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Top weekend picks: June 18-21

Enjoy the sunshine. The Summer Solstice Ice Cream Party will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
Enjoy the sunshine. The Summer Solstice Ice Cream Party will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Corey Lowenstein

Creating critters: Make your own stuffed friend.

Join Belk and Marbles Kids Museum to create your own pillow plushie, perfect for snuggling or sleeping. Belk will help with the sewing, so bring your creativity. $5; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.

On the pageant circuit: See the next Miss North Carolina be crowned.

The Miss North Carolina pageant starts Wednesday, with events running into the weekend. Contestants will present their best talents, ranging from clogging to opera to salsa dancing. Catch the finals, for adults and teens, on Saturday. $25-$90; 7:30 p.m Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Bringing the coast to Raleigh: Get your seafood, barbecue and craft beer all in one place.

Get a taste of seafood and barbecue prepared by the Triangle’s favorite chefs and food trucks at the third annual Fresh Catch Festival, which promotes North Carolina’s fisheries and farms. The event will feature eight hours of live music and plenty of craft beer and local spirits. Stick around to watch the first Big Print Street Party, where artists will create giant ink prints using a street pavement roller. $8 in advance, $10 day of, free for children 12 and younger; 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday; Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh.

A musical Father’s Day: Help Dad celebrate with some tunes.

Honor your dad – and Uncle Paul Montgomery, a local musician and TV personality – at the fourth annual Paul Montgomery Memorial Father’s Day Concert. The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra will join the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. Each group has some tie to Montgomery, with relatives leading or contributing to them. $14 for adults, $7 for students; 3 p.m. Sunday; Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

Solstice Sunday: Enjoy the longest day of the year.

Spend the last few hours of the summer solstice surrounded by beautiful greenery and family-friendly lawn games, then eat a sundae to top it all off. The Summer Solstice Ice Cream Party will give you time to enjoy the extra sun with a cold treat. $20 per family, registration recommended; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.