Arts & Culture

6 things to do in the Triangle this weekend, from SPARKcon to BugFest and more

More than 145 juried visual artists showcase their original work in clay, glass, wood, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more at the 42nd annual CenterFest this weekend in Durham.
More than 145 juried visual artists showcase their original work in clay, glass, wood, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more at the 42nd annual CenterFest this weekend in Durham. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

SPARKcon

Through Sunday; Venues across downtown Raleigh; free (mostly); sparkcon.com

For its 11th year, the expanded arts festival takes over downtown Raleigh with events focused on art, comedy, theater, design, food, music, fashion and much more.

Art of politics

5-8 p.m. Friday; Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco Campus, 320-100 Blackwell St., Durham; free; powerplantgallery.com

Longtime N&O political cartoonist Dwane Powell talks about his work at a reception for the exhibit “Dwane Powell: The Art of Politics: 40 Years of Editorial Cartoons & Then Some” (exhibit runs through Oct. 8).

BugFest

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh; free; naturalsciences.org/bugfest

There are lectures and music and food and bugs – and some of the food contains bugs – at this annual celebration of insects. This year’s focus is on the exceedingly fascinating ant.

CenterFest Arts Fest

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Downtown Durham loop; free (donations welcome); centerfest.durhamarts.org

More than 145 juried visual artists showcase their original work in clay, glass, wood, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more at this 42nd annual event.

Block party

2:30-5 p.m. Sunday; Joel Lane Museum House, 160 S. St. Mary’s St., Raleigh; $20-$25 (under 12 free); joellane.org

It’s an afternoon of local food and beer, house tours, demonstrations and live music from the Counterclockwise String Band at this Joel Lane House fundraiser.

Beyond the House

7 p.m. Tuesday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; $8 ($5 for members); ncmuseumofhistory.org

Learn about the private lives of one of North Carolina’s most influential families, the Vanderbilts of Asheville’s Biltmore Estate, in a lecture by Ann Ashley, vice president of The Biltmore Company.

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