6 Events to Check Out in Durham This Weekend

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 Compiled by Naomi Wright and Hannah Lee

6 events – Photo of vendors scheduled to be at the Boxyard RTP Cruise Thru
Cruise through Boxyard RTP on Friday night to pick up items from its vendors from the safety of your car.


Cruise Thru with Boxyard RTP

Boxyard RTP, which is slated to open in the fall, invites guests to shop from eight of its soon-to-open vendors from the comfort of their cars. On-site parking and directions, a list of vendors and FAQs are all available on its website. Participating vendors include flower shop Blossom and Bone, Bulkogi, Fullsteam Brewery and more.


Summer Music Series

Working within the confines of “the new normal,” The Glass Jug Beer Lab kicks off its outdoor music series this week with Mister Felix, a Raleigh-based indie rock/folk band. The series, which takes place every other Saturday through Sept. 5 in its beer garden, will also feature a food truck. Capacity will be limited. This and other measures will be taken to accommodate the safety of attendees. 

The Beaver Queen Pageant

This unique and often wacky – in a good way! – pageant started in 2005 when the construction of I-85 threatened the Duke Park beavers. Contestants dress up in themed costumes, vying for the title of Beaver Queen, all to benefit Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA). This year, organizers shifted the annual fundraiser online due to COVID-19. On Saturday, watch the final online event live on the pageant’s website at 6pm to see who will be named queen! Every online vote, which costs $5, supports ECWA’s mission to create an interconnected network of trails and nature preserves, and restore water quality and habitat in Ellerbe Creek.

Durham County Library’s 2020 Summer of Learning

The Durham County Library kicks off its summer reading program this weekend. During the program, participants (kids, teens and even adults) can earn points for every minute they read. The library offers various options on how to track points and other activities that can count toward the point system. Once participants earn 500 points, they get a Durham County Library flowerpot and choice of seeds “to help you keep growing.” 


Black Farmers Market

Black August in the Park hosts the first of the bi-monthly Black Farmers Market at Provident 1898 from 1 to 4 p.m. today to support black-owned farmers, businesses, retailers and restaurants. Their website hosts a FAQ section for any questions. 

Durham Community Bake Sale

The Durham Vegan Bake Sale hosts a fundraiser for the Durham Black Youth Project 100, a group dedicated to working against racism in community policies. The virtual bake sale offers a socially distanced pickup at Modern Energy on 703 Foster St. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vegan goods are provided by Crumbs, The Parlour, Pure Juicery Bar and Taylor Street Sweets LLC.

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