Easter Bunny Visit – Thursday, noon-7pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-7pm – Bring the kids to visit and take a photo with the Easter Bunny for his annual stay in a garden of spring décor at Northgate Mall‘s Center Court. Make sure to visit Bull City Inflatables’ Island Carousel before you hop home!
The Vertigo of Time – Thursday, 6pm – Celebrate the opening of this exhibit at The Carrack. Photographer Phyllis B. Dooney explores the history of Durham through modern day Black American lives as business owners, activists, musicians and farmers as well as descendants of Historic Stagville’s enslaved population. This exhibition is part of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University 2018 thesis series.
Ginger Wagg – Frivolous Artist – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm – In partnership with Durham Independent Dance Artists, Ginger Wagg & Wild Actions explore the paradoxes of artistic performance in their new, full-length installation, “Frivolous Artist.” In this interactive experience, audience members encounter a series of scenes throughout Durham Fruit and Produce Company that aim to unsettle stationary viewing while maintaining empathy for the audience.
Emerging Artists Awards Ceremony – Thursday, 7pm – Durham Arts Council presents “Shaping our Community: Artists at Work” to highlight up-and-coming artists in the community. The event combines the introduction of the 2018 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists grant recipients and a keynote address by one of Durham’s most accomplished spoken word artists, Dasan Ahanu. In his program, “The Art of Re-imagining,” he explores the social implications of being a poet, teacher, mentor and scholar. Celebrate the local greats and the new talents of grant recipients including Anna Barker, dance; Stacy Bloom Rexrode, installation; Rebecca Bossen, theater; Jeanette Brossart, craft; Candy Carver, painting; and Anna Jones, film.
Franklin Sirmans – Thursday, 7pm – Visit the latest installation of The Directors Series at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University featuring Franklin Sirmans of Pérez Art Museum Miami. Start the evening at 5:30 with a live performance by the Art of Cool All-Star Band led by Al Strong, and stick around to learn about Franklin’s unique approach to the art world. Take advantage of his expertise on contemporary art in one of the United States’ most international cities when he comes to Durham.
Trio da Kali – Thursday, 8pm – Experience Duke Performances’ Black Atlantic festival celebrating the music of Africa and the diaspora through the Americas with this musical group, bringing their culture and heritage from Mali to Motorco Music Hall; their distinct style reflects the oral history of the griot tradition in West Africa.
Dino Egg Hunt – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30-5pm – Don’t miss the dinosaur egg hunt at the Museum of Life and Science’s Dinosaur Trail! Unearth colorful eggs and real fossils to take home. After filling your basket, test your paleontology skills with dino puzzles and make your own fossil rubbings!
Anniversary Weekend and Exploratorium Launch – Friday, 3pm – Saturday – The first small-batch ciders will be coming out of the Cider Exploratorium at Bull City Ciderworks this weekend; they are crafted exclusively with NC Apples and made in the Bull City – single-apple varietal ciders, complex barrel-aged ciders, and unorthodox multi-strain fermented ciders. Explore cider through fun classes and special tours, and enjoy food trucks and live music both days!
Calvin Edwards – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – Head to Beyú Caffé to welcome the international jazz guitarist back to the stage! Calvin is a native North Carolinian, and he has played shows in Okinawa, Tokyo and China. He also played the G8 Summit for former President Bill Clinton, and Durham can’t wait to welcome him back home.
Little River Community Complex Carnival – Friday, 5pm – Head to the Durham County Memorial Stadium for fair food and carnival rides! Rides and games will be in town until April 8 – don’t miss your chance to join in on the fun! Check out the website for ticket coupons.
Duke Baseball – Friday, 6pm – Bracket busted? Duke Men’s Basketball might not be playing, but their baseball team is! Head to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to watch them face off against Notre Dame.
Dwight & Nicole – Friday, 8pm – The Bullpen hosts eccentric duo Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson as they showcase their unique style through a combination of ’60s soul, ’40s jazz and Delta blues in each performance. $1 from each draft pint sold benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Make sure to arrive early to catch Durham’s own blues band Lockdown open the show!
Aurelio Martínez – Friday, 8pm – Representing the Garifuna people of Honduras for Duke Performances’ Black Atlantic festival, Aurelio brings his percussion prowess to Motorco Music Hall! See why he has been heralded as “one of the greatest artists of Latin America” by the London Evening Standard and “a musical guardian of the Garifuna” by NPR.
Grand Opening Celebration – Saturday, 10am-11pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab serves up several of its first batches of beer – including a dry Irish stout, a New England-Style hazy IPA, and the first in its “Pi” Berliner Weisse series with big notes of fresh apricot and peach on a light, tart base. Small-batch tappings take place throughout the day, too. Grab lunch from Sarah’s Empanadas and dinner from Tandoor Indian Restaurant; and enjoy rock, blues and funk music by Bull City Brakemen.
Beginning Sewing – Saturday, noon – Have you always wanted to learn to sew? Just want to be able to fix that button hanging off your favorite jacket? Head to The Scrap Exchange to learn the basics with textile artist and long-time sewing instructor Jeannie Lasley! Pick up the skill, including sewing concepts, machine threading and troubleshooting, straight stitch, zig-zag and appliqué stitches. All materials are provided!
The Black Woman Millionaire Tour – Saturday, 1pm – Dr. Venus Opal Reese comes to Durham Marriott City Center to share her journey from homelessness to graduating from Stanford University and eventually becoming a millionaire. Her tour teaches women how to make network connections, earn more money and grow business with sustainable strategies. Her company, Defy Impossible Inc., has generated $4 million in the past five years, and she’s here to share her strategies for success.
Pet Adoption Event with APS – Saturday, 2-5pm – Along with adoptable dogs and cats, Durty Bull Brewing Company hosts local vendors selling all sorts of pet-related items. Gussy’s Greek Street Food will be on hand to make sure everyone stays well-fed, and there will be live music by Redleg Husky. Ten percent of on-premise beer sales will be donated to the Animal Protection Society of Durham, as well as 15% of the beer-to-go.
Born at Duke Homestead – Saturday, 5pm – Explore birth and motherhood in the 19th century at Duke Homestead. This event celebrates Women’s History Month with special guided tours of the historic site focusing on women of the day. Midwives from the Durham Women’s Clinic and costumed interpreters lead the tour through the home where James B. Duke was born and take questions on medicine and pregnancy in the 1800s.
Rock Roulette – Saturday, 6pm – For the third year in a row, 10 brand new bands perform original sets – written in just nine weeks – to benefit Girls Rock NC, a local organization that works to empower girls, women and folks of marginalized genders. Motorco Music Hall hosts bands including Mother Madness, High Key, Alpaca Dreams and Prophets of the Uncoming. Donations are taken at the door, and the band with the most money raised will receive 10 hours of recording time!
Rhonda Thomas – Saturday, 7 and 9pm – “Guess Who I Saw Today” and “Breathe New Life” jazz vocalist performs at Beyú Caffé for two dynamic shows. Rhonda spent 11 years as a featured soloist and background vocalist for Isaac Hayes, and her 2015 album, “Vinyl Daze,” debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. She won multiple awards in Harlem’s Apollo Theater and performed at the 1996 Olympic Games!
Diego El Cigala – Saturday, 8pm – The Latin Grammy Award Winner brings the Andalusian tradition of flamenco to The Carolina Theatre as part of Duke Performances’ Black Atlantic festival. His 2016 album, “Indestructible,” combines salsa and flamenco while representing Spanish, Dominican, Cuban and Puerto Rican music. He travels to Durham with his 10-piece band to share his spirited and energetic style of performance.
How Did We Get Here? – Saturday, 8pm – Irish YouTuber, video game commentator and voice actor Seán William McLoughlin, commonly known as Jacksepticeye, brings his tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center! Enjoy his anecdotes about growing up and watch him play his favorite video games on stage. Come see why more than 18.1 million YouTubers follow him!
The Cajammers – Saturday, 8:30pm – Experience the one-of-a-kind Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop style of this Triangle-based band at The Bullpen! Admission is free, and $1 from each draft pint sold benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation!
Durham Easter – Sunday, 11am-3pm – Vintage Church Durham, Restoration Church and Grace Park Church join forces to present the ultimate Easter egg hunt at Durham Central Park. Kids ages 2-12 can participate in one of four hunts throughout the day, play on bounce houses and have their faces painted. After a morning of fun, listen to some live music and grab lunch from food trucks including Spanglish, Sympathy for the Deli, Bruster’s Ice Cream and Pelican’s SnoBalls.