Hopscotch: The Hopscotch Music Festival returns to Raleigh this weekend for its sixth year. More than 150 bands will take over 11 stages throughout downtown, including City Plaza and the Convention Center. Artists this year include TV on the Radio, Pusha T, Cashmere Cat and Chelsea Wolfe. If the music isn’t enticing enough, join the Hopscotch Day Party on Saturday. $35-$225; 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
All about puppets: “Handmade Puppet Dreams” documents the newest frontier for puppeteers: film. This film was curated by Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, creator of “The Muppets.” It shows the process of turning finger puppets and paper cutouts into digital products that can use special effects and be duplicated. Free; 6 p.m. Thursday; ballroom in the Talley Student Union at N.C. State University; 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh.
Day of service: The city of Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and local businesses will host a day of service and kindness to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Volunteers will spruce up schools, package food and more. An evening commemoration at Red Hat Amphitheater will feature live music. Participants should bring a nonperishable food item to fill a truck for the Urban Ministries of Wake County food pantry. Registration is required. Free; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; various locations.
Greek culture: The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will present the 34th annual Greek Festival. The three-day event will feature Greek food, music, traditional folk dance and more. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. $3, $2 for seniors and children 13-18, free for children under 13; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
Secret garden: The Juniper Level Botanic Garden is an appointment-only nursery that is open to the public eight times a year, including this weekend. The 28-acre campus has exotic and rare plants as well as native perennials. After perusing the impressive spread, inspired gardeners can visit the Plant Delights Nursery, which sells more than 1,600 perennials. Free; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh.