Four beers, one run: Go for a run, and drink some beer along the way.
Raleigh’s first Beer Mile & Instant Gratification Run will take runners through a downtown route, with beers at every quarter-mile. Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing is hosting the event, which will feature prizes, live music and food. The event benefits the Triangle Spokes Group, a nonprofit that delivers new bicycles to children. $25-$50 to register; 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 505 W. Jones St., Raleigh.
Back to the ’80s: Catch a classic flick outside.
PNC’s Downtown Raleigh Movie Series will kick off at sundown Friday, bringing parents back to the ’80s and introducing children to some classic movies. The first film in the series is “Ghostbusters,” shown on a 100-foot screen. If the #FlashbackFriday theme doesn’t grab your attention, food trucks and a beer and wine tent might. Free; at dusk Friday; City Plaza, 400 block of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
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Japanese culture primer: Check out Animazement.
Celebrate Japanese culture with the all-volunteer Animazement festivities. The three-day event will show off anime, manga, martial arts and cosplay. There will be special guests and panels. Popular voice actors will be on hand for signings, and producers and animators will stop by. $60 for the whole weekend; 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
A frog’s life: Get out in nature.
Learn all about frogs and toads as part of Wake County Parks’ Nature Stories series. “Feeling Froggy Saturdays” will introduce 3- to 5-year-olds to some of the most common amphibians. Park staff will share stories about frogs and toads while family members can look at real tadpoles on the banks of Falls Lake. Registration required. $4; 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday; Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.
A musical thank-you: Celebrate Memorial Day with music.
The Raleigh Concert Band will perform at the Raleigh Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for many Union Civil War soldiers, and Memorial Day began as a holiday to honor those who died in the Civil War. Free; 1:30 p.m. Monday; Raleigh Memorial Cemetery, 501 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh.