St. Paddy’s parade
Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Wearin’ ’O the Green Festival Parade will have lots of food and drink, activities for kids on Leprechaun Lane, and Celtic-inspired jewelry, arts and crafts. Plus, live music!
10 a.m. Saturday; City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh; free; raleighstpats.org
IRONDOG (and cat!)
This pawsome 5k Run/1.5M Dog Walk raises money for dogs – and cats – whose owners cannot afford their medical care at the N.C. State Veterinary Health Complex. Participants raise money from pledges for the completion of endurance athletic events.
10 a.m. Saturday; NCSU Centennial Campus, 2410 Campus Shore Drive, Raleigh; $15 (dog walk), $30 (5K run); ncstatevets.org/irondog
Arbor Day in Durham
Durham’s annual celebration of trees will have activities suitable for all ages, including the planting of 100 trees (tools provided), a tree seeding giveaway, advice on selecting and growing trees and more.
1-3 p.m. Saturday; Greystone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Road, Durham; free; 919-354-2729
Learn about recent archaeological findings at the Bentonville Civil War battlefield (near Four Oaks in Johnston County) during the presentation “A Monumental Mystery: The Battle of Bentonville and Its Lost Confederate Soliders.”
2 p.m. Saturday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free; ncmuseumofhistory.org
Wait, wait … new comedy
DSI Comedy Theater premieres a new show – “Oh the Humanities!” – in association with UNC’s NightLabs series, featuring faculty from UNC and comedians from DSI in a funny game show centered on real scholarly research.
7 p.m. Wednesday; DSI Comedy Theater, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; $6; dsicomedy.com