The “Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals” exhibit, opening Friday, shows how bluegrass music has its roots in North Carolina as much as anywhere else. The exhibit will showcase different instruments every five weeks, so you’ll want to go often (it runs through May 2015). First up: a guitar, custom-made by Carl McIntyre for Doc Watson, and a banjo played by Earl Scruggs. This is also a good primer for the upcoming Wide Open Bluegrass festival (Oct. 3-4).
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free; ncmuseumofhistory.org
‘Cedars in the Pines’
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While you’re at the museum, check out the excellent “Cedars in the Pines” exhibit, commemorating the history and contributions of Lebanese immigrants in North Carolina. This is its last weekend.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free; ncmuseumofhistory.org
The Big Muddy Challenge is a chance for the whole family to get down and dirty (emphasis on dirty) while enjoying some active, wholesome exercise. Plus, proceeds benefit the March of Dimes and Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s just as much fun to attend as to watch.
9 a.m. Saturday; Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville; $40 registration; bigmuddychallenge.com
A weekend of culture
The fifth African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake is a celebration of art, music, food and community spread over two days in downtown Raleigh. This year, in addition to the Family Village, there’s music from The Bar-Kays, A Taste of Honey and The Zapp Band.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday; City Plaza, Raleigh; free; aacfralwake.org
Food truck vittles
Yes, there’s a roundup of more than 40 delicious food trucks and local brewers, but also live music from Big Brotha Thunda; fun, hands-on science activities for the kids; and Balloon Man Mike. Bring a blanket or chair and stay all afternoon.
Noon-4 p.m. Sunday; Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham; free; durhamcentralpark.org