NOW OPEN Myrtle Beach
New rides at Family Kingdom
The venerable Family Kingdom amusement park in downtown Myrtle Beach has added four rides, bringing the total number to 38 for the 2013 season. Twist ’n Shout is a sharp-turning, “wild mouse”-style steel coaster with four-passenger cars; the Kite Flyer is a swing-style affair where riders circle the platform as they lay on their stomachs; Flight School and Frog Hopper are riders for young children. The park is currently open 6 p.m.-closing Fridays, 1 p.m.-closing Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays;. Also open Thursdays as of May 2; open daily as of May 23; hours vary. Admission: all-day unlimited ride wristband ($22.95) or individual ride tickets. Details: www.familykingdomfun.com.
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MAY 3-5 Pinehurst
Elegant cars compete at Concours
The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, a showcase competition of vintage and rare automobiles, will be held May 3-5 at Pinehurst Resort. On display will be 118 vehicles, some valued at more than $2 million. Events include a road rally (May 3), a fairway drive featuring Corvettes and Porsches, plus an auction (May 4), and the judging (May 5). Details, including event schedule and admission fees: www.pinehurstconcours.com.
MAY 4-5 Mount Airy
Budbreak Wine Festival celebrates spring
Fifteen North Carolina wineries are participating in the Budbreak Wine Festival, May 4-5 in downtown Mount Airy. It includes a wine judging competition, wine exhibits, tastings, local artists and food vendors. Headline performers include Bobby Keys (saxophonist with the Rolling Stones) playing with local band Mediocre Bad Guys, and Charlotte’s Skate Rink Jukebox. Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 day of event; $5 general admission (no tasting). Details: www.budbreakfestival.com.
MAY 9-12 Black Mountain
Spring 2013 LEAF Festival
The twice-a-year LEAF festival of arts, entertainment and education returns May 9-12 to the historic Lake Eden Road site, in Black Mountain. Headline performers this spring include R&B icon Mavis Staples; urban Latino culture-mashers Ozomatli; the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; Zimbabwean maestro Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits; and Abigail Washburn, Appalachian sing and long-time LEAF favorite. The event also includes other live music ranging from ethnic and classical to jazz and gospel; aft and craft exhibitions and poetry slams. Admission ranges from $47-$57 per day to $184 (3 1/2 days, three nights camping). Details: www.theleaf.org.
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