Television stars and tiny homes
Meet TV hosts Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Matt Meunster (“Bath Crashers”) and learn all about tiny house living at the first Downtown Raleigh Home Show.
1 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh; $5-$10; downtownraleighhomeshow.com
Some local color
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Want to spend some money for a great cause? Then check out this benefit for Arts for Life’s educational arts programs at Duke Children’s Hospital, which will feature student artwork, live entertainment and an auction.
6-9 p.m. Friday; The Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham; $40; artsforlifenc.org
Love a gourd
The theme for this year’s N.C. Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival is “Practical Gourds: Past and Present.” Get to know gourds from around the world while you take in workshops and vendors with all manner of gourd paraphernalia.
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, Raleigh; $2; ncgourdsociety.org
Fun at the Nut House
Eric Litwin, author of the popular “Pete the Cat” series of children’s books, brings his latest – “The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House” – to Raleigh with a story and musical program great for ages 3 and up.
3 p.m. Sunday; Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh; Free; 919-828-1588 or quailridgebooks.com
Some wicked mojo
Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos play some smokin’ Zydeco/Cajun-flavored blues at the Wake Forest Unplugged concert. Before the music (5 p.m.), there are free games and activities.
4 p.m. Sunday; E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest; Free; pinecone.org