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This Weekend in North Carolina events are pulled from May’s Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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Midtown Beach Music — Band of Oz • Raleigh • May 10

Hosted by Midtown Events in North Hills, enjoy the best that beach music has to offer in this special performance.

Learn more: (919) 369-4089 or

Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina Concert • Fuquay-Varina • May 10

Hip Pocket will perform at this free outdoor concert downtown, which will feature local brews and food trucks.

Learn more: (919) 552-1417 or

Cho-Liang Lin • Greensboro • May 10

Part of the Greensboro Symphony Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series, violinist Cho-Liang Lin will perform a variety of pieces at Dana Auditorium, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific Overture and John Williams’ theme from Schindler’s List

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Whose Live Anyway? • Raleigh • May 10

At this comedy show, cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will improvise hilarious scenes and songs based on suggestions from the audience.

Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or

Loren and Mark • Cary • May 11

As part of the Marvelous Music Mainstage Series at the Cary Arts Center, see a performance by Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb. Known for their original instrumentals, improvisation, renditions of classic melodies, and vocal duets, the duo draws on a variety of influences, including Americana, jazz, classical, and bluegrass music.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea • Greensboro • May 11 – June 12

This seventh annual statewide pastel exhibition, held at The Art Shop, will feature work from some of the best pastel artists in the state. An opening reception will be held on May 19.

Learn more: (336) 855-8500 or

Passalong Plant Sale • Greensboro • May 11-12

From perennials to pollinators, you can find the perfect plant for your garden at this 16th annual plant sale, hosted by the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association at the NC Cooperative Extension Guilford County Center.

Learn more: (336) 641-2400.

Art Rocks in Rockingham County • Reidsville • May 11

At this celebration of the arts at Market Square, see rocking chairs transformed into works of art and enjoy live music and food trucks. The chairs will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

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Smoke on the Mountain • Wadesboro • May 11-13

See the Anson Players perform this Off-Broadway musical at the Ansonia Theatre. Set in a North Carolina church in 1938, it revolves around the Sanders family, a touring group of vocalists and musicians.

Learn more: (704) 694-4950 or

Spring into Arts Festival • Concord • May 12

Enjoy a juried art show, live music, local beer and wine, food, and a kids’ area at this downtown event showcasing the arts.

Learn more: (704) 784-4208 or

Carolina Brewsfest • High Point • May 12

Celebrate North Carolina’s thriving craft brewing scene at this fourth annual festival. In addition to 40 brewery vendors, there will also be a half marathon and a 5K race.

Learn more: (336) 793-4311 or

Front Porch ArtWalk • Raleigh • May 12

This 10th annual free event features both new and well-established artists showing and selling original works of art on the front porches and yards of the historic Mordecai and Oakwood neighborhoods downtown.

Learn more: (919) 633-9191 or

Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour • Wake Forest • May 12

Learn about the Wake Forest residents of generations past at this annual walking tour. A children’s activity will highlight artifacts.

Learn more: (919) 435-9570 or

Angelo’s Artisan Market • Winston-Salem • May 13 

This spring market at Wise Man Brewing will feature live music, food trucks, and more than 40 vendors selling handmade and antique items.

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350th Anniversary of the Albemarle • Elizabeth City • May 11-12

To celebrate the anniversary of the formation of Albemarle County and its precincts, the Museum of the Albemarle will host the 1663 Carolina Charter, the document by which Charles II gave the Lord Proprietors the land extending from present-day North Carolina to the Pacific Ocean. Letters and maps from the Proprietary Period (1663-1729) will be on display, and there will be related programs and exhibits.

Learn more: (252) 335-1453 or

British Cemetery Ceremony • Ocracoke • May 11

This ceremony and reception commemorates the sinking of the HMT Bedfordshire off the coast of Ocracoke in 1942. Four sailors from the ship are buried on the island in a small plot of land that is “forever England.”

Learn more: (252) 928-6711.

Rose Tour • Wilmington • May 12

This annual tour, hosted by the Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society, takes attendees to private gardens around Wilmington, where gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

Learn more: (910) 297-5538 or


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