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As the summer comes to a close, 4th Friday, on Aug. 28, is a fun way for parents to celebrate and kids to mourn the passing of the season. The shops and restaurants stay open late and live entertainment floods the streets. From art, to shopping, to history there is something for everyone. You have not truly experienced downtown Fayetteville until you have experienced a 4th Friday celebration. 

For the younger crowd, Fascinate-U Kids Museum is a must-see. This museum is uniquely designed for children. The exhibits mimic real-life scenarios like grocery stores and news rooms. Kids are invited to interact and play with these exhibits in order to learn about the real world. Admission is free for 4th Friday events, and the museum is open from 7-9 p.m. There is also a free craft that kids can take home. This month it is a food self-portrait. Kids are invited to be creative and make a fun and “funky” food collage. Fascinate-U is located at 116 Green St. For more information, call 910-829-9171 or visit www.fascinate-u.com. 

The Headquarters Library is also getting in on the 4th Friday festivities with an event that deftly combines art and science. It will host the Cape Fear Mineral and Gem Society. The event is sponsored by Systel and includes refreshments. The Cape Fear Mineral and Gem Society will have a large display of fossils, rocks and gems. There will be stones perfect for making jewelry, gemstone trees and cabochons. Members of the society will answer any questions and talk about all of the amazing minerals and gems on display. The members will also have hand-crafted items available for purchase. Look for the Cape Fear Mineral and Gem Society in the Pate Room of the Headquarters Library from 7-9 p.m. The Headquarters Library is located at 300 Maiden Lane. For more information, call 910-482-7727 or visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/ccplsite.

Coinciding with 4th Friday is the last Fayetteville After 5 of the season. These free concerts are the ideal way to relax and enjoy some of the last of the warm summer evenings. For this concert, Natural Wonder, a tribute to Stevie Wonder, and Trial by Fire, a tribute to Journey, will perform. Gates open at 5 p.m. and entertainment begins between 7 and 7:30 p.m. The concert is scheduled to end between 10:30 and 11 p.m. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the park, but patrons are invited to bring chairs of blankets. This concert is also military appreciation night. The concert is held in Festival Park located at 225 Ray St. For more information, visit www.faydogwoodfestival.com/p/Events/211 or call 910-323-1934. 

The Cape Fear Studios Gallery opens an exhibit featuring Benn Greene-Colonnese. He creates unique structural sculptures and functional pieces by molding, casting and grinding glass. He takes his inspiration from natural and man-made sources. This exhibit runs until Sept. 15. Cape Fear Studios is located at 148 Maxwell St. The gallery is open from 6-8 p.m. on 4th Friday. For more information, visit www.capefearstudios.com or call 910-433-2986. 

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