End-of-Summer Countdown for the Family

August 8, 2017

family-friendly eventsJust a few weeks remain before a new school year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean families can’t fit in more quality time and make last-minute memories together on a weekend trip. To assist in your planning, we are giving suggestions on how to spend a full three days in the greater Fayetteville area. Just pick a weekend, choose from 12 family-friendly events, and get ready to play hard in our backyard.

Outdoor Recreation & Museum Exploration – August 18th – 20th

Friday – Head outdoors with the kids for an educational Interpretive Hike at J. Bayard Clark Park or a beginner’s Kayak Tour at Lake Rim Park.

Saturday – Celebrate the history of the U.S. Army’s airborne forces at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum’s National Airborne Day Celebration in the morning; then enjoy all the festivities going on that afternoon at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum’s Back to School Bash.

Sunday – Witness period reenactors, or Soldiers from the Old North State, bring Civil War history to life at the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum.

Play, Cheer, Run – August 25th – 27th

Friday – Explore everything downtown Fayetteville offers on Fourth Friday, when the streets come alive with musicians, artists, entertainers, and more.

family-friendly eventsSaturday – Cheer on the Rogue Rollergirls as they battle it out in an action-packed Fayetteville Roller Derby Home Game* at the Crown Arena, or head to the track to take in late-model, super-street, and more Racing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

Sunday – Bring the dog and the kids and hit the pavement for the 5K Fun Pup Run/Walk at Fleet Feet Sports Runners Spot with Naturally Unleashed and Fayetteville Animal Protection Society.

County Fair + ComicCon + Cruise-In – September 1st – 3rd

Friday – Enjoy free admission for the whole family on opening night of the Cumberland County Fair at the Crown Complex.

Saturday – Get your costume ready for the Cumberland County Headquarters Library’s Librari-Con—an all-day convention that celebrates anime, comic books, and other fandoms.

Sunday – Join folks at Paradise Acres for a Cruise-In to Paradise, where the hot rides come in all makes and models, the kids enjoy inflatables and outdoor fun, and the barbecue is spot on.

You will find four of the attractions we mentioned in the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Passport, a guide to 12 family-friendly destinations. Pop into one of our Visitor Information Centers to pick up a free Passport before heading out to explore. To keep track of all the events taking place around Cumberland County, bookmark the FACVB’s Calendar of Events.

*The Fayetteville Roller Derby Home Game on August 26th was cancelled.

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