Each week we'll share our picks for the best free and cheap things to do around town this weekend.
Friday, September 22, through Sunday, September 24
NC Jerk Fest
Saturday, September 23 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
West Point on the Eno, 5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham
Celebrate Caribbean culture with reggae music and plenty of jerk chicken. There will be cooking demos, a jerk wing eating contest, a jerk cook-off competition and more.
National Alpaca Day
Saturday, September 23 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Perry Farm Alpacas, 2428 Walker Road in Hillsborough
If you like alpacas, this is for you. You’ll get the chance to feed alpacas and learn about the care and handling of alpacas. Touch raw fleece and shop for alpaca fleece products. Check out scarves, hats and gloves made from alpaca fleece. Live music by Kevin Baker. You can also meet the over 20 breeds of chickens on the farm.
Carrboro Music Festival
Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24th
Many venues in Carrboro
At this free music festival, which is in its 20th year, the music takes place everywhere, including traditional music venues, breweries, shops and restaurants. All kinds of music will be performed, from hip-hop to psychedelic rock. Check the Carrboro Music Festival website for a full schedule.
Feis in the Forest - An Irish Music Festival
Saturday, September 23 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
South Taylor Street, Wake Forest
This is the second year that this music festival, formerly in Raleigh, will be in Wake Forest. Besides the music, also enjoy Irish dance, the Leprechaun Lane Kids Area, Gaelic sports demonstrations, food trucks and vendors.
East Meets West Festival
Saturday, September 23 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Town Hall Drive, Morrisville
Show up hungry for this festival, which celebrates the town’s diversity with a day of food, culture, and music from around the world. Dozens of local restaurants sell small plates of their specialties. At the same time, the festival stage hosts performances from groups representing the community’s many cultures. Children can have their faces painted, or enjoy jumping in a bounce house.