Opa! It’s Greek Festival weekend at the Fairgrounds. That means if you are headed to the fairgrounds come hungry. The festival will start at 5 p.m. Friday in the Graham building and include authentic Greek food, homemade Greek pastries, a marketplace and live Greek music and dancers. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 13 to 19 and Senior Citizens, and ages 12 and under are free. Visit the website for a free admission ticket. Hours are Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Other events this weekend:
- 1st Strike Military Expo is this weekend in Exposition Center. This event will highlight all branches of military and veteran services. Expo will include vendors, entertainment, displays, giveaways, special announcements and awards. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to all military, veterans and their supporters. This is a fundraiser event for the U.S. Veterans Corps. Hours and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to all military, veterans and their supporters. All proceeds will benefit the missions of the US Veterans Corps to include Operation Coming Home, Rescue Me Across America and Toys for Lil Troops.
- On Saturday, The Light 103.9 FM is hosting its annual Unity in the Community Day in the Scott Building and North Scott lot to honor service men and women. This event was created in 2002, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, as a way to salute our service men and women for their many sacrifices. Event includes vendors, activities for the kids and an inspirational concert featuring both local and national recording artist. Admission is free and hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Point Church will celebrate it’s five year anniversary with a combined worship service in Dorton Arena on Sunday at 10 a.m. Following the service, there will be a church carnival. This event is open to the public.
- The 58th annual N.C. State Championship Horse Show is in the Hunt Horse Complex. This is a charity event sponsored by the Raleigh Host Lions Club. Morning sessions start each day at 10 a.m. and are free to spectators. Whiplash will perform nightly during the 6 p.m. session of the Saddlebred Show. Tickets for this show are $10 for adults with two children under 12 admitted free with paying adult. Show dates are Wednesday through Saturday.
- The 74th annual N.C. Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday and Sunday in the Holshouser Building. The festival features a variety of growing, crafting, and artistic competitive categories as well as gourd crafting workshops and vendors of gourd crafts, dried gourds, seeds, books, t-shirts and gourd crafting supplies. Also check out a featured display of historical gourds and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for ages 16 and older and free for under age 16, N.C. Gourd Society members and workshop students.
- The Carolina Roller Girls bring fierce competition back to Dorton Arena with a double-header event on Saturday. Tickets will be available at the North Dorton Box Office at 11 a.m. Doors will open at 2 p.m. with the first game starting at 3 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and Senior Citizen age 65-plus and military with photo id, $5 for children (ages six and under – 2 per adult admitted free). Advance discount admission is available online.
Finally, the Raleigh Flea Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and outside grounds. Check out hundred of deals selling antiques, collectibles, bargains and more.