Triangle events to add to your daybook:
7-9 p.m. Friday; N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill; $15; ncbg.unc.edu/calendar
Local owls are coming back to their nesting sites, and they become more vocal as they claim their territory and call out to potential mates. See it in person. (Register first!)
9:40 a.m. Saturday; from corner of Hillsborough and Saint Mary’s streets, down Fayetteville Street; free; grma.org/christmas-parade
An estimated 60,000 people attend this 2.5 hour parade (another 250,000 watch from home, via WRAL), which has marching bands, floats and, of course, Santa.
Go whole hog
Noon Saturday; corner of Lenoir and Fayetteville streets, Raleigh; wholehogbarbecue.com
The state champion whole-hog barbecue master will be determined when the winners of more than 25 NC Pork Council-certified local competitions meet and compete. They’ll start cooking Friday night, but you can buy and eat the ’cue Saturday after the parade.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham; free; durhamartwalk.com
Take in unique local art, live music and delicious food at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, which benefits the Durham Arts Council.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; N.C. State Fairgrounds (Scott Building), Raleigh; $10 ($5/ages 5-12; free/4 & under), $15/2-day pass; repticon.com/raleigh.html
This fun and educational reptile and exotic animal show will have dozens of vendors offering reptile pets, supplies and merchandise, as well as seminars on live animals and free raffles.