Be funny: Laugh with the professionals.
The annual improv festival featuring six of Raleigh’s best teams and six visiting teams from Chicago will likely serve up big laughs in its ninth year. Each show will feature three teams. The event is not geared for children. Aspiring comedians can pay an extra $30 to attend a workshop with a Chicago comedian Saturday afternoon. $12 per show or $40 for a weekend pass; 8 p.m. Friday, 11:30 p.m. Saturday; Comedy Worx, 431 W. Peace St., Raleigh.
Chow down: Eat barbecue for a good cause.
Barbecue, local beers and bluegrass music are all part of the ’Cuegrass Festival, now in its seventh year. The Pit will close down Davie Street downtown for the festivities. Proceeds from the event will go to the Junior League of Raleigh’s Backpack Buddies program. $5; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; The Pit, 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh.
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Dog days: Give Fido a fun day out.
Take your dog for a walk to benefit the SPCA of Wake County during the organization’s 3K dog walk. Dogs who aren’t as fond of walking can trek a shorter track or just visit the pet-friendly vendors. There will also be contests and food. $35 to register; walks start at 11 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday; Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh.
A light in the dark: Learn about North Carolina’s lighthouses.
Get a quick lesson in North Carolina culture by learning about the lighthouses that line the coast. Then, create a paper version of the real thing to take home with you. Free; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
A night at the ballet: Check out “Swan Lake.”
Take the family to see the classic show performed by the Carolina Ballet. The dance performance tells the story of a princess who is turned into a swan and the prince who falls in love with her. Tickets start at $23; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.