The ice skating rink downtown opens for the season Saturday. Grab your mittens and your family and friends and be the first to slice the ice. $9, including skate rental, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 400 Fayetteville St., godowntownraleigh.com/winterfest/about.
This annual celebration at the N.C. Museum of History features artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians. Learn more about the state’s American Indian population, the largest of any state east of the Mississippi River. Free, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 5 E. Edenton St., ncmuseumofhistory.org.
A string quartet and producer present a remaining of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.” They say it combines “the dark resonances of a pivotal piece of art with pulsating electronics.” Sounds good to us. $10 advance, $12 day of, 9 p.m. Thursday, 424 S. McDowell St., kingsbarcade.com.
The city’s longest continually running holiday celebration is here, say its organizers. Don’t miss the chance for wagon rides, plenty of food and a visit from Santa. Free, 5 p.m. to 8 pm. Thursday, Cameron Avenue.
Burning Coal Theatre portrays Raleigh history through the activities of the first Raleigh International civic club in the state. It’s like Josephus Daniel once said, “... no municipality can fully come into its own as a progressive city until it has organized its Rotary Club.” Written by former Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley. $20, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 224 Polk St.