Weekend at a Glance: Hauntings, History and a Harvest Festival

Weekend at a Glance: Hauntings, History and a Harvest Festival

Expect a variety of autumnal activities this weekend, from haunted adventures to pumpkin patches to a harvest festival and pub crawl

Take a ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch this weekend. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science

Multi-Sensory Highlights Tour – Thursday, 6-7pm – Join Liz Peters, museum educator for community audiences, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for interactive and immersive tours of the galleries. These special tours focus on texture and materials. Thanks to 3D printing, visitors can explore with their hands miniature models of sculpture in the galleries. These tours are specifically designed for people with vision loss, or anyone who is curious about experiencing art with a sense other than sight.

Science of Beer – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Local North Carolina brewers serve up samples while scientists teach the how’s and why’s of beer making and drinking. Enjoy the hands-on exhibits in the Museum of Life and Science’s Gateway Park, Hideaway Woods and Magic Wings Butterfly House. Afterwards, eat from food trucks _ Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Baguettaboutit, Porchetta and Tenco Coffee while listening to live music and drinking beer in your own commemorative glass.

Jo Hackl – Thursday, 7pm – The author of the new mystery for kids, “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe,will be at The Regulator Bookshop for a book reading and signing. Bring your children to meet Jo and learn about outdoor survival that includes a twist on art history mystery.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – Thursday, 7:30pm – Continuing to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of Irish dance and music, experience this thrilling show with an exceptional cast at DPAC. Cutting-edge technology, including a giant Radiant flat screen that spans the width of the stage, special effects lighting, dancing robots and world champion acrobats make this a show not to be missed!

Buika – Thursday, 8pm – Presented by Duke Performances, experience this rare, live, soulful flamenco performance by the Grammy-nominated Spanish singer at The Carolina Theatre. The New York Times calls her singing “so musical and overpowering that it can override your built-in genre switch.”

Phyllis B. Dooney / Stagville: Living History – Friday, 5-7pm – A collaboration between local youth organization Blackspace, photographer Phyllis B. Dooney and Historic Stagville, this one-night event takes place in Horton Grove, a historic site with the former quarters of enslaved people on Stagville Plantation. The site will be enlivened with projections of Phyllis’ contemporary portraits of descendants of Stagville’s enslaved population from her project The Vertigo of Time. The evening presentation will begin with talks by Phyllis and Stagville representative Vera Cecelski. Five of Blackspace’s spoken-word poets will deliver original spoken word pieces — each based on a recorded interview of a photographed descendant that Phyllis collected in the field.

Rachel Baiman Live Show – Friday, 7pm – The Nashville Americana songwriter will perform from her brand new EP Thanksgiving as well as her acclaimed 2017 album Shame, which was featured on NPR, at The Pinhook. Guests can also bring their dogs!

Xtreme Haunt – Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm – Come to Xtreme Park Adventures for a fun night shooting zombies, playing laser tag, getting lost in a mini escape room and testing your climbing skills on the nighttime ropes course.

Anthony Roth Costanzo + Les Violons Du Roy – Friday, 8pm – On a very limited tour to support his debut, Anthony and acclaimed chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy deliver a daring and revelatory concert of Handel and Glass masterpieces. Thirty-seven musicians will play alongside Anthony on the Baldwin Auditorium stage, including strings, horns, harpsichord and lute. The program, presented by Duke Performances, opens with four Handel opera arias that allow Anthony broad emotional latitude, as well as the Concerto Grosso in D Minor before turning to Akhnaten’s “Hymn,” an ode to religious wonder.

Durham ReUse Rodeo – Saturday, 8am-2pm – Making room for the holidays or doing some fall cleaning? Need a way to get rid of unwanted items without discarding them in the trash? Come out to the Durham County Stadium for a “one-stop drop” event that allows residents to donate gently used items to multiple nonprofits at the same time, in the same place. There will also be E-waste and plastic film recycling and paper shredding on-site for your convenience.

Fill That Bowl Ride & K-9 Demo – Saturday, 9am-4pm – Support the Durham Police Department and Durham Sheriff’s Department K-9 units as they raise $2,500 to cover the cost of 10 K-9 trauma kits to help protect and save the lives of courageous four-legged first responders. Enjoy K-9 demos, food and live music afterwards at the Raging Bull Harley-Davidson.

Volunteer at Lakewood Elementary – Saturday, 10am-noon – Bull City Classrooms is seeking volunteers to help teachers at Lakewood Elementary with paint projects, organizing classrooms, distributing books, moving classroom furniture and more. Sign up today!

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm – Take a ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch. Pick a pumpkin to decorate, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games, plus other fun activities including a mini pumpkin toss, corn crib and cool temporary tattoos!

DisABLE the Label – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Have family-friendly funat this free community event presented by Durham Parks and Recreation in Northgate Mall’s Center Court. The event will honor all residents and ability levels in celebration of National Disability Empowerment Awareness Month and will have a handful of activities, games, information sharing and more. Four performances will take place and feature guests such as Khori Bledsoe, The Silver Dancers and more.

Second Saturday Brightleaf Square – Saturday, noon-6pm – Shop at the unique mix of locally owned restaurants and shops in Brightleaf Square while enjoying music in the courtyard from Ellerbe Creek, Danny Grewen and Infinity Road.

Durty Anniversary: The Second! – Saturday, noon-midnight – Join Durty Bull Brewing Company to celebrate their second year of “drinking Durty,” with a release of new small-batch brews. There will also be targets from Axes & X’s Axe Throwing Range from 2-8pm, and Urban Axes will be celebrating their grand opening, too! Try your luck at winning some prizes during the tournament from 7-8pm, while listening to live music by The River Otters (4-6pm) and getting a bite at food trucks.

Kidcycle – Saturday, 1-3pm – In a weekend-long event that supports the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, come out to consign and buy gently used clothing and shoes for infants, moms-to-be, children and teens! The event at Northgate Mall supports the Diaper Bank’s mission of ensuring that every baby in the community has an adequate supply of diapers.

Natural Dyes Workshop – Saturday, 1-4pm – Learn how to use your backyard plants to dye your clothes at the Piedmont Wildlife Center! You’ll be able to take home your own naturally dyed bandanna or scarf and the skills needed for future dyeing! Available to ages 15 and older.

Hocus Pocus – Saturday, 7:20pm – Watch the classic Halloween film of witches and pranksters with friends and family, while taking a trip down memory lane with the ’90s film at The Carolina Theatre. Not a fan of Hocus Pocus? Check out their other movies going on this weekend here.

Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure – Saturday, 7:30pm – Explore the dark side of Durham at the American Tobacco Campus and learn about its strange and sordid past. Discover the chilling tales of scandal and murder while getting your drink on at various local pubs.

Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy – Saturday, 8pm – The 10-year-running international concert sensation expands its 2018 North American tour schedule with a premiere at DPAC and brings to stage and screen the music and video from one of the world’s best-selling video games of all time. With more than 100 musicians on stage, fans will certainly enjoy the excitement and spectacle of Final Fantasy live.

Harvest Festival – Sunday, 1-4pm – Celebrate the autumn season at Sarah P. Duke Gardens with activities for all ages. Taste fall fruits and veggies from Ungraded Produce, sing and dance around the garden beds, learn gardening tips from Durham County Master Gardeners and SEEDS, discover how to plant a rain garden with Durham Stormwater Services or embark on various journeys through the garden.

Wedding Open House – Sunday, 3-6pm – Looking for all the right answers for your big day? Come check out Pine & Poplar‘s open house filled with wedding vendors and an unforgettable wedding set-up! Vendors range from boutiques to catering to photography.

Triangle Chefs Charity Wine Dinner & Silent Auction – Sunday, 5:30-9pm – Indulge in a dining experience by some of the Triangle’s best chefs while betting on the silent auction at Croasdaile Country Club. For the past three years, this charity dinner has helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Charity Benefit for AELIA.

Hannah Lee
Hannah Lee is the editorial assistant at Durham Magazine. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and double majored in broadcast journalism and German. She enjoys good beer, ice cream and morning runs.