Lilly Hiatt Concert – Thursday, 6pm – Bring your picnics, family, friends and even your dog out to the Amphitheater at the American Tobacco Campus to hear the rock/country/folk sounds of the Nashville singer-songwriter as she performs tracks from her 2017 album, “Trinity Lane.” North Carolina native Anne-Claire Niver opens the show. American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open and preparing quick-grab items for concertgoers, and beer and wine are available for purchase.
Courtyard Concert – Thursday, 7-10pm – Start your weekend off in style with a practically private concert in the Parizade courtyard. Jazz trio The Reggie Jefferey’s Trio performs this week – reserve your seats by calling 919-286-9712.
Grand Opening Celebration – Friday, 11:30am – Beyu Blue, Duke Dining’s newest coffee house, operated by Dorian Bolden, a 2002 Duke graduate and owner of Beyu Caffe, will officially open its doors at the Bryan Center with a ribbon cutting at 11:30am, coffee sampling and live music from Duke’s Small Town Records and international singer and songwriter, Kenny Wesley, also known as “The Soulful Nerd.”
Tailgate on the Terrace – Friday, 5pm – JB Duke Hotel hosts a pregame for the home opener of the Duke Blue Devil’s football season against the Army Black Knights. The first celebration in the Tailgate on the Terrace series, Blue Devil fanatics are invited to attend the hotel’s pregame festivities to mingle with fellow fans, get excited for the game and savor in the hotel’s food and beverage offerings. Menu selection features grilled burgers, brats, a nacho bar, wings, corn dogs, bar service and more. The JB Duke Hotel will also host a watch party for the 7 p.m. kickoff. The game will show on large screens in the dining and barista bar areas.
Brightleaf Square Concert – Friday, 7-9pm – After a dinner downtown, bring your chairs to Brightleaf Square for an outdoor concert with groovy ’70s music from 8-Track Minds.
Durham’s Murals by Bike Tour – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Preservation Durham has partnered with The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Museum of Durham History to create a bicycle tour of the historic murals of downtown Durham. Some murals that will be featured include: Manbites Dog mural, Angel of Spring mural, The Wall of Hope mural and more. BYOB – bring your own bike.
People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection – Saturday, 10am – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents a culmination of 12 years of collecting art that emphasizes diversity and artists who have been historically underrepresented, overlooked or excluded, with a particular focus on artists of African descent. People Get Ready is organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum. The exhibit runs through Jan. 6.
Bull City Rumble – Saturday, 10am – The 14th annual vintage motorcycle and scooter rally rides into town for Labor Day weekend! Durham nonprofit Ton Up NC, a group of enthusiasts who promote the riding, hosts the event, which will include a bike show, music, a charity raffle and more. The day ends with a Rumble After Party at Social Games and Brews. Come out if you love promoting the riding, restoration and racing of vintage motorcycles!
Eno River Paddle – Sunday, 10am-3pm –Join Frog Hollow and Eno River Association as they explore the Eno River. Each month they paddle a new section of the Eno River, from Hillsborough to Falls Lake. Over these various trips they discover the hidden gems and paddle past areas that used to be home to Shakori, Occaneechi and Eno American Indians. This paddle will travel from West Point to Penny’s Bend – approximately a 2.5 hour trip.
Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – An all-ages Sunday afternoon gathering of dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks in Durham Central Park. Asheville’s soul/jam/rock and roll outfit Travers Brothership performs! The nonprofit partner for this Labor Day Weekend rodeo, Duke CTSI TransPop—MURDOCK Study (Clinical & Transitional Science Institute) will set up free beach volleyball, tick tac toe and jump-rope stations. Locally-brewed craft beer on hand. Dogs allowed on regular (not retractable) leashes.
Dave Eggers – Sunday, 3pm – The Regulator Bookshop welcomes the bestselling author for a reading and signing of his newest picture book, “What Can a Citizen Do?” Set against Shawn Harris’s papercut illustrations, “What Can a Citizen Do” explores the meaning of citizenship in a fun and engaging way. It gives the youngest among us – and the grownups who are guiding them – the inspiration to make change today, and become leaders in the future.
Summer Movie Series – Sunday, 8pm – Come out to Ponysaurus Brewing Co.’s patio for flicks on the big screen! Beer, $1 snacks and Superman are on tap this weekend!
Martha Kelly – Sunday, 8pm – The stand-up comedian and actor based out of Austin, Texas, performs at clubs around the country and plays the character “Martha Brooks” on the critically acclaimed FX show “Baskets,” starring Zach Galifianakis and Louis Anderson. She performs alongside fellow comedians Pat Dean and Avery Moore at Motorco Music Hall. Hosted by Durham comedian Deb Aronin.