Music & Movies, Lively & Local

Fall into some outdoor fun this September, with a family-friendly, dancing-in-the-streets concert and a lakeside movie for the kids.

The final concert in Downtown Garner’s Music off Main series is set for next Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring the popular band Hip Pocket.

Playing everything from 1960s soul and ‘80s dance music to current country, beach, and party rock ‘n’ roll, the concert is a great way to end the crowd-drawing season.

The free concert takes place on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center, at 125 Avery St. Parking is also available at the GPAC main entrance, at 742 W. Garner Road.

Family-friendly food and concessions will be available for purchase — bring your chairs or blankets, but no coolers, please.

The event also features Art off Main, a market featuring local artists and creative professionals displaying and selling their works.

For more info, visit

Movie by Moonlight

This weekend marks the final Friday Family Flick of the season, with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax showing on a 25-foot outdoor movie screen.

The free showing is set for Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., at Lake Benson Park. Again, chairs and blankets are welcome, and concessions will be available.

Interested families can also register to camp overnight at the park; visit for info, or call Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources at (919) 773-4442.

Hay in Clayton

For grown-up fun this weekend, check out a concert by Colin Hay of Men at Work, set for Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., at The Clayton Center.

The Grammy Award-winning Hay, best known as lead singer for platinum-selling 1980s pop band Men at Work, makes his second appearance in Clayton on the heels of his critically-acclaimed release, Gathering Mercury.

Tickets are $25, and are available via the box office at (919) 553-1737 or at

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