1. Storytime: Families can catch three stages of storytelling Saturday.
The 32nd Annual Storytelling Festival is like an outdoor multiplex of the spoken word. Sponsored by Wake County libraries, the free event in Southeast Raleigh features eight storytellers spinning engaging yarns for kids and adults. There’s also live music from a band called Baron Von Rumblebuss, which is known for fun songs like “(It Wuzza) Boo-Boo” and “Flush The Toilet.” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, wakegov.com/libraries
2. Burlesque bash: Here’s something you probably shouldn’t take your kids to.
The VaudeVillain Revue is downtown Friday night with a back-to-school burlesque show called “Hot For Teacher.” Performers will include Virginia Scare and Pearl VanDammit as well as a magic show from Michael Casey. Expect singing and dancing with a bit of circus sideshow thrown in for good measure. $10 online or $12 at the door, 10 p.m. Friday, The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St.
3. A dog walks into a bar: Take Fido out for a night on the town Thursday.
The monthly Pints 4 Paws event returns to the London Bridge Pub downtown. It’s a rare chance to let your pet on a barstool, though he probably shouldn’t be sipping the beer. It’s a benefit for Cause for Paws of NC with a raffle drawing and a contest for the cutest dog in Raleigh. John Mars Eddie will bring the music, and it’s likely someone will request the Baha Men classic “Who Let The Dogs Out?” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, London Bridge Pub, 110 E. Hargett St., pints4paws.org
4. Greenway party: Get outside Saturday with a festival on the Walnut Creek Greenway.
Take a guided bike tour of the trail, which now extends from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. Watch volunteers pull up invasive plants. Play disc golf or try some of the wetland-inspired arts and craft stations. Or just sit back and take in live music ranging from African drums to Polynesian dances. Activities abound at the Festival in Motion, which aims to show off the natural beauty just a few blocks from downtown. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St., festivalinmotion.com
5. Child’s play: Head to a local park for Take a Child Outside Week. There may be s’mores.
Fill your calendar with events for the whole family, including an evening paddle in Lake Johnson on Wednesday, a campout at Durant Nature Park on Friday and fishing lessons at Umstead State Park on Sunday afternoon. The Durant family camp-out includes a Dutch oven dinner, a night hike and a light breakfast. Bring your own tent, or borrow one from the park. $15 youth/$20 adults, 6 p.m . Friday to 11 a.m . Saturday, 8305 Camp Durant Road, Raleigh. More information and registration at raleighnc.gov/parks/news/content/CorNews/Articles/PRecTakeChildOutsideWeek.html. For Umstead events, ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/events.php.