Triangle events to add to your daybook:
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.
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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).
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.
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.