Summer has officially arrived and with it a series of awesome and long-awaited summertime events and activities! From baseball games to car races, theatre shows to concerts, Sanford is giving folks more reasons to get out and enjoy the best season of the year.
Catch a baseball game and root for the home team! The Sanford Spinners, a collegiate summer baseball team, boasts a roster of players from Sanford and the surrounding counties. If you’re thinking the team’s name sounds familiar, you’re not imagining it. It’s a nod to a minor league club that played locally at various times between the 1930s and 1950s.
Grab seats at Tramway Park stadium to see the Spinners go head-to-head against teams in the Old North State League. The 30-game season runs until the end of July with many of the games being double headers. Admission is free for children 10 and under, $6 for a single game ticket and $10 for a doubleheader. Home game concessions will also be provided by local food truck partners.
Come experience some of the finest motocross racing around! For 42 years, Devil’s Ridge has provided a place for ATV riders to practice and compete. The racetrack also plays host to many exciting races attracting legions of spectators. Head over to catch events like the North Carolina State Championship Race, the Carolina Ultra MX Series and US Eastern Series.
If you like massive horsepower, flyin’ dirt and sloppy mud, then visit the Lee County Mud Motorsports Complex. LCMMC hosts some of the fastest mud trucks in the nation for a guaranteed, family-fun time. Down and dirty motorsports is front row center on two mud tracks for class 1 and 5 trucks as well as a drag lane for 4-wheel drive dirt dragsters.
The curtain is up at Temple Theatre as a grand selection of musicals and plays hits the stage this summer. Grab your tickets for Grunch, a new children’s musical, Treasure Island, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Emma, A Pop Musical.
Whichever show you choose, you’ll simply adore being at the historical Temple Theatre. Originally built in 1925, the theatre was once a Vaudeville house that hosted traveling performing groups. Today, Temple is Central Carolina’s Center for the performing arts offering high-quality productions, numerous youth performance opportunities and a myriad of special summertime events.
Experience live music in the great outdoors with Music on the Mann, a free outdoor concert on the lawn at The Mann Center of North Carolina. Load up your lawn chairs and hurry down on June 29 to see Jim Quick & The Coastline take the stage. Their swamp soul sound and catchy music always gets concert goers moving, grooving and singing for more. The band, founded in 1992, is based out of Eastern North Carolina and band leader, Jim Quick is an 18-time winner of Entertainer of the Year.
You may know Britton Buchanan as the runner up on Season 14 of NBC’s The Voice. To the residents of Sanford, NC, he’s also known as a hometown celebrity and an incredibly talented singer songwriter with a deep passion for music. Come see him and his LA buddies perform at a free outdoor concert at Depot Park as part of the Downtown Alive! Music Series on June 19 from 7-9pm.
An urban park in every sense of the word, Depot Park represents the cultural, communal and economic center for downtown Sanford. With lush green space perfectly positioned in front of a brick bandstand, the park is the ideal spot for concerts and public gatherings. The Railroad House, Railroad Depot Train and an interactive fountain on site also make it a fun spot the whole family can enjoy all summer long.
Can’t make the Britton Buchanan show? No worries! Make plans to catch other great concert dates coming soon as part of the Downtown Alive! Music Series.
Lee County’s first annual Juneteenth Expo will feature a collection of vendors offering information about their services as well as goods, crafts and much more. Attendees can also enjoy food trucks, various entertainment, raffles and giveaways. Come on out to the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center on June 19, 11am – 8pm to celebrate this historic holiday.
Sanford’s biggest and brightest, Independence Day celebration is back again this year! Grab the entire family and head on down for music, food and of course one spectacular fireworks show. Festivities are scheduled for Sunday, July 4.
And that’s truly just the beginning of everything happening this summer! Be sure to keep your eyes on our blog and our events calendar for even more summertime fun.