8 fun things to do in the Triangle this weekend:
Crape Myrtle Gala
7 p.m. Friday; N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh; $40; crapemyrtlefest.org
The 36th annual Grand Gala (and accompanying Queens Ball) supports the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities. Expect lots of food, libations and live entertainment, including drag performances. (Queens Ball is 6-8 p.m. at Fifteen, 317 W. Morgan St., Raleigh.)
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Maxwell & Fantasia
8 p.m. Friday; Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh; $131-$204; redhatamphitheater.com
Catch some sweet soul music when Maxwell teams up with N.C. native Fantasia Barrino and Ro James at Red Hat.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; B.Good, 555 Fayetteville St., Raleigh; $20/person or $130/team; raleightyphoon.com
The Raleigh Typhoon scavenger hunt and urban adventure lets teams tackle games and solve puzzles while visiting a variety of downtown spots. Teams need 2-8 members, all 21 or over. Proceeds benefit Activate Good.
Festival of beer
4 p.m. Saturday; Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro; $20; steelstringbrewery.com/cardinalfest
The Cardinal Directions Beer Festival will have more than 20 N.C. breweries pouring Saisons, plus food trucks and live music.
Bickford in Durham
8 p.m. Saturday; Carrboro ArtsCenter, Carrboro; $12-$15; artscenterlive.org
Durhamite Brice Randall Bickford has one of the most distinctive voices in Triangle music. He unveils his new album “PARO” on Saturday.
Hang with Harry
There are a bunch of book release parties Saturday night for the last in the “Harry Potter” series. The one at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill (flyleafbooks.com) starts at 10 p.m.; The Regulator Bookshop in Durham (regulatorbookshop.com) opens at 11 p.m., with activities starting at 11:30; the 10 p.m. release party at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh (quailridgebooks.com) is sold out, but the book will still be available at midnight; and Barnes and Noble stores also have events planned, starting at 8 p.m. To find one at your local store, visit barnesandnoble.com.
Noon-4 p.m. Sunday; The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham; $5; nando.com/3xx
Learn all about fermented foods and sample pickled items from local restaurants at this annual gathering. Local beer and lunch from food trucks available to purchase.
5-9:30 p.m. Sunday; Along West Chatham Street, Cary; free; townofcary.org
The Chatham Street Chowdown food truck rodeo will have food trucks and local beer and wine vendors, along with seating and live music.