April is history, so Spring is in full swing. That means new adventures await in Fayetteville, NC! Check out what’s on the DistiNCtly Fayetteville Calendar of Events for May to build your next itinerary!




Fayetteville’s Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown

May 6 / Crown Expo

Come see the Fayetteville Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown as local “celebrities” battle for the title of Fayetteville’s Ultimate Lip Sync Star! Audience members help pick the People’s Choice Award winner! Proceeds benefit the Child Advocacy Center.

Lip Sync Showdown



May 6 / Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Gardenmania at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a celebration of gardening and horticulture for people of all ages. It provides the opportunity to shop, experience gardening, attend workshops, and learn new skills.




World Ballet Series: Cinderella

May 7 / Crown Theatre

Watch classical ballet through the World Ballet Series: Cinderella. The enchanting production is accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s passionate score and sparkling choreography by Marina Kessler.




A Garden Gathering *Farm-to-Table Dinner

May 17 / Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Enjoy this al fresco farm-to-table dinner prepared by Elliot’s on Linden of Pinehurst with locally sourced ingredients while enjoying live entertainment and mingling with other diners. This limited-ticket event helps raise awareness about and supports the Botanical Garden’s mission.


Garden Gathering




May 20 / Crown Coliseum

WWE returns to Fayetteville for the only time in 2023 with its SuperShow! See all your favorite superstars from Monday Night Raw & Friday Night Smackdown under one roof for one night only!


WWE Supershow


NC Spring Home Expo

May 19-21 / Crown Expo

The North Carolina Spring Home Expo has everything you need to prepare your home for spring – all in one place. Meet local and national vendors while saving big on materials and getting direct quotes from experts!


NC Spring Home Expo


Mega May Outdoor Craft & Shopping Fair

May 21 / Crown Complex

Attend the Mega May Craft & Shopping Fair and see some of Cumberland County’s most unique arts, crafts, and food vendors. There’s sure to be something for everyone, and maybe even ideas for your next catered event or get-together!


Mega May



Fayetteville Woodpeckers

Segra Stadium

Get your season or individual tickets for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers now! Watch as the single A minor league ball club competes against some of the best young talent in the Minor Leagues.


  • Vs. Cannon Ballers – May 9 – 14
  • Vs. PelicansMay 26 – 28


Fayetteville Woodpeckers Stadium

Fayetteville Stingers Basketball

Crown Arena

Watch the Fayetteville Stingers basketball team as they continue for a playoff berth in their inaugural season. Coached by Fayetteville native Robert Brickey, the minor league team is competing for a The Basketball League (TBL) playoff spot.


  • Vs. Coastal Georgia Buccaneers – May 5
  • Vs. Georgia Soul – May 18
  • Vs. Coastal Georgia Buccaneers – May 25
  • Vs. Central Florida Force – May 27
  • Vs. Gulf Coast Lions – May 28


Fayetteville Stingers Player



Symphony on Tap

Presented by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony on Tap is a music series performed at local eateries to engage the community through music and beer. Admission is free. This month’s performance will include a violin & piano duet.



Symphony on Tap

Paddy’s Irish Public House LIVE Concert Series

Get ready to dance and sing along as music acts perform LIVE at Paddy’s Irish Public House. Admission is typically free before 9 p.m.



Whiskey Pines


The Jam on Musical Wednesdays

Every Wednesday / The Church Entertainment Lounge

Prove your musically gifted by performing at The Jam open performance night. Open to musicians and solo singers, The Jam allows you to be the show's star. 



The Jam




All in the Timing (Four Short Plays)

May 1-7 / Gilbert Theater

Watch four short one-act comedies from David Ives’ All in the Timing, a witty, romantic, absurd, existentially minded evening of theater. The acts include Words, Words, Words; Variations on the Death of Trotsky; The Philadelphia; and Sure Thing.


All in the Timing


Jelly’s Last Jam

May 4-28 / Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Jelly’s Last Jam follows Jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton as he gets one last shot to make amends for his mistakes. If he fails to convince The Chimney Man, his soul is forever taken away. It’s a night of music that might change his life.


Jelly's Last Jam



Comedy & Cocktails

The Church Entertainment Lounge

Enjoy open mic night comedy before watching featured standup comedians at Comedy and Cocktails. This month’s headliners include:


  • With Jarold Benfold and Gina DiMaggio – May 4
  • With Rich Carucci and Rich Shultis – May 18


To learn more, visit our Calendar of Events.


Comedy and Cocktails with Amy Brown


Comedy Couch with the Locals Comedy Group

The Church Entertainment Lounge

The Comedy Couch is an Open Mic Experience blending unpredictably hilarious open mic night comedy with interactive pub games and guest commentary spots. Open to new and up-and-comers. This month’s featured comedians are:


  • With Tahj Jones – May 11
  • With Darnell Jones – May 25


Comedy Couch




Cumberland County Dog Parks

Open daily from dawn to dusk / Locations Vary.

Spring is here, so why not take your pets outside for exercise and fun? Fayetteville Cumberland County Parks and Recreation has three dog parks, including Riverside Dog Park, available for dogs and their owners to enjoy! All dogs must be licensed, vaccinations, and tags securely secured to their collars.


Riverside Dog Park


Sweet Valley Ranch Animal Park

Hours vary with events / 2990 Sunnyside School Road

Whether you’re looking for a petting zoo, educational exhibits, or even musical entertainment, Sweet Valley Ranch has something for you. The highlight is 350 animals from all over the world and several exhibitions during the year, including the ever-popular Dinosaur World.


Petting Zoo at Sweet Valley Ranch


Black Ops Paintball & Airsoft

Hours vary / 2112 River Road

Bring out your inner weekend warrior with an exciting game of all-out paintball at Black Ops Paintball & Airsoft! Packages start at $40 and allow you to compete against friends or perfect strangers on 300 open acres. All skill levels are welcome.


Black Ops Paintball


The Bicycle Shop Group Rides

Saturday Mornings / Fayetteville Community Church

The Bicycle Shop has resumed its Saturday social group rides. Join fellow road cyclists for a 26-mile loop in Eastern Cumberland County. All skill levels and classes are welcome. Departure time is 7:30 a.m., so riders should arrive at least 30 minutes before to park in the church parking lot at 2010 Middle River Loop, Fayetteville. 


The Bicycle Shop Group Picture


Hawley’s Bicycle World Development Rides

Wednesdays / Horne Brothers Communications

Join fellow road cyclists for a 26-mile loop in Eastern Cumberland County during Hawley’s Bicycle World’s Wednesday afternoon Development Rides. All skill levels and classes are welcome. Departure time is 6 p.m., so riders should arrive at least 30 minutes before to be assigned to skill-level groups. 


C4 Group Selfie 

First Day of the Month Hike

May 1 / Carvers Creek State Park

In honor of the Year of the Trail, Carvers Creek State Park will host a public hike on the First Day of the Month on one of the park’s many trails. Meetup time is 6:30 p.m. in the first small parking lot at the Sandhills Access entrance. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (910) 436-4681. Stop by the ranger station and learn about the park’s history before hiking.




Hiking, Parks, and Fishing

Schedules vary / Locations vary.

Fayetteville and Cumberland County residents can enjoy numerous trails and outdoor parks. Quickly find a location near you to enjoy the scenery and commune with nature. To learn more, visit our Outdoor Recreation page.