Touch-A-Truck @ Northgate Mall
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties will host their 6th Annual Touch-a-Truck event, Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Join us at our new location in the parking lot of Northgate Mall in Durham near Sears Auto Center.

Touch-a-Truck is an educational community event that provides children with a hands-on opportunity to meet the people who build, protect, and serve Durham and Orange Counties and to see and touch vehicles from law enforcement, fire departments, public works, emergency medical services, construction machinery, farm equipment, and so much more. Other activities will include face painting and fake tattoos, a bounce house, a performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs, yard games, and an opportunity to participate in the Ident-a-Kid program.

Tickets are $5 each (kids 2 and under are free) and are available online or at the door. We hope to see you and your friends, family, and neighbors on Saturday, April 7th for a fun, hands-on event! Thank you for your support!

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Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 7 @ 8:30 pm

Russ Varnell plays both kinds of music – country AND western!

Strap on your boots and your rhinestone suit and come out for some country music the way it was meant to be. If you drink enough beer you just might think you’re in a real honky-tonk.

Admission is free, and a portion every tab goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation to support roots music and the artists who make it!

NC Beer Festivities at Fearrington @ Fearrington Village
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come celebrate NC Beer Month with us on April 8th for Fearrington’s first ever Beer Festival. Sample beers from craft brewers all over the state, join in on festivities throughout the shops, indulge in Chef Colin’s hot dogs and other NC food vendors, and enjoy the comradery of fellow beer lovers. This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring your children along to enjoy the festivities and see the Belted Barn Yard. It’ll be a great afternoon out!

Featured breweries:
d9 from Cornelius
Four Saints from Asheboro
Fullsteam from Durham
Haw River from Saxapahaw
Hi-Wire from Asheville
Mother Earth from Kinston
Ponysaurus from Durham
Tarboro from Tabor

Lager Ticket – $25.00 per person includes access to event, unlimited 3oz tasting pours from 8 NC Breweries, a take-home tasting sampler, and a 10% discount throughout shops at Fearrington*

Belgian Strong Ale Ticket – $45.00 per person includes access to the event, unlimited 3oz tasting pours from 8 NC Breweries, two pint pours from a participating brewery of your choice, food from Colin’s hot dog stand**, a take-home tasting sampler, and a 10% discount throughout shops at Fearrington*

Fall in love with one of the beers from the festival? No need to fret, as pint tickets can be purchased at the event by attendees only. (Unfortunately, these cannot be used at any Fearrington beverage outlets.) Depending on availability, day-of tickets may be available.

Tickets are available online.
*excludes Fearrington House Restaurant and alcohol
**limit 2 hot dogs per ticket

Southern Women’s Show @ NC State Fairgrounds
Apr 13 – Apr 15 all-day

The Southern Women’s Show is celebrating 33 years in the Triangle! This year’s show will be held April 13-15 at the NC State Fairgrounds with celebrity guests, fashion shows, shopping, workshops, food and more.

John Dee Holeman w/ Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos @ The Bullpen
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm

John Dee Holeman is a Piedmont blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and a locally-known buckdancer in earlier years. Holeman has been a highly visible performer of Piedmont blues, in the process meeting musical luminaries such as B. B. King and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and recording with Mebane natives Joe and Odell Thompson, as well as with Cool John Ferguson and Taj Mahal.

As always, a portion of your tab at the Bullpen goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation support and sustain traditional American music by directly partnering with the elder artists who make it!

Pints for Paws Craft Beverage Festival @ Northgate Mall
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The first Pints for Paws takes place at Northgate Mall’s Plaza, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Sample a selection of Durham-based craft beverages from makers such as Bull City Burger and Brewery, Fullsteam, Bull Durham Beer Company, Ponysaurus Brewing Co., Durty Bull Brewing Company, The Glass Jug Beer Lab, Starpoint Brewing, Bull City Ciderworks, Honeygirl Mead, Homebucha, MATI Energy, Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company and Romanz Tea. Enjoy live music, local food trucks and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (on leash, of course!) to this new family-friendly event!

Ticket Prices:
For 21 and over: $35 from March 1 — April 10, 2018; $40 from April 11 – 14, 2018
For 11 – 20 years of age: $10
For 10 and younger: Free
NOTE: Tickets available for purchase via Eventbrite, or cash only at the gate.

Participating Beverage Companies:
Bull City Burger and Brewery
FullSteam Brewery
Bull Durham Beer Company
Ponysaurus Brewing
Durty Bull Brewing Company
The Glass Jug Beer Lab
Starpoint Brewing
Bull City Ciderworks
Honeygirl Meadery
MATI Energy
Brothers Vilgalys Spirits
and more TBD

Cool John Ferguson – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

You have to hear Cool John Ferguson to believe it. The legendary Taj Mahal had this praise for Cool John: “He is among the five greatest guitarists in the world — he ranks with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt.”

Self-taught electric guitarist Cool John Ferguson was born in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, and his Gullah heritage and the gospel music of his upbringing inform his approach to the blues. A frequent performer at blues festivals around the world, Cool John was named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine two years straight.

TASTE @ Various Venues
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day

Presented by Durham Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine and Chatham Magazine, this four-day festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 18, with a gluten- free dinner at Primal Food & Spirits, followed by the Grand TASTE Experience at the Durham Armory on Thursday. Enjoy food and drink samples from the best restaurants and local artisans – make sure to come hungry! Finish up the weekend with the Brews & Barbecue Bus Tour on Saturday and Artisan Cocktail Dinner at The Rickhouse on Sunday. A portion of the proceeds supports Meals on Wheels.

Che Apalache – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Che Apalache, which means “my Appalachian homeboy,” is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group is led by North Carolina native Joe Troop, who immigrated to Argentina in 2010. While making a name for himself in the local music scene, Joe made a living teaching bluegrass and oldtime. After a few years and numerous late night beers, he and his students had become picking buddies. As a band they have concocted a unique blend of Latin American and Appalachian music. Their debut album “Latingrass” is a respectfully crafted testament to how cultural exchange can yield authentic fusion.

Cathy Cleary – The Southern Harvest Cookbook @ McIntyre's Books
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The southern garden produces delights in all four seasons, from asparagus to tomatoes, apples to collard greens. Make use of the bounty of your garden or farmers’ market with new twists on familiar favorites.

Recipes for Apple Radish Salad and Bacon Apple Burgers break up a fall parade of crisps and crumbles. Instead of roasting, make Whiskey Braised Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Peanut Stew and add greens to Shrimp and Grits. Recipes for preserving herbs, pickling peaches and berry jams mean that your harvest will never go to waste. Let experienced gardener and cook Cathy Cleary walk you through fresh, flavorful cooking in The Southern Harvest Cookbook: Recipes Celebrating Four Seasons.

Cathy Cleary began cooking and baking at the ripe age of four. In 2000, she opened the West End Bakery Café in West Asheville, which quickly became an iconic eatery, and in 2014 published The West End Bakery and Café Cookbook to satisfy requests to share her recipes. Cathy and her husband own a small farm outside Asheville where they grow as much food as possible. Cathy is a contributor to The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food, and her website ( includes a blog of stories about her adventures in the kitchen and garden.

Roy Roberts – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 21 @ 8:30 pm

Greensboro, NC’s Roy Roberts is the link between Memphis Soul and contemporary blues. Roberts is first and foremost a guitarist, having honed his chops backing soul singer Solomon Burke, Dee Clark, Eddie Floyd, and others. Like the great Otis Rush, much of Roberts’ best blues and ballads are driven by his minor-key songsmithing, which adds a smooth underlying darkness to his themes.

White Street Brewing Beer Dinner @ Local 22 Kitchen & Bar
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

Alrighty Locals, ready for another round of incredible beer dinners at your favorite kitchen and bar?! Cheers to patio weather and some delicious Spring flavors featured alongside some much loved breweries from the Bull & Oak Cities.

Second up in our Spring 2018 series on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00pm we’ll be partnering up with White Street Brewing Co.! This is also our first time partnering up with this Wake Forest brewery and we can’t wait! From their Classics to Park Avenue to Back Alley Series each sip of a White Street brew is the result of true craftsmanship, reviving the era when things were done right the first time, every time. Come on out this April for another fantastic brew nerd journey matched with some mouthwatering Local 22 flavors. Full menu & beer line-up coming soon! Ticket price is $45 per guest (tax & gratuity not included), so reserve your seats today for one of our favorite monthly Local happenings! Call (919) 286-9755 and request “April beer dinner”.

Don’t forget to save the dates for our other Bull Durham Dinner on March 28th & Trophy Brewing Beer Dinner on May 30th!

Dr. Bacon – Live at the Bullpen @ The Bullpen
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm

Dr. Bacon returns to the Bullpen for another funkadelic evening of infectiously danceable rock, funk, soul, blues, and hip-hop. Dr. Bacon are a force of nonstop funky energy.

Piedmont Farm Tour @ Various Farms
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm

Load up a car with your friends and family, choose the farms you’d like to explore, and venture into the countryside for a self-guided tour. This year’s tour merges with the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour to provide a lineup that features more Durham County farms than ever before – including MamaSprings farm. Pick from more than 50 area farms to visit, and make sure to bring a cooler to take some fresh goodies home!

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen’s Birthday Bash @ The Bullpen
Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm

Come out and celebrate the blueswoman who’s been getting our mojo working at the Bullpen like no one else can. If you haven’t heard her sing yet… we don’t even know what to tell you. We’re sorry. Here’s your next chance!

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen puts on the best blues party in Durham. The unofficially crowned Queen of the Bullpen has all the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James, with her own dramatic flair and wicked humor. Miss her at your own risk.