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Take Five: Triangle events to add to your daybook

Durham holds an annual LGBT pride parade, as seen in this September 2011 file photo.
Durham holds an annual LGBT pride parade, as seen in this September 2011 file photo. 2011 NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Get your motor runnin’

It’s Bikefest time again, which means the streets of downtown Raleigh will be roaring with activity (and engines!). This year’s event will include thrill shows, record-setting events, sidewalk entertainment and more.

8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Fayetteville Street, downtown Raleigh; Free;

Visit ‘Pout-Pout Fish’

The kids will flip for this chance to meet author Debbie Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna of “Pout-Pout Fish” fame. The duo visit with their latest, “The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School.”

5 p.m. Friday; Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh; Free;

Free fall music

Music on the Plaza is back at Northgate with an outdoor fall series taking place over the next five Fridays. The first concert features blues greats Charlley Ward, the Jimi King Trio and John Dee Holeman. Food trucks open at 6 p.m.

7 p.m. Friday; Northgate Mall plaza, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham; Free;

Pride in Durham

North Carolina’s 30th annual LGBT Pride celebration in Durham features a Saturday 5K run on Duke’s East Campus (8:30 a.m.), a festival (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and a parade (1 p.m.). There are also nighttime events in Raleigh and Durham that evening and on Sunday.

Saturday; Duke University, East Campus, Durham; Free;

Catch a dragon boat

The Triangle’s first Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by Asian Focus and Pan Am, is a great chance to watch dragon boat races, try some great food and check out live performances.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Booth Amphitheare, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary; Free (parking $5);