A new perspective: Paddle through Umstead.
Paddle along Big Lake Dam with an Umstead park ranger to get the full experience of the man-made lake. Rangers will help paddlers find natural and historical points of interest. Paddlers should bring insect repellent, sunscreeen and clothes that can get wet. Reservations are required. Free; 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday; Big Lake Boathouse at William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.
Pints and paint: Attend an adult art class.
Get a full afternoon of entertainment with the Beer & Brushes Paint Class. Local artist Lisa Nicole Jones will help painters of all levels create an original piece of artwork. After painting, acoustic musician Whit Vosburgh will play for three hours, giving everyone time to mix and mingle. Purchase tickets in advance online. $30; 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday; The Green Monkey, 1217 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
All about crops: Learn about the history of agriculture.
Agriculture has a long history in in the state, and the North Carolina Museum of History has laid it out for all to see in the “History of Harvest” exhibit. Museum garden staff will oversee informal tours along the Bicentennial Plaza. Herbs, edible crops, tobacco, cotton and the newest technology will be featured along the tour. Free; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
Show off your dance skills: Take part in some square dancing.
Take it back a few decades and enjoy a night of square dancing and ice cream in downtown Raleigh with a dancing and ice cream social. Beginners and experts are welcome. If dancing isn’t your thing, hey, there will be sweet treats. $5; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; First Baptist Church, 99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
Learn new moves: Have a day of family fun.
Kids and parents are invited to pick up a few dance moves from some childhood favorites. The Raleigh Dance Theatre will present “Storybook Tales” at Marbles Kids Museum. The event will use popular children’s characters to teach some of the world-class dancing featured at the Theatre. Free with $5 museum admission; 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.