Weekend at a Glance: Festivals, Family and Fall

Weekend at a Glance: Festivals, Family and Fall

With CenterFest, Third Friday, concerts and much more, it's going to be an artful weekend in the Bull City!

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The 43rd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival takes place downtown Saturday and Sunday.

Back Porch Music on the Lawn – Thursday 6pm – Enjoy the music of country singer Billy Strings on the interior quad of the American Tobacco Campus. The Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series is the perfect place for a peaceful picnic with your family, friends and/or pup. Enjoy the opening performance from Whiskey Shivers before the main act! Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Pop into any one of ATC’s restaurants to grab a bite before sitting back and relaxing while listening to some traditional tunes.

Science of Beer – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Sample local beers while learning the how and why behind them at the Museum of Life and Science. The event features indoor exhibits and outdoor entertainment, complete with food trucks.

Ellis Dyson and the Shambles – Thursday 7-9:30pm – Head over to The Bullpen to enjoy a live show that is a fun mix between ballads and old-time jazz. $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Tinkertech Family Workshop – Friday 1-3pm; Saturday 10am-noon and 1-3pm – Grab the kids and head to the Museum of Life and Science for an afternoon of tinkering, design and exploration featuring 3D printing pens and wearable electronics.

Fall Fridays: Cork Craft Night – Friday, 4-8pm – Unleash your creative side with a fun medium: corks! Honeygirl Meadery‘s fall series continues with a craft night paired with mead.

Fairly Local – Celebrating 25 Years of Fair Trade in Durham – Friday 6-9pm – At this event hosted by One World Market, the organization’s 25-year dedication to fair trade is commemorated with local beer and trade wine, as well as a food truck, music and raffle prizes.

The SuperNatural Opening Celebration – Friday, 6pm – Take in this new exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel, featuring artwork where nature meets technoculture, and the new natural is both organic and artificial, from visiting artist, Chris Doyle. The reception is followed by a conversation between Chris and 21c Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites.

DON’T QUIT: The Nello Teer Sr. Story – Friday 6-8:30pm – The debut story of Nello Teer at The Museum of Durham History is one of true American perseverance through a century of trials, offered from the Durham perspective. Light refreshments and beverages will be available along with jazz music to celebrate the launch of the exhibit.

Gamut – Friday, 6-9pm – Defined as the entire range of notes reachable by an instrument or voice, Heather Gordon‘s Gamut is an endeavor to turn sound into art. Check out the exhibit opening at Spectre Arts.

Big Time Party Band – Friday, 6-9pm – Prepare to shag all night at Northgate Mall as a part of its fall Music on the Plaza series. Venue opens at 6pm with live music starting at 6:30pm. Buy something tasty to eat from local food vendors, and enjoy beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery. Bring a chair if you need a break from dancing. No outside coolers or pets.

Where We Find Home: Recent Southern Photography Friday, 6-9pm – Part of The Click! Photography Festival, a month-long festival in October that brings together exhibitions and programming while fostering dialogue between photographers and community members, The Scrap Exchange partneed with professional photographer Jeremy Lange to present its first photography exhibition: a collection of 12 photographers from around the country explore the contemporary landscape of the South. The opening reception festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take. The exhibit will be on display till October 14.

Pothos – Friday and Saturday 8pm – Presented by the local dance company Gaspard&Dancers, this two-day show at Reynolds Industries Theater is inspired by the life-art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his story of discovery and acceptance.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company – Friday, 8pm – Come ready to laugh as The Carolina Theatre hosts the comedy company founded by comedic greats including Amy Poehler and Matt Walsh, offering an unscripted, improvised performance sure to entertain.

Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue – Friday, 8:30-11pm – The gospel singer vivifies the history of soul music in his performances. Driving around in his father’s Cadillac, he heard the soulful tunes of Sam Cooke, and inspiration hit. With a wide vocal range and an enigmatic band, Thomas will have you up and dancing at The Bullpen in no time. $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Centerfest Arts Festival – Saturday, 10-6pm, and Sunday, 11-5pm – Presented by the Durham Arts Council, this signature arts events celebrates its 43rd year this September with live music, dancing, a kids’ zone and more than 140 visual artists. Held outdoors in central downtown, come celebrate the creativity that abounds in the Bull City.

Oktoberfest – Saturday, noon-2am – Transport yourself to Germany for the day with this event featuring liters of Paulaner Oktoberfestbier, a German kitchen takeover with pretzels, schnitzels, brats and more, and the Little German Band playing throughout the day at Motorco Music Hall.

“Yes to Nothing” – Saturday, 8pm – Follow the story of four young punk rockers as they navigate their world in this play by Caitlin Wells at The Pinhook.

Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos featuring John Dee Holman – Saturday, 7-10pm – Step out for a night of zydeco and blues music at Beyu Caffe featuring North Carolina-native Mel Melton and blues legend John Dee Holman.

Family Outings at Duke Homestead: Fall Harvest Day – Saturday, 10-noon – Welcome the upcoming season at Duke Homestead and learn how farmers prepared their foods to last all winter long, plus see a demonstration of a historical apple press for making cider!

Songs of Journey – Saturday, 8pm – Head to Duke Music‘s gala concert, which explores themes of migration and immigration, featuring Bright Sheng’s “The Stream Flows,” Hsiao-mei Ku, violin soloist; Penka Kouneva: “Scherzo” from String Quartet No. 1, performed by the Ciompi Quartet; Mahler: “Songs of a Wayfarer” with Susan Dunn, soloist; and the premiere of Stephen Jaffe’s “Migrations” (Chamber Concerto No. 4, for violin and ensemble) with Gabriel Richard, violin soloist.

Harvey Dalton Arnold – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Former member of The Outlaws, the blues guitarist plays left-handed, finger-picking style at The Bullpen. Admission is free and $1 of every pint is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Family Day – Sunday, noon-4pm – Bring the family out to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for hands-on projects, exhibit exploration and live entertainment.

Haul for Houston – Sunday, noon-10pm – Come out to Bull City Ciderworks and bring your spare home goods to donate to the fundraiser and furniture donation drives benefiting those affected by the hurricane in Houston.

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Ann Fitts
Editorial intern for Durham Magazine, student at UNC-Chapel Hill. But don't worry, I won't let that affect my work.