Triangle events to add to your daybook:
NASCAR and moonshine
5-9 p.m. Friday; N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; free; ncmuseumofhistory.org
Meet legendary driver Junior Johnson and watch a documentary short and a feature-length movie about him, plus get a sample of Midnight Moon moonshine (as long as it lasts).
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Beer, bourbon, ‘cue
6-9 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday; Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary; $29-$89; beerandbourbon.com
The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival offers, well, beer, bourbon and barbecue! Plus, seminars and live music all day. Tickets get you a sampling glass and barbecue plate.
The Beautiful Beast
7 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Sept. 4, plus Labor Day; Forest Theatre; 123 S. Boundary St., Chapel Hill; $8-$15; paperhand.org
Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Beautiful Beast” show explores beauty and magic through the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. (Shows move to N.C. Museum of Art Sept 9-11.)
HBD, Bull City Records
Friday and Saturday; multiple venues, Durham; see bullcityrecords.com for details.
Superchunk, Dirty Little Heaters, Dry Heathens and others play independent record store Bull City Records’ two-night birthday party, celebrating 11 years as a Durham institution. Events take place at Pinhook and Ponysaurus Brewing.
The force re-awakens
9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; $6 (free for museum members); ncartmuseum.org
Two straight nights to catch J.J. Abrams’ 2015 resurrection of the “Star Wars” saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen.
Squealin’ 4 Hope
10 a.m. Saturday; St. John’s United Holy Church, 3201 Jack Mitchell Road, Zebulon; free; unitedhopecdc.org
This event, sponsored by the non-profit United Hope CDC, features a barbecue cook-off contest and arts and crafts, plus food bookbag and school supply giveaways. Proceeds benefit area residents in need.
Food truck rodeo
4-9 p.m. Sunday; Fayetteville Street, Raleigh; downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com
It’s a half-mile of food trucks spread out over 11 city blocks. The more than 50 trucks attending come from all over the state, and there’s sidewalk seating.