Raleigh, N.C. — A great weekend in the Triangle is ahead. Here are our best bets!
Help homeless pets
Downtown Raleigh is going to the dogs this Saturday. The SPCA K9-3K Dog Walk starts at 10 a.m. More than 3,000 people and nearly 2,000 dogs are expected to converge on Moore Square for this annual benefit for homeless pets at the SPCA of Wake County. The theme this year is “The Wizard of Oz.”
Another animal-related event is happening Durham on Saturday night. The Broad Street Café in Durham is hosting Bark Fest 2013 starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the APS of Durham and the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. There will be music, raffles, local beer and dog-themed cocktails.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is among the places holding Earth Day celebrations on Saturday. Head to the museum starting at 9 a.m. to plan in the outdoor kid zone, learn about green technology and find out how to help reduce your family’s carbon footprint.
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Hillsborough Street in Raleigh will celebrate Earth Day with a day-long music festival at various locations. From pop to blues, there will be music for everyone. Stop by some of the location merchants for special discounts as well.
In honor of Earth Day, there will be free fare for all Capital Area Transit buses on Saturday. Check their schedule for a list of stops.
Food, wine and food trucks
Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center in Raleigh will host its second food truck rodeo of the spring this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday, The Pit will host its 5th annual ‘Cuegrass Festival in the warehouse district. Starting at noon get great barbecue and local beer, while listening to bluegrass. Entrance fee is $5 and sandwiches and beer are also $5 each.
Sample more than 200 diverse and flavorful wines from local wineries at the annual Great Grapes Wine, Arts and Food Festival on Saturday at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of. The event is free for children 12 and under. There are also designated driver tickets for $20 each. The day will also include live music, crafts, food and gourmet cooking demos.
If you love crawfish, there are two opportunities to get some mudbugs on Saturday in the Triangle. The first is at Lafayette Village, where Antonio’s Gourmet will host their third annual crawfish boil. Proceeds will help benefit the Tammy Lynn Center for Development Disabilities. There will be live music, food, children’s activities and more!
The Bayou Festival Tour will bring a taste of New Orleans cuisine to Durham’s CCB Plaza on Saturday with two sessions – one starting at noon and the other starting at 5 p.m. You can get tickets for all you can eat boiled seafood and all you care to sample bourbon and beer. Expect second-lining, Mardi Gras beads, a hot pepper eating contest and live music.
Comedy and music
It is all about comedy on Friday night with Chris Tucker at the DPAC. Tickets are still available. (The Richard Lewis show at Carolina Theatre was canceled.)
Blues great B.B. King will play the Durham Performing Arts Center on Sunday night. Ticket start at $50.