Weekend picks: Five ideas for fun

07/29/2014 11:27 AM

07/29/2014 11:29 AM

1. Historic open house: Take a rare peek inside centuries of Raleigh history.

Preservation North Carolina is hosting self-guided tours of the Crabtree Jones House, which dates to 1795 and was recently moved to make way for new apartments. A suggested $10 donation to the nonprofit gets you inside with a free Big Boss beer. The American Meltdown grilled cheese food truck will be on hand for the event, too. Want to move in after seeing the place? It’s for sale. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Hillmer Drive (park in the Arc of North Carolina’s lot at 343 Six Forks Road), presnc.org

2. Drink and shop: Disappointed that local shopping malls don’t serve beer?

Combine two of your favorite activities on Friday at the Hops and Shop Market. A $10 admission ticket to the North Carolina artisan fair also comes with a punch card for craft beer tastings, appetizers from Tir Na Nog, Crema coffee and Gigi’s Cupcakes. More than 40 artisans will be selling their handiwork, and admission proceeds go to the Pretty in Pink Foundation. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St. in City Market, hopsandshopmarket.com

3. Lebanese culture: Travel across the globe with traditional food and dancing.

The N.C. Museum of History will host Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza on Saturday afternoon. Coinciding with this year’s exhibit of Lebanese culture in North Carolina, the festivities include Lebanese dance performances by Dabke, a fortune teller, a kid’s scavenger hunt and food like falafel, baklava and hummus. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 5 E. Edenton St., ncmuseumofhistory.org

4. Child’s play : “Seussical” comes to North Raleigh Christian Academy this weekend.

This musical adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hears A Who!” and other Dr. Seuss favorites is a new Broadway favorite that celebrates the power of imagination and the importance of helping others. The NRCA production is a collaboration between current students and alumni, who have started an arts and academic mentoring program at the school. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 7300 Perry Creek Rd., $10, 919-573-1642 or nrcaknights.thundertix.com/events/56267

5. The Raleigh Open : Catch the area’s tennis greats in action.

Game, set, match! The Raleigh Pro League can help fill the gap between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The league brings together four teams of tennis professionals and former college players for a summer of weekly matches. They’ll compete this week for the championship at Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club, with prize money and bragging rights on the line. 7 p.m. Friday, free, 2500 Howard Road.

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