The Downtown Raleigh Alliance wants you to "mix some Downtown into your nightlife," and there’s enticement Friday night by way of a massive party blowout at various Downtown Raleigh nightclubs. No cover!
Friday; Downtown Raleigh; Participating venues listed at theraleighmix.com
Splashy Block Party
They’re breaking out water slides and a bouncy house in Downtown Raleigh for a splish-splashy day of family fun that raises money for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. Then drop the kids off with a babysitter and come back for live bands, a "swimwear model competition" and plenty of adult beverages. There is an admission price, but it’s for charity, you guys!
Noon-11 p.m. Saturday; Fayetteville Street Mall, Raleigh; $12 for adults, free for 13 and under; splashbash.ticketleap.com
History Hot Spot
The City of Raleigh Museum welcomes back previous tenants of the historic Briggs Hardware building -- with the help of the Museum of Natural Sciences and Raleigh Little Theater -- for an afternoon of crafts, performances, animals and more. Part of part of the city’s "One Building: Many Stories" exhibit, this family event is free for all.
1-3 p.m. Saturday; City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh; 919-996-2220
Carolina Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery teamed up with All About Beer Magazine to create a sort of meandering beer dinner. You’ll tour eight beer stations, each paired with small plate food samples, and you’ll get to chat with experts about the science of beer and food pairings -- beyond your usual PBR and Fritos menu, we assume.
5:30-8 p.m. Sunday; Carolina Brewery, 460 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; $50; carolinabrooklynbeerexperience.eventbrite.com
"American Idol" runner-up (Season 9) Crystal Bowersox is still rocking, and she’s at the Cat’s Cradle on Thursday with another singer-songwriter, Liz Longley.
9 p.m. Thursday; Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; $15-20; catscradle.com