisan & Farmers Market Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

325 Franklin Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 433-1457


F A Y E T T E V I L L E New Exhibits Fort Bragg Centennial

Visit the Market House Museum

Opening August 21, 2018*

The Market House, which is Cumberland County’s only National Historic Landmark, is open to the public during Fayetteville’s 4th Friday celebrations, from 6 to 10 p.m., and the second Friday of the month from noon to 4 p.m. Explore the exhibit A View from the Square: A History of Downtown Fayetteville, which features dozens of historic images and information about the community. In addition to the permanent exhibit, a different local history exhibit each month.

Marking the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Camp Bragg in September 1918, the Centennial exhibit traces this military training camp from its founding through World War II. Artifacts and photographs depict the remarkable growth of what would become our nation’s largest military training center during World War II, highlighting its impact on the Fayetteville community.

Fayetteville Fire Department Opening Fall 2018* This newly expanded exhibit in the Museum Annex is devoted to the history of the Fayetteville Fire Department. Learn how the all-volunteer force established in 1791 has grown into a team of proud, professional first responders who help keep Fayetteville safe. The exhibit features numerous artifacts, including two restored Fayetteville Fire Department vehicles, an 1880s Silsby horse-drawn pumper, and a 1920s LaFrance fire truck.

African American Businesses in Fayetteville February 2019 - January 2020 This new exhibit highlights the community’s African American history. From its early days, Fayetteville had a small but substantial free Black population, many of whom were engaged in business throughout the Downtown area. The exhibit traces a number of prominent and prosperous African American business men and women from the antebellum period through the mid-Twentieth Century. *The main portion of these exhibits will become permanent at the Museum.

Special Events City Market at the Museum Downtown comes to life with the open-air market for local farmers and crafters, hosted on the grounds of the Museum every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and other farm products are offered for sale. Visitors can purchase these seasonal offerings – along with plants, flowers, pottery, tea, coffee, soap, candles, jewelry, and other handcrafted products. Peak season is April through November, but vendors appear year-round.

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Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1956 as a volunteer community orchestra, FSO has grown to become a highly touted professional orchestra, led by Music Director Stefan Sanders. In Classical Voice of North Carolina, reviewer John Lambert said, “I found the orchestra under Sanders to be superb in every respect … The sound of the strings was outstanding … and the winds and brass were remarkable... Playing like this would be welcome on any of our nation’s best stages.” For Tickets: (910) 433-4690 P.O. Box 302 Fayetteville, NC 28302

2018 - 2019 Concert Season The Music of John Williams Saturday, October 6, 2018 • 7:30 p.m Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” at 6:45 p.m. From the iconic melodies of the Star Wars saga, Harry Potter and E.T. to the patriotic strains of Saving Private Ryan, the music of John Williams is adored the world over. Experience these masterpieces and many more performed in concert with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. This program will also include music from Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Royal Court of Brandenburg Thursday, November 15, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church Revel in the balanced beauty of the Baroque in a program of beloved masterpieces by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos were a royal gift to the court of Brandenburg in 1721; they have remained some of the greatest and most beloved compositions of the Baroque era. FSO musicians and Music Director Stefan Sanders perform the third and fourth Brandenburg Concertos, along with portions of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor. Also on the program is the bright and lively Concerto for Two Trumpets by Antonio Vivaldi. And what better place to experience this great music than in the beauty and intimacy of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Home for the Holidays, featuring guest artist, awardwinning vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

308 Green Street Suite 200 Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 433-4690

Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” at 6:45 p.m. Celebrate the season with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra! They have created an entertaining and heartwarming program entitled Home for the Holidays. Reminiscent of USO Holiday Shows, the program features renowned jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli in many of the best holiday songs ever written. This swinging program is sure to get your toes tapping and voices singing. It pays tribute to such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington in a fun program the entire family will enjoy.



iconic music from Casablanca and West Side Story. This program also features world renowned piano virtuoso Anton Nel, performing Rachmaninov’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 2. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this performance is the perfect way to express musically how you feel about that special someone.

FSO, March! Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” at 6:45 p.m.

Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert Sunday, December 16, 2018 • 4 p.m. Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University Students of the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra program, under the direction of Dr. Larry Wells, perform their winter concert showcasing the music they worked on during the fall semester. For more information:

Magical Mozart Thursday, January 17, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church St. John’s Episcopal Church is the perfect place to experience the magic of Mozart. Music Director Stefan Sanders and the wind players of the FSO have crafted a program highlighting Mozart’s three most popular operas, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, as well as the brooding Serenade No. 12 in C Minor. This program reveals the wide range of character and emotion Mozart was able to convey in his music; a perfect blend of unforgettable melodies and virtuostic artistry.

Love is in the Air Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” at 6:45 “If music be the food of love, play on,” said William Shakespeare. Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for this love-themed program of passionate music, including selections from Prokofiev’s colorful and descriptive Romeo and Juliet, plus

A tribute to our Armed Forces by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, with portions of this concert performed side-by-side with students of the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra program. Selections include Barber’s Adagio for Strings, music from The Patriot, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This concert also features a concerto performance by the winner of the Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Ode to Joy Saturday, April 13, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” at 6:45 Experiencing Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony performed live is a significant event. With nearly 200 performers on stage, Beethoven’s masterpiece is just as powerful today as ever. Can you imagine what people thought when they heard this gargantuan piece for the first time? This concert features the Spring Festival Chorus consisting of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers, the Methodist University Chorale and other area choirs.

Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert Thursday, May 9, 2019 • 7 p.m. Location TBD Students of the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra program, under the direction of Dr. Larry Wells, perform their end-of-year concert showcasing the music they worked on during the spring semester. For more information:

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Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex

The mysteries of the Cape Fear are revealed with a visit to the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Immerse yourself in the history of the Upper Cape Fear, explore a Victorian home and take a walk in Arsenal Park all in one place. History happens here!

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

1897 Poe House Guided Tours Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday tours every hour beginning at 10 a.m., last tour at 4 p.m. Sunday tours every hour beginning at 1 p.m., last tour at 4 p.m. Admission is Free.

801 Arsenal Avenue Fayetteville, NC 28305 (910) 500-4243

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F A Y E T T E V I L L E Permanent Exhibits

Southeastern North Carolina Regional History Festival of Yesteryear Experience the history of this region with exhibits that range from Native Americans to an early 20th century general store. Kids’ activities include Backpack Buddies, History Ranger activity sheet and Teaching Corners.

1897 Poe House

Tour the home of an affluent Fayetteville family and learn about life in the early 20th century, including the roles of women and children, African American history, and technological and social changes that shaped the era.

Arsenal Park One of five arsenals commissioned by the U.S. government to expand defenses after the War of 1812, the Fayetteville arsenal became the property of the new Confederate States of America during the Civil War. It was destroyed in 1865 by Union troops under the command of General Sherman, but visitors today can explore the remaining historic ruins.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event focuses on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, with re-enactors, music and hands-on activities that depict daily life of the late 18th century.

Hallowe’en Revels Poe House Tours: October 24 - 26, 2018 • 6 - 9 p.m. Trick or Treat: October 27, 2018 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Includes nighttime tours of the 1897 Poe House and a day-long Trick or Treat event. Details can be found on Facebook at:

1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor November 20, 2018 - January 6, 2019 See this historic house museum beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Holiday Jubilee

Special Exhibitions

Sunday, December 2, 2018 • 1 - 5 p.m.

An Unlikely Refugee: The story of a python named George July 7 - December 2, 2018 Chronicles the story of a Burmese python, rescued by a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier in Vietnam and brought to Fort Bragg, before becoming a star attraction at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives January 12 - March 31, 2019 One-of-a-kind documents, photographs and other media rarely on public view.

Collecting Carolina: Montagnards, Vietnam’s Central Highlanders Spring/Summer 2019 Artifacts, collected by a Vietnam veteran, depicting the traditional culture of this indigenous ethnic minority, whose tribes became close allies of American soldiers during the Vietnam War. On loan from the North Carolina Museum of History.

This annual December event showcases the traditions of holidays past, including music and cooking on a 1902 stove. Enjoy a Victorian caroling concert with The Coventry Carolers on the Poe House front porch at 1:30 & 3:30.

Civil War Quiz Bowl Thursday, January 24, 2019 • 7 p.m.

Dancing Stories with April C. Turner Saturday, February 2, 2019 • 2 p.m.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Performances Comedy of Errors, August 21 - September 2, 2018 Maid Marian, May 2 - 5 & 9 - 12, 2019 Richard III & Merry Wives of Windsor, in repertory June 4 - 23, 2019 For more information and ticket prices, visit Some events may be subject to change, and other programs and events take place throughout the year. Check the Museum’s website for details.

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Ellington-White Contemporary

Ellington-White is a non-profit arts based community development corporation, generating and supporting high-quality cultural experiences in the arts, including public exhibits at the Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery.

Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery Hours Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, by appointment only. Admission is Free



Exhibition Schedule “Immersed in Abstraction” August 4 - September 22, 2018

A national juried competition of abstract and nonobjective artworks.

The 4th Cumberland County Art Teachers Exhibition September 27 - November 3, 2018 Past and present Cumberland County art educators exhibit current works.

Leo Twiggs in Fayetteville November 9, 2018 - January 19, 2019 Featuring paintings done in an innovative batik technique developed by this award-winning artist after several years of experimenting with the traditional medium. Talks by Leo Twiggs and his gallerist, Sandra Rupp, at Fayetteville State University and Cumberland County Library Headquarters, November 30, 2018

A National Juried Print Exhibition

Sanctuary with Cow by Leo Twiggs

Leo Twiggs

January 25 - March 30, 2019 Dealing with contemporary issues pertaining to social justice. Jurors selected from regional college/university printmaking faculties.

“Contemporary Sculpture: A Remix of Possibilities” April 13 - May 25, 2019 Featuring outdoor sculptures, as well as 2D and 3D works by selected artists exhibited in the gallery.

New Vision Collaboration Group Exhibition June 8 - July 27, 2019 113 Gillespie Street Fayetteville, NC 28305 (910) 483-1388

Fine arts professors from area colleges and universities exhibit current ideas in contemporary art. Schedule is subject to change.

Fayetteville Military Attractions


F A Y E T T E V I L L E Airborne & Special Operations Museum 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 643-2778 • Experience the heroic story of these elite U.S. forces, from the Parachute Test Platoon days, through World War II, to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. Walk through a war-torn Normandy village, see troopers exiting a helicopter in Vietnam, and witness troops defending our freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. The ASOMF now offers two simulator experiences for the public to enjoy, Army on the Move and Experience the Legend.

North Carolina Veterans Park 300 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 433-1458 Share the moving tribute of a grateful state, honoring those to whom our nation owes its freedom. It’s the first state park dedicated to veterans from all five branches of the armed services. Exhibits include the Oath of Service Wall, with bronze castings of a veteran’s hand from all 100 NC counties, dramatic stone, glass and water features, and sculptures made from salvaged military artifacts.

More Military Attractions At Fort Bragg, you can visit the JFK Special Warfare Museum, 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and other military attractions. For more information, call the Fort Bragg Visitors Center at (910) 907-5165.

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Events and schedules subject to change The Arts Council’s “Fayetteville Always On” Campaign is a partnership with the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fayetteville Always On Cultural Guide  

Jump into a new season of arts and culture in Fayetteville/Cumberland County with the 2018-2019 Cultural Guide.

Fayetteville Always On Cultural Guide  

Jump into a new season of arts and culture in Fayetteville/Cumberland County with the 2018-2019 Cultural Guide.