Midtown Raleigh News

Top weekend picks: May 1-3

Film fun: Catch dozens of independent movies at the Longleaf Film Festival.

The festival at the N.C. Museum of History opens with a series of shorts on Friday, followed by a jam-packed Saturday of documentaries and narratives, both short and feature length. The museum is hosting the festival in conjunction with the “Starring North Carolina!” exhibit and plans to keep it going in future years. Free; 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh; ncmuseumofhistory.org/LFF.

Rainbow Raleigh: The annual Out! Raleigh festival comes to City Plaza.

The fifth annual festival includes food, vendors and performers. The lineup features scenes from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” by Raleigh Little Theatre and musical selections by the Common Woman Chorus and the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus. Free; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh; outraleigh.org.

Fab Four: Larsen returns to the stage at Sola Coffee Cafe.

This husband-and-wife team – Jeff on acoustic guitar and vocals and Kristen on cello and vocals – presents a night with the Beatles. Hum along to hits from “All You Need is Love” to “I am the Walrus.” The cafe has a dinner menu with pizzas, sandwiches and small plates. Free; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh; solacoffee.com.

Circle the wagons: Kick off the 2015 food truck rodeo season.

More than 50 food trucks from across North Carolina will converge on 11 city blocks in downtown Raleigh for the first of four rodeos. Lasso some good eats including barbecue, dumplings, desserts and more. Organizers ask that you leave Fido at home. You can always get a doggie bag, though. Free admission; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; Fayetteville Street south of the Capitol, downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com.

Meet, eat and shop: The 35th annual Meet in the Street festival will take over downtown Wake Forest.

Festivities will include food, live music and children’s activities, along with dozens of artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted goods. There will also be a beer garden. The fun takes place along Taylor, South Brooks and South White streets. Free admission; 10 a.m. start time; wakeforestnc.gov.