Newport Community Festival part of weekend events

1. Evening at Cape Lookout

Evening at Cape Lookout tours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday as well as Oct. 6 and 7 beginning at the Harkers Island Visitor Center.

The event provides visitors the opportunity to see the sun set and the moon rise at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. It includes stories of the lighthouse and its keepers as well as the chance to view the moon and other celestial objects through telescopes.

The cost is $28 and advance registration is required. The passenger ferry leaves Harkers Island at 7:15 p.m. and returns around 10 p.m. Those attending will have the opportunity to climb the lighthouse but footwear is required and flashlights are recommended. To make a reservation, go online to www.recreation.gov.

For more information, go online to www.nps.gov/calo.

2. Newport Community Festival

The Newport Community Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The event will include a Touch a Truck, hands-on demonstrations, arts, crafts, living history demonstrations, old school games, bounce houses, a mini food truck rodeo, entertainment and vendors.

For more information, contact Kathy Jo Buttery at 223-4749 or email recreation@townofnewport.com.

3. North Tower Band

The North Tower Band is scheduled to wrap up the Alive at Five concert series with a free performance from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jaycee Park along the Morehead City Waterfront.

The performance was rescheduled from last week when rain and thunderstorms forced it to be postponed.

The band plays a variety of beach, top 40 and party music and is known for such songs as “Paula” and “Chasin’ Dreams.”

Outside beverage and coolers are not permitted. Beverages will be available for purchase in the park.

Downtown Morehead City Inc., puts on the annual summer concert series.

For more information, call 808-0440 or go online to www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

4. Aquarium Behind the Scenes

The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has scheduled a Behind the Scenes Tour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Participants will visit the labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed some of the animals. It includes a close-up look at the fresh water and salt water habitats as well as the Living Shipwreck tank.

The cost is $20 per person. Ages 8 and older are eligible.

For more information, call 247-4003 or go online to www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.

5. Salt marsh kayak

The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort has scheduled a Kayak the Salt Marsh event from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Basic instruction and safety lessons for the kayak begin the event, followed by a relaxing paddle through the salt marsh. A guide will offer local history and information on the importance of salt marshes.

Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. The paddle is for those ages 12 and older, and those less than age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $25 per person, or $15 for those with their own kayaks. Advance registration is required.

For more information, call 728-7317 or go online to www.ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.