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
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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