1. Late-night jazz: The Irregardless Cafe is stepping up its live music game.
For decades, the West Morgan Street restaurant has hosted local musicians during dinner hours. For many customers, it’s a welcome background sound to their meals and conversations. But starting this month, owners Arthur and Anya Gordon are starting an after-dinner jazz concert series every Saturday night for those who want to give the performers their rapt attention. This week features vocal jazz from the Noah Powell Quartet in two performances – at 9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Free, Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., irregardless.com/music
2. Pagan pride: Music and seasonal rituals will be at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend.
The Central N.C. Pagan Pride Days Festival is back and welcomes practicing pagans as well as those who want to learn more about their traditions. Among the highlights: belly dancing workshops, a performance by mystic flute player Tsa’ne Do’se, henna tattoos and psychic readings. Admission is free with an item donated to the Food Bank. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, State Fairgrounds Gate 5, 974 Youth Center Drive, cncppd.org
3. Latin flavor: Get a taste of art and culture from across Latin America on Sunday in City Plaza.
La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014 will feature seven hours of diverse performances, from Peruvian folkloric dance to Mexican mariachi music. The festival also features educational booths, children’s activities and food from across the region. Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, City Plaza on Fayetteville Street, elpueblo.org
4. Broadway on roller skates: North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre presents “Xanadu.”
This hilarious heartwarmer of a musical will add a dash (or two or three) of zany to your weekend. With a little help from a mural of Greek muses who come to life, struggling artist Sonny tries to open a roller disco. But when one of the goddesses falls in love with him, chaos ensues. The musical is based on a cult favorite film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Yes, really. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m Sunday, $12-$17, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, 919-866-0228 or nract.org
5. Wiener dog races: Celebrate Oktoberfest with a running of the dauschaunds.
Lafayette Village hosts its celebration of the German folk festival with fall beers, live music and children’s activities. As far as we’re concerned, the main event is the second annual wiener dog race from noon to 2 p.m. Think your Scruffy has what it takes? Be sure to pre-register so he can strut his stuff. Free, 12 p.m to 4 p.m. with live music until 10 p.m. Saturday, lafayettevillageraleigh.com