Yes, we know -- the relatives start to arrive next week for the holidays, and some of them may not leave 'til next year. (Well, at least it feels like they won't leave.) Carve out some time this weekend in Fairfield just for you. Here are some suggestions:

You can help "Rock Out Hunger" Friday night when the Mill River Band performs lays at the Fairfield Theatre Co., 70 Sanford St. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets for the benefit are $5. Call 203-259-1036 or visit

No need to wait for Black Friday to do holiday shopping. Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, will host a Holiday Gift Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring more than 40 vendors selling classic, unique and locally made wares. For more information, visit or call 203-307-0190.

Check out a "Decade of Painting, 2003-14," featuring the works of Judith Lamberston at Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St. The show runs through Dec. 26. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 203-292-8328 for more information.

A "Night of Music to Benefit St. Vincent's Lebo-DeSantie Center for Pancreatic Cancer" will be held Saturday, featuring rocker Rick Derringer. The event, held at Fairfield University's Quick Center, 1073 North Benson Road, will begin at 6 p.m., with refreshments, a cash bar and silent auction, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100, $75 and $5 and are available at www.SwimAcrossTheSound.ord/nightofmusic2013; at, or by calling 203-254-4010.

You think your family is hard to take? Christina Crawford will discuss her famously dysfunctional relationship with her mother, Joan Crawford, at "Surviving Mommie Dearest," set for 8 p.m. Saturday, part of the American Legends Series at Sacred Heart University's Edgerton Center, 5151 Park Ave. Tickets are $25; $15 for seniors, faculty and staff and $10 for students. Call 203-371-7908 or visit