Got to Be NC Fest
Rabbit agility shows. That’s the main thing you need to know about this mini-State Fair, which also features other cute animals, carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, fireworks, lumberjack shows and more. Admission is free, but there’s a charge for rides and food.
Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; free; gottobencfestival.com
Sweet wheels in Cary
The town’s annual free car show – Wheels on Academy – is more than classic rides. In addition to the “Take-Apart a Model T Demonstrations” and a chance to touch fire trucks and trash trucks, there are crafts for kids, live local bands and food vendors.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Academy Street at Town Hall campus, Cary; free; townofcary.org
East Meets West Fest
This annual food festival will feature traditional Southern food as well as Indian, Asian and new trends in food fusion. There’s also a diverse offering of music and cultural performances, plus fun stuff for kids. Admission is free, but you pay for food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Chamber of Commerce, 260 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville; free; eastmeetswestmorrisville.org
Bimbé Cultural Arts Fest
For over 45 years, this family-oriented festival has celebrated African and African-American history, arts, culture and traditions. The fest has live music, ethnic food, food trucks and a kids zone. And this year, Durham PD will provide child ID cards to all kids attending.
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday; Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive, Durham; free; nando.com/19w
Two more chances to catch the Triangle Youth Brass Bands before they close their concert season: Their final “Between Earth and Sky” show happens at Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, but you could also catch the smaller one Friday in Wendell (7:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church).
7 p.m. Monday; Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh; $10 adults/$5 seniors and students; trianglebrass.org