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Top weekend picks: Jan. 28-31

Triangle Restaurant Week is a great excuse to try a new restaurant (or two) this weekend.
Triangle Restaurant Week is a great excuse to try a new restaurant (or two) this weekend. FILE PHOTO

Chinese New Year: Celebrate with food, music and more.

The Triangle Area Chinese American Society will host the Chinese New Year Festival. Children can enjoy face-painting, puppet shows and Chinese board games, while parents can enjoy more than 40 performances and dozens of food stands. Everyone in the family will get a chance to see martial arts experts in various exhibitions. $5 in advance from Grand Asia Market, A&C Supermarket, Li Ming’s Global Mart or Today Asia, $8 at the door, free for children 6 and under; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Dorton Arena, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Triangle Restaurant Week: Hey, you gotta eat.

Triangle Restaurant Week brings together an impressive menu from local restaurants through Jan. 31. This year, travel to India at Azitra or taste Mexican food at Jose and Sons. And for those interested in a more traditionally southern fare, options range from The Pit downtown to Driftwood Southern Kitchen in North Raleigh. Menus are pre-set; check www.trirestaurantweek.com for participating restaurants. $15 for lunches, $20-$30 for dinners; Friday-Sunday; various locations in Raleigh.

Look to the sky: Learn more about the universe.

With the help of NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will take visitors out of this world with comet crafts as well as more information about exoplanets (planets outside the immediate solar system). Christina Hammock, an astronaut from Jacksonville, will be the guest speaker. Free; 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh.

Wedding planning for all: Check out an LGBT wedding expo.

The third annual Same Love, Same Rights LGBT wedding expo comes to Raleigh to connect gay couples with wedding vendors. The event will feature photographers, DJs, officiants, venues and everything else needed to make it a day to remember. There will be free raffle giveaways and planning tips to make the wedding stress-free. Free; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

Art in the Park: Get inspired by a historic mill.

Join a creative art class at Historic Yates Mill County Park to make crafts based on the old mill. Artists can take their work home or enter it in the Mill as Muse contest. Supplies will be provided, and artists can view past artwork that was inspired by the mill. $3 per child or $5 per family; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.