1. Meet and greet: Connect with local artists and watch as they paint, carve, craft and more in Wake Forest.
This year’s annual Tour of Artists features more than 60 artists in 16 locations with open houses and demonstrations spread over two days. Find out what inspires them and about their techniques for bringing their ideas to life in oils, watercolors, acrylics and other media. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Wake Forest, wakeforestguild.com/tourofartists-2014
2. American classic: The Justice Theater Project presents Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
The play revolves around three generations of the Younger family on Chicago’s South Side and the dreams each member has for the future. The play explores the Youngers’ internal struggles and the racism they face as a black family. “A Raisin in the Sun” opened on Broadway in 1959 and was the first play written by a black woman to be produced there. Discussions on history and the role of art in understanding it are scheduled throughout the run. $10-$22, Friday through Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Clare Hall at St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, thejusticetheaterproject.org
3. Wake Forest Unplugged : Ditch the smartphones and tablets and enjoy an afternoon in Joyner Park.
Join the town’s festivities dedicated to connecting with friends and family in an electronics-free environment. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with sack and relay races, corn hole and miniature golf. Then, at 5 p.m., Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojos take the stage with their Cajun-flavored blues. Bring a picnic or buy from local food vendors. Free, 4 p.m. Sunday, Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, wakeforestnc.gov/unplugged.aspx.
4. Music city: Fans of underground rock and other undiscovered music will descend on downtown Raleigh all weekend.
The Hopscotch Music Festival is back for three days of nonstop music. This year’s lineup is almost too diverse to describe, ranging from experimental electronica to an 18-member brass band. Wristbands are required for the headliner performances in City Plaza and the nightclub shows that follow. But the festivities are free during the day, with hours of music at day parties all over town, including a block party Saturday afternoon on the south end of Fayetteville Street. Thursday through Saturday, downtown Raleigh, hopscotchmusicfest.com
5. Gourds galore: Celebrate the unsung vegetable at the N.C. State Fairgounds this weekend.
The N.C. Gourd Society (yes, that’s an actual group) will host the 73rd Annual N.C. Gourd Festival on Saturday and Sunday. According to the group, “displays of historic and exotic gourds will show how this garden oddity has served in our households since the beginning of civilization.” Also check out the best in gourd art and see the competitors for 70 categories of gourd awards. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $2, Holshouser Building at State Fairgrounds, ncgourdsociety.org