Our top five picks for your weekend

June 6, 2014 

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Steampunk artists David Lee, left, and Stephen Chapman show off their jetpacks and other gadgets at the Maker Faire in 2012.

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Get up, get out, do something. We’ve got a few ideas.

1. Hidden treasure hike: Explore rarely open areas with the Tar River Land Conservancy

Take a tour of Cascine Plantation just south of Louisburg with this hike along Cedar Creek to the old grist mill on Saturday. Learn more about the millworks renovation at the antebellum site, which usually is closed to visitors. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the a sunny rock in the creek or the shade of the mill. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet at Bennette Perry Road near the intersection with US-401. Register at http://tarriver.org/register-for-cascine-plantation-hike-and-tour/ or call 919-496-5902.

2. The coast comes downtown: Get a taste of North Carolina’s best seafood dishes in Moore Square on Saturday.

Chefs and fishermen from Raleigh, the Outer Banks and Jamaica are teaming up for N.C. Fresh Catch Raleigh. They’ll be fixing up OBX clambake, island-style fish ‘n’ chips and Jamaican peppered prawns as local artists hawk their wares and diners relax with live music that spans genres from reggae to country. Admission is $4, but the price is credited toward your first food or beer purchase. 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Moore Square, ncfreshcatch.com.

3. Nature lovers unite: Celebrate National Trails Day in Wake Forest

An environmental education expo at Joyner Park on Saturday morning will feature 10 interactive learning stations for children and adults. Make a birdhouse, tour the tree nursery, and test your knowledge of local trees and plants. Special prices for children. The day kicks off with a ceremony to recognize 200 adopt-a-trail and adopt-a-stream volunteers and presentation of a volunteer of the year award. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 701 Harris Road.

4. Gadgets galore: Want to learn how to pick a lock? See how a 3-D printer works? Try on something called a “robomustache?”

Those are among the many activities at this year’s Maker Faire North Carolina, an annual festival that showcases “makers” of all stripes who are bringing their ideas to life at kitchen tables and in garage workshops. The event lets visitors get hands-on with the unusual creations. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, State Fairgrounds Exposition Center, $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger, makerfairenc.com.

5. Stars under the stars: Grab your lawn chairs for a free movie night in Rolesville.

Enjoy family favorite The Princess Bride outdoors at Rolesville Middle School during the town's classic summer movie series. Plan to arrive before 8:30 p.m. The sword-fighting, true-love-finding fun gets started at sunset. Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road.

Compiled by the North Raleigh News staff.

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