Stay busy or wind down with our top picks for a safe weekend
Compiled by Anna Southwell
Running of the Bulls 8K–Through Saturday – The 12th annual community road race is held virtually this year. Runners are asked to complete an 8K along any route they choose and submit their results at any time before Saturday. A pedestrian-friendly route similar to the original Running of the Bulls course is also provided.
Maestro Movie Night – Friday, 6-10:30pm – Bull City Laughs, in collaboration with Beer Durham, hosts a socially distant outdoor movie showing of “Hitch.” Three food trucks will be on-site: Big C Waffles, Cilantro Mexican Cuisine and Sweet Treats.
Opening Weekend – Friday, 6pm-Sunday, 11pm – Flying Bull Brewery celebrates its grand opening on Ninth Street with special guests from Tobacco Wood Brewing Company, which is based in Oxford, North Carolina.
Durham Craft Market – Saturday, 8am-noon – The Durham Craft Market reopens with new social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols, including designated market entrances and exits, hand-washing stations, a required mask policy and a distanced spacing arrangement for up to 10 vendors. The market will offer a wide variety of high-quality, affordable arts and crafts, all created by local artists.
Fuel the Vote Drive-In – Saturday, 10am-5pm – When We All Vote and other local community partners host a drive-thru food distribution event with live music to provide free meals and shelf-stable groceries to community members impacted by unemployment and income insecurity. Volunteers will help people get registered and ready to vote this fall.
Wind Down with Yoga – Saturday, 11-11:45am – Relax your body and mind by practicing yoga on Hi-Wire Brewing Durham’s side patio. The class is appropriate for all skill levels. Face masks are required as well as your own personal yoga mat.
Celebrate Herstory with Nida – Saturday, 3-5pm – Nida Allam, the first elected Muslim woman to serve the state of North Carolina, hosts a celebration at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe to show her appreciation for the public’s trust and support. Attendees need to RSVP for a ticket, and refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.
Learn to Cook with Chef Zweli Williams – Saturday, 5:30pm – The chef and owner of Zweli’s Kitchen and Catering hosts a virtual cooking class via Zoom. Zweli will discuss Moroccan flavors and how to cook meals such as carrot and chickpea salad, turkey and lentil meatball stew, and herbed couscous, which can feed up to four people. Sign up on Eventbrite.
Hurricane Katrina-Inspired Short Drama – Saturday, 7pm – Blue Cup Productions and The Carolina Theatre virtually release the short film drama “Camilla, Keep Your Word” on the venue’s Facebook page. The film is a Hurricane Katrina evacuation love story directed by filmmaker Holland Randolph Gallagher, who created the Durham-based series “Hype.” This is Carolina Theatre’s first of many virtual screenings to feature the work of local artists.
Bull City Reels on Wheels – Saturday, 8:30-11pm – Hosted by Durham County Parks and Recreation, this outdoor drive-in movie event screens “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The showing is free, but tickets must be reserved online due to limited spots. There will be a variety of food trucks at the event, and masks and social distancing are required. An FM tuner is needed in each vehicle in order to listen to the movie.
Virtual Beethoven – Starting Saturday – Mallarmé Chamber Players release a recorded Episode 1 of their “Ode to Joy” Beethoven chamber music series. The performance was recorded at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, and the video will be available on demand.
Sunday Fun-Day for Kids – Sunday, noon – Pour Taproom and Mr. Steve’s Music Lab hosts a socially distant, family-friendly fun event with games, coloring, food and drinks. Kids can eat for free all day with the purchase of an adult entree.
Frosty Treats Bike Rides – Through Monday – Bike Durham hosts a virtual, multi-day group bike ride to various local treat businesses, such as La Monarca Michoacana, LocoPops, Pelican’s SnoBalls, Local Yogurt, The Parlour and Sugar Koi. Bikers can choose between two routes: “The Big Freeze” (9.9 miles) or “The Little Freeze” (4.7 miles).