The Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival is this Saturday in Dorton Arena. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Chinese and Asian cultural performances on stage, exhibits, food and merchandise vendors offering arts and crafts for the entire family to enjoy. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Children age 6 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at their website and at many local Asian grocery stores.
Raleigh Indoors Winter I Classic ‘A’ starts Thursday at the Hunt Horse Complex. Competitions run daily through Sunday, begining at 8 a.m. each day. Free spectator admission.
Next Level Fight Club Mixed Martial Arts Competition is Saturday in the Scott Building. This is a premier mixed martial arts fighting group based out of Greenville. Title fights pit Allen Crowder versus Richard White and Matthew Johnson versus Andrew Havener. Ten other bouts will also take place. Tickets are $35-$80. VIP tables are also available.
The Raleigh Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commercial and Education buildings and surrounding grounds. Come explore the hundreds of booths filled with antiques, clothes and handcrafted goods this weekend.
If you’re at the fairgrounds this weekend, you’ll notice we’re getting ready for something big. It’s the 41st annual Southern Farm Show. This is largest agriculture exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. The event, held Feb. 1-3, features more than 400 manufacturers with expert advice and the latest farm equipment, supplies and services. We might be living in a digital age, but this event will allow attendees to get up close and personal with farm equipment, so they can kick the tires and comparison shop in one location. Events include the FFA tractor and truck driving competitions, the annual meeting of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C., and the Southern National Draft Horse Pull. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free admission and free parking.