Raleigh, N.C. — Get in the spirit with some holiday events this weekend, along with community celebrations and other fun events.
Start the weekend off with some comedy from "Blue Collar Comedy" alum Ron "Tater Salad" White. The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman plays the DPAC Friday night. Tickets start at $45.
In Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art presents Rockabilly Retro Friday – a night of fast cars, slick design (and hair), live music and a free screening of the racing film "Le Mans," starring Steve McQueen, whose 1958 Porsche is on display in the Porsche by Design exhibit. There will also be food, beer and wine for purchase in the Porsche Biergarten.
Celebrate the holiday season downtown this Saturday morning with the 69th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade. This year features more than 115 entries, and the grand marshal is Justin LeBlanc from "Project Runway." You can watch the parade live on WRAL-TV or on WRAL.com as well. And check out the site after the parade for photos. (Check out a list of more family-friendly events on Go Ask Mom's blog.)
Head over to the North Hills shopping area in Raleigh Saturday evening for the annual tree lighting ceremony. The event features many activities for kids and live music. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. with a visit from Santa.
It wouldn't be a weekend in the Triangle without a food truck rodeo. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of beer, bodyslams (courtesy of GOUGE Wrestling) and food trucks at Rebus Works. You can also browse the art at Rebus.
One of our favorite food trucks, Chirba Chirba, is teaming up with Aviator Brewing Company for Brew 'n Skew, a pop-up grilling event Saturday evening at Belt Line Station. Tickets are $25 and are all-you-can-eat. There will be yummy skewers and roasted meats with beer pairings.
The North Carolina Museum of History is hosting one of its largest events of the year, the annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, on Saturday. Enjoy musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers and more while learning about the state's eight recognized tribes. There are also hands-on activities for the children. The event is free.
Enjoy comedy in the form of a game show on Saturday evening with WIT! An Improv Comedy Game Show at ComedyWorx in Raleigh. Contestants will compete in a 1-vs-1 improv battle in a variety of games. Tickets are $10.
End the weekend with an event for a great cause. Celebrate Movember on Sunday with the Music, Mustaches & Men's Health fundraiser at Tir na nOg. There will be a silent auction, live music, a photobooth and mustache-themed fun. $5 suggested donation at the door.