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Welcome to the third annual issue of DestinationFAY
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Welcome to DestinationFAY

Whether you are a Fayetteville native, a newcomer or just visiting, we hope this guide will help  you discover new things about the community. 



Leclair's General Store
Something for everyone. It’s a simple concept, but one that describes the retail scene in Fayetteville.
Tiny Town

Tiny Town recently moved into the former Stein Mart department store space in Highland Centre on Raeford Road. Michael Fleishman says he thinks his mother and father would be pleased.
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Festive times

Juneteenth Jubilee
From dogwood blooms to the Indigo Moon, cultural narratives to family heritage, festivals and fairs, there’s a lot to celebrate in life.
Arts & Entertainment

On the town

Boyz II Men sings a fan favorite during the 2023 Community Concerts season finale at the Crown Theatre. Photo by Tony Wooten
From outdoor concerts and festivals to art galleries and theatrical productions, Fayetteville has lots of ways to entertain you. Whether it’s a family outing or an evening with out-of-town …
Worth a visit
Gaston Brewing Co. offers fall brews to celebrate at its restaurant location on Hay Street. Pictured are Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest.

Breweries keep the beer flowing with year-round favorites and seasonal specials.

Beer lovers, you’re in luck. Fayetteville has no shortage of craft beer outlets to quench your thirst.
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Foodie ’Ville

Southern Coals
As one of the country’s most culturally diverse cities, Fayetteville offers a melting pot of cultures from its variety of restaurants, cafés and food trucks.
Great Getaway

‘Symphony on Tap’ raises a toast to music

With concerts and its popular Symphony on Tap series, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra increases its presence in the community. Contributed photo

Strings will be soaring in the new season of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra with seven concerts, free community performances and the second year of its Symphony on Tap concert series.


‘A whole gamut of opportunities’

Cape Fear River Trail
With the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview mirror, there are various opportunities for parks and recreation activities for Fayetteville and Cumberland County residents.

Hikers can book it along StoryWalk

Fayetteville’s second StoryWalk is now open. Cumberland County Public Library officials held a grand opening for the learning trail April 11 at Lake Rim Park. 

Mustangs bring indoor football back to Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Mustangs made quite a splash in their inaugural game in the National Arena League. Most expansion teams in any professional sports league take their lumps during that initial season. …
Fort Liberty Command Garrison Command Sergeant Major Gregory Seymour,  Fort Liberty Command Garrison Commander Colonel John Wilcox, XVIII Airborne Commander Lieutenant General Christopher Donahue, and XVIII Airborne Command Sergeant Major TJ Holland retrieve and case the Fort Bragg Garrison flag on June 2, 2023. Photo: Tony Wooten

New name, same mission

After more than a century of service that saw the installation grow into an integral part of the nation’s defense and its largest installation by population, Fort Bragg has officially been renamed Fort Liberty.
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Cumberland County Schools

Jack Britt High School held its 2023 commencement at the Crown Coliseum.

The public school system has 89 schools and more than 50,000 students.

Cumberland County Board of Education

The school board has nine nonpartisan members. Six members are elected by district, and three are elected at large.

Private & charter schools

Cumberland County libraries

The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center offers access to a number of resources.

Higher education

Fayetteville Technical Community College. Contributed photo
More than 280 degrees, diplomas and certificates in science, applied science, the arts and general education are offered at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Transfer credits for entry into four-year universities are offered as well.

Faith in the community

A cross is displayed at the entrance of First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville. Photo by Tony Wooten

It won’t take a leap of faith to find the right place to worship in Fayetteville.


Here’s to your health

Cape Fear Valley Health, which has eight hospitals in the region, continues to expand its health care services. In the past year, it has opened a five-story education tower and announced plans to establish a medical school in a partnership with Methodist University.


City of Fayetteville

Fayetteville at a glance

Cumberland County government

Cumberland is the fifth-largest county in North Carolina with a population of about 337,000.