In addition to watching the athletes compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games, a world of entertainment can be found at the World Games Festival, located on the campus of Raleigh'sMeredith College.
The World Games Festival is an educational and entertaining event where the worlds of art, culture, industry and the local community will unite in celebration of Special Olympics athletes.
The World Games Festival runs Sunday, June 27 through Saturday, July 3. The event is free and open to the public.
There will be themed areas during the six-day event: the International Plaza, World Market and Lakeside Amphitheatre, where musical and theatrical performances will showcase the Tar Heel state.
Each day of the World Games Festival is centered around a specific theme, with different themes and performers each day. Featured performances which have been announced are noted below.
Here's what you can expect.
Sunday, June 27:First in Flight:Celebrates the discovery of flight in North Carolina. Highlights include the Golden Knights, tethered hot air balloons and the Kitty Hawk Centennial Celebration exhibit.
Entertainment for the evening is "Big Tent Revival," a 1996 Grammy Award nominee for Best Gospel Rock Album.
Monday, June 28:A Day at the Beach:Make footprints in the sand where Blackbeard's boots once trod, visit the site of the first European settlement in America and admire the dunes at Kitty Hawk. Make your own sand castle or watch a 16-ton sand sculpture being created. Don't forget to stop by an exhibit hosted by the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society.
Tuesday, June 29:Blue Ridge Rhythm:Relive the ancient culture of the Cherokee Indians and touch the folk art tradition of our pioneering forefathers.
Grammy award winning "Peter, Paul and Mary" will be entertaining Festival crowds this night.
Wednesday, June 30:Motor Sports Day:Pick up the pace with a promenade filled with cars from your favoriteNASCARracing teams.
Thursday, July 1:Class of 99:The Festival celebrates the beautiful campuses of our area universities and colleges.
Friday, July 2:Born in the USAheritage is not just a thing of the past; it is being created everyday andyoucan be a part of it.
The "Embers" a favorite North Carolina band performs some of their classic songs.
Saturday, July 3:It's A Small World:The last day of the Festival celebrates the cultures that make North Carolina diverse and those nationalities visiting during the '99 Games.
Scheduled to perform is Tracy Byrd, an award-winning country music performer.