So, you've arrived in Pinehurst, the home of American golf, ready to enjoy the US Open Golf Championship and the US Open Women's Golf Championship over the next two weeks. You’re probably wondering - after a long day watching the pros battle it out on the course, what else is there to do around here? Look no further! Here's a list of some of the great events going on in the Pinehurst area over the next two weeks.
The U.S. Open Experience - The USGA invites tournament attendees and Moore County residents to join the celebration ‘beyond the gates’ and get a taste of local culture every evening through Saturday, June 22nd at Tufts Park in the Village of Pinehurst. Events, most of which start between 7:30 and 8:30pm, include live music, documentary film screenings, a Q&A with USGA and Pinehurst historians and even a drive/chip/putt skills challenge! The full schedule of events can be found here. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be food for sale on site from uPro, Sweet Birch and Cold Stone Creamery.
Visitors are encouraged to drive to all evening events, and complimentary parking will be available starting at 6 p.m. in Lot G (Cannon Park.) Two-way shuttle service will be available until 10:30pm from Lot G to the Village of Pinehurst
U.S. Open Block Party at the Pinecrest - Looking for some late night fun after the U.S. Open Experience wraps up? The Pinecrest Inn in the village will be hosting a US Open Block Party Thursday - Saturday, June 12-14th. The street will be blocked off from 4pm to midnight, and the Inn will have a tent setup, along with a Lone Rider Brewery Beer Garden, full service bars in 8+ locations, and food trucks plus a limited pub menu outside.
Southern Pines Wide Open - Located just 12 minutes from the Village of Pinehurst is downtown Southern Pines, home to the outdoor beach much concert Southern Pines Wide Open! From 6 - 9:30pm on both US Open Wednesdays, head downtown to enjoy free beach music from the The Embers and the Band of Oz. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket, and your dancing shoes!
Railhouse Brewery - Located in Aberdeen, Railhouse Brewery is currently the only craft brewery in Moore County (although Southern Pines Brewing Co. is not far behind.) The brewery is open every day of the U.S. Open from 11am to 2am, and will have live music every night from June 6th through the 22nd. They also offer brewery tours at 1pm and 7pm daily. Try the FCA IPA while you’re there - it’s our personal favorite!
This list is just the beginning of all the things Moore County has to offer - during the US Opens championships and year-round! Be sure to look through our 2014 Visitor Guide and check out the 10 Great Things to Do on the Pinehurst/Southern Pines/Aberdeen CVB website for more information about what's going on in the area during the championships, plus info on local restaurants, activities for kids, and more. Whether you're a foodie, parent, jogger, art lover, shopping enthusiast or classic car connoisseur, there's something for everyone here!
If you’re interested in learning where to grab a steak or the best BBQ in town (our vote is The Pik-n-Pig in Carthage,) or find the best places to look for golfers after hours, check out WRAL’s extensive U.S. Open Guide.
In town for the week but not looking to spend all your time on the course? You can also check out the Triangle Business Journal’s 10 things to do around the Pinehurst area other than watching U.S. Open Golf.
Know of any great events we haven't mentioned? Let us know on our Connect with Us page and we'll be sure to add them!