Science fun: Bring the family and scope out science projects.
Marbles Kids Museum and the N.C. Science Festival have teamed up to host the Family Science Fair, which encourages children to design and present their own science investigation. The deadline to enter the noncompetitive fair has passed, but there’s sure to be plenty of projects to check out. $5; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.
Rocking marathon: Support marathon runners at the after-race concert.
Even if you’re not up for the 13- or 26-mile run, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon promises fun for everybody. Spectators and runners can enjoy the Finish Line Festival, featuring Smash Mouth. The event will close streets in downtown for most of Sunday morning. Free; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday; concert at Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.
Local literary talent: Discover local authors during a free program.
Meet and talk with local authors at “Authors in Your Backyard: A Celebration of Local Writers.” Novelist Diane Chamberlain will introduce the authors. Registration is required. Free; 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
So much beer: Get an international perspective without leaving downtown during the World Beer Festival.
Enjoy unlimited tastings and seminars, and meet with brewers from all over the state as part of N.C. Beer Month. You can also get an education on certain types of beer, like Belgian brews in the Belgian Bier Garden feature. $50 for general admission, $100 for VIP; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh.
Music for a cause: Round out the weekend with peaceful tunes.
The Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra will present a free family concert to benefit The Daniel Center for Math & Science. The performance will also feature the Raleigh Concert Dancers, dressed up as colorful animals and birds. Free; 3:30 p.m. Sunday; Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.