Weekend at a Glance: Festivals, Fossils and a Food Truck Rodeo

Weekend at a Glance: Festivals, Fossils and a Food Truck Rodeo

Celebrate a fun weekend full of festivals and anniversaries, and even a few Halloween events for those of you who didn't get enough of the spooky holiday

The Museum of Life and Science hosts this year’s North Carolina Fossil Club’s annual Fossil Fair.

Zombie Prom – Thursday, 6:30-10pm – Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, dress up in your glam and ghoul for this adult-only zombie prom at the Museum of Life and Science! There will be a DJ, face painters, a train that travels through the night and local vendors like MacUrRoni, Sympathy for the Deli, Adobo Joe Food Truck and Tenco Coffee.

Gonza x Runaway Release Party – Thursday, 6-8pm – These two brands are coming together to support Habitat for Humanity of Durham with a new line of merchandise. Head to Gonza Taco y Tequila for a night of Mexican cuisine, good beer, collaborative T-shirts and music by Mamis & the Papis.

Cody Jinks concert – Thursday, 7:30pm – Join this country singer at his DPAC debut with special guests The Steel Wood and Tennessee Jet. Head out with your friends to enjoy smooth, dark-hued country songs.

Take Me To The River – New Orleans Live! – Thursday, 8pm – Listen to the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and jazz for a night of unforgettable music at The Carolina Theatre. The event features both individual and collaborative performances, including three generations of talent.

8th Annual Durham Oktoberfest – Friday, 4pm-close – If you enjoy live music and beer while you eat pretzels, schnitzels and brats, then head to Motorco Music Hall. Music will be performed by the Oberkrainer Band and Little German Band.

Annie Baker’s ‘The Flick’ – Friday-Sunday, 7:30pm – Come witness the first collaboration between Bartlett Theater and Northgate Mall for this movie’s opening weekend at the Northgate Stadium 10 Cinema. Enjoy a hilarious, yet heart-rending immersive theater experience.

Ron White – Friday, 7pm – If you’re looking for fun, grab your friends and head to DPAC to see this longtime comedian known as “Tater Salad” who rose to fame after being a part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Now a star of his own show, this cigar-smoking and scotch-drinking performer will have you rolling with laughter.

SoJam A Capella Festival – Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm – Join hundreds of talented groups and individuals from around the globe for a jam-packed, vocal music, weekend-long extravaganza at The Carolina Theatre.

Steve Coleman & Natal Eclipse – Friday, 8pm – If you want to bless your ears and soul, go listen to this alto saxophonist as he leads this drummerless octet in a Duke Performances concert at Baldwin Auditorium. This music dashes and darts, bobs and weaves, lunges forward and pulls back, which creates a sense of drama in which every move feels like a surprise.

NCCU Ultimate Homecoming – Saturday, all day – There are a ton of events going on this week at NCCU. Don’t miss out on their Homecoming parade and football game!

Mural Bike Tours – Saturday, 10am-11:30pm – Explore the beautiful murals of downtown Durham by bicycle with tours that take off from Durham Central Park, co-organized by Preservation Durham, the Museum of Durham History and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Approximately 13 murals will be featured, and each tour is led by experienced cyclists, which last about 90 minutes and are about five miles in length.

One Year Anniversary Tiki Bash – Saturday, noon-9pm – Celebrate Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending‘s first year of business with beer slushees, ice cream beer floats from The Parlour, local food trucks and a DJ spinning 90s hip-hop hits all night.

Patchwork Market – Saturday, noon-4pm – Grab your friends and drink a pint at Fullsteam Brewery while you browse the diverse selection of high-quality and original goods made by local makers and vintage vendors that have come together to create a unique shopping experience for those who attend.

The Grandiloquent Adult Spelling Bee – Saturday, noon – Witness the highest form of spelling combat at Motorco Music Hall, sponsored by The Regulator Bookshop. You’ll be wowed as erudite, lexical masters recall the spelling of rarely used polysyllabic and commonly misspelled words. All proceeds are donated to local educational opportunities supporting disadvantaged, minority students.

Bob Dylan and His Band – Saturday, 8pm – This 11-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter is performing live at DPAC! You don’t want to miss out on this legendary musician.

Sip, Snack, Shop & Save – Saturday and Sunday, noon-4pm – Join Vintage Home South for their Holiday Open House, where you can get a jump on your holiday shopping all while enjoying complimentary treats from Big Bundts on Saturday and Chocolatay Confections on Sunday.

Annual Fossil Fair – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Head to the Museum of Life and Science and join the North Carolina Fossil Club, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and scientists from the Smithsonian Institute for a real blast from the past! Dinosaurs lovers can enjoy free admission while relishing the opportunity to see so many fossils.

Sausagefest – Sunday, noon-3pm – Calling all meat lovers! Come to The Rickhouse for Durham’s second Sausagefest. Sausages of all kinds will be available to taste and take home from the Triangle’s top restaurants!

Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday, noon-4pm – This is the last rodeo of the year, so bring some friends and enjoy food from the Triangle’s most popular food trucks. There will be music from Niito and the nonprofit Continuing The Mission will bring some of their dogs and training tunnels for the kids!

Get it, Together. – Sunday, noon-4pm – Join the Durham Hotel and Southern Cultures quarterly for a therapeutic gathering to soothe pre-election nerves with the salve of communal creativity. Sing historic protest songs with your neighbor in a cathartic choir and engage with representatives from local organizations working to build a stronger community.

Interactive Pixel Mural Opening Ceremony – Sunday, 2pm – Come to the unveiling of the second major public art installation along the Durham smART Corridor, hosted by the City of Durham and Durham Central Park. Guests can meet the artists behind the mural and get to know more about it.

Roy Scranton in conversation with Amitav Ghosh – Sunday, 4pm – These two scholarly authors join us for a community conversation in the first of The Regulator Bookshop’s new series “Community and Scholars.” The event is co-sponsored by Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. It’s free and open to the public!