By Kathy Hanrahan
RALEIGH, N.C. — Here is what's going on this weekend in the Triangle and beyond.
Sample local craft beer and check out food trucks during the Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival this Saturday at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. The event runs noon to 6 p.m. and will include live music. VIP tickets are $75 and general admission tickets are $45. Designated driver tickets are $15.
The Arts Council will host its 36th annual International Folk Festival this weekend in Fayetteville. Everything kicks off Friday night with a parade of nations and then continues Saturday and Sunday with cuisine, arts, performances and music. Admission is free.
Rodeos, a carnival, mule events and more highlight this year's Benson Mule Days happening all weekend at the Chamber Park and Benson Singing Grove. Admission prices vary by event.
Carnaval Latino in Garner will celebrate the traditional and contemporary Latino cultures with live music, educational children's craft booths and more on Saturday. Bring a picnic basket or buy Latin foods provided by local food trucks. The event is free and runs from 1-4 p.m. at the Garner Performing Arts Center back lawn.
The Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro hosts the Carrboro Music Festival on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. The bill includes the Doug Largent Trio, the June Bugs and more.
Music, food, fitness and more
Chefs from four North Hills' restaurants will be facing off in the Iron Chef Challenge during the Midtown Farmers' Market in Raleigh on Saturday morning. Competing chefs are from Mura, Vivace, Coquette and Mia Francesca. Competition starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up around 11:30 a.m. Come out and say 'hi' (I'm one of the judges) and make sure to taste some of the food. You get to vote on the dish that will win the People's Choice award.
Check out some dodgeball in downtown Raleigh on Saturday during the Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge. The event is outside of Magnus Health HQ, which is at the corner of West Martin and South Harrington streets. It's free to watch and beer is available for $5 per cup or $25 for unlimited drinks the whole day. Proceeds from this year's tournament will go toward funding school nursing positions in Wake County Public Schools.
The Temptations and Four Tops play the Durham Performing Arts Center Friday night. Tickets start at $40.
"Last Comic Standing" winner Josh Blue brings his standup to Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh all weekend. Tickets start at $15.
The North Carolina Symphony will celebrate one of the greatest films of all time by scoring "West Side Story" live as the film is shown on a giant screen in high definition. Shows are Friday and Saturday night at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh.
Music, entertainment, food and thousands of motorcycles highlight the annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in downtown Raleigh this weekend. This family-friendly event is free.
If you are gluten-free, then there is a fair for you happening this Saturday at Ganyard Hill Farm in Durham. The NC Gluten Intolerance Fair will feature gluten-free vendors offering samples and more. Admission prices vary.
The U.S. Army is sponsoring a Workout of the Day event at the Crossfit in Brier Creek in Raleigh this Saturday. For $60, teams of four will be able to participate in the Hero W.O.D. There will be a barbecue event following the workout for all participants and spectators. The event honors Master Sgt. Gregory Ray Trent who died in August 2012 from wounds sustained during combat in Afghanistan.
Also on Saturday, Headbands of Hope will be hosting the first Sweat Hope 5K and Festival at Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary. The event is in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each female racer will get a headband and donate a headband to a child at UNC and Duke Children's Hospitals. Male racers will get a hat and donate a buff for a boy at the hospital. The event also includes a potato sack race to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Registration for the 5K is $25 in advance. The day-of, the price goes up to $30.
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