Summer Sale Pop-Up – Thursday-July 27 – The former Song of Sixpence in Brightleaf Square hosts a three-week summer sale with half off all clothes, jewelry, body care, stationary and fixtures. Song of Sixpence recently merged with Brightleaf Square’s Indio.
Find Waldo Local Scavenger Hunt – Thursday-July 28 – Find Waldo in Durham! The children’s book character from “Where’s Waldo” is hiding in a number of local businesses through the month of July. Free “Waldo Passports,” which list participating stores, will be available for pick-up at The Regulator Bookshop. Find “Waldo” in each store, and get your passport stamped, and then join The Regulator for the “Grand Prize Party” on July 28 at 3pm for a Waldo-themed celebration and the opportunity to win prizes.
Summer Tree Camp – Thursday, 8:15-10:15am – Learn how to identify various species of native trees and shrubs in the Piedmont region at West Point on the Eno. Led by Durham native and naturalist Riverdave Owen, the class will also teach about the plants’ medicinal properties.
Nasher Creates: Kids Studio – Thursday, 10:15am-noon – Let your kids’ creativity roam free in a free art workshop for kids ages 5-10 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Unscripted Turns 2 – Thursday, 5-7pm – Join Unscripted Durham in celebrating its 2nd anniversary! Socialize, eat a slice of cake and dance on the floor to jams by DJ Special K.
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham – Thursday, 8pm – This esteemed dance choreographer brings his artistic vision to Reynolds Industries Theater, as part of American Dance Festival‘s 2019 season. Watch evocative performances delve into the complexities of identity and how it correlates with one’s personal history.
Dodgeball Tournament Challenge – Friday, 10am-noon – Grab your friends and go head-to-head against other teams in a free dodgeball tournament hosted by Durham YMCA at The Cage at American Tobacco.
Indoor Picnic – Friday-Sunday, noon-3pm – Nicole Uzell brings one of her latest art installations to The Carrack, which features paper and “uninvited guests” that appear during picnics. The installation raises awareness about the negative environmental impact from dining outdoors.
The Mix at Durham Station – Friday, 3:30-6:30pm – Jam out to music by DJ Piddipat and grab delicious food from So Good Pupusas at Durham Station Transportation Center, as part of Third Friday Durham.
Henna: The Unknown History – Friday, 4-8pm – Learn about henna, a temporary herbal tattoo used for body art and more, with an interactive exhibit and lecture at GMMC Digital, as part of Durham’s sesquicentennial celebration. The exhibit features a photography series of Durham residents enjoying henna, as well as a DIY henna station.
Happy Hour with John Schelp – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Join Durham’s unofficial historian John Schelp for an hour of drinks and a fascinating history lesson through his collection of vintage Durham postcards at Vert & Vogue.
Kennedi Carter: Godchild Opening Reception – Friday, 6-8pm – View photographer Kennedi Carter’s latest exhibition and enjoy crafted cocktails at 21c Museum Hotel Durham. Her series rejects the narrative of whiteness being the standard of beauty in artworks of divinity and Christianity, and attempts to rewrite it by creating a story that represents blackness as beautiful and queerness as holy.
Third Friday Durham – Friday, 6-9pm – Explore Durham’s ever-changing downtown art scene during this monthly event. Visit shops, restaurants and galleries, such as Cecy’s Gallery & Studios for their exhibiting artists, music, complimentary refreshments and more.
Brightleaf Summer Concert Series: Overstory Band – Friday, 7-9pm – Sit back, relax and enjoy free live music from Durham-based band Overstory at Brightleaf Square. The two-member band brings no frills rock ‘n’ roll to the table, driven by guitars and vocal harmonies.
How Did This Get Made? – Live! ft. Unforgettable – Friday, 7:30pm – The award-winning podcast hosted by comedy actors Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer comes to DPAC. The trio will deconstruct and mock “Unforgettable,” a film they deemed one of the worsts in cinema, as well as answer questions from the audience and create impromptu songs.
‘Footprints’ – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 7pm – Watch three outstanding performances of modern dance classics by American Dance Festival students at Page Auditorium. Performances include Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite,” Merce Cunningham’s “How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run” and Paul Taylor’s “Esplanade.”
Berlin Brothers & Sisters – Friday, 9-11pm – The Durham-based group alongside their special sisters from The Gingersnaps perform popular sing-along jazz from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s at Fullsteam Brewery as part of their residency.
Meet the Artist: Judy May – Saturday, 9am-1pm – Stop by Cecy’s Gallery & Studios, peruse Judy May’s beautiful abstract acrylic artwork and chat with the artist herself.
Pork, Pickles and Peanuts – Saturday, 10am-3pm – Dig into barbecue and pies at Duke Homestead to celebrate North Carolina food culture and history. Guests can vote on their favorite barbecue, and for dessert, enter into the pie-eating contest. The event also features costumed interpreters at the Duke House who will demonstrate historical cooking methods, plus live music and local vendors.
4-Year Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, noon-5pm – Join Vintage Home South for their fourth anniversary celebration! Enjoy discounts on all purchases, as well as cocktails from Alley Twenty Six, a dessert bar from Bespoke Bakery & Dessert Bar and vegan pastries from Crumbs Vegan Bakery.
JULY Concert at Ciderworks – Saturday, 4-9pm – Grab delicious bites from the Mr. Mongolian food truck and enjoy live music from Joe Hedrick and Victoria Victoria at Bull City Ciderworks, as part of its free summer concert series.
Prime Pool Party – Saturday, 4:30-11pm – Join Prime Athletic Training & Fitness Institute for a pool party at Unscripted Durham, featuring food, drinks and a live DJ.
Hype: Sound Design for Beatmaking & Film Score featuring Pelham & Junior – Saturday, 6-7:30pm – Learn how to make beats and produce a film score through a discussion and live demonstration from Raleigh-based producers Pelham & Junior at American Underground. Their work was featured on the Durham-based web series “Hype,” and scenes from the show will be screened and deconstructed sonically.
85 South Show Live – Saturday, 7pm and 10pm – DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean bring their digital comedy show to The Carolina Theatre for a night of roasting, freestyles, wild stories and more. The trio have been featured on various programs, such as “Wild’N Out,” “TRL” and “Last Comic Standing.”
Intergenerational Dance Party – Saturday, 7-11pm – Celebrate your intergenerational relationships – whether it be with your cousins, aunts or grandparents – with a dance party at NorthStar Church of the Arts.
Rock the Park: ‘Ferdinand’ – Saturday, 8:30-10:30pm – Join Durham Parks and Recreation for their Rock the Park summer movie series at Durham Central Park. The featured movie is the animated film “Ferdinand,” which is based on a children’s book.
TVF Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook-Off – Sunday, noon-4pm – Watch Triangle chefs battle it out for the title of this year’s best vegan mac ‘n’ cheese at Durham Armory. Hosted by Triangle Vegfest, the fourth annual event features mac ‘n’ cheese tastings, other delicious offerings from local vendors, music and more.
Taste of Soul NC – Sunday, 1-5pm – Bring your family and friends to Durham Central Park for the ultimate cooking experience, featuring food trucks such as Boricua Soul, CockADoodleMoo and Poblano’s Tacos. Dance to live music, play games, have your face painted and more.
Doggie Meet & Greet at Beer Durham – Sunday, 2-3:30pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) hosts their monthly dog party at Beer Durham. Socialize with other dog owners over a pint of draft beer. A portion of beer proceeds will be donated to APS, and representatives will have a few dogs up for adoption.
Paint Your Pet at Hi-Wire Brewing – Sunday, 5-7pm – Learn how to paint a portrait of your dog while enjoying a delicious pint of beer at Hi-Wire Brewing. You’ll be guided by professional pet portrait artists through the 2.5-hour class. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Saving Grace NC, an animal shelter in Wake County.
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Summer Movie Series – Sunday, 8:30-10:30pm – Order food from Soomsoom Pita Pockets, grab a pint, then sit back on the patio and enjoy a movie screening at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Guess what movie will be screened from this hint: “unsafe work practices lead to dancing in your underwear.”