Cumberland County’s military roots may run deep, but visitors to this area quickly discover our many botanical havens and arts attractions, as highlighted on the Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail. Spring is the perfect time of year to plan a weekend get-away with some girlfriends, and Fayetteville is showing off its feminine side this coming season with a flower show, theatrical classic, art exhibit, and gardener’s symposium. Plus, since we’re in the South, a girls’ weekend here would not be complete without a gun expo.
Camellia Show, Ramada Plaza – March 4-5
Join the Fayetteville Camellia Club members for their 71st annual show, where exhibitors from all over the Southeast will be showing off their prize-worthy Camellia blooms. More than just a flower show, attendees may also shop for plants and jewelry, educate themselves on Camellias, and even participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony.
The Secret Garden: A Musical, Gilbert Theater – March 24 – April 9
Take the gals to see this beloved literary classic come to life as a musical. Set above the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum in downtown Fayetteville, Gilbert Theater is one of the featured sites on the Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail, and offers the perfect setting and superb cast to perform this sweet play.
Art & Flowers Exhibit, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County – March 24 – May 20
Visit another arts attraction on the Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail to take in this breathtaking exhibit—the very definition of art imitating life. Celebrating all things floral, the unique show pairs original floral artworks, created by contemporary artists, with floral arrangements, created by event planners and floral designers.
Master Gardeners Spring Symposium, Cumberland County Center – March 25
Unite with aspiring and professional gardeners at this symposium, a product of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s partnership with Cumberland County. This educational event features four lectures by nationally known speakers, catered lunch, and more.
Feminine & Fierce: Concealed Carry Fashion Show & Expo, Crown Coliseum – April 8
Embrace your “feminine and fierce” sides at this special event, which is organized annually by the women’s-only shooting group known as Gun Powder Gals. What started out as just a fashion show has now expanded into a full day of informative workshops on firearm training, concealed-carry wear options, gun ownership, and more.
The 60-mile Patri-Arts & Garden Trail highlights 18 sites where visitors may appreciate the finer side of life in Cumberland County. Visit the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Cultural Heritage Trails for information on this and other driving trails. Additionally, the FACVB’s Calendar of Events helps visitors plan their trips
around the many great events that take place here year-round.