By Kathy Hanrahan, WRAL lifestyle editor
RALEIGH, N.C. — There are a lot of events coming up this weekend. Here are our picks for fun in the Triangle:
Comedy and live music
Bob Saget at Raleigh Improv (Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main Street, Cary) - You know him from two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced ("Full House" and "Americas Funniest Home Videos") but he's also an out of his mind, Grammy-nominated standup comedian for over thirty years. See Bob on stage at Raleigh Improv Friday and Saturday nights.
Indigo Girls (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - The Grammy-winning folk duo will play Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday. Note: All ticketholders must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the show. Also, guests will be required to wear masks.
Band of Horses (The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh) - The Seattle rock band will play The Ritz on Saturday night. This show is requiring all fans to provide printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event or full vaccination for entry. Face coverings are strongly recommended for fans who are not fully vaccinated, unless actively eating or drinking, per CDC guidelines.
The Best of North Hills: Fall Concert Series (Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park @ North Hills, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh) - Enjoy some of the best area tribute bands during this outdoor concert at North Hills' Midtown Park Friday night form 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and children ages 13 years and younger are admitted for free.
Brett Young w/ Maddie & Tae (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - See country singer Brett Young with special guests Maddie & Tae on stage Saturday night at Red Hat Amphitheater.
TLC's Celebration of CRAZY SEXY COOL with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - The remaining members of TLC will be celebrating their iconic release "Crazy Sexy Cool" during this tour stop with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday night.
Jeff Foxworthy (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - This unforgettable night of comedy will deliver a laughter-packed evening featuring all new material. See Jeff on stage Friday night at DPAC. Face coverings are required for this event.
The Dude Perfect (PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh) - In their second live tour, the fans will experience the Dudes up close and personal when they bring the action right into the audience with crazy stunts, competitive battles and more. Masks are required upon entry, per the City of Raleigh. There are no vaccination or testing requirements for this event.
Festivals and food
BrickUniverse Raleigh LEGO fan expo (The Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh) - This seventh annual fan convention features professional LEGO artists, hundreds of LEGO creations and multiple vendors. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center. Face masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. In addition, the building zones are being replaced with more hands-on and view-only LEGO displays. Capacity is also being limited with sessions being sold for specific times each day.
Raleigh Balloon Glow (Dorothea Dix Park, 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh) - This three-evening event features hot air balloons glowing at dusk, tethered balloon rides, food vendors, arts & craft vendors plus activities for the kids. It will take place at The Big Field at Dix Park at 101 Blair Drive. Admission to this event is charged per vehicle, and tickets must be booked in advance to gain entry to the event. There will be no tickets sold at the gates for this event. Tethered balloon rides sold separately from event entry tickets.
Brier Creek Food Truck Festival (Brier Creek Corporate Center, 8010 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh) - The Brier Creek Food Truck Festival is back on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be live music, a photo booth and face painting by Mimi the Clown.
Farmers Fall Festival (Ivey Ellington House, 135 West Chatham Street, Cary) - Come celebrate the Fall Harvest with the farmers of the Cary Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday. There will be live music, vendors, food trucks and a pie-eating contest.
Festa Italiana (Glenwood South, Raleigh) - Celebrate Italian heritage on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Glenwood South in Raleigh. There will be food, music, vendors and children's games at this street festival. Admission is free. The festival will have sanitizing stations throughout the grounds, and social distancing for vendor tents and food truck lines. Guests are asked to wear masks when and where appropriate.
Oktoberfest (Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh) - Celebrate Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village in north Raleigh on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. There will be food, music and shopping.
Gizmo Brew Works Oktoberfest (Gizmo Brew Works, 5907 Triangle Drive, Raleigh) - Gizmo will celebrate Oktoberfest from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at its Raleigh taproom. There will be entertainment, live music, food and great craft beer. Masks are required inside the taproom in addition to communal areas.
Hops for Hope 2021 (Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park @ North Hills, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh) - Sample over 30 beers curated by Children's Flight of Hope's corporate teams who partner with some of the Triangle's finest breweries. Hops for Hope will also host food trucks, live music, a vendor village and more on Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds benefit Children's Flight of Hope.
Mindful Museum: Family Growga Live (North Carolina Museum of Art Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh) - Experience movement and mindfulness in the North Carolina Museum of Art Park with this Growga class celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. The class, planned Saturday morning, incorporates yoga, art, and mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing and relaxation. The instructor teaches in both English and Spanish. Bring your own mat and come ready to move, play, and learn what makes National Hispanic Heritage Month special! Best for ages 6 and up. Tickets are $6 for museum members and $8 for nonmembers.
Family Health & Fitness Day (North Carolina Museum of Art Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh) - The North Carolina Museum of Art will host this day of family friendly fun including a pop-up market, music from a family-friendly DJ and more fun from noon to 4 p.m.
Bark in the Park - NCFC vs. North Texas SC (WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Dr, Cary) - WakeMed Soccer Park and the North Carolina Football Club will be hosting their first Bark in the Park event on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Tickets must be purchased for your dog and yourself.
Benson Mule Days (Downtown Benson, Main St, Benson) - The Town of Benson will host its annual Mule Days event Thursday through Sunday. Activities include live music, mule competitions and a parade.
The Oak City Art Tour Aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley (The Great Raleigh Trolley, 1610 Automotive Way, Raleigh) - This colorful 1-hour tour is designed to show off the incredible works of public art in the City of Oaks. Enjoy the art from the comfort of The Great Raleigh Trolley on Saturday afternoon. This tour is perfect for all ages and features a short intermission at Sir Walter Coffee for drinks, snacks and bathroom breaks.
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