There’s still time to sample some of the best chefs in town as Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week continues all weekend. Special prix fixe dinners ($20/$30/$65) are being served at 41 dining hotspots. Reservations recommended.
Through Sunday; list of restaurants and other details at godowntownraleigh.com
This year’s Elderberry Festival will have 31 local bands on five stages, plus offerings from local craft breweries, local food producers and local artisans.
Noon-11 p.m. Saturday; Southern Rail, 201-C E. Main St., Carrboro; free;
Auction aids animals
The Painted Chair auction – both silent and live – benefits Durham’s Independent Animal Rescue group and includes hand-crafted furniture as well as artwork, jewelry, pottery and much more. Plus live music and refreshments.
5-9 p.m. Saturday; Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham; $15-$20; animalrescue.net
That’s a good boy!
If your pup has some great tricks up its paw or looks particularly splendid in a costume, consider celebrating National Dog Day (officially Aug. 26) at the Best Dog Tricks and Costume Contests at Crowder Park. The contest includes a category for humans as well. Hmmm.
1-4 p.m. Sunday; Crowder Park, 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex; free; facebook.com/crowderpark
Texan and his band
You don’t just get long, tall Texan Lyle Lovett in Durham next week, but his Large Band as well. This is always a great show.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday; DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham; $45-$100; dpacnc.com