Gardening Open Hours – Thursday, 3-5pm – Plant and harvest seasonal produce at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Explore the ins and outs of watering, weeding, composting and more.
Special Themed Dinner – Thursday, 5-8pm – The Nasher Museum Café presents a menu filled with the flavors of Florence, as inspired by The Medici’s Painter. To make a reservation, call 919-684-6032 or book online.
Shamu Garçon – Thursday, 7-9:30pm – The Cajun dance band performs at The Bullpen, so put on your dancing shoes. For each draft pint sold, The Bullpen donates $1 to Music Maker Relief Foundation in an effort to empower roots and blues musicians across the South.
Maria Bamford – Thursday, 8pm – The star of the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series “Lady Dynamite,” lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone, performs with comic, writer, podcaster and occasional actor Jackie Kashian.
Fall Fridays – Friday, 5-8pm – Sip on some mead and treat yourself Friday night to some organic, natural beauty products at Lo and Behold‘s pop-up shop at Honeygirl Meadery.
Movie Night on the Lawn – Friday, 7:30-9pm – Head over to The Brightleaf Club to watch “SING,” and bring a lawn chair and blankets for the outdoor showing. Admission is free and popcorn will be provided.
D.L. Hughley – Friday, 8pm – One of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today stops at DPAC on his friends & family tour, hosted by Jasmine Sanders and featuring Mailk, Bodacious & DJ Lucci.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Since she was 6 years old, Pat has been surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porches of her uncles’ homes in New Orleans, where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Come see everything she learned – and then some – when she brings her energetic show back to The Bullpen. Through her performances, “Mother Blues” shares her life experiences with her audience via soulful words and music. She and her music embody the same courage, sadness and compassion of the famous singers she idolizes – women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Remember, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Beats n Bars Festival – Friday and Saturday – Working to celebrate and promote the founding influences of hip-hop culture, this event acts as a platform to place North Carolina and Durham hip-hop in national conversations related to the genre. Performances at The Pinhook include Nick Grant, G Yamazawa, The Real Laww, Jooselord Magnus and Cyhi the Prynce – just a few of the more than 30 artists in this knock-out line-up. A music conference featuring the likes of Pierce Freelon and Stacy-Ann Ellis takes place at American Underground on Saturday.
North Carolina Jerk Fest – Saturday, 8am-6pm – Jerk, a Jamaican cooking style where meat is dry-rubbed and marinated in a hot spice mixture, is the focus of this fourth annual event at West Point on the Eno. Run in the 5K, compete in the jerk wing eating contest (or cook off) and kick back Caribbean-style at the post-race party with live music, drinks, giveaways, games and plenty of food.
Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge – Saturday, 10am-3pm – The championship game of a weeks-long Durham Parks and Recreation‘s soccer tournament is the main event for this festival at Rock Quarry Park, the city’s second celebration in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month. Other attractions include authentic foods, music, a family fun zone with face painting, arts, crafts and games, and a Duke Men’s Soccer meet and greet!
Museum Day Live! – Saturday, 10am-5pm – Admission to Disorderly Conduct and The Collection Galleries (featuring Ed Ruscha: Parking Lots, A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo De’ Barbari’s View of 1500 and more) at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is free of charge all day as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live. No ticket required, check in at the information desk.
The Petty Thieves – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Pittsboro’s own Tom Petty cover band takes the stage at The Bullpen. These North Carolina natives combine their love of rock ‘n’ roll with musical skill to create an energized performance. The Music Maker Relief Foundation receives $1 from each draft pint sold.
Annual Bull City Campout – Saturday and Sunday, 3pm to 7am – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts an evening of hiking, storytelling, s’mores and more at West Point on the Eno park. Durham residents are welcome to set up camp after the activities. A limited number of tents and sleeping bags are available free of charge, and pre-registration is required for this event. All ages are welcome.
Octoberfest 2017 – Saturday, 4-11pm – Bull City Burger & Brewery hosts its seventh annual event, shutting down East Parrish Street to celebrate Oktoberfest and raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Complete with live music, a kid’s play area, food, drinks, and great company, this year, BCBB’s neighbors Littler Durham and The Atomic Fern will also be joining the party. Get out your lederhosen and dirndl!
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular – Saturday, 8pm – The smash-hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd show has become a favorite with progressive rock fans of all ages, showcasing at DPAC tonight, viewed though specially designed 3-D glasses.
Ciompi Concert No. 1 – Saturday, 8pm – For its fall concert, Ciompi recruits two acclaimed area musicians – Rachel Kuipers Yonan, viola and Brent Wissick, cello – for a pair of string quintets including Mozart’s String Quintet No. 3 and Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major at Baldwin Auditorium as a part of Duke Performances.
Dog Days – Sunday, 1-4pm – Come out to Beer Durham to support The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS). APS will be onsite with adoptable dogs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Drink a pint and bring your pets for an afternoon of furry fun. A portion of all draft sales will go to APS.
End of Summer Cook-Out – Sunday, noon-4pm – Celebrate good food, great neighbors and the end of the cook-out season by heading to Durham Co-op Market. Try local, pasture-raised beef burgers, veggie burgers, antibiotic- and hormone-free hot dogs from The Pig. Beer will be provided by Fullsteam Brewery.
Farm Animal Play Time – Sunday, 2-4pm – Spend some quality time outdoors in the company of goats, sheep, ducks and more! Head out to Hux Family Farm to meet farmers with a passion for sustainability and community.
Trucks from the Market – Sunday, 6-8pm – Hosts Becky and Mike Hacker of Pie Pushers and Brian Bottger of OnlyBurger are teaming up to organize this special opportunity to experience a private “mini rodeo” at The Pavilion at Durham Central Park. Each truck will prepare a sample of a special menu item they wish to share – plus, no long lines! Get your tickets ($50 per ticket, each ticket feeds 1-3 people) and bring out your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this unique opportunity to sample cuisine from multiple trucks in one evening! Fullsteam Brewery will be on hand offering two beers per ticket and a cash bar.
Vicente Amigo – Sunday, September 24 – The modern flamenco master began playing guitar as a young child. Over his three-decade career, he has received a long list of accolades including a Latin GRAMMY for Best Flamenco Album, first prize at the International Flamenco Guitar Competition, and the Gold Medal of the Merit in Fine Arts from Spain’s Ministry of Culture. In this Duke Performances concert, he brings his expert quintet, along with a singer and a flamenco dancer, to Page Auditorium.