Editors’ Picks: What To Do in Durham This Weekend

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Sylvan Esso at the historic DAP, “Hamilton” at DPAC, a blues and brews festival and more

Durham Blues and Brews Festival
Sip unlimited beer samples at Saturday’s Durham Blues & Brews Festival. Photo by Hannah Lee

Compiled by Casey Medlin

Sylvan Esso – Thursday, 7pm; Friday-Saturday, SOLD OUT – The electronic-pop duo performs back-to-back shows at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, with after-parties at The Pinhook on Friday and Motorco Music Hall on Saturday. The Psychic Hotline Pop-up Shop will sell band merchandise from noon-5pm, Thursday-Saturday, at PS37

‘Hamilton’ – Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 7pm – The award-winning Broadway musical about American founding father Alexander Hamilton is back at the Durham Performing Arts Center. “Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography, with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

Vert & Vogue Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Join child psychiatrist Dr. Helen Egger and graphic designer Rebecca Egger for Vert & Vogue’s first happy hour in more than two years. This mother-daughter team designed the mental health app Little Otter and plans to discuss the origins of their app and experiences as women in tech. Tickets are free and so are drinks!

Third Friday Durham – Friday, 6-9pm – This month’s art walk and gallery crawl features live music by J.C. Tokes at Cecy’s Gallery & Studios, Cam Knopp at CCB Plaza and Tom Merrigan at 5 Points Plaza. Some featured exhibitions include new paintings by Darius Quarles at 5 Points Gallery and photos by documentarian Rox Campbell in the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery at Hayti Heritage Center.

75th Anniversary Celebration – Friday, 7-10pm – Join the Museum of Life and Science as it celebrates its 75th birthday. The evening kicks off with appetizers and cocktails in Hideaway Woods, followed by the main event, which stretches nearly the entire museum – expect an open bar, strolling supper, a silent auction and more. 

2022 Preservation Durham Home Tour: Then & Now – Saturday-Sunday, noon-4pm – Explore restored and rehabilitated homes during this annual tour hosted by Preservation Durham. The event recognizes the best private preservation projects undertaken by owners and families and holds them up as examples of how saving and adapting a historic house enriches not only the lives of the people who live in them, but also their neighborhoods.

52nd Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival – Saturday, 1-7pm – Honoring African and African American history, culture, arts and traditions, Durham Parks & Recreation hosts an afternoon of live music, arts and crafts, ethnic food and fun family activities at Rock Quarry Park. The festival, which is free and open to the public, was established in 1969 by a group of local students and community members to honor the West African festival of harvest and celebration. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Hops & Blues Festival – Saturday, 4-8pm – This third annual event at The Glass Jug Beer Lab features unlimited beer samples from 13 breweries, live blues music and eats from CockADoodleMoo Truck. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Durham Blues & Brews Festival – Saturday, 5-10pm – The annual blues music and craft brews festival returns to Durham Central Park after a two-year pandemic break. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy unlimited 12-ounce pours from 20 North Carolina breweries/cideries/wineries, including Bull City Burger and Brewery, Ponysaurus Brewing Co., Clouds Brewing and Starpoint Brewing, and a variety of food trucks. Festival proceeds benefit The Exchange Club of Greater Durham, a service-oriented civic club working to improve the community and prevent child abuse.

Wellness Fest – Sunday, 11am-3pm – Join The MAKRS Society for healthy activities at Durham Central Park. There will be a yoga class from 10-11am, a food truck, a tarot card reader, the Poetry fox, live music and more.

Sunday FUNday Festival – Sunday, 2-6pm – This free, family-friendly event at Golden Belt Arts features live performances by Kidznotes ensembles as well as an instrument petting zoo, a dance party with DJ Damu, and food and drinks from local businesses.

Sweet Social – Sunday, 4-6pm – Auntie’s Ice Cream offers African-inspired ice cream on The Roof at The Durham as part of the hotel’s monthly pop-up dessert series. You can take it to go, or grab a drink from the bar and enjoy it on The Roof.


Looking to add even more fun to your weekend? Check out our community calendar!

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