Never too late: Celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday with The Big Easy.
Ice and snow postponed downtown Raleigh’s Fat Tuesday festivities. Come out for a New Orleans-style party on Fayetteville-turned-Bourbon Street. Live music, street performers and food trucks are part of the fun. Free admission; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; 200 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.
Lunch date: Ease into your weekend with a trip to the N.C. Symphony.
A mid-day performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” should send you humming through the final hours of the work week. A pre-concert talk with scholar-in-residence William Robin begins at 11 a.m. Friday in the lobby. $28; noon Friday; Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
Night riders: Enjoy a trip down your favorite paths under the light of a waxing moon.
Bring your bike to Umstead for a two-hour ride through the park. A bike light of at least 200 lumens and a helmet are musts; an E.T. doll is optional. Reservations required. Free, 5:45 p.m. Thursday; Visitor Center additional parking area, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; 919-571-4170.
Opening nights: New York’s Aquila Theatre brings two plays with a spark of the supernatural to N.C. State.
The theater’s one-weekend stop in Raleigh begins with “The Tempest” on Friday before switching to “Wuthering Heights” on Saturday and Sunday. The first, a story of a shipwreck, family and forgiveness, is believed to be Shakespeare’s last play. The second is based on Emily Bronte’s story of ill-fated lovers on the northern English moors. A cast-led discussion begins one hour before each show. $28; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, N.C. State, Raleigh; ncsu.edu/arts/ or 919-515-1100.
Family affair: A close-knit acoustic quartet performs at Sola Coffee Cafe.
Nowhere and the Broken Consideration from Sanford bring their harmonies to the classic country and pop tunes they grew up on. Siblings Anna May, Aaron Stone, Mat Stone, and May’s husband, Bryan, form the band. Music fans may recognize members from N.C. acts Refuge, and Wake the Fallen. Free; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.