Tarheel Festivals, in conjunction with the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, is launching a pair of unique events to help celebrate the return of the U.S. Women’s Open this spring at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.

Village of Pinehurst Family Fest | May 30 | 10:00am-5:00pm | The Fair Barn & Pinehurst Harness Track

Presented by Lin Hutaff’s Pinehurst Realty Group

Join us for the Village of Pinehurst Family Fest on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at the Fair Barn and Harness Track from 10:00am-5:00pm. Family Fest includes a full day of live music by three female acts: Autumn Nicholas, Caroline & Company and blues-based rock band Sayer McShane, a skydiving jump by the Black Daggers of Fort Bragg, a Kids’ Zone with massive inflatables (pay as you go or all day passes available), North Carolina’s premier video game truck, activation games and challenges from the First Tee of the Sandhills, a photo booth hosted by the USGA with the U.S. Women’s Open trophy on hand, various food and beverage offerings to include beer, wine, ice cream and shaved ice, and various vendors.

Advance tickets to Family Fest are $10 each for adults ($15 at the gate), and kids 17 and under are free. Tickets for active-duty and retired military veterans, their spouses and children are free with military ID. On-site parking is also free. More information and tickets are available at vopfamilyfest.com. We recommend that military personnel register for their tickets in advance on the Family Fest website.

A Taste of North Carolina: Whiskey & Wine | June 2 | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Agora Bakery & Cafe

Presented by Babson Real Estate Advisors NC, LLC

Mark your calendars for A Taste of North Carolina: Whiskey & Wine on Thursday, June 2 at Agora Bakery & Café from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This event will feature North Carolina-based bourbon and whiskey along with wine offerings from the Surry County Wine Trail. Food samples will be provided by award-winning chef David Gaydeski, North Carolina Executive Mansion’s chef for over a decade and current owner of eclectic restaurant Brookland Eats in Roxboro. Gaydeski will be joined by Agora Bakery’s pastry chef.

Tickets to this event, which include live entertainment, are $50 each with a cash bar and additional desserts available. Find more event information and purchase tickets at tasteofnc2022.com.

“These events will be a great way to kickoff the U.S. Women’s Open week,” said Phil Werz, President and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are pleased to join Tarheel Festivals to recognize the Memorial Day holiday by inviting active-duty and retired military personnel and their families to be our guest and enjoy a full day of fun and entertainment at the Village of Pinehurst Family Fest. We are also excited to partner with the Agora Bakery & Cafe in the Village as hosts for the unique Taste of North Carolina celebration on June 2.”

Tarheel Festivals co-founder Dave Droschak agreed. “When officials from the USGA and the Convention & Visitors Bureau approached us about helping celebrate a major week of golf in the Sandhills, we were all in,” added Droschak. “We’re proud to get to showcase this unique setting to golf fans from all over North Carolina and beyond, while mixing in a little piece of entertainment along the way.”