Symphony by the Lake • Blowing Rock • July 27 (Our State will be here!)
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this open-air performance at Chetola Resort by Symphony of the Mountains, featuring a fireworks finale. This year’s theme is “Colors of the Mountains.”
Learn more: (828) 295-7851 or symphonybythelake.com
Tour of Homes • Blowing Rock • July 27
Admire special features and furnishings that have been cherished for generations on this tour of historic private homes and gardens, hosted by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church.
Learn more: (828) 295-7323 or stmaryofthehills.org/tour
Steel Magnolias • Davidson • July 19-22, 26-29
The bond among Southern women in a beauty shop is incomparable. This much-loved play, which will be performed at the Duke Family Performance Hall, tells the story of friendship through humor and heartbreak.
“Common Ground” • Hillsborough • July 23-Aug 26
This month-long exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will feature paintings, jewelry, and pottery by artists Linda Carmel, Nell Chandler, Evelyn Ward, and Michele Yellin. A reception will be held the evening of July 27.
Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com
Newsies • Raleigh • July 24-29
Head to the Duke Energy Center to see this Tony Award-winning musical. Based in New York City in 1899, newsboys strike for better working conditions.
Learn more: (919) 831-6941 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
Supercon • Raleigh • July 27-29
Celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, artists, writers, and fans will gather at the Raleigh Convention Center for this three-day celebration of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, cartoons, and more. You don’t even have to change out of your superhero costume.
Learn more: (919) 907-0424 or raleighsupercon.com
Körner’s Family Revue Puppet Show • Kernersville • July 28
Learn about the Körner family and the history of Körner’s Folly in a fun and interactive way at this puppet show, which is followed by a make-and-take sock puppet craft.
Learn more: (336) 996-7922 or kornersfolly.org
South Pacific • Mount Airy • July 28-30
Set on an island paradise during World War II, South Pacific tells two parallel love stories that are threatened by the dangers of war. This famous musical will be performed at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or surryarts.org
Satisfaction: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones • Southern Pines • July 28
This international touring tribute to one of rock’s most famous bands showcases authentic costuming and talented singers, and will be brought to the stage at the auditorium at Pinecrest High School.
Learn more: (910) 365-9890 or vision4moore.com
Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series • Ocean Isle Beach • July 6, 13, 20, 27
Bring your fold-out chair and enjoy rock ’n’ roll, oldies, and beach music outside the Museum of Coastal Carolina every Friday night as part of this summer concert series. Bands will include The Embers, Band of Oz, The Legacy Motown Revue, and Too Much Sylvia.
Learn more: (910) 508-6874 or oipoa.com
North Carolina Watermelon Festival • Fair Bluff • July 27-29
Celebrate summer’s favorite fruit at this 33rd annual festival. Enjoy arts and crafts booths, watermelon tastings, live music, shagging, and more.
Learn more: (910) 234-0756 or ncwatermelonfestival.org
Currituck Pirate Plunder Festival • Jarvisburg • July 29
Head to Weeping Radish Brewery, where you can explore a pirate encampment, an artisan marketplace, and a pirate bounce house; eat yummy seafood; and enjoy appearances by Blackbeard and friends.
Learn more: (252) 491-5205 or weepingradish.com