Night of Swing! – Thursday, 6-10pm – Duke Swing and Jazz @ Duke host a night of free food, dancing and live music at Penn Pavilion. The evening will begin with swing dance instruction, but no prior experience is required.
Janelle Monáe’s ‘Dirty Computer’ – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – In conjunction with her new album, Dirty Computer, this pop star and actress has created an accompanying “emotion picture.” American Tobacco Campus hosts a screening of the afro-futuristic film for one night only at Full Frame Theater.
Opal Blue – Thursday, 7-9pm – Sometimes she’s an announcer and host at Beyú Caffé, but this evening she will bring her stylings in R&B, soul and pop to its stage and demonstrate her creative songwriting skills that she’s been developing since she was 9 years old.
Periodic Tables: The Thrill of Discovery – Thursday, 7:30pm – Come see the latest installment in science gatherings at Motorco with speakers who will discuss the thrill-seeking aspect of science, which has more in common with rock ‘n’ roll musicians than you think.
Noon at the Nasher with Artist Phyllis B. Dooney – Friday, noon-12:30pm – Join the social documentary photographer who contributed to Nasher’s latest exhibit Across County Lines for a mid-day gallery tour.
Honeygirl’s Fourth Anniversary Party – Friday, 5-9pm – Honeygirl Meadery celebrates its fourth anniversary with mead tastings, new test batches and reserve bottles, hand-painted vases and succulents for sale, local honey sampling, Mr. Mongolian food truck and more!
MoDH 5th Birthday Fireside Chat – Friday, 6-8pm – Museum of Durham History‘s fifth birthday weekend kicks off with an evening of storytelling under its gazebo. Hear from Bill Bell, Jim Wise, Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, Andre Vann, Tommy Hunt, and more as they share stories while rare and historic footage of Durham plays on the screens in the background.
Halloween and Family Phantasmagoria – Friday, 6:30-9pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm – Before heading out to trick-or-treat, come to Duke Homestead to explore historical concepts of spiritualism from the 19th century. On Friday evening, wander the property for an all-ages appropriate magical experience, and then, on Saturday, enjoy a daytime Halloween craft and hands-on activities extravaganza. Learn all about what Halloween would have been like for North Carolina kids in the 1870s.
Dr. Ira Wiggins (Straight Ahead Jazz) – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – With 15 albums to his name, this highly respected jazz musician and educator is bringing his multifaceted jazz group, The Ira Wiggins Quartet, to Beyú Caffé for an evening of exhilarating and swinging music.
wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love – Friday, 8pm – Stand-up comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester embark on a tour promoting their book Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie Outta the Dark. Their act, which takes the stage at The Carolina Theatre, is centered around telling stories about the South and celebrating it.
Charley Crockett with Alan Barnosky – Friday, 8pm – The renowned Texas blues singer will be performing music from his third album Lonesome As A Shadow at Motorco. Flatpicking guitarist and songwriter Alan Barnosky opens the show, bringing folk, bluegrass and Americana vibes.
Xtreme Haunt – Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm – Visit Xtreme Park Adventures for a zombie-shooting experience featuring a shooting ride, zombie laser-tag, mini escape room and 30-minute nighttime ropes course.
Brian Harnetty, Shawnee, Ohio – Friday and Saturday, 8pm – There are two opportunities to catch Brian’s interpretation of Appalachian culture from stories salvaged through video, music and photograph, presented by Duke Performances at the Rubenstein Arts Center.
MoDH 5th Birthday Celebration – Saturday, 9am-3pm – Museum of Durham History celebrates its fifth anniversary with a walking tour led by Preservation Durham, a biking tour led by Steve Channing, birthday cake and live entertainment by Kidznotes All Star Trio, NCCU Jazz Ensemble, The Bouncing Bulldogs and Durham Divas n’ Dude.
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!
Barktoberfest 2018 – Saturday, 2:30-7pm – Durham Central Park is a much-frequented spot for dogs and their humans, but Barktoberfest isn’t just any walk in the park! Bring your dog, bring your costume and vote in a number of contest including best trick, pet/human look alike and best costume! Ponysaurus Brewing Co. will be on-site, and there will be a raffle with proceeds supporting Beyond Fences and Durham Parks and Recreation.
Fall Fan Fest – Saturday, 5-8pm – The Durham Bulls host their free festival event complete with food trucks, a costume contest, hayrides and a Hamilton ticket raffle.
Día De Los Muertos Festival – Saturday, 6-9pm – Durham School of the Arts celebrates Latinx culture and holistic art education by inviting other schools and local organizations to join in this sixth annual fall art festival. Honor the lives of loved ones lost at this free event, complete with a community parade, live performances, art exhibits, food, games and fun for the entire family.
Halloween Party and Costume Contest – Saturday, 6:30-10pm – Barley Labs hosts a full day of Halloween fun with beer flights, Halloween candy, a trick-or-treat contest and music bingo. The evening finishes with a costume contest, with awards for best human and dog costumes.
Daniel Weatherspoon – Saturday, 7pm and 9pm – Come listen to this Grammy Award-winning producer bring is own jazz fusion solo project and new album, The Langley Park Project – which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album Chart – to Beyú Caffé.
Lizz Wright – Saturday, 8pm – The jazz and gospel singer grew up playing piano and singing in the Georgia church her father led as a minister. Hear how she combines her upbringing in ornate gospel music with the the groove of lively jazz when she takes the stage at The Carolina Theatre, a co-presentation with Duke Performances.
Iris Ornig – Saturday, 8pm – One of the most original jazz voices in the New York City jazz scene celebrates her new album release at Sharp Nine Gallery.
The Choir of Man – Saturday, 8pm – The event known as “the ultimate feel-good show” comes to DPAC for one night only, featuring the music of Paul Simon, Adele, Guns N’ Roses, Sia and more!
The Muse Masquerade – Saturday, 8pm-midnight and midnight-2am – Supporting Durham’s only zero-commission art gallery The Carrack, the fourth annual fundraiser at 21c Museum Hotel includes music, tarot card readings, handwritten poems for guests and more. After midnight, head to Muse Unmasked – masks off, party on. More music, dancing, fantasy and illusion. (Note that you will need separate tickets for The Muse Masquerade and Muse Unmasked.)
Titus Andronicus with Ted Leo – Saturday, 9pm – Motorco hosts this American punk/indie rock band also known as +@, along with singer/songwriter Ted Leo, who opens with songs off his new album.
Zombie ’80s Takeover – Saturday, 9pm-1am – Unscripted Hotels hosts a blast-from-the-past Halloween party, including DJ Paradime, an ’80s hairspray station, a photo booth and a costume contest. Each ticket guarantees one free Halloween cocktail and a fun Unscripted ’80s slap bracelet.
Halloween Underground II – Saturday, 10pm – Join The Floor and DANCEGRUV RADIO for a creepy night of house and techno – take your pick of the House of Horror upstairs or the Techno Dungeon downstairs. Either way, the party will be rockin’ at Durham’s only underground warehouse, Durham Fruit and Produce. Costumes highly encouraged.
Picture This: A Fantastic Photographic Fall Festival – Sunday, noon-4:30pm – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University hosts its annual fall celebration with inspiration from its current photography exhibits. Kids can create their own versions of the art, and families can join Paperhand Puppets for a parade around the museum, and bring books to donate to Book Harvest.
Pumpkin Palooza – Sunday, noon-5pm – Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, and this event is no different! Come to 214 Hunt St., where food trucks will be on hand to celebrate the fall season with pumpkin-inspired foods as well as craft vendors from Art Market at Vega Metals.
2018 Nonprofit Fair – Sunday, noon-5pm – Explore Durham nonprofit organizations at The Streets at Southpoint, and learn how each person can make a difference in the community through nonprofit outreach.
Freaky Four-Miler Fun Run – Sunday, 3:30-5pm – Test out the run-ability of your Halloween costume at Bull City Running Co. Go for a four-mile, out-and-back run on the American Tobacco Trail, and come back to the store for seasonal refreshments, door prizes and prizes for the best costumes. It’s free! Bring the family! Bring a friend! Arrive early if you wish to be timed and/or try out a pair of New Balance demo shoes. Check-in starts at 2:30pm, and demo shoe sizes are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Community Education at Ponysaurus – Sunday, 6-8pm – Ponysaurus Brewing Company plays host to an educational seminar about Housing for New Hope‘s efforts to reduce homelessness and how members of the community can get involved.
RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike – Sunday, 7:30pm – Four R&B powerhouses – Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins – make a stop at DPAC to perform from each of their extensive catalogues of hit songs under one group, RBRM.