Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and the general public are talking about this week!

Cool Off at the Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival!

Since 1986, Fair Bluff has been offering a way to cool off and enjoy one of summer’s greatest treats!  The 2023 Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival has everything from watermelon eating contests, to watermelon competitions, a street dance, and even a best legs contest just for the guys!  Don’t miss the parade at 12:30 on Sunday.  Schedule of events and entertainment is here.

Ready for a Couples Getaway?

Check out some of the hottest bands in the state in Manteo this Sunday at the Outer Banks is For Lovers Festival.  For more information and tickets click here.

US Women’s World Cup Continues!  USA Still in the Race for a Three-Peat!

One win and one tie and a long way to go!  The US women are still looking for a third title.  This weekend look for England, China, France, Italy, Switzerland, and others to take the pitch.  New up for the US is Tuesday versus Portugal.  It airs at 3am on Fox.  For a full schedule of games click here. 

Hot Concert Summer Continues


  • Sheryl Crow with Southern Avenue, Beech Mountain Ski Resort, Beech Mountain
  • Grizmas, Live Oak Bank Pavilion, Wilmington
  • Jodeci, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte


  • Darius Rucker, Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone
  • Walker Hayes, Skyla Credit Union Amphitheater, Charlotte
  • Counting Crows, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • The Embers, Paramount Theater, Burlington


  • The Chicks, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
  • Darius Rucker, The Cottage at the Crystal Coast, Atlantic Beach
  • Middle Kids, Skyla Credit Union Amphitheater, Charlotte

From Barbie’s Dreamhouse to The Haunted Mansion!

After a weekend (and week, TBH) of pink, pink, pink from the Barbie movie, it is time for the latest edition of Disney’s Haunted Mansion.  This time it features LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Rosario Dawson, and a ton of Hollywood superstars.  Find out where and when you can catch starting today by clicking here.

If you have an event you would like added to On The Lighter Side, email Randy Aldridge at [email protected].