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 Resort.

The Village of Pinehurst Family Fest, presented by Lin Hutaff’s Pinehurst Realty Group, will take place Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, in and around the Village of Pinehurst Fair Barn and Harness Track area off Highway 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Meanwhile, A Taste of North Carolina: Whiskey & Wine, presented by Babson Real Estate Advisors NC, LLC, is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at the Agora Bakery and Café in the heart of the Village of Pinehurst from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Tickets for active-duty and retired military veterans, their spouses and children are complimentary for the Village of Pinehurst Family Fest on Memorial Day, and military ID must be presented at the admission gate for entry. Military personnel should register for their tickets in advance on the vopfamilyfest website. 

Event information and tickets are available at www.vopfamilyfest.com for the Village of Pinehurst Family Fest and www.tasteofnc2022.com for the Taste of North Carolina Whiskey and Wine event.

Tarheel Festivals is the same firm that owns and operates the Pinehurst Barbecue Festival over Labor Day weekend in the Village of Pinehurst and the Festival D’Avion over Halloween weekend at the Moore County Airport www.tarheelfestivals.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 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.”

The Village of Pinehurst 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 general admission tickets to The Village of Pinehurst Family Fest are $10 each for adults ($15 day of event at the gate) — with kids 17-and-under, along with active and retired military – free of charge. On-site parking is also free.

A Taste of North Carolina: Whiskey & Wine will feature North Carolina-based bourbon and whiskey along with wine offerings from the Surry County (N.C.) Wine Trail. Food samples will be provided by award-winning chef David Gaydeski, who was the chef at the Executive Mansion for three different North Carolina governors over a decade-span and now owns the eclectic restaurant Brookland Eats in Roxboro. Gaydeski will be joined by the Agora Bakery’s pastry chef.

Tickets to this event, which will include live entertainment, are $50 each with a cash bar and additional desserts available.   

About Tarheel Festivals:

Tarheel Festivals, LLC. is a full-service event management company headquartered in Pinehurst. With over 35 years of producing signature events, their team of professionals build event experiences from inspiration to integration. 

The official event partner for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), Tarheel Festivals will also stage the second annual Pinehurst Barbecue Festival www.pinehurstbarbecuefestival.com – a Celebration of Taste and Tradition – from Sept. 2-4, 2022 in the Village of Pinehurst. The fourth annual Festival D’Avion www.festivaldavion.com – A Celebration of Freedom and Flight – will be staged at the Moore Country Airport on Oct. 28-29, 2022.

Feature photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer Cow McFarland.



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