1. Unleash the hounds: How do you test whether a dog is a “good citizen?”
Find out when the Mid-Atlantic Hound Association descends on the State Fairgrounds for its annual dog show this weekend. Good citizenship is one of many tests for the various hound breeds during the event, which is free for spectators. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Holshouser Building at the Fairgrounds.
The town’s free “Six Sundays” concert series is in full swing through June 1. Bring a picnic or explore the food and drink offerings from local vendors. 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Road.
2. Cloggin’ at the museum: Museums generally encourage their visitors to step softly. Not this Sunday.
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The N.C. Museum of History and PineCone will host a free performance from the Cane Creek Cloggers. Backed by the bluegrass band Thump Drive, they’ll be showing off the folksy Southern styles of old-time clogging, flatfoot and buckdancing. They also wear cool costumes. 3 p.m. Sunday, Daniels Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of History, ncmuseumofhistory.org .
3. Sid The Science Kid: Nearly every child who watches PBS knows this animated character toting a magnifying glass. Created by Jim Henson, Sid is the latest successor to shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy and the Magic School Bus.
He’ll bring his live show to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium for five performances this weekend, promising kids “an incredible journey through the five senses.” Expect singalongs. Various showtimes Friday through Sunday, Memorial Auditorium, dukeenergycenterraleigh.com, $14-37.
4. Arts and crafts at Sola: Still haven’t picked out a Mother’s Day gift?
There’s still time. North Raleigh’s Sola Coffee Cafe is holding a Pop-Up Market in their parking lot on Saturday. More than 15 arts and crafts vendors will be offering creative gifts made right here in the Triangle. Mom will never know you waited until the last minute. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road.
5. Melodies and mochas: Saturday mornings offer a mellow musical start to the weekend at Electric Beanz Coffee Bar on the south side of town.
This week, indie folk singer-songwriter and cellist Pippa Hoover will bring her original tunes for a free show. Check her out if your tastes run toward the likes of Bright Eyes, Ben Sollee or Elliott Smith. 11 a.m. Saturday at Electric Beanz Coffee Bar, 8109 Fayetteville Road.