Ready, set, go! We’ve got five picks to get you up and out of the house this weekend:
1. Rock the plaza: Downtown’s free summer concert series, Oak City 7, kicks off Thursday at Fayetteville Street’s City Plaza.
Southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section is the headliner at 9:30 p.m. And if you like your music less loud, show up at 6 p.m. for the indie pop duo Eric + Erica. Wichita Falls, Bobby Bryson and Co. and Roseland fill out the eclectic lineup. The event also features food trucks and a truck that pours craft beers. 5 to 10:30 p.m., City Plaza on Fayetteville Street, oakcity7.com.
2. It’s triathlon time: If you want to feel painfully out of shape, head downtown on Sunday to watch the Ironman Triathlon.
After a 1.2-mile swim in Jordan Lake, these fitness buffs will be riding 56 miles into downtown Raleigh, where they’ll take off running a half-marathon down Hillsborough Street. If spectating doesn’t interest you, be aware the downtown streets and Hillsborough to Meredith College will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Finish line at City Plaza, awards at 4.
3. Raleigh’s youngest playwrights: Five plays penned by local middle and high school students will make their debut on the stage at Burning Coal Theater this weekend.
The theater company near downtown will host the KidsWrite 2014 Festival of New Plays, the seventh installment of the series. Among the titles: “Five Stages” by Millbrook High’s Miles Ndukwe, “Elements” by Enloe’s Michelle McGoogan, and “Odyssey to Mars” by Evan J. Hunt of the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk St., burningcoal.org, $10.
4. Night hike: Not in the mood for a bar crawl downtown? How about an owl prowl around Falls Lake?
Start your weekend off with a hike around Holly Point in search of Screech Owls, Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls. Test your hearing as you listen for the distinctive sounds of each owl. Hands-on activities will help you learn more about these nightime hunters and their unique adaptations. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to bring a flashlight. 8 p.m., Friday, Holly Point Ampitheater, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, 13304 Creedmoor Road, contact Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
5. Music in the park: It’s your last chance to kick back at Six Sundays in Spring in Wake Forest.
Blues and R&B artist Ironing Board Sam takes the stage at Joyner Park’s ampitheater for the final concert in this year’s free outdoor music series. With 55 years of experience, Sam has a deep repetoire of original and classic tunes. Bring chairs or blankets and come early to find the perfect spot on the lawn for an evening picnic. 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd.
Compiled by the North Raleigh News staff.