Midtown Raleigh News

Top weekend picks: March 13-15

The time of your life: Watch “Dirty Dancing” on the big screen at the N.C. Museum of History.

The museum’s “Starring North Carolina” film series will feature a story of summer love starring Patrick Swayze as a dance instructor and Jennifer Grey as his student. Though the movie is set in the Catskill Mountains of New York, many of the scenes were filmed near Lake Lure in Rutherford County. $5; 6 p.m. Friday; 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Luck of the Irish: Line the streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The 33rd annual parade will wind its way down Wilmington Street to Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh beginning at 10 a.m. Look for dancers, pipers and community groups – likely in a sea of green. Then, stick around for the Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival at City Plaza, which will feature music, dancing, food and children’s activities. Free admission; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.

Green the block: Pubs on both ends of downtown will continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Head to Glenwood South to celebrate with the Hibernian and Napper Tandy’s, or visit Moore Square to see how Tir Na Nog marks the occasion. On Glenwood South, you’ll find wares for sale from local vendors. Tir Na Nog will serve up a full Irish breakfast. Both parties will feature live music, food and plenty of beer. Tir Na Nog: free admission; 9 a.m. until late Saturday; 218 S. Blount St., Raleigh; Glenwood South: free, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; $5 after 4 p.m.; 300 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

An international circus: Experience circus acts from around the world.

Catch a highwire act from Colombia, royalty from Ethiopia and Chilean dogs who know a trick or two in UniverSoul’s Circus’ last weekend in Raleigh. The hip-hop-inspired circus brings in performers from around the globe to make it unpredictable and fresh. $20-$30; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, 3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh.

Amphibian friends: Umstead introduces you to the wonderful world of frogs and their relatives.

Umstead State Park will take participants through the double lives of amphibians who spend time on land and in water. The program, which is limited to 60 people, will show off some of the local amphibians of North Carolina, including frogs, toads and small lizards. Free but reservations required; Saturday; William B. Umstead Visitor Center Auditorium, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

Superheroes in action: Meet some famous characters at Comic Con.

Featuring major names in the superhero genre, Wizard World Raleigh Comic Con is the largest touring expo of its kind. Get an inside look into the world of cosplay, comics, video games and television. Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries” and Tyler Hoechlin of “Teen Wolf” are expected to make appearances. $35; 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., www.wizardworld.com/home-raleigh.html.