Several noteworthy events are happening in and around Durham – make plans for a date night, outdoor outing or just some family fun
Compiled by Makayla Williams
Durham Night Market – Thursday, 5-9pm – This monthly event – now at American Tobacco Campus – features 50-plus local vendors including OMG! Banana Pudding, Created2Create Beads, Secondhand Concession Stand and more, plus live music from Raleigh-based acoustic guitar player Sarah Baumgarden.
End of Summer Block Party – Thursday, 5-10pm – Durham Bottling Co. celebrates the growing Ramseur Street community with this evening bash at Smashing Boxes, The Fruit and Suite Four. Guests are encouraged to tour all three spaces while they sip on Ponysaurus brews and mingle. Nonprofits Durham Success Summit and The Helius Foundation will be on-site as well to share their important missions.
Closing Reception for ‘A Changing Durham’ by Kimberly Wheaton – Thursday, 6-8pm – Horse & Buggy Press and Friends closes out its current exhibit featuring art prints by the co-founder of Pleiades Gallery while Tom Merrigan’s Hot Raccoons perform live in front of the gallery.
Have U Heard Fest – Friday, 3pm – This local music festival at Durham Central Park showcases a full lineup of local artists, with genres ranging from indie to hip-hop. Performers include YSB Tril, Felix Wood, Kevin Powers and more.
Dram & Draught Ribbon-Cutting – Friday 4-8:30pm – The whiskey-centric bar celebrates the opening of its new location in The Chesterfield building with a performance from the Brian Horton Trio and a live painting hour by Raleigh-based artist Tesh Parekh.
Sunset Float – Friday, 6:45pm – Catch an amazing view of the sunset from Falls Lake during this guided trip hosted by Two Sisters Adventure Company. The event allows floaters to choose between a kayak and a canoe, with all paddle equipment included. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a flashlight or headlamp.
Movies on the Monster – Friday, 7pm – Durham Bulls Athletic Park screens the 1988 romantic comedy/sports film “Bull Durham” on a giant video board in the field. The price for admission is a $5 donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Gates open at 6pm.
‘The Frighteners’ (25th Anniversary!) & ‘Demon Knight’ – Friday 7pm – The Carolina Theatre screens two back-to-back ’90s cult favorite horror movies as part of this weekend’s installment of its Retro Film Series.
Thread ft. Claude Von Stroke – Friday, 9pm – Dance to house and EDM beats by Thread and DJ Claude Von Stroke as they take the stage at The Fruit. This event is for adults ages 18 and older.
Historic Architecture & Urban Landscapes Walking Tour – Saturday, 10am-11:30am – Learn about Durham’s expansive history while sightseeing landmark buildings on a Preservation Durham walking tour through downtown.
Saturdaze Selector B Steady – Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm – Wind down with brunch and old-school reggae by DJ Selector B Steady during this open-air event at Boxyard RTP.
The Streetery – Saturday, noon-9pm – The Streetery comes to Golden Belt Campus in support of outdoor dining with J. Lights Market & Cafe, Hi-Wire Brewing, Yaya Tea and Two Roosters Ice Cream as well as shopping at Golden Belt Artist Studios and more. There will be live music all day from Raleigh’s Kelly Dansby, Feels on Hicks St. and Carrboro’s C. Albert Blomquist.
Whiskey University – Saturday, 2-4pm or 6-8pm – Mystic Farm and Distillery hosts this educational event on the history of whiskey, from Egypt to America, and shares the processes and machines that make each whiskey taste unique. Each ticket buyer receives a cocktail and a Mystic rocks glass.
LP Giobbi – Saturday, 10pm – Get ready to party with the Billboard acclaimed “Piano House Queen” at The Fruit. Widely known for her bass-rattling house beats and electrifying live performances, the Oregon-born, Los Angeles-based legend first broke into the dance music scene in 2018 and has become one of the fastest-rising artists in her genre.
The River Otters – Sunday, 5pm – Liven up the end to the weekend with some folk music and delicious spirits during an intimate show from this folk music trio and their special guest, This is Not a Brand, at Arcana.
Frosty Treats Ride – Sunday, 5pm – Join in on an easy, 5-mile bike ride to three Durham spots for frosty treats: LocoPops, Sugar Koi and The Parlour. Masks are required indoors, and social distancing is encouraged.