Learn about pilgrims: Give the kids a history lesson on Thanksgiving.
Wake County parks staff will help participants learn what it was like during the first Thanksgiving celebration. Visitors will play games from the 1600s, learn how the pilgrims talked and make a Thanksgiving food collage. Pre-registration is required. $5 per family or $3 per person; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday; Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.
Buy handmade gifts: The annual Hanukkah Market features unique options.
Hanukkah is less than a month away, so Temple Beth Or wants to help with shopping. The Handmade Hanukkah Market will feature 30 local Jewish crafters and artists selling all sorts of small gifts, including pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and handmade children’s clothing. The event is open to all shoppers, regardless of faith. Free except for purchases; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
Celebrate local art: Check out the Art of the Carolinas Trade Show.
Jerry’s Artarama will host the 15th annual Art of the Carolinas Trade Show. Participants can shop for art supplies or attend a few workshops. Topics include watercolor painting, pastel work, drawing and more. $20 for class registration, free to shop and browse; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh.
Sneak-peek at Christmas: Get an early start on holiday decorating.
Logan’s Trading Company will open its doors to enthusiastic holiday decorators in its special preview night. Guests will enjoy Christmas music while browsing the company’s selection of Christmas trees, poinsettias and other seasonal foliage. There will be light refreshments, door prizes and early discounts on holiday decor. Free to attend; 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday; Logan’s Trading Company, 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh.
Blast from the past: Enjoy a 1980s favorite.
“Flashdance: The Musical,” a stage version of the movie, will include 16 new songs as audience members follow character Alex Owens as she tries to make a name for herself as a professional dancer. Ticket prices vary; 2 p.m. Sunday; Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.