This Weekend in North Carolina: March 31-April 2

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Soup and a Bowl • Marion • March 31-April 1
Enjoy soup, salad, bread, dessert, and a drink from local restaurants at this spring fund-raiser, then take home a handmade soup bowl made by a local or regional potter.

Learn more: (828) 652-8610 or mcdowellarts.net.

Blowing Rock Trout Derby • Blowing Rock • April 1
Celebrate the opening of trout season: Trout caught in any Watauga County body of water can be judged in this competition. Broyhill Lake will be an especially good stop for kids — some fish will be tagged with prizes.

Learn more: (828) 295-5222 or blowingrock.com.

Grand Opening of The American Museum of the House Cat • Sylva • April 1
This unique new museum will exhibit hundreds of items related to the house cat. The collection was created over the past 30 years, and will be both educational and entertaining. Donations help support Catman2, a cats-only shelter.

Learn more: (828) 293-7754 or catman2.org.

Let the River Answer – Opening Reception • Hillsborough • March 31
In this exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, see jewelry by Arianna Bara, paintings by Eduardo Lapetina, and turned wood by Michael Salemi. The exhibit will be displayed from March 27 to April 23, and an opening reception will be held on March 31.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com.

Music for a Great Space Presents David Higgs • Greensboro • March 31
One of the country’s leading concert organists, David Higgs, chair of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, will perform at Christ United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or musicforagreatspace.org.

Lonesome River Band • Mount Airy • March 31
This award-winning bluegrass group is led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or surryarts.org.

Earth, Wind & Fire • Durham • April 1
Famous for their classic sound that combines pop, R&B, soul, disco, and funk, Earth, Wind & Fire will perform hits like “Shining Star,” “September,” and “Got to Get You Into My Life.”

(919) 680-2787 or dpacnc.com.

Bloom • Smithfield • March 31-April 2
In this play, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother move to Flint, Michigan, where Daniel helps his grandpa tend the gardens, and in the process plants seeds of hope in their neighborhood and their family.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or neuselittletheatre.org.

Artists and Authors Evening • New Bern • March 31
As part of First Presbyterian Church of New Bern’s yearlong bicentennial celebration, member artists and authors will display, discuss, and sell their work. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided, and an auction will follow the show and sale.

Learn more: (252) 637-3270 or firstpresnb.org.

Duplin Blue, Brew & Que Festival • Kenansville • March 31-April 1
Enjoy the area’s best barbecue, craft beer, and bluegrass music, with a lineup that includes the Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

Learn more: (910) 275-0008 or duplinbluegrassfest.com.

Fremont Daffodil Festival • Fremont • April 1
Shop handmade crafts, dance to live music by The Embers, and snack on state fair-worthy food, such as funnel cakes, grilled turkey legs, and barbecue, at this annual spring festival, which celebrates the yellow blooms.

Learn more: (919) 242-4573 or fremontdaffodilfestival.weebly.com.

Herb and Garden Fair • Wilmington • April 1-2
Browse herb and plant vendors and local artisans at this 25th annual fair, which is the longest-running and largest plant sale in the area. There will also be food, kids’ activities, and hikes in the Abbey Nature Preserve.

Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or poplargrove.org.

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