1. Broadway on roller skates: North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre presents “Xanadu.”
This hilarious heartwarmer of a musical will add a dash (or two or three) of zany to your weekend. With a little help from a mural of Greek muses who come to life, struggling artist Sonny tries to open a roller disco. But when one of the goddesses falls in love with him, chaos ensues. The musical is based on a cult favorite film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Yes, really. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m Sunday, $12-$17, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, 919-866-0228 or nract.org
2. Wiener dog races: Celebrate Oktoberfest with a running of the dauschaunds.
Lafayette Village hosts its celebration of the German folk festival with fall beers, live music and children’s activities. As far as we’re concerned, the main event is the second annual wiener dog race from noon to 2 p.m. Think your Scruffy has what it takes? Be sure to pre-register so he can strut his stuff. Free, 12 p.m to 4 p.m. with live music until 10 p.m. Saturday, lafayettevillageraleigh.com
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3. So you think you can hike: Test your backpacking prowess at Umstead State Park.
Whether you’re considering a trip west to the mountains for peak leaf season or hoping to hit some parks close to home, test your trail legs on this backpacking conditioning hike. Experienced guides will lead you on a six- to seven-mile hike in about three hours on trails and old fire roads. Listen in for tips about gear and packing best practices. Group size is limited, so call or email to grab a spot. 9 a.m. Sunday, 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, email@example.com or 919-971-3788
4. Triangle debut: Forest Moon Theatre brings “Helium” to Raleigh.
Julian Wiles, founder and Artistic Director of the Charleston Stage in South Carolina, wrote “Helium,” an “emotional comedy” that tells the story of 80-year-old Molly Kingsley and her dementia. From the theater: “With the help of colorful helium-filled balloons, her flights of fancy take her family and the audience to the seashore of her youth, the high-school chemistry classroom where she once taught, and even an old episode of Star Trek.” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $11-$15, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, wakeforestnc.gov/tickets-events.aspx
5. Pagan pride: Music and seasonal rituals will be at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend.
The Central N.C. Pagan Pride Days Festival is back and welcomes practicing pagans as well as those who want to learn more about their traditions. Among the highlights: belly dancing workshops, a performance by mystic flute player Tsa'ne Do'se, henna tattoos and psychic readings. Admission is free with an item donated to the Food Bank. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, State Fairgrounds Gate 5, 974 Youth Center Drive, Raleigh, cncppd.org