Have Some Fun in Fayetteville this Fall

Just because school is starting, that does not mean the fun is over. There is still plenty of fun in Fayetteville this fall. Add some of these great events to your calendar to kick off this festive season.

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Lafayette Birthday Celebration

This annual festival celebrates the birth of Lafayette’s namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette, who played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. Head downtown September 8th and 9th to join the party with music, historical reenactments, and food.

Renaissance Faire 

Take a step back in time with a visit to Fort Bragg’s annual Renaissance Faire held on September 16th and 17th this year. The fair costs $10 per car and includes stage performances, jousting, period musicians, and Renaissance-themed food and drink.

Evil Dead: The Musical

If you love all things zombie, be sure to head to the Gilbert Theater to catch this hilarious musical rendition of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films. The Show runs from September 22nd to October 8th. Purchase tickets ahead of time online

North Carolina in the Great War 

The Museum of Cape Fear will commemorate the centennial of World War I with a focus on the multitude of North Carolinians who served in the war. There will be a special exhibit from October 3rd to October 8th.

Here at Bryan Honda, we love calling Fayetteville our home and enjoy tapping into all that this great community has to offer. What are your favorite fall activities in Fayetteville?

Don’t Miss Fayetteville’s 39th Annual International Folk Festival

At Bryan Honda, we like to highlight the many important and exciting events happening right here in our hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Coming up soon is the 39th Annual International Folk Festival, running from Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th.

Every year now, for 39 years running, the people of Fayetteville have come together to celebrate and recognize our multicultural community with an acclaimed weekend-long festival. We’ve been doing this for nearly four decades, making our little hometown one of the earliest small cities in the country to start honoring and enjoying citizens of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

39th Annual International Folk Festival The 39th Annual International Folk Festival will be the perfect opportunity to learn about a new culture, try delicious foods from around the globe, and delight in international music, art, and dance styles. For those of us who didn’t do as much traveling this past summer as we would have liked, the International Folk Festival is a great way to get a little taste of what we may have missed (and gain inspiration to finally plan one of those big, around-the-world trips).

If you can’t make it to all three days of the Festival, at least come for the Saturday, September 23rd, festivities. The “Parade of Nations” will kick off on Hays Street at 10:30 am, then at Festival Park there will be live music and dancing on multiple stages, food carts, and stands, arts and crafts activities for the kiddos, plus lovely art available for purchase.

Have fun this year at the 39th Annual International Folk Festival—Bryan Honda will see you there!

Free Things To Do in Fayetteville

If you’re bored out of your mind but need something to do on the cheap, we at Bryan Honda know of a few free things to do around Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Local Museums

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is the only US Army museum not located on a military base, while other museums like the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex detail the history of the local region. If you still want more history, other historic landmarks like Cross Creek Cemetery, Averasboro Battlefield, and Fort Bragg are nearby, too.

Themed Driving Trails

Did you know the Cumberland County website has a list of 18 different themed driving trails? Spend the day following local attractions via the American Independence Trail, All-American Adventure Trail, Gaelic Beginnings Trail, and more.

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The Art Council’s Cultural Events

The 39th International Folk Festival is coming up in September, but if you don’t want to wait that long, you can just head to the Art Council’s website to see what events are coming up soon – like 4th Fridays, Art Attacks, and a number of other local cultural activities.

The Great Outdoors

From the Cape Fear River Trail to the Fayetteville Rose Garden, there’s plenty of beautiful, scenic areas for you to spend your day out with the family enjoying the local flora and fauna.

There’s plenty of free things to do in Fayetteville. You just have to know where to look!

North Carolina Summer Events

North Carolina Summer Events

 

North Carolina summers offer some of the greatest weekend trips and local events, designed to attract visitors from around the country. Of course, the warm climate and sandy shores make it a great place to vacation, even if you don’t intend on planning any events, although attending a summer festival can make any North Carolina stay well worth the trip. So, here are a few can’t-miss North Carolina summertime events recommended by us here at Bryan Honda!

Independence Day

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska! This family-friendly event features live music, a parade, and square dance to lead into the night. A fireworks show over the lake starts at 9:30pm and makes for a great way to close out the celebration of American independence. Taking place on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Independence Day at Lake Junaluska is a must-attend event to celebrate the country we live in!

Christmas in July Festival

The Christmas in July Festival takes place on June 30th and July 1st. Live country music and street dancing makes up most of the 30th while the largest street festival in the county kicks off on the 1st. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, Civil War reenactments, and much more! Best of all, the event is free to attend!

North Carolina Black Bear Festival

North Carolina is home to the highest black bear densities in the world so it only seems right to celebrate it. Now in its third year, the North Carolina Black Bear Festival features a 5K, paddle event, mechanical bear ride, and more!

Fayetteville Firefighters Cooking Show Teaches Kitchen Safety

The firefighters of Fayetteville, North Carolina, have traded in their fire suits for aprons in their new show, “Cooking with Fire.” The Fayetteville firefighters cooking show teaches kitchen safety. It has become a big hit with the local residents.

The Show

“Cooking with Fire” gives the people of Fayetteville a look into the lives of the firefighters and lets them see what a firehouse kitchen is like. Angie Cimino-Locklear, the fire department’s Fire and Life Safety Educator, is the host. She brings on different firefighters to cook a meal and demonstrate different fire safety techniques.

Outdoor Cooking

Recently Cimino-Locklear teamed up with firefighter Corey Tedder to film two episodes on grilling, which featured meals like salmon and asparagus, hamburgers and corn, and roast potatoes. Tedder prepped the meal in the firehouse kitchen, and when it was time to grill the food they went outside to throw everything on the grill.

When the episode airs, it will include tips between scenes on fire safety focused on outdoor cooking. It especially focuses on what to do in the event of a grill fire. The viewer learns something valuable while having fun, and the firefighters get to have a good time and break out of the norm. The show is a great asset to the Fayetteville community, and at Bryan Honda we’re proud to be part of it!

New Fayetteville Homeless Shelter Opens, Gives Hope to the Homeless Population

A new homeless shelter opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina, earlier this month on March 14 and has proven especially helpful to local homeless men on cold nights. The shelter is made possible by Operation Inasmuch, an active non-profit in the community.

The 6500-square-foot facility has been in the works for three years, according to CBS North Carolina news, and its impressive quality shows that. The Inashmuch shelter was funded by the local community and has 40 beds, six bathrooms with hot showers, a kitchen, and a laundry room.

The homeless staying in the shelter are impressed with its quality and the opportunities it provides, letting them know about job opportunities like cashiering and truck driving as well as letting them wash their clothes and shower so they’re presentable for job interviews.

Stacy Sanders, who works with the county sheriff and has an office right in the homeless facility, is the go-to Fayetteville resident when it comes to the homeless population and has worked with the homeless for 13 years.

The shelter is open seven days a week, and they’re looking for volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let them know. The staff of Bryan Honda are proud to be part of a community that supports people down on their luck with facilities and projects like Inasmuch.

Things to Do in Fayetteville: Visit the Airborne and Special Ops Museum

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Looking for things to do in Fayetteville? Stop by the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Often ranking as one of the top attractions in the area, this historical museum has interesting information, stunning architecture, and impressive displays. Great for young kids as well as adults, this museum is a perfect way to spend a day.

According to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum website, the facility opened its doors in 2000, and it has free admission. There is a main exhibit area, temporary gallery, and a four-story theater, and you’ll also find a motion simulator ride, a fun experience for all. The building is an official part of the United States Army Museum System, and the exhibits largely date from modern warfare to WWII operations.

“Nearly 20 years from dream to reality, the museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests,” reads the official website.  “From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers.”

The most notable exhibits include the Battle of Mogadishu exhibit, an event that is the focus of the film Black Hawk Down (2001). You can also see early airborne divisions dating back to 1940, as well as Korean and Vietnam War exhibits. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is just one of many things to do in the area.