No excuse that there’s nothing to do this weekend in Raleigh. Here are our top picks to get you out of the house Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
1. Big wheels turnin’: Remember those little tricycles with the big front wheel you rode as a kid?
You can ride one again. With adults. Down a hill. For charity.
Thursday brings one of the most unusual racing events downtown: the Big Wheels Downhill Monster Race. The contest heads downhill on West Jones Street to Natty Greene’s Brewing, with prizes for the fastest finishers and the “top 5 pimped out big wheels.” You’re responsible for bringing your own ride or borrowing from the nearest child. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Natty Greene’s, 305 W. Jones St., bit.ly/1jzWnMh
2. Shakespeare, fire and food trucks: Think Shakespeare is boring?
You probably haven’t seen it performed under the stars with shadow puppets, circus acts and fire performers. Bare Theatre opens its unique production of the Bard’s Two Noble Kinsmen Friday night in the amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale” it’s one of the playwrights lesser-known work. It’s not performed often, and certainly not with shadow puppets. And forget about concession stand food – food trucks will cater each performance. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 29-31, Raleigh Little Theatre’s Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue St., $15, baretheatre.org
3. City Plaza cinema: Downtown is adding a new attraction this summer: outdoor movies.
The Downtown Raleigh Movie Series launches Friday night with a free showing of Dirty Dancing in City Plaza. The movie is the first in a series of six events – every Friday through June – featuring flicks filmed in North Carolina. Local music from the Nick Driver Band opens up the evening. Like nearly every downtown event, food trucks and craft beer will be on hand. 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, City Plaza, downtownraleighmovieseries.com
4. A day to remember: Join in an old-fashioned Memorial Day picnic
This annual picnic hosted by Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest draws thousands for a day of food, music and storytelling, rain or shine. Veterans from WWII through Afghanistan and Iraq will share tales of their experiences. The afternoon’s events include a parade featuring military vehicles and classic cars. 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Brown Farm, 3721 Rock Quarry Road, celebratememorialday.com
5. Speed theater: Talented teens produce a show in 24 hours
The Plays in a Day Festival at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre is an evening of one-act plays directed, designed and performed by local teenagers. They have just 24 hours before the curtain opens to make it all happen. 7 p.m., 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, $8, brownpapertickets.com.
Weekend picks are compiled by the North Raleigh News staff.