Vets & Military Free Park Admissions

Free Park Admission for Veterans Day

Colonial Williamsburg Free Admission. Colonial Williamsburg honors America’s Veterans with a procession down Duke of Gloucester Street, 4:30 p.m., beginning at the Capitol. The parade culminates in a public ceremony, with militia and cannon crew firing volleys in recognition of those who serve. Hear Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, and speakers from past and present. Active duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents enjoy free admission passes on the following dates: Nov. 6-11.
Knotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission. Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute where they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. This year the Military Tribute Days run from November 1 – 25 November (Thanksgiving Day).  Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $15 each. More info.
Fee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that areas managed by the department would not charge entrance fees on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event. More information.

Free Admission Anheuser-Busch Parks for Military Members

Here’s to the Heroes
Anheuser-Busch Parks. Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Throughout 2010, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. The Here’s to the Heroes program is only available to Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. For more information and to register, visit:
Eligible parks include:
  • Adventure Island
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Williamsburg
  • SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio
  • Sesame Place
  • Water Country USA
  • Not valid at Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. is not included as part of this program.
This listing compiled by The Military Wallet visit them for even more dicscounts, events  and freebies for the Military Servicemen, Veterans and Active Duty .

Diana Ross Appearing at the DPAC

The iconic Diana Ross will hold a concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC. This epic event is set to take place on March 11,2011. Tickets starting at only $40 will go on sale November 5th at 10am.  Read more here from the DPAC website…

True music legend Diana Ross will perform at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8pm as part of her ’MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY” tour. The legendary icon will perform her greatest hits in a multi-city spectacular live show. Ms. Ross will be pulling out all the stops with breathtaking costumes and stage designs, along with a live string and horn section.

Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She is an Academy Award nominated actress for her unforgettable role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, a Tony and Golden Globe winner, a bestselling author, winner of 8 American Music Awards and a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors. Her reputation as a woman of great style and beauty has put her on the covers of hundreds of magazines. Ms. Ross has sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 #1 hits. Her music became the sound of young America in the ‘60s soon after she signed with Motown Records in 1961 with The Supremes. She embarked on her extraordinary solo career in 1970, and has not stopped since. 

To get breaking news, latest tour information and exclusive content, become a fan of Diana Ross’ official Facebook page (

Fabulous? Food Finds at the Fair!

Local Food Editor Andrea Weigl has scoped out the food oddities and gourmet treats that are available this year at the NC State Fair. This year boasts snacks from the tame like light and fluffy beingnets to the tons like a 5lb gummy bear and 1lb hotdogs!

Check out her article here and also visit the official fair website here. The fair runs through October 24th. Below is a picture of the infamous Krispy Kreme bacon cheseburger that one of the NBC tv personalities was bold enough to try.

The NC State Fair is finally here!

The Fair, the fair, the unforgettable fair! Well it’s finally here, the North Carolina State Fair kicks off today at 3pm and runs through Sunday, October 24th. With only one day (opening day) scheduled for rain showers, this year’s fair should have plenty of comfortable fall days for people to enjoy.

I got a chance to go out to the fair on Wednesday to grab some grub as many do the day before. I noticed several new food oddities that’s being sold: Deep fried Chips Ahoy cookies, Deep Fried Pecan Pie, Kool-Aid pickles, and Krispy Kreme bacon cheeseburgers! Not sure if any of these come with pepto bismol, but one would certainly hope so!! I’ll just stick to my roasted corn and footlong chili dogs.     

If you’re thinking I don’t have a deal for you, think again. Get in the fair FREE on Thursday 10/21 for the annual Food Lion Hunger Relief Day where you get FREE admission for bringing out just 4 canned goods to donate to the food bank. Last year brought in almost 223,000 lbs of food. Let’s see if that record can’t be broken this year with your help! 

There’s also Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday 10/20 which allows Active duty, reserve and National Guard service members or spouses with valid military ID to be admitted free along with four guests. The day will also feature special activities and concerts to recognize and show support to our service men and women. 

BOGO: Kids’ Night on Broadway

On Kids Night on Broadway, young people age 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. *Tickets must be purchased in multiples of two — one for an adult and one for a child. Each ticket prints at half-price.*
You can choose from such great shows as Wicket, Mary Poppins, Fela! and The lion King.
Also there is a Kids’ Night on Broadway – Special Halloween Edition in New York City takes place on October 31, 2010. Tickets are on sale now.  

Come Visit Raleigh in October!

The Raleigh area offers a bounty of events this October with a calendar full of performances, festivals, sporting events and family-friendly activities. There’s so much to see this month, you’ll want to start planning your getaway now! Take advantage of our Hot Deals and Special Offers at area hotels, restaurants and attractions, found only on

Celebrate What's Great

Free SpritOctober should be renamed Festober due to the wide variety of festivals taking place throughout the area this month. Have a family heritage from around the world? Check out the 25th Annual International Festival (10/1-3) at the Raleigh Convention Center. More than 45 countries are represented with dance, music, food and games. Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre has a month filled with international-themed events including Garba Night (10/2), a spectacular form of Indian folk dance, theater and music,Indian Movie Night (10/8), the Eid Festival (10/9), a multi-ethnic “Festival without Borders,” and the Cary Diwali Jashn (10/16), a festival of community and lights. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be with a diverse roster of events. Raleigh’s hometown boy David Sedaris (10/9)brings his unique brand of comedy to town, while NBC’s Last Comic Standing Tour (10/29) makes a stop in Raleigh during its national road show. The Raleigh Convention Center goes on A Shopping Spree (10/20-24) where hundreds of food, clothing, entertainment and decorating vendors help you to set your own personal style. Get into the Halloween spirit with the cult-classicThe Rocky Horror Picture Show (10/28-31), and the N.C. Symphony gets spooky with Halloween Magic (10/30). Speaking of Halloween, get lost in more than two miles of corn rows at Ken’s Corny Corn Maze (10/15-16, 22-23, 29-31), and at night, beware as the maze turns into the Harvested Farm Nightmare (10/15-16, 22-23, 29-31). At the State Farmers Market, the color is orange as pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are displayed during the Great Pumpkin Contest (10/7). The RBC Center welcomes comedian Jeff Dunham (10/7) and financial guru Dave Ramsey (10/16). What would October be in Greater Raleigh without the NC State Fair (10/14-24)? Giant turkey legs, corn on a stick and fried Oreos, along with rides, games and agricultural exhibits will be at your fingertips during the state’s largest event. Stay until the end each night for a spectacular fireworks display, a celebration for all Greater Raleigh Free Spirits. Learn more

Local Event: Downtown Scavenger Hunt 10/2

Hello CW22 Fans!!! 
If you don't have plans this weekend... then we have something fun for you, your friends, and your family to do right here in Downtown Raleigh! 

The R-Line Discover Downtown Scavenger Hunt wants you to Ride, Play, and Win on October 2, 2010. Team Registration starts at 11am at Seaboard Station off of Peace St. and the event is FREE FREE FREE!

In partnership with CW22, MyRDC, The Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Seaboard Station, the R-Line Discover Downtown Scavenger Hunt will provide a FREE to the public event with great prizes and gift cards!

How to Play: 
When:  October 2nd 11am-4pm
Where: Register @ Seaboard Station 
What You Need to Bring: a digital camera/camera phone and something to write with.
** You can register up to 4 people per team ***

Come out to support Try Transit Week, the R-Line, and Downtown Raleigh at this exciting event!

Grand Prize includes 4 Tickets to the Hurricanes game on November 11, 2010, a limo ride to and from the game, and dinner. 

Other great prizes for other qualifying teams!!! First 250 people to register get a Discover Downtown T-Shirt. 

C. Doug Sutton, Jr. 
Director of Marketing
CW22 and MyRDC 
919.872.2854 ext 3350 
Twitter: @dougsutton

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