Your weekend guide for August 28-31

Get out and enjoy a last blast of summer! Our top picks for the long holiday weekend:

1. Pickin' in the Plaza Thursday, 5 p.m. | FREE
The final Pickin' in the Plaza bluegrass concert of the season will feature Acoustic Manner and Hey Brothers! This is another tuneup for the upcoming IBMA Festival coming to Raleigh in October. Head to City Plaza at 5 for music, local food and local beer. Details



2. African-American Cultural Festival Saturday and Sunday | FREE
The annual, two-day celebration in downtown Raleigh will include art, dance, food, community and music. The main stage headliners include The Bar-Kays! Details

3. MJ tribute band at Friday Night Tribute Series Friday, 7-9 p.m. | FREE
On Friday nights through the middle of October, the Friday Night Tribute Series at Midtown Park will salute your favorite music legends. Kicking off the series this week is Who's Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band. Details



4. Paul Mooney at the Carolina Theater Friday 8 p.m. | Starting at $32
Paul Mooney is one of the most brilliant comedians ever. He's written for Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Saturday Night Live. He also created the character Homey the Clown on "In Living Color." His routine will stir anger, laughter and thought. Details

5. Kirk Franklin at DPAC Saturday 7 p.m. | Starting at $39.50
For 20 years Kirk Franklin has combined gospel and contemporary music, and he'll bring his sound to DPAC Saturday. He's won nine Grammy awards, and will be joined by Erica Campbell of the gospel group Mary Mary. Details



Also coming up:

- Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill | Details
- The Polyphonic Spree at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro | Friday | Details
- Last chance to catch Bull City Summer at NCMA and CAM
- Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park | Sunday | Details






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