Weekend at a Glance: Celebrating Communities, Cultures and a Country Icon

Weekend at a Glance: Celebrating Communities, Cultures and a Country Icon

Our top 11 picks for your weekend in Durham!

The classic Broadway musical MAMMA MIA! hits the DPAC stage for five performances this weekend. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

DCLT’s 30th Anniversary – Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm – The Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) invites you to attend its 30th anniversary celebration at The Cookery to honor ‘A Generation of Building Homes, Community and Trust, reflecting on the past, recognizing and honoring the contributions of those who made it possible and moving towards the future. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception features local jazz musician Freeman Ledbetter and other local talent. The event includes a special tribute to community activist Juanita McNeil.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Friday, 6:30-9pm – Kick off Northgate Mall‘s free Spring Music on the Plaza concert series with featured band Los Plebes de Olancho, who plays an exciting blend of traditional Mexican and Central American party music. Food trucks include Esmeralda’s Cafe, Baja Shack, El Rey del Taco and Morfa Empanadas. Arts and crafts will be provided by the Durham Arts Council. The event is sponsored by Bull City Burger and Brewery and The Herald-Sun. Remember to bring your chairs!

‘MAMMA MIA!’ – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – Feel the beat from the tambourine at this popular musical coming to Durham Performing Arts Center, which incorporates Swedish pop group ABBA’s best hits into a story about a woman in search of her biological father.

Loretta Lynn – Friday, 8pm – Rising from an impoverished childhood in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Lynn personifies the American dream in a way few other artists can. A self-made star who hit the road with her husband visiting radio stations to introduce her debut record five decades ago, Loretta has become one of the Opry’s most celebrated legends. The “coal miner’s daughter” and Grammy Lifetime Achievement award-winning country music legend performs her greatest hits on The Carolina Theatre stage.

Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure – Saturday, 7am – Presented by Duke Cancer Institute, the race is held at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park and features live music, a survivor celebration, a Family Fun Zone, One Mile Fun Run and a Tailgate Zone with 12 local food trucks, and three local breweries! The event raises funds and awareness for breast health programs, celebrates survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. A hundred percent of the net proceeds are allocated to saving lives in our communities.

Mural Durham Bike Tour – Saturday, 10-11:30am – A 90-minute morning expedition organized by Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and Artstigators), Preservation Durham and the Museum of Durham History that pedals past 13 downtown murals. Only a bike and helmet are needed to join the fun. Starts at Durham Central Park Pavilion every first Saturday of the month through November.

Canine Field Day – Saturday, 10am-noon – Enjoy a day at Rock Quarry Park with your furry friend: Watch and participate in activities including games, a Canine Fun Zone, demonstrations, pet-friendly vendors and food trucks. Something for everyone and every dog!

Strawberry Festival – Saturday, 11am-3pm – This family fun community event hosted by Central Park School for Children at Old North Durham Park has created a strawberry-filled day each year for more than a decade where everyone can be a kid again. Admission is free, so come enjoy the entertainment and a selection of free activities. The Strawberry Festival supports Central Park School for Children’s Monarch Fund, which provides access to transportation, nutrition, after-school care, club/camp/field trip scholarships and technology equipment.

Durham Greek Festival – Saturday-Sunday, 11am-8pm – Experience Greek culture at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is free, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Durham Rescue Mission. The festival features favorite Greek foods as gyro and pita wraps. Enjoy continuous Greek music and scheduled folk dance performances: the bouzouki band “Opa!” will perform live. Shop the Bakaliko grocery and the marketplace for gifts and handmade items. There will also be a grand raffle prize of $1,000.

Triangle Green Home Tour – Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm – This weekend and next, head out on this free, self-guided tour that provides an ideal opportunity for those who are interested in purchasing a house to look at a number of high-performance, new (and newly remodeled) Green Home certified homes. It also allows those with an interest in the science of building or green issues a chance to look at what makes a house “green” and pick up some tips for their own place. Pick up a guidebook at Harris Teeter and Kroger stores.

Preservation Durham Home Tour – Saturday-Sunday, noon-4pm – This year’s tour focuses on the historic Victorian homes of Durham’s West End and will take you through the Burch Avenue neighborhood, which boasts such highlights as Maplewood Cemetery and women’s and civil rights activist Pauli Murray’s childhood home.

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