Tour De Toys: Go on a bike ride for a good cause.
Crank Arm Brewing will host a holiday bike ride to collect toys and other gifts for a local shelter for women. Participants can choose a six- or 12-mile ride through Raleigh; registration is paid with toy donations. Dolls, small trucks and Wal-Mart gift cards are especially needed. For those who want to participate but can’t ride, Crank Arm will offer rickshaw rides. After the race, adults can taste some of Crank Arm’s beers and everyone can stick around for live music and raffles. Free with donation; 9 a.m. Saturday; Crank Arm Brewing, 319 W. Davie St., Raleigh.
Family fun: Check out art and eat ice cream.
Get ice cream with a side of art at the PNC Free Family Sundae event at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh. Families can make their own sweet treat and take a tour of the museum. Exhibits include “The Imaginary Architecture of Love” and “Big, Bent Ears.” Children and adults can make an art project to take home at the CAM-TO-GO station. N.C. State University’s Howling Cow ice cream will be on sale. Free; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
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100 years of Disney: Watch your favorite characters perform on ice.
“Disney On Ice” will celebrate 100 years of the company that created Mickey Mouse and Elsa. More than 50 Disney characters will perform, including classics such as Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse and Goofy. Newer characters like Princess Elsa and Tiana will also be there. Characters will sing more than 30 Disney songs, including “Let it Go” from “Frozen” and “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King.” Families can participate in the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along pre-show. Tickets start at $20; 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh.
Power of the spoken word: Listen to poetry.
The Boston-based So & So poetry series came to Raleigh in 2008 and will now host an event with Connecticut-based poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi and North Carolina poet Valerie Nieman. The series features national and local poets, including some who have won awards like the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. So & So will inspire writers to create poems about pieces on display at the venue, and then the poems will be performed. Free; 8 to 10 p.m. Friday; Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh.
A bright holiday: See Raleigh’s best holiday lights.
Tobacco Road Tours will take visitors on a special tour to see holiday lights in and around downtown Raleigh. See decorations at the State Capitol, in historic Oakwood and along Fayetteville Street. The tour, which will not require walking, will also travel to Pullen Park. Reservations are required. $39 for adults, $29 for children; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh.