Weekend at a Glance: Monsters, Music and Magic

Weekend at a Glance: Monsters, Music and Magic

We're celebrating Halloween early with 30+ events to fill your calendar this weekend

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Sunday’s second annual fall celebration and Free Family Day at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University features a costume fashion show, a fun parade and a chance for kids to show off their creativity. Photo by J Caldwell, courtesy of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Eagle Fest Street Festival – Thursday, 3-6pm – Join in on the North Carolina Central University homecoming fun with an afternoon filled with fun contests, inflatables, food, free shirts and a pep rally at Brant Street Plaza as the Eagles gear up to take on the Delaware State Hornets on Saturday.

An Evening With the Malpass Brothers – Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm – Grab tickets to this event featuring classic country music and a traditional Southern meal held at The Rickhouse. Hosted by Durham Central Park, dine in an intimate setting with food by Southern Harvest Catering Company accompanied by a cash bar.

Sounds of the Bull City – Thursday, 6:30-9pm – American Tobacco celebrates homegrown hip-hop tonight with Beats n Bars alums G Yamazawa and Joshua Gunn, and DJ & Emcee Brian Dawson performing at The Bullpen.

Lane Windham – Thursday, 7pm – Author of “Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide,” Windham will be at The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and signing of his book detailing a modern working class struggle for fair treatment.

Ethan Iverson Trio & Ravi Coltrane – Thursday, 9pm – Catch the last installment of the MONK@100 series at the Durham Fruit & Produce Company, presented by Duke Performances. The performance features the rich jazz music of Ethan Iverson and Ravi Coltrane, inspired by the work of North Carolina native Thelonious Monk.

Lower Ninth Street Block Party – Friday and Saturday, 10am – Come out to a block party featuring the businesses of lower Ninth Street, including The Pie Hole, ZenFish, Jamba Juice and Bliss Nail Bar. Held on The Pie Hole’s patio, the party will have music, dancing, face painting, costume contests, pie eating contests, store specials and a grand prize package from every business.

Monster Dash Fun Run – Friday, 5-7:30pm – Lace up your running shoes and grab your best Halloween costume for this race benefiting the Independent Animal Rescue of Durham. Start out at the American Tobacco Trail trail head on Blackwell Street, and join in on the fun run and raffle prizes, hosted by the Durham City-County Planning and City of Durham Budget and Management Services.

Xtreme Haunt – Friday & Saturday, 6-11pm – This real-life zombie shooting experience allows guests 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 your 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!

Halloween Phantasmagoria – Friday, 6:30-9pm – Defined as a series of real or imaginary dreamlike images, Duke Homestead’s phantasmagoria is a Halloween celebration designed for all ages, where the ideas of spiritualism from the 19th century are explored in new and magical ways.

Brian Miller at Beyu Caffe – Friday, 7-10pm – Settle in for a night full of music at Beyu Caffe as the North Carolina Central University alumni performs his comfortable and uplifting style of jazz music as a part of the NCCU Homecoming festivities.

Dwight Yoakam with Faren Rachels – Friday, 8pm – Get out to The Carolina Theatre to see Grammy award nominee and winner Dwight Yoakam perform songs from his bluegrass albums alongside Faren Rachels, an up-and-coming country music artist.

Jeezy with special guest Juvenile – Friday, 8pm – Experience an unforgettable night at the Durham Performing Arts Center with one of the hottest rappers of the 21st century. Jeezy, an Atlanta native and a founding pioneer of trap music, performs with special guest Juvenile as a part of North Carolina Central University’s homecoming celebrations.

Muse Masquerade – Friday, 8pm – This sold-out event features an evening of music, theater, dance, tarot, poetry and circus acts at the 21c Museum Hotel. Proceeds from the event benefit The Carrack Modern Art, a gallery that operates as a commission-free exhibition space for artists. If you didn’t snag tickets to the event, join in for the late-night music dance party afterwards.

Clay Melton / Lockdown – Friday, 8pm – Durham’s own blues/soul band Lockdown opens for the critically acclaimed guitar prodigy, who started playing in clubs around Texas when he was 13 years old, at The Bullpen. An accomplished songwriter as well, Clay’s music is gritty, genre-bending and hard-rocking. As always, $1 of every draft pint sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Vendor Halloween Costume & Display Contest – Saturday, 8am-noon – Vote for your favorite costume and display at the Durham Farmers’ Market by purchasing a ticket ($1 each or $5 for eight tickets) at the Veggie Valet or Info Table, and place your ticket in the plastic container at the vendor’s stand you want to vote for. All money raised from ticket sales goes to the market’s Double Bucks for SNAP/EBT program. Bring the whole family out, and wear your costumes to join the fun!

Autumn Steppers 5K Walk/Run – Saturday, 9am – Pick your own pace as you run along the American Tobacco Trail at this seventh annual event hosted by the T.E.A.M. Foundation and benefiting Urban Ministries of Durham.

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm – 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 this Sunday. Check online for availability and to register.

Flash Chorus on the Roof: Halloween Edition – Saturday, 11am – Grab your tickets to this special Halloween-themed event at The Durham Hotel. Enjoy the rooftop bar and food as you join in singing “Mad World” by Tears For Fears and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult to get into the spooky spirit. No singing experience outside of your shower or car needed.

Fall Festival at Blue Whistler Farm – Saturday, 11am-4pm – Bring the whole family to Blue Whistler Farm, where there will be Brunswick stew, friendly farm animals, a photo booth, farm tours, a costume contest and much more to enjoy! If you’re in the mood to shop, there will be farm meat and creations from local vendors available as well, including lotions, fall candles and soaps.

Oyster Roast and Raffle – Saturday, noon-4pm – Join Fullsteam Brewery and Oysters Carolina at blu seafood & bar for great food and a great cause. Enjoy fresh, flame-roasted oysters, local beer, a DJ with spinning vinyl soul classics, and participate in the raffles from local businesses to raise money for the Habitat for Humanity Disaster Relief Fund.

Queernival – Saturday, noon-5pm – Attend this free outdoor street fair promoting community and celebration for all ages at Calvary Methodist Church. The lineup for the event includes local food trucks like La Republica, youth musicians and local bands, as well as face painting and carnival games.

Fall Arts Festival: Dia de los Muertos – Saturday, 6-9pm – Spend an evening celebrating Latinx culture and art education at Durham School of the Arts. This free event features a community parade, live performances, art exhibits, food, games and more.

Halloween Movies – Saturday, 6pm-midnight – Ponysaurus Brewing Co. hosts a night of three Halloween movies – “Hocus Pocus,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Carrie” – on the patio, plus $1 snacks & Halloween candy. Costumes are encouraged.

Soiree Afrique – Saturday, 7pm – This event at the Hayti Heritage Center showcases African fashions and culture. The event includes designer’s exclusive fashions and dance performances by Collage Dance Company, Suah Dance Company and several others.

Southern Culture on the Skids – Saturday, 8pm – Catch the locally formed and long-standing band from Chapel Hill at Motorco Music Hall for a night of rockabilly and R&B.

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Saturday, 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.

Halloween Monster Mash – Saturday, 9pm-2am – Get in the spooky spirit at Unscripted’s Halloween party in the Studio Lounge. Festivities of the evening include specialty cocktails like “Black Magic” and “The Bride of Frankenstein,” a DJ, dancing and fun costumes.

Stranger Wings – Saturday, 10pm – Till midnight, feast on fried chicken wings while you watch Season 2 of “Stranger Things” at Fullsteam Brewery, featuring Jeff Kyle’s hand-crafted sauces: black garlic BBQ, sorghum mustard and habanero sweet potato. Costumes highly encouraged.

Bull City Boxer Bash – Sunday, noon-4pm – Head over to Beer Durham for this event benefiting the Carolina Boxer Rescue. This event includes a food truck rodeo featuring Big Mike’s BBQ and Rare Earth Farms, as well as drinks by Durty Bull Brewing Company, a pet costume contest, photo booth, raffles, prizes and much more!

Barktoberfest – Sunday, noon-4pm – Grab your four-legged friend and head to Durham Central Park for an afternoon of canine-related activities courtesy of Beyond Fences, a nonprofit that provides free pet services, supplies, information and support to underserved neighborhoods. The day’s lineup includes a dog trick show, pet costume contest, a canine food drive and a pet market. Food, beer and raffles will be available for the two-legged crowd.

Free Family Day – Sunday, noon-4pm – The second annual fall celebration at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University allows young’uns and their guardians the opportunity take a tour of the museum’s permanent collection with a spooky twist. Make Halloween- and Día de los Muertos-themed art, join Paperhand Puppet Intervention for a lively parade around the museum and dress in costume for a fashion show!

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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.