Triangle events to add to your daybook:
Meet a horse
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Hunt Horse Complex, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; free; ncstatefair.org
The Southern States Horse Show is a cool place to meet a horse up close and personal, while catching a regional championship show with several classes of competition.
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Freedom Balloon Fest
2-10:30 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Fleming Loop Park, Fuquay-Varina; free; freedomballoonfest.com
WRAL’s annual balloon fest has a lot more than hot air balloons – live music, K-9 Frisbee Dogs, a beer and wine garden, a fun zone, food vendors and more. See website for paid parking info (no parking at the park).
8 a.m. Saturday; City of Durham Parking Lot on Ninth Street, Durham; $200; doughman.org
Eat and run, eat and swim, eat and bike. What comes after that is up to you (and your belly). But this charity quadrathalon does offer vegan and vegetarian legs of the race, because Durham.
Soldiers through the ages
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham; free; bennettplacehistoricsite.com
In honor of Memorial Day, learn about uniforms and weapons used by our military as living historians represent the American soldier from all time periods. There’s a soldier’s parade and wreath-laying ceremony each afternoon.
Noon Saturday; The Baxter, 108 N. Graham St., Chapel Hill; free; nando.com/jawsfest2017
It started a few years ago with a screening of the movie “Jaws” and quickly turned into block party-style event with food, live music, art, haircuts for charity, a handmade craft market and a Lil Sebastian-style miniature pony. Oh yes, they still screen the shark flick. (The movie screening is free but there may be charges for some events.)