And you thought school-supplies shopping was fun. Art of the Carolinas is a three-day trade show featuring art supplies of all kinds. Check out local masters at work at a variety of demonstration stations, or take a painting or drawing workshop beginning Thursday. Free entry, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, North Raleigh/Midtown Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, artofthecarolinas.com.
What cold heart can resist O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” or the classic “Stone Stoup”? Bright Star, a national touring company, presents short stories about sharing and selflessnes that are sure to put you in the holiday mood. Perfect for ages 3 to 10 and the young at heart. $12 adult/$9 child in advance, $9/$6 day of, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., wakeforestnc.gov/renaissance-centre.aspx.
We know, we know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But a cup of hot chocolate and the sweet sounds of a harpist might just have you humming carols all night long. Visit the courtyard at 7 p.m. for the official lighting. Free, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, lafayettevillageraleigh.com.
Find crafts, women’s accessories, home décor and other goods from more than 200 vendors. Profits support the school’s PTSA programs, including staff luncheons, student scholarships and department grants. $5 ($1 off with canned good donation), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.
The festival honors the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, one of the 19th and 20th century’s greatest piano players. The Polish musician performed around the world, including four stops in Raleigh from 1917 to 1939. The weekend includes a series of paired lectures and piano concerts. $15-$20, Thursday-Sunday, various locations in Raleigh, paderewski-festival.org.