1. Heritage Day: Take a trip back in time Saturday at Historic Oak View County Park.
The annual Heritage Day offers an old-school county fair experience with live animals, antique farm equipment, crafts, live music, antique cars and cane pole fishing. The setting is fitting: a farm on the east side of Raleigh that dates to 1829 and now serves as a Wake County-run park. The Capital Quilters Guild will have a show inside the main house, with proceeds going to the Center for Volunteer Caregiving. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 4028 Carya Drive, wakegov.com/parks
2. Go green: If bluegrass isn’t your jam, it’s not the only style of music featured downtown this weekend.
The Raleigh Irish Music Festival might get overshadowed by the World of Bluegrass, but it’s still going strong with eight hours of music and dance from Ireland. Celtic and Irish artists and crafts will be offering up their wares, and the free event benefits Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Moore Square along Blount Street, raleighirishfestival.com
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3. Lady Shakespeare: Meredith College breathes new life into Shakespeare by casting women in the lead roles.
Meredith Ensemble Theatre will present The Bard’s lesser-known comedy “Measure for Measure.” It’s considered one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” and Meredith changes things up by changing the roles of the Duke and Escalus into roles for women. $5 for seniors and $10 for others, 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre at Jones Hall, meredith.edu
4. That’s one big band: Bring your best moves to the new Southern Star Ballroom.
The 10-piece High Society Orchestra brings jazz and ballroom dance standards to the ballroom, which is tucked in a North Raleigh shopping center. Round up a group of friends for a night of toe-tapping listening or nonstop dancing. The band will perform the first Friday of each month through December. October plays off the popular standard “Witchcraft.” Halloween costumes optional. $15, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Falls Village Shopping Center, 6625-015 Falls Of Neuse Road, Raleigh raleighmusicgroups.com.
5. Celebrate autumn: Quail Corners Shopping Center is having a fall festival on Saturday.
The center – home to The Butcher’s Market and other shops at Falls of Neuse and Millbrook roads – will host a farmers market, oyster roast and pumpkin patch. Bring a toy to donate to needy kids at UNC Children's Hospital and WakeMed Hospital. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, corner of Falls of Neuse and Millbrook roads