Top five picks for weekend fun

May 29, 2014 

Kelly Fillnow runs to the start of the 56-milke bike ride in the 2013 IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh Triathlon at Jordan Lake. This year’s race will be held on Sunday.

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Ready, set, go! We’ve got five ideas 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. Music at Mordecai: Summer’s most laid-back concert series continues Friday at Mordecai Historic Park.

Music on the Porch will host Longleaf Pine Nuts, a self-described “Honkygrass” band from Raleigh that blends country, bluegrass and blues. Expect a few food trucks and kids running around throughout the evening. Bring your own beer, wine and lawn chairs. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., $7 for adults, musicontheporch.com.

5. Vintage weapons: History fans will descend on the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend to admire weaponry.

The Old North State Antique Gun & Military Collector Show will feature vendors selling, trading and showing off antique guns, uniforms and other relics from 20th century conflicts. Appraisals are free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Scott Building, $6 for adults, thecarolinatrader.com.

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