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Plan your weekend: Ham & Yam it up, Meet in the Street or hit your Peak

The Ham & Yam Festival in Smithfield features pig races, a sweet potato pie-eating contest, carnival rides and more.
The Ham & Yam Festival in Smithfield features pig races, a sweet potato pie-eating contest, carnival rides and more. Courtesy of Ham & Yam Festival

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

Peak fun at PeakFest

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Salem Street, downtown Apex; free; apexpeakfest.com

This is peak fun in the peak of good living – a festival with live music, “fair”-type food, entertainment for the kids, artists and vendors.

Ham & Yam it up

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; Downtown Smithfield; free; hamandyam.com

So much happens at this 33rd annual festival that it’s almost like a mini state fair: pig races, carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, a rubber duck race, a dog run, a sweet potato pie eating contest, local bands and dance groups, lots of delicious ham- and yam-related food – the list goes on and on.

Meet in the Street

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest; free; wakeforestchamber.org

Another great small-town festival – this one with 200 artisan booths featuring handcrafted items, plus food, music and family fun.

Out! Raleigh

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Fayetteville Street, downtown Raleigh; free; outraleigh.org

This seventh annual festival is a family-friendly event supporting the Triangle’s LGBT community. Entertainment includes DJ Pancakes, Shirlette Ammons and others, plus a Kids Zone with inflatables, Cirque de Vol, Artopia and more. And of course, lots of food trucks and other vendors.

Round up the vittles

Noon-7 p.m. Sunday; Downtown Raleigh; downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com

Downtown Raleigh’s half-mile spread of food trucks is back, stretching 11 city blocks with more than 50 food trucks from across the state – plus (and this is no small thing) sidewalk seating.

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