9 things to do in the Triangle this weekend

Happy fall, y’all! As September slides into the rear-view, here’s a roundup of events worth checking out.

Wide Open Bluegrass

It’s back. Fiddle your way to Red Hat for Wide Open Bluegrass (Fri.-Sat.), Raleigh’s epic answer to all your music fest fancies — think eight music stages, dance tent, BBQ championship, art, food, shopping and so much more. | More info

NC Pride at Night Festival

Honor the past and celebrate the future at NC Pride @ Night 2018. First held 30 years ago on June 25, 1988, Raleigh’s inaugural Gay Pride celebration saw over 2,000 participants gather at NC State’s Bell Tower and march to Capitol Square. This year’s event (Sat., 4 p.m.) takes place at the intersection of Hargett and Harrington streets, with proceeds to benefit the Crape Myrtle Festival organization. Or, in the Bull City, celebrate at Pride: Durham (Sat., 11 a.m.) on Duke University East Campus. | More info

Friday Night Tribute Series

We may have said so-long to summer, but block-party outdoor-music season doesn’t have to end. Stretch the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park fun through Oct. 12 with the Friday Night Tribute Series (7 to 9 p.m.), featuring food trucks, specialty cocktails, kid-friendly fun and, of course, tunes. This week: The Shakedown, a tribute band to Tom Petty. | More info

Storytelling Festival

Storytime is not just for school rooms and libraries or bedtime tales. Take storytime to the park with Storytelling Festival and post up for professional storytellers, plus live music, wagon shuttle, activity tents, food vendors and more. Presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries and Wake Co. Parks, Recreation and Open Space at Historic Oak View County Park (Sat., 11 a.m.), free to all ages. BYO blanket or chair for lawn seating. | More info

Belgian Beer Fest

Belgian-inspired, Carolina-crafted. Belly up to Neuse River Brewing Company Saturday for Belgian Beer Fest (noon to 6 p.m.), feat. such local brewers as Bond Brothers, Brewery Bhavana, Crank Arm, Fullsteam, Haw River and much more. Sante! | More info

Over the Edge

Feel like livin’ on the edge? How about over it? Welp, now’s your chance with Over the Edge (Sat., 9 a.m. t0 5 p.m.), where you literally step over the edge of a skyscraper to amazing views of DTR as you rappel 30 stories down — all for bravery bragging rights and, more importantly, to raise awareness (think: adversity) for athletes across the state and funds for Special Olympics North Carolina 2018. | More info

TEDxRaleith 2018

TED heads, listen up — live and local. TEDxRaleith 2018 is here. Join 300-plus of your TED-ies at Lincoln Theatre (Sat., 9 a.m.) to celebrate ideas worth spreading to anchor, inspire and activate via eight speakers, three performers and a devoted audience. | More info

Color Run 5K

Color you happy @ the third annual Color Run 5K @ The Old Well, 3 miles of colorful fun (e.g. multicolored powder tossed at the start and finish) to benefit cancer research through the American Cancer Society, of which ~ $9 million is annually returned to UNC Hospitals. Lace up! | More info

Caniac Carnival

Caniacs, it’s almost time. Channel your excitement for another season on the ice at this weekend’s preseason showdown @ Caniac Carnival, hosted by Carolina Hurricanes (Sun., 10 a.m.) at PNC Arena. The 19th annual event features plenty of fandom, inflatable rides, games, music and more — plus the main event, admission to an NHL preseason game against the Nashville Predators (1:30 p.m.). All seats open to the public, but ticket required for entry (reserve free tix online). | More info


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