There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had this weekend. There are our picks:
1. Wrestling with a twist: If the professional wrestling you see on TV seems too serious (even if it is fake), venture south for a lighter take on the sport on Saturday.
G.O.U.G.E. Wrestling (the name stands for Gimmicks Only Underground Grappling Entertainment) sets up its ring at Raleigh Brewing Company near Meredith College. Expect to see bouts between colorful characters like Seymour Snott and Gluteus Maximus. Saturday’s event, dubbed “Honey I Suplexed The Kids” is also a small food truck rodeo with Dump Pho Dumplings, Stuft, Captain Poncho’s Tacos and Chai’s Global Street Food. And there’s plenty of beer, because it’s at a brewery. The events used to take place at Rebus Works in Boylan Heights, but they got so popular neighbors started to complain. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Raleigh Brewing, 3709 Neil Street, gougewrestling.com
4. Party for the dogs: Help dogs get a second chance in Briar Creek on Sunday.
Local nonprofit Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation will hold its annual Smooches for Pooches at the Embassy Suites. This year’s event has a luau theme and features local brews, sangria, heavy hors d’oeuvres, auctions and games. And unlike a lot of swanky charity events in the area, this one is relatively affordable. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Embassy Suites Briar Creek, 8001 Arco Corporate Drive, $15 in advance and $20 at the door, pawfectmatch.org
3. Browse the bazaar: You never know what you’ll find in the early morning hours at this outdoor market.
The Wake Forest Bazaar & Community Yard Sale debuted earlier this year with local craft, food, art and antique vendors. A rotating cast of sellers keeps things interesting. The growing market is held in Festival Park every second and fourth Saturday, rain or shine, through the summer. Have a hidden talent or treasures in the attic? Sign up for a booth of your own. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Festival Park, 525 S. White St., thecottoncompany.net
4. Matinee in the woods: Does it count as screen time if you’re outside?
William B. Umstead State Park will screen family-friendly films on Saturday and Sunday. Ever wondered why it’s so hard to swat a fly? Want to know more about what happens when monarchs migrate? Or why honeybees are disappearing from their hives? Learn more with two screenings each day of documentaries such as “On the Wings of the Monarch” or “Vanishing of the Bees.” Showings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Visitor Center Auditorium (Glenwood Avenue entrance), ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/events.php.
5. Red, white and blue: Headed out of town for the Fourth? Enjoy an early Raleigh celebration with the YMCA on Sunday evening
The Finley Freedom Festival features a night of games, music and food that ends with a firework finale. There’s not a bad seat in the house (though you should bring your own lawn chairs and blankets). Arrive earlier in the day to splash in the pool and enjoy snacks and snow cones before the official kick-off. 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sunday, free, A.E. Finley YMCA Upper Fields, 9216 Baileywick Rd.
From staff reports