Welcome Spring to Cumberland County

February 13, 2018

Is anyone else experiencing spring fever as badly as I am? Sitting in my office on a cold, overcast day in February, I’m daydreaming about warmer days, budding dogwood trees and outdoor adventures. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited about what’s showing up on our calendar of events in March. If you call yourself a green thumb, are passionate about outdoor sports, or just relish spending time in nature, March holds the promise of 10 events where visitors can help us welcome spring to Cumberland County.

Coming Up Camellias

Marvel at all the gorgeous Camellia blooms on exhibit at the 72nd Annual Fayetteville Camellia Show on March 3rd and 4th. Exhibitors from all over the Southeastern United States bring their prized work to be judged by the American Camellia Society at the Ramada Plaza. The public is also invited to participate in the day’s events—to include a wine tasting by Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery, an Ikebana exhibit, a Japanese tea station, a “History of Tea” exhibit and much more.

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Gather your girlfriends together and head out to Camp Freedom, located in the Town of Falcon, for an adventurous ladies’ day out on March 10th. The Sandhills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, along with the Gun Powder Gals, hosts the annual Women in the Outdoors to educate the public on a variety of outdoor activities—from archery to fishing to shooting. (Note: This event was cancelled by the organizers after this blog was published.)

Get yourself outfitted for the season at the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Scheduled for March 16th thru 18th at the Crown Arena, this expo offers outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers a chance to shop for boats, ATV’s, hunting/fishing gear and much more. Additionally, a range of educational demo’s, such as fly-fishing and archery, is great fun for the whole family. Take your younger crew to the expo's "Youth Day," on March 16th, for a hands-on, STEM-inspired wildlife program.

spring eventsPhoto Credit: @SandhillsChapterNWTF

Get on the Water

Explore one of Cumberland County’s many bodies of water via kayak or canoe. For the new or experienced kayaker, Lake Rim Park’s Kayak Tour, scheduled for March 17th, is a great option. Offering a fun photo-op, a Mazarick Park ranger will be taking folks on a scenic Spring Sunset Canoe Tour on March 29th.

Spring Lake Outpost, a new outdoor adventure attraction in the Town of Spring Lake, will be holding their Ribbon Cutting & Kayaking Festival on March 31st. At their official grand opening, adventurers may rent kayaks, canoes or tubes to take on a designated route down the Lower Little River. Additional festivities will include live music on stage, bounce houses and food trucks.

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Stop & Smell the Wildflowers

Take a guided walk through one of our scenic parks to hunt for spring’s first blooms. Lake Rim Park is hosting a Spring Wildflower Walk on March 22nd, and Clark Park is hosting a Wildflower Walk: Spring Ephemerals on March 30th. Both events offer the perfect excuse to get outdoors and welcome spring in the Cape Fear River Valley.

Doggone Fun

Put a leash on your furry family member and head out to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden for their annual Dog Day in the Garden on March 24th. You and the whole family will enjoy exploring this botanical oasis with your pet, shopping from dog-related vendors and having Fido’s photo taken. You can even grab lunch from one of the onsite food trucks and enter your canine into the “Dog of the Garden Pageant.”

spring eventsPhoto Credit: Thomas Keever, Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Gardeners Unite!

Join fellow green thumbs for the Master Gardeners Spring Symposium, taking place on March 24th at the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Center. The seventh-generation farmer and author of Pass Along Plants, Felder Rushing, is just one of the featured guests scheduled to speak at this all-day event. Between the informational sessions, garden-related vendors and garden-interest groups, this symposium will be prepping folks well for spring planting season.

Are you interested in discovering outdoor attractions in Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) offers a comprehensive list of parks, farms, adventure destinations and more on Great Outdoors. The FACVB’s Calendar of Events also helps you track all our outdoor recreation and nature events year-round. Finally, for anyone searching for spots to cast their line this season, look no further than the FACVB’s Fish & Game Trail—a handy map/guide to all our best fishing holes.

spring eventsClick Map for Fish & Game Trail


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