Durham Bulls Baseball Opening Day – Thursday –
The 2017 Triple-A National Champions begin their next season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Their whopping 70-game season kicks off April 5 against the Charlotte Knights and continues through Labor Day. Celebrate opening day with some post-game fireworks (the first of 22 fireworks shows this season), and mark your calendars for the home Father’s Day game against the Gwinnett Stripers on June 17.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – Thursday-Sunday – Film lovers rejoice! Full Frame returns to screens across Durham for its 21st year of showcasing feature-length and short documentary films. This year, Full Frame hosts the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Program, which invites aspiring documentarians to submit films for a chance at the grant and a screening. Don’t forget to attend the closing night mixer at 21c Museum Hotel. Tickets are available at $16 for individual films.
Meet the Asher House Adoption Event – Thursday, 4pm – Lee Asher and his best friend, Luke, quit their jobs and sold everything so they could travel across America with their 6 dogs to shine a light on rescue adoption. Now they’re coming to Pineywoods Dog Park to host Durham’s leg of the adoption marathon with adoptable dogs from APS of Durham. Come meet your potential new best friend!
SDF Mix n Mingle – Thursday, 5pm – The Southern Documentary Fund invites you to catch up with filmmakers and industry professionals in between screenings at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Grab a bite and a drink at Beyu Caffe, and meet with your fellow film lovers!
The Color Purple – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, 1pm and 6:30pm – DPAC brings the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival to its stage this week. Alice Walker’s 1982 novel is re-imagined in this jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues-inspired musical, but the story of a young woman’s trials for love and self-determination transcend genres.
Taylor Bennett – Thursday, 7pm – Brother of world-renowned artist, Chance the Rapper, Taylor has been building his own following with his style of hip-hop and rap. Motorco Music Hall hosts this event that also features Raleigh-based rapper 3AM.
Boom Unit Brass Band Bulls Opening Night – Thursday, 8:30pm – Durham brass band Boom Unit kicks off the opening night of the Durham Bulls at The Bullpen. A Durham-themed night for any true-hearted Durhamite!
duARTS Arts Festival Kickoff – Friday, 3pm – duARTS festival takes over the Bryan Center and the larger Duke campus area. Art activities, live music and giveaways set the show for the rest of the festival at this kickoff event. Workshops, popups, professional lectures, demonstrations and more – this festival is dedicated to one thing and one thing only: art.
An Evening with Marcus Anderson – Friday, 8pm – The Hayti Heritage Center hosts the golden child of jazz, saxophonist Marcus Anderson, as he serenades from the stage with tracks from eight studio albums, demonstrating his signature jazz-fusion style.
Rafał Blechacz, Piano – Friday, 8pm – The world-renowned pianist and recording artist takes the stage at Baldwin Auditorium in a Duke Performances’ concert. The evening begins with Mozart, then meets with Beethoven and Schumann, and finally ends with Blechacz’s area of expertise: Chopin.
Allie Capo – Friday, 8:30pm – The Raleigh/Durham-based R&B soul singer, songwriter and style influencer brings her sultry tones to The Bullpen. Allie is emerging as one of the smoothest and most sophisticated singers on the Triangle hip-hop/R&B scene. A portion of every bar tab will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale – Saturday, 8am-noon – Pick up unique plants grown at the gardens, as well as quality plants from local nurseries that are ideal in North Carolina gardens.
Durham Roots Farmers Market – Saturday, 8am-noon – This producers-only local farmers market brings Durham-grown food to your tables! No crafts or arts, only local, organic produce, meats and cheeses. Operating in the Northgate Stadium 10 parking lot, these farmers will be a weekly feature!
6th Annual Touch-a-Truck Event – Saturday, 10am – The Junior League of Durham and Orange County hosts their annual Touch-a-Truck, which provides children with a hands-on opportunity to, well, touch a truck – fire trucks, ambulances, you name it! Kids will learn about public service professions from the vehicles and the drivers themselves. Tickets are $5 (children 2 and younger are free) and the event will be held in Northgate Mall’s Sears parking lot.
History Hike: The Ground Beneath Your Feet – Saturday, 10am-noon – West Point on Eno is the starting location for this two-mile rock walk across Warren Creek (water shoes recommended). Learn about the rocks that inhabit your world on this geologically educational hike.
Black Twig 2nd Anniversary Party! – Saturday, noon – Black Twig Cider House’s second year bringing craft cider to Durham kicks off with an afternoon, all-ages cider event! Games and prizes will abound, and you’ll get a chance to try their new menu!
Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond – Saturday, 1pm – Local historian John Schelp leads this leisurely stroll through Durham and its history. The Museum of Durham History sponsors this tour of Durham’s storied past that starts at the corner of Ninth and Green streets, across from White Star.
National Beer Day – Saturday, 1pm – Celebrate National Beer Day in the only way you can – with beer! Come out to James Joyce Irish Pub and raise a glass – you can even keep one of the pint glasses on select beers! Come hungry as well, because you will not want to miss the beer-inspired food by Chef Mark.
Opening Weekend at West Point – Saturday, 1pm – The 2018 season kicks off at West Point on the Eno with a day-long schedule of events and activities! This free event will be happening all day, with grinding in the mill, behind-the-scenes tours and much more.
Flora at Fillaree – Saturday, 3pm – Come out to Fillaree for the opening reception of Angie the Rose’s Molecular Series Flora paintings, which look inside our bodies to express the complexities of the microbiological forces within us. A wide variety of art, both large and small, will be on display, accompanied by an assortment of stickers and crafts for purchase.
Maria Schneider Orchestra – Saturday, 8pm – The five-time GRAMMY winner brings her 17-piece orchestra to Duke Performances. This composer, known for testing the boundaries between classical and jazz and changing contemporary ideas about big bands, takes the stage at Baldwin Auditorium.
2018 RUNAWAY Spring Fashion Show & Dance Party – Saturday, 9pm – Durham-based clothing outfitters RUNAWAY release their Spring ‘18 collection at The Fruit, with a fashion show curated by FORM Magazine. The show will be followed immediately at by an all-night rager with jams from hit local DJs.
Phil Cook and the Guitarheels – Saturday, 9pm – Durham local Phil Cook comes to The Pinhook stage for a night of wistful bluegrass and folk tunes.
APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham holds its monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop. Come hang out with all these furry felines, and hopefully find a forever friend to adopt.
Feast from the Furnace – Sunday, 6pm – Elijah Leed and Leigh Hayes of Liberty Arts demonstrate live glass-blowing techniques while you sip wine, and dine on a menu arranged by Aubrey Zinaich-Howell of Nana’s Restaurant. The kicker: The food will be cooked in the same furnace as the glass! Tickets are $70 for this unique event.
Afterhours: ’80s Night – Sunday, 6:30-10pm – The Museum of Life and Science takes it back for a 21 and older after-hours throwback party! Break out those clothes at the back of your closets and show your true ’80s style! Cosplayers, food trucks and ’80s trivia round out this night of true ’80s entertainment.