And you thought school-supply shopping was fun? Art of the Carolinas is a three-day trade show featuring art supplies of all kinds. Check out local masters at work at a variety of demonstration stations, or take a painting or drawing workshop beginning Thursday. Free entry, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, North Raleigh/Midtown Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, artofthecarolinas.com.
The contemporary art museum hosts this monthly reading. The poets respond to whatever exhibit is up at the time of their reading. The hope is to start a dialogue between local poets and visual artists. This month, hear from Mary-Kim Arnold, Gabrielle Fuentes, Hassan Melehy and Thibault Raoult. Free, 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh, soandsomag.org.
And to celebrate, it’s throwing you a party. Pilsner Urquell will ship a 170-liter oak cask of limited-release Pilsner straight from the Czech Republic. They’re sending their brewmaster, too. The bar will throw in the bratwurst and perogies and round up the live music. Proceeds go to child abuse prevention agency SAFEchild. Free admission, $10 for a ½ liter pour of the Pilsner and a glass mug, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, 14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.
SPITTLEfest, the Southern Plunge Into Trailer Trash Leisure and Entertainment Festival, returns. The line-up boasts singer-songwriters, rockabilly, honky tonk and the like with acts such as Steve Howell and Caroline Mamoulides, Jim Lauderdale and the Johnny Folsom 4. Free at 9 p.m. Thursday, $10-$20 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, thepourhousemusichall.com.
The festival honors the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, one of the 19th and 20th century’s greatest piano players. The Polish musician performed around the world, including four stops in Raleigh from 1917 to 1939. The weekend includes a series of paired lectures and piano concerts. $15-$20, Thursday-Sunday, various locations in Raleigh, paderewski-festival.org.