1. Antiques and coins: Lovers of all things old and unique descend on the State Fairgrounds this weekend.
Friday marks the kickoff of both the Raleigh Coin Club's annual show and the 67th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza. The antiques show – in the Graham Building – boasts 125 exhibitors from across the country, and admission is $6.50. Next door in the Exposition Center, the free coin show expects to have 200 dealers with educational exhibits and prize drawings. Both events run through Sunday. For hours and more information, go to raleighcoinclub.org or antextofnc.com.
2. Barbecue bonanza: A treat for your taste buds at Lafayette Village arrives Saturday.
Sample the best barbecue 20 teams have to offer at the “Pork Out” festival in North Raleigh. The tasting begins at noon, and voting in the “People’s Choice” category ends at 2 p.m. Arrive early for a Q&A at 11 a.m. with local pitmaster Christopher Prieto. Not a carnivore? Test your rodeo skills on a mechanical bull or take a ride on a 24-foot inflatable slide throughout the day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 8450 Honeycutt Road, $10 for 10 tasting tickets, lafayettevillageraleigh.com
3. Field day fun: Get your fill of classic outdoor games like kickball, cornhole and water-balloon tossing on Saturday.
Chiropractic Partners/Dr. Gregory Baldy is hosting a Community Field Day to raise money for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina's Weekend Power Pack Program. For a $10 per family donation to the food bank, kids and adults can win prizes for their prowess in important skills like watermelon eating and running with an egg on a spoon. As further enticement, the chiropractors will give out t-shirts and backpacks. 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, North Hills Park, 100 Chowan Circle, 919-787-8883 or facebook.com/baldychiropractic
4. Bluegrass galore: This week brings two chances to hear Raleigh’s new favorite style of music.
On Thursday, the Pickin’ in the Plaza series returns to Fayetteville Street with performances by Old Habits and Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims. The music kicks off at 5 p.m. with a bluegrass jam and also features local beer and food trucks. Not to be outdone by downtown, North Hills continues its Midtown Bluegrass Series on Sunday with Terry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive. That show starts at 5 p.m. in the new Midtown Park Amphitheater in the eastern section of North Hills.
5. ‘Coarse Acting’: Twenty-three years after its first staging was dubbed “the funniest show to hit Raleigh,” Theatre in the Park is bringing back The Coarse Acting Show.
The play centers around an oddball troupe of British actors who attempt to put on four one-act plays, but their dramatic efforts face an epic fail around every corner. Expect to see “exploding lights, falling-down sets and wounded actors,” among other absurdities. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through July 27, Theatre in the Park, 107 Pullen Road, $15-22, theatreinthepark.com