Weekend at a Glance: Pumpkins, Parties and Pours

Weekend at a Glance: Pumpkins, Parties and Pours

Choose from these 30+ events for your weekend fun!

Sample unlimited tastings of more than 100 beers from around the globe at this weekend’s World Beer Festival.

The Art of H.U.S.T.L.E – Thursday, 2:30-3:45pm – Interested in music? Startups? Maybe even both? Join Rapper Royce da 5’9″, Gabriel Eng-Goetz of Runaway, and Areli Barrera de Grodski of Cocoa Cinnamon to discuss how to survive and thrive in the music, fashion and food and beverage industries. The panel is part of Black Wall Street: Homecoming: Discover all the programming that’s happening through Friday by clicking here.

CLICK! Photography Exhibit Reception and Open Studios – Thursday, 5-8pm – Experience the varied art of Horse & Buggy Press And Friends’ current exhibit with pieces from many of the artists who have worked with HBP’s Dave Wofford, including Rob McDonald, Bryce Lankard and Gail Goers. Featured works range from mixed media to photography. Come out for the chance to meet some of the photographers in person, hear live music and listen to poetry by the Poetry Fox, Chris Vitiello.

Adult Fall Camp – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Head to the Museum of Life and Science for an evening of big kid (21 and older) fun! Make friendship bracelets, play in tree houses, try your hand at archery and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Taste local food and drinks from Mystic Bourbon Liqueur, Baguettaboutit and Pie Pushers.

NC Dance Festival – Thursday, 8pm – The Dance Project presents work from some of the best modern dance choreographers in the state. Their 27th season of the festival opens at The Rickhouse and features work by NC Dance Alliance/NC Dance Festival’s New Works Award winner Chris Yon.

Cathy Davidson – Thursday, 7pm – Before speaking on NPR and at Mozilla’s headquarters in San Francisco, “The New Education” author’s tour takes her to The Regulator Bookshop where she will sign copies of her book. Cathy has held two distinguished chairs at Duke University in English and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her book focuses on revolution in higher education and the innovative educators who emphasize adaptability, creativity and collaboration to students.

Tinker Tech Family Workshop – Friday, 1-3pm; Saturday, 10-noon and 1-3pm – Make your own mad scientist creation at the “Frankenstuff” workshop. Kids and parents can repurpose old stuffed animals to bring a new creature to life! Education experts from the Museum of Life and Science help your monster’s eyes flash or wings flap with soft circuits, and you get to take your new friend home with you!

The Beauty Operators – Friday, 6-9pm – Back by popular demand, the Beauty Operators return to Northgate Mall for its Music on the Plaza concert series. This five-piece, all-female band brings a party wherever they go, and they are keeping Durham dirty with their danceable mash of blues, rock, zydeco and American roots music. Enjoy beer and wine from Bull City Burger and Brewery, and bring a chair in case you need a break from dancing.

Thespis & Trial by Jury – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 3pm – The Durham Savoyards Ltd. present the world premiere of Gilbert & Sullivan’s lost (and now found) operetta, “Thespis.” Composer and Music Director Alan Riley Jones restored pieces of the musical that were lost over time. Venture over to East Chapel Hill High School to see these Durhamites perform. Both works promise a night filled with family fun and laughter!

Fright Night – Friday, 6-9pm – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts a fall festival and haunted house at Forest Hills Park with classic carnival games for all ages to enjoy, plus a costume contest for kids and adults with prizes for the best dressed. Admission is one to four canned food donations from each family. Any proceeds will go to the Durham Rescue Mission.

Xtreme Haunt – Friday & Saturday, 6-11pm – Looking for something spooky and interactive for your teen to do this October? How about a real-life zombie shooting experience? This thrill-seeking activity allows young adults and teens to take a ride on 40-foot military trucks to combat and shoot at zombies that are chasing them. If combating zombies isn’t quite their thing, perhaps a spooky zip line in the dark or challenging their mind in an escape room sounds more interesting. There’s a lot to do at the 50-acre Xtreme Adventure park!

Triangle Black Theatre Artists’ Mixer – Friday, 7-11pm – Black Ops Theatre Company is a Durham-based group that challenges preconceived notions about black theater and fosters the growth of black actors, directors and technicians. Join Black Ops at The Carrack to mingle with fellow artists and bounce ideas off like-minded peers.

Carla Copeland-Burns & Inara Zandman – Friday, 8pm – Music for flute & piano: Music by composers with a New York connection, including Dvořák, Piazzolla, Liebermann and others at Baldwin Auditorium.

Sol Roots – Friday, 8:30pm – The band, playing a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves and Southern soul, takes the stage at The Bullpen. As always, $1 of every draft pint is donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Monarch Festival – Saturday, 10am-4pm – In celebration of the Monarch butterfly, come to Sandy Creek Park to learn about these spectacular creatures as they migrate through this Durham park on their journey through North America.The festival will feature music, food and family-friendly activities including talks from experts on Monarch biology, migration and conservation. Free for all butterfly enthusiasts, no tickets required!

Ninth Street Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, 10am-6pm – Discover all that Ninth Street has to offer with a street-wide sidewalk sale! Participating businesses will have plenty of tempting sales on summer favorites to usher in the fall. Grab a friend and make a day of shopping local! Ninth Street is convenient to both Duke campuses and has lots of cozy cafes and restaurants where you can grab a drink or bite to eat between shops.

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-4:30pm – Choo choo! All aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a ride to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch. Pick out a perfect pumpkin to embellish, then enjoy crafts and a variety of games and activities before heading home. The trains run every half hour on Saturdays and Sundays through October 29. Check online for availability and to register.

World Beer Festival – Saturday, noon-4pm & 6-10pm – Enjoy beer from around the world at All About Beer Magazine’s 22nd annual festival at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. On tap for this year’s festival are more than 100 beers from 80 different breweries, as well as a cider garden, Belgian bier garden and food trucks.

Liberty Arts Open Studio Tour and Sale – Saturday, noon-4pm – Enjoy demonstrations in glassblowing, sculpture casting, letterpress printing and wax carving while sipping craft beer and enjoying churros from Cocoa Cinnamon. Raffles of glass pumpkins created by Elijah Leed and a silent auction to win classes will also be offered. Support the artists by taking some handmade jewelry or pottery home with you!

Open Farm + Market – Saturday, 1-4pm – Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at Blue Whistler Farm with your family, learning how your food is raised, playing on the swing and seeing all the adorable animals, including pigs, ducks, chickens, rabbits and turkeys. Bring apples and carrots for the bunnies and pigs (who you’ll get to pet), hold the chickens, and see the 65 turkeys and 300 ducks out in the field, 200 broiler chicks in the brooder and the new flock of chickens!

Second Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, 2-7pm – The LGBTQ Center of Durham presents a daytime party where everyone is invited to Rigsbee Avenue in front of Motorco for a family-friendly block party free to the community. Engage with some of the center’s community partners, enjoy games for the kids, a silent auction and dancing along to a live performance from Who’s Bad, a celebration of the Michael Jackson’s music. Bell’s brewery’s specialty beer Sparkleberry, first brewed for Kalamazoo Pride in 2013, will be featured as the official queer beer of the day, you can grab a bite at Parts & Labor all day, and $1 for every beer sold will be donated to the center. Stick around after the performance while the League Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD) close out the celebration with theatrical and competitive women’s arm wrestling.

Designed in Durham – Saturday, 5-7pm – Celebrate REID MILLER Apparel’s launch party with a cocktail hour at The Durham Hotel! Try on apparel for the active woman, network with local businesswomen and enjoy a glass of wine. Liberation Threads, a boutique that provides exclusively fair trade and U.S.-made apparel and accessories, partners with REID MILLER to present the event.

Pumpkin Splash – Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm – Take advantage of the warm weather with an aquatic October adventure! Pick your pumpkin from the pool instead of the patch. Join Durham Parks and Recreation at the Edison Johnson Aquatics Center and jump in the pool to select your pumpkin, dry off, and then decorate it as you see fit! Craft supplies are provided.

The Strength of a Woman – Saturday, 6:30-9:30pm –  SOW Nation, a group of female North Carolinian entrepreneurs, presents an evening of powerful spoken word poetry. Author and Motivational Speaker Vinise Capers emcees this event at The Carrack; performers include Lena Anderson and Star Garner. Seats are limited, so book ahead!

Jeff Riddle – Saturday, 6:30pm – The musician plays a sparsely raw brand of folk-punk with a tender delicacy beneath its hard edge at The Bullpen. For every draft pint sold, one dollar is donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, to support their programming with roots musicians in need.

Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Head over to The Bullpen and enjoy some savory old-school blues and some rockin’ party-down music. Reid hails from Statesville and in the past won the International Blues Competition in Memphis. $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Wolf Awareness Week – Sunday – Oct. 21 – Join the Museum of Life and Science‘s animal keepers for special Meet the Keeper programs at the Explore the Wild red wolf exhibit. Learn what it’s like to care for these critically endangered predators, the role they play in maintaining biodiversity and ways you can aid conservation efforts. Special wolf-themed souvenirs will be given out at each program! On this day, the local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers will be on hand with additional wolf information and activities.

Disco Brunch – Sunday, 11am-2pm – Bop down to brunch at The Durham Hotel with DJ Karina Soni. Enjoy an all-vinyl set and a Bloody Mary or two.

Jack & OaktoberFEST – Sunday, noon-11pm – Bull City Ciderworks hosts this special event to celebrate its Jack & Oak cider – a combo of pumpkin, caramelized organic cane sugar, vanilla bean and cinnamon with semi-sweet cider aged on light American oak – back on tap. There will be pumpkin painting, a performance by the Little German Band, German-style baked goods and BCC steins available.

What’s in a Song? – Sunday, 1-2pm – For its first family concert of the season, the Mallarmé Chamber Players will lead a songwriting workshop! Cellist Shana Tucker and Composer Amy K. Bormet teach elements of songwriting including establishing a tempo, rhythm, melody, chorus and storytelling through song. The event takes place at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Sip + Savor – Sunday, 4pm – This wine and food experience hosted by Durham Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine and Chatham Magazine – producers of TASTE the Event – and the producer of Bull City Food & Beer Experience, occupies the Durham Performing Arts Center’s three floors with North Carolina’s finest restaurants and culinary talents – Scott Howell of Nana’s, Charlie Deal of Juju and Dos Perros, and many more. Become a wine connoisseur with the help of sommeliers and learn from wine producers why certain notes pair well with a particular dish. A portion of the proceeds benefit nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful.

Hsiao-mei Ku and R. Larry Todd – Sunday, 7pm – Works by Mozart, Schubert and Ravel for violin and piano in the Nelson Music Room.

Kristi Piechnik
Editorial Intern Kristi Piechnik is a foodie through and through. When she's not writing for Durham Magazine, she's on the hunt for the world's best carrot cake.