photograph by Sara Wilson Coffin

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many events have been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This list will be updated, but before making plans, please check the events’ websites or contact the organizers directly.

Featured Event: Baby Goat Festival • Chapel Hill • March 21-May 3 • CANCELLED

At Spring Haven Farm, this time of year means one thing: baby goats. “They’re really comical and fun to be around — the way they bounce and jump,” says Andrew Crihfield, who runs the farm in Chapel Hill with his wife, Lori, and their son Cullen. Every weekend through May 3, visitors can participate in Easter egg hunts and interact with more than 50 goats and other farm animals. “Our whole family really loves animals,” Andrew says. “We believe that they enrich everybody’s lives.”

Learn more: (919) 407-1806 or



Bryan Koontz Presents: “Life Along the Blue Ridge” • Asheville • February 26-April 5

Asheville native Bryan Koontz’s take on the Blue Ridge Mountains will be reflected in his oil paintings at this exhibit at the Grovewood Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Dinner Theater • Highlands • March 19-21, 26-28

What began as five friends with a vision and a handful of cash has transformed into the Highlands Cashiers Players nearly 25 years later. Watch a live performance from the players and enjoy a bite to eat, too.

Learn more: (828) 526-8084 or

Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour • Boone • March 20-21 • CANCELLED

Films that were shown at the Banff Center Mountain Film Festival in Alberta, Canada, are coming to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss the chance to watch these films about mountain culture, sports, and the environment.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Super Saturday • Tryon • March 21 • CANCELLED

Try a variety of food cooked by local church and school groups, watch local artists perform, cheer on the Melrose Avenue parade, and more.

Learn more: (828) 859-8322 or

Florence Flapjack Fund-Raiser • West Jefferson • March 21-22 • CANCELLED

The Florence Thomas Art School, a nonprofit organization, provides artistic resources to Ashe County residents. Proceeds from pancake sales will benefit the school’s mission.

Learn more: (336) 846-3827 or

L.A. Theatre Works Presents: SevenBoone • March 24 • CANCELLED

Watch the play Seven at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, which is based on a documentary about seven female writers who face life-threatening obstacles, but ultimately bring positive change to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Show • Hickory • March 27-29 • POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER

Founded in 1969, the Gem and Mineral Club uses this show at the Hickory Convention Center to increase the community’s lapidary knowledge.

Learn more: (828) 446-7633 or

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival • Hickory • March 27-28 • CANCELLED

Browse dozens of glazed ceramic creations at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Advance tickets are required for the Friday preview party, which includes early buying privileges, a cash bar, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Historical Association of Catawba County and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. 

Learn more: (828) 324-7294 or

Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition • Lincolnton • March 28-29 • CANCELLED

Listen to talented singers from North and South Carolina and Virginia as they rehearse for professional auditions and compete to win scholarships at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

Learn more: (704) 732-9055 or

Trout Derby • Blowing Rock • April 4 • CANCELLED

Cast a line and kick off trout season! Kids can fish for native mountain trout at Broyhill Park’s lake, while adults can fish in any Watauga County body of water.

Learn more: (828) 295-4636 or

Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon • Cullowhee • April 4 • POSTPONED

Enjoy beautiful spring views at this 10th annual event. Runners can participate in a half marathon or a 5k race on a trail that weaves through Western North Carolina University and beside the Tuckaseegee River. Race proceeds will support WCU students’ professional development and travel.

Learn more: (828) 227-7069 or

The Legacy presents: “Motown Review” • Hayesville • April 4  POSTPONED

The Legacy, a six-piece horn band, will perform at the Peacock Performing Arts Center and boogie back in time with audiences to the tunes of The Temptations, The Four Tops, the Jackson 5, and more.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Brew Hop • Sylva • April 4 • POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 22

Experience the taste of the Jackson County Ale Trail at this fifth annual brew hop. Participants will stop at City Lights Café, Balsam Falls Brewing, Innovation Brewing, and other local breweries.

Learn more: (828) 586-2719 or

Easter Hat Parade • Dillsboro • April 11 • CANCELLED

From outrageous to simple, really tall or very small, Dillsboro residents and visitors have been lining up on Webster Street to celebrate Easter for more than 30 years clad in their best hats. Prizes will be distributed to hat wearers in multiple categories, including “Most Unusual,” “Poofiest,” and “Best Smelling.” Participants can also enjoy face painting, an Easter egg hunt, and meet the Easter Bunny.

Learn more: 828-586-1439 or

April Craft Market • Valdese • April 11 • CANCELLED

Homemade treats, prizes, and crafts: Ring in spring at the Old Rock School, which has been a center for the community since 1922.

Learn more: (828) 879-2120 or

Songwriters Showcase • Hayesville • April 18 • POSTPONED

Hayesville native Rob Tiger will introduce audiences to new singer-songwriters at this event, which is one of the Peacock Performing Arts Center’s favorite traditions.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Potters of Madison County • Marshall • April 18 • CANCELLED

The Potters Market is a showcase and sale for some of the finest ceramic artists in the Southeast and beyond, featuring functional and sculptural wares in the auditorium of Marshall High Studios.

Learn more: (828) 775-6075 or

MerleFest • Wilkesboro • April 23-26 • CANCELLED

Legendary North Carolina musician Doc Watson started MerleFest, a music festival and fund-raiser for Wilkes Community College in memory of his son, Eddy Merle Watson, in 1988. Wherever you’re from, this annual music festival that celebrates the sounds of Appalachia feels like coming home. Don’t miss Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, two of this year’s mainstage performers.

Learn more: 800-343-7857 or

Burnsville Metric • Burnsville • April 25 • CANCELLED

Cycle across the picturesque Yancey County countryside and through the Toe River Valley on a 60- or a 43-mile ride. Homeplace Beer Company will host a celebration after the race for riders, friends, and family.

Learn more: (828) 682-7413 or

Greening Up the Mountains • Sylva • April 25

Out with winter and in with spring. Shake off the winter blues by browsing handcrafted jam, honey, pottery, soap, and other crafts at this festival.

Learn more: (828) 554-1035 or



“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE STORY, VOL. VIII: Billy Strayhorn” Hillsborough • February 24-March 22 • CANCELLED

Artists at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will respond in a variety of media — such as ceramics, painting, or fiber arts — to the music of jazz composer and lyricist Billy Strayhorn, who spent his boyhood summers with his grandparents in Hillsborough.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

“Common Thread,” Featuring Alia El-Bermani & Pete Sack • Raleigh • March 5-April 4

View paintings from artists Alia El-Bermani and Pete Sack at The Mahler Fine Art museum. El-Bermani and Sack’s work will explore the complexity of the human experience in their work. El-Bermani’s work has been featured in museums across the world, including the Museu Euopeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona, Spain, while Sack’s work has been featured in Sports Illustrated and Walter Magazine

Learn more: (919) 696-4214 or 

Music for a Great Space Presents: Edie Johnson • Greensboro • March 20 • CANCELLED

Listen to the talented music stylings of organist Edie Johnson at Christ United Methodist Church, who originally studied the organ with Johnny Bradburn at the church. 

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

A Kaleidoscope of Quilts – Quilt Show • Greensboro • March 20-21 • CANCELLED

Work on quilt projects with Piedmont Quilters Guild members, browse more than 100 quilts on display, enter the raffle for a chance to win a quilt, browse boutique items, and more at the Trotter Active Adult Center.

Learn more: (336) 681-3295 or

Cantari, the Voices Ensemble Presents: “Brasileiro” • Chapel Hill • March 21 • CANCELLED

Experience a concert filled with Brazilian folk and popular songs composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and featuring guest soloist Caique Vidal at the University United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (919) 929-0044 or

CCMGA Spring Garden Symposium • Fayetteville • March 21

Gather tips and tricks to spruce up your spring garden from talented speakers such as Joe Lamp’l, host of the PBS series Growing a Greener World; Kerry Ann Mendez, a garden educator and design consultant; and Jason Weathington, the urban horticulture agent and landscape artists at the Cumberland County Extension office, at the Ramada Plaza.

Learn more: (910) 286-0132

Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Show • Burlington • March 25-28 • CANCELLED

Members from the Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Guild will display their work at The Gathering Place at The Village at Brookwood.

Learn more: (336) 587-1519 

Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series Presents: “Ode to Joy” • Greensboro • March 28 • POSTPONED

Singers Lyubov Petrova, Nancy Maultsby, Rodrick Dixon, and Frederico De Michelis will join the Greensboro Symphony Master Chorale to perform “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Copland, the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky, and “Symphony No. 9” by Beethoven at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Evolving Styles and Trends in Floral Design • Greensboro • March 28

Learn what it takes to create gorgeous floral creations from Laura Dowling, Chief Floral Designer for the White House from 2009-2015, at the Starmount Forest Country Club. Tickets are $50 and will include lunch.

Learn more: (336) 558-5959 or

Barons of Broadway • Raleigh • March 29 • CANCELLED

Enjoy this concert played by the NC Master Chorale and pit orchestra that will be filled with songs from some of the most well-known musicals, such as Camelot, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, and more at Meymandi Concert Hall.

Learn more: (919) 856-9700 or

Tarfia Faizullah • Davidson • April 2 • CANCELLED

Bandgladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah will speak about her work in the Knoblock Campus Center at Davidson College. Faizullah has received a Fulbright fellowship, three Pushcart prizes, and a First Book Award from the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry for her book Seam in 2014.

Learn more: (704) 894-2254 or

The Marvelous Music Mainstage Series Presents: Semi-Toned • Cary • April 3 • CANCELLED

Semi-toned is one of the UK’s most loved a cappella groups. Enjoy an evening listening and watching this 12-man group combine sharp choreographic, tight harmonies, and even humor to captivate and delight audiences at the Cary Arts Center.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Surry Old-Time Fiddlers Convention • Dobson • April 3-4

Pull out your fiddle and dancin’ shoes — this festival at Surry Community College is all about recognizing traditional music that started in the Old North State.

Learn more: (336) 957-3545 or

First Friday with the Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs • Greensboro • April 3 • GALLERY IS CLOSED

GreenHill art gallery will host live music from the Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, a folk, Americana band from Winston-Salem during their monthly First Friday event, which aims to help people experience the Greensboro art community in new ways. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

Easter Eggstravaganza • Asheboro • April 4

Grab an Easter basket and take your kids, or grandkids, to North Asheboro Park to hunt for more than 7,500 candy and prize-filled hidden eggs. This eggstravaganza is for children ages 1 to 10, and the Easter Bunny may even stop by!

Learn more: (336) 626-1240 or

The Marvelous Music Family Series Presents: The Ugly DucklingCary • April 4 • CANCELLED

Families and kids are invited to watch this classic children’s story in opera form at the Cary Arts Center in hopes of introducing families to the art of opera.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

“Musical Folktales” Fayetteville • April 4 • CANCELLED

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will transport audiences from the Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University to the Bohemian countryside, along the Vltava River in this concert. Audience members will hear cellist Nate Leyland perform composer Antonín Dvořák’s well-known Cello Concerto.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Songwriter Sunday • Trinity • Sundays April 5- October 25

Zimmerman Vineyards will host talented, local musicians every Sunday from April 5 to October 25. Attendees can enjoy amazing wine, live music, and the vineyard’s scenic views.

Learn more: (336) 861-1414 or

Spring Plant Sale • Charlotte • April 9-11 • CANCELLED

UNC Charlotte’s annual plant sale is back. Browse a multitude of diverse plants, including exotic botanicals, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, perennials, tropicals, indoor plants, carnivorous plants, and more at the campus’s botanical gardens.  

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or

Silent Sky Raleigh • April 9-26 • POSTPONED

Follow the true story of protagonist, Henrietta Leavitt, a woman in her quest to be an astronomer in this funny and charming play by Lauren Gunderson at The Burning Coal Theatre Company.

Learn more: (919) 834-4001 or

Herb Plant Sale • Greensboro • April 16

Browse hundreds of herbs for culinary and landscape uses during this annual herb sale at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. Heritage plants, specialty vendors, and educational materials will be featured at the market.

Learn more: (336) 643-6736 or

Music for a Great Space Presents: ZOFO Piano Duet • Greensboro • April 17

The collaboration of Grammy-nominated duet Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi has gripped audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. With one piano and four hands, Zimmermann and Nakagoshi will use creativity and talent to craft an electrifying show at Well Spring Theatre.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Latham’s Pottery Spring Open House • Asheboro • April 18-19

Potters Bruce and Janice Latham will welcome guests to their pottery studio, located just 2 miles north of Seagrove. The studio will feature their hand-turned, traditional, functional, and utilitarian pottery. Learn more: (336) 873-7303 or

Voices From The Past • Charlotte • April 18

Charlotte’s history will come alive for the day at Settlers’ and Elmwood/Pinewood Cemeteries. Stroll through the cemeteries while costumed portrayers from the 1700s to the mid-20th century tell stories of the people who made Charlotte what it is today.

Learn more: (980) 439-1927 or

Spring Plant Sale • Fayetteville • April 18

This annual plant sale at the Cumberland County Agricultural Center will feature locally grown native and pollinator plants. Attendees can learn about the plants from dedicated master gardeners.

Learn more: (910) 321-6882 or

An Evening with Matthew Morrison • Greensboro • April 18 • POSTPONED

Earning Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominations for his performances in the hit television show Glee, and countless accolades for his time on Broadway, Matthew Morrison will perform live with the Greensboro Symphony at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

April Wood Fired Kiln Opening • Seagrove • April 18

Join the King family for their annual pottery kiln opening at King’s Pottery in Seagorve. Shoppers can watch as the large traditional kiln and unloaded and purchase the King family’s face jugs, animal sculptures, and just-fired, salt-glaze pieces.

Learn more: (336) 879-6990 or

Kovack Pottery Spring Event • Seagrove • April 18-20

This 27th annual celebration will feature Craig and Michelle Kovack’s handmade, turned, painted, and limited-edition pottery. Old favorites and new items will be available.

Learn more: (336) 873-8727 or

Home and Garden Tour • Southern Pines • April 18 • CANCELLED

Southern Pines garden club began as many do — with a few gardeners who loved working in the dirt and their community. This annual tour will showcase six homes in a variety of architectural styles.

Learn more: (910) 692-6942 or

Carrboro Open Streets • Carrboro • April 19 • CANCELLED

Close down Weaver Street and bring on the fun. Attendees can bike, climb, dance, and enjoy the open street space to visit with community members.

Learn more: (919) 942-8541 and

Gardening Symposium • Dobson • April 22

Celebrate Earth Day and help your garden flourish by learning about sustainable landscapes, protective pollinators, invasive plants, landscaping for wildlife and more from inspiring speakers at the Surry County Extension Center.

Learn more: (336) 401-8025 or

St. Francis Book Sale • Greensboro • April 23-25

This local fund-raiser started at St. Francis Episcopal Church in 1958 with just one table of books and now offers 60,000 books annually.

Learn more: (336) 288-4721 or

The Trip to BountifulRockingham • April 23-26, April 30-May 2

Enjoy this play about Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who escapes her suffocating Houston apartment to return to Bountiful, where she was raised at The Richmond Community Theatre. 

Learn more: (910) 997-3765 or

Liberty Antiques Festival • Staley • April 24-25

Peruse collections from more than 375 dealers of 18th- to 20th-century furniture, paintings, pottery, military items, quilts, folk art, and more at Pike Family Farm near downtown Liberty for this bi-annual festival.

Learn more: (336) 622-3041 or

Vision & View • Chapel Hill • April 25-26 • POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 2021

This stunning garden tour will begin at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and will travel through six beautiful private gardens ranging from historic to modern and mountaintop to lakeside.

Learn more: (919) 962-0522 or

Southern Charm at the Farm • Clemmons • April 25 • CANCELLED

The largest gathering of artisans of vintage, handcrafted, and repurposed wares calls Tanglewood Park home. Support these Mom and Pop businesses, listen to live music, and try out some food trucks during this event.

Learn more: 704-657-9703 or

Comic Con • Fayetteville • April 25-26

Celebrate your favorite comics, games, cartoons, and characters at the Fayetteville Comic Con at the Crown Expo Center. Special guests will include Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Pokémon’s Veronica Taylor. This welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to meet and hang out with other fans.

Learn more: (910) 316-7251

High Point Furniture Market • High Point • April 25-29 • CANCELLED

Attend speaking events, browse giant furniture show rooms, and network with interior design professionals and retail buyers at this world-renowned market, which takes place in multiple venues throughout High Point. High Point is home to the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Open to the trade only.

Learn more: (336) 869-1000 or

Sisyphus Saturday • Trinity • April 25

Listen to live music on the flagstone terrace, bring a picnic to snack on, and enjoy classic and premium wine tastings, and a Goat Lady Dairy cheese tray at Zimmerman Vineyards.

Learn more: (336) 861-1414 or

Mad Hatters Tea and Garden Party • Wake Forest • April 25 • POSTPONED

You don’t have to take a trip down the rabbit hole for a Wonderland experience! Enjoy fine teas, finger sandwiches and sweets with your friends at the Wake Forest Garden Club’s Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party held at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. Stroll through the beautiful Museum gardens and browse the plants and artwork on display.

Learn more: (919) 961-1636 or

Uncovering Beauty: A Tour of Secret Gardens • Winston-Salem • April 25

Explore 13 “secret” gardens throughout Winston-Salem, from traditional English gardens to a mid-century modern gardens, this tour will give garden-lovers a little bit of everything.

Learn more: (336) 722-5640 or



Coastal Dog Games • Southport • March 21 • CANCELLED

Pups of all kinds are invited to enter into competitions like dock jumps and frisbee catches at the Old Yact Basin Park. Families can also visit vendors and walk the piers. Donations will benefit the Sergei Foundation to care for sick and injured pets.  

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Battleship 101 • Wilmington • March 21 • CANCELLED

Experience the thrill of the North Carolina Battleship as you try on helmets and communicate with Morse code, semaphore flags, and vintage typewriters. All ages are welcome to come and adventure a day in the shipboard life.

Learn more: (910) 399-9100 or

Wilson Spring Expo • Wilson • March 21 • POSTPONED TO APRIL 18

Check out an impressive crowd of area businesses sharing the best of their goods and services at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. Home and garden, hospitality, finance, and manufacturing are just the beginning of the industries represented at this event.

Learn more: (252) 237-0165 or

By Hook or By Crook • Beaufort • March 25 • CANCELLED

Jump into the lives of 18th-century female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read in this informal talk at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The talk will also use the lives of these women to present an understanding of the expectations and limitations for women in the early 18th-century.

Learn more: (252) 504-7743 or

Midori • Oriental • March 25 • POSTPONED

Be transfixed and moved by the beautiful music of Midori at the Old Theater on the Pamlico Sound. Midori is known as a child prodigy and internationally renowned concert violinist for more than 30 years. 

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Homeschool Fridays presents: The Menhaden Fishermen • Southport • March 27 • CANCELLED

Students from 7 to 17 will join an expedition to catch the slippery menhaden fish as they learn about the menhaden fishing community and history. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more: (910) 477-56153 or

Brew, Blue & ‘Que Festival • Kenansville • March 28 • POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST

Get your fill of barbecue and beer while listening to live bluegrass music from artists including Lorraine Jordan & the Carolina Band, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and Cumberland County Line Bluegrass at the Duplin County Events Center. The outdoor festival will also host local vendors and a barbecue cook-off. Tickets are required and include a commemorative glass for participants ages 21 or older.

Learn more: 910-275-0008 or

Jazz Band and Small Ensemble Concert • Mount Olive • April 2 • CAMPUS CLOSED AS OF MARCH 17

Enjoy this performance by musicians from the University of Mount Olive in Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall, where woodwind, brass, percussion, and vocal ensembles will display a diversity of sounds and styles.

Learn more: (919) 658-2502 or

SilverArts • Hertford • April 3-29

Talented seniors will showcase their creativity in a variety of mediums — visual, heritage, literary, and performing — in this competition as a part of North Carolina Senior Gamesm exhibited at the Perquimans Art League.

Learn more: (252) 426-3041 or

Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest • Newport • April 3-4 • POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE

Newport is home to the biggest nonprofit, all volunteer, whole-hog cookin’ contest in America. Pig out in the 42nd year of this long-standing celebration of one of North Carolina’s most delicious dishes at Town Park located near Howard Boulevard. 

Learn more: (252) 725-0851 or

Azalea Garden Tour • Wilmington • April 3-5 • CANCELLED

What’s spring without the sweet sight of flowers? Stop and admire camellias and other native blooms at 10 private gardens, some of which are located in historic homes that date as far back as 1865.

Learn more: (910) 452-1619 or

Spring Art Show Reception • Mount Olive • April 16 • CAMPUS CLOSED AS OF MARCH 17

University of Mount Olive’s senior visual arts students will showcase their work in Laughing House Hall. Attendees will have the chance to browse and chat about the students’s work, which will represent a variety of artistic disciplines, including of photography and graphic design.

Learn more: (919) 658-2502 or

The Little PrincessElizabeth City • April 17-19, 23-26 • CANCELLED

Watch the story of a vibrant and courageous little girl during this play that has been adapted by Cynthia Mercati from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel at the College of the Albemarle Performing Arts Center.

Learn more: (252) 335-9050 or

Balsam Range Concert • Morehead City • April 17

Listen to bluegrass band Balsam Range jam out during this concert at Glad Tidings Church. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust Fund.

Learn more: (252) 269-1915 or

Never Too LateSmithfield • April 17-19, 24-25

Enjoy this comedy, written by Sumner Arthur Long, which appeared on Broadway in 1962 at The Neuse Little Theatre.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or

Love Your River • Elizabeth City • April 18

Plunge into the waterfront activities offered at this free, family-friendly celebration of our rivers. Hosted by the Green Saves Green at the Museum of the Albemarle and adjacent Waterfront Parks, we’ll have pontoon boat tours, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing, and a US Coast Guard rescue swimmers demonstration. On land, take a wind farm tour and visit the ECSU mobile planetarium. Food trucks and live music will set the scene for environmental education exhibits.

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Tar Wheel Cycling • Elizabeth City • April 18 • CANCELLED

Cycle through the beautiful countryside and waterfront of northeastern North Carolina during this 27th annual ride, which will start and finish at the Mid-Atlantic Christian University Waterfront.

Learn more: (252) 338-4104 or

Run for a Child • Goldsboro • April l8

Starting at Chestnut Street, runners will travel through the streets of Goldsboro while they are lined with North Carolina’s quintessential dogwood and azalea blooms. This 42-year-old tradition will benefit Wayne County children and youth that are in need.

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Albemarle Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Show • Hertford • April 18 • CANCELLED

Gardeners will have the opportunity to refresh themselves and their gardens by listening to educational speakers and purchasing plants, gardening tools, and locally-made crafts at this 10th annual fund-raising event at Perquimans County Recreational Center. Donations will benefit the Master Gardeners’ Scholarship Fund.

Learn more: (252) 482-6585 or

Battleship 101 • Wilmington • April 18

Tap your name in Morse code, type on vintage typewriters, and try on helmets as you explore the Battleship North Carolina. Knowledgeable volunteers will teach participants about areas such as gunnery, radar, sick bay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life.

Learn more: (910) 399-9100 or

Cape Fear Chorale Presents: Haydn: Mass in D Minor and “Te Deum” • Wilmington • April 19 • POSTPONED

This 76-member chorale and accompanying orchestra will sing composer’s F. Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in D Minor,” in the Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. The chorale and orchestra will also collaborate with Laney High School’s choral ensemble to perform “Te Deum.”

Learn more: (910) 264-6544 or 

Wine and Food Festival • Beaufort and Morehead City • April 22-26 • POSTPONED

Oysters, pulled pork, and craft spirits — we love indulging in the flavors that exemplify our state. Try some for yourself at select restaurants and the Beaufort Hotel.

Learn more: (252) 515-0708 or

FY5 • Oriental • April 23

This American roots band will delight audience members with an evening of  country and bluegrass music with a modern twist at the Old Theatre. The primary songwriter for FY5, Mike Finders, won MerleFest’s Chris Austin songwriting contest in 2005 and 2006.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Bocce, Beer & Bites • Elizabeth City • April 25

Join the bocce ball tournament or cheer on competitors while enjoying craft beer, barbecue pork and chicken, and music from DJ Taz-2 at Waterfront Park.

Learn more: (252) 333-1510 or

Ocracoke Island Runfest Weekend • Ocracoke • April 25-26 • POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 14

Even Hurricane Florence couldn’t hold one of our favorite island towns down. Celebrate Ocracoke’s resilience by running a 5K, 10K, or half marathon.

Learn more: (252) 489-1810 or

Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll • Shallotte • April 25 • CANCELLED

This annual event will showcase more than 30 local artists, live music by Miles Atlas and Never2Late, and free wine and beer tastings along Sylvan Street. Attendees can also prepare their taste buds for tasty treats from the Butcher of Brunswick, Sunset Slush, and Wicked Good Pretzels. Proceeds will benefit students attending Brunswick Community College.

Learn more: (910) 389-5136 or

Crystal Coast Choral Society Handel’s “Messiah” • Jacksonville • April 26 • POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, co-founder and principle conductor of Distinguished Choirs International New York (DCINY), will be a guest conductor for the complete Handel’s “Messiah” with professional orchestra and soloists in the Earl Taylor Performance Arts Center at White Oak High School.

Learn more: (910) 358-2997 or  

Mix Tape Anniversary Celebration • Wilmington • April 26

The Chamber Music Wilmington will perform a compilation of music selected from classical guest artists who have performed for audiences over the years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Beckwith Recital Hall. (probably cancelled because University)?

Learn more: (910) 343-1079 or

Heritage Day • Kenansville • April 27

Learn about the daily life and skills of 19th-century Kenansville citizens on the grounds of Liberty Hall.

Learn more: (910) 296-2175 or

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