Got To Be NC Fest
Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh; free; gottobencfestival.com
Think of it as a mini State Fair in the middle of spring, complete with carnival rides, delicious food, animals, live music and a Pig Jig BBQ cook-off. Admission is free but rides and food are extra.
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Dix Park Bike Ride
8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; Eliza Pool Park, 1600 Fayetteville St., Raleigh; free; nando.com/dixparkbike2017
A 7-mile bike ride that starts at Eliza Pool Park and meanders out onto the Walnut Creek Trail and through Centennial Campus. After a break at Dorothea Dix Park, Rocky Branch Trail takes you back to your starting point. Bring your own bike, helmet and water. Suitable for ages 10 and up.
Walk for the Animals
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; Duke East Campus, 712 Broad St., Durham; $10-$40; apsofdurham.org/2017-walk-animals
This 1.5-mile walk around Duke’s East Campus will help raise $100,000 to help homeless animals through the Animal Protection Society of Durham, a nonprofit that has run the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990. Dogs are welcome!
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday; Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive, Durham; free; nando.com/bimbe2017
This is a 45-year tradition in Durham that celebrates African and African American history, culture, arts and traditions. They’ll have food, arts and crafts and a kids’ area.
Blues & Brews Festival
5-10 p.m. Saturday; Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham; $20-$45; durhambluesandbrewsfestival.com
Enjoy great blues music (The Willie Painter Band, The Roy Roberts Band and The Nikki Hill Band) and 20 North Carolina craft beers (12-once pours1) with 10 food trucks on site (not included in ticket price). As always, proceeds benefit Durham charities – this year, the Exchange Family Center.