Weekend at a Glance: Fashion, Festivals and Fiestas

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2019 African Fashion Week NC at The Fruit Durham
Support Durham’s local African designers and peruse the Afromarket during African Fashion Week Saturday at The Fruit. Photo by Tim Walter

Durham Charity Cornhole Tournament ­– Thursday, 4-7pm ­– Participate in this classic lawn game, and take a chance at winning the “Bull City Charity Cornhole Cup” and four tickets to the 2019 Hops for Hope event on Friday. This tournament, hosted at American Tobacco Campus, benefits Children’s Flight of Hope, a nonprofit that provides air transportation for children in need of specialized medical care. There will also be food and drinks from Bull City Street Food and HopFly Brewing Company

Five Year Blog-iversary Party – Thursday, 4-7pm – Bites of Bull City’s Amber Watson will celebrate the fifth anniversary of her foodie blog at Pop-Up American Tobacco with current American Tobacco pop-up Wonderpuff. Amber will also be giving out free totes to the first 50 guests, a free raffle and $1 off Wonderpuff cotton candy. 

2019 Wildwood Mead release – Thursday-Sunday ­– Stop by Honeygirl Meadery and try its newest release, a two-year oak-aged mead with hints of honey and molasses. 

Annual John Hope Franklin Lecture: Sir David Adjaye OBE – Thursday, 5:15-7:30pm – The Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University presents its annual lecture delivered by Sir David Adjaye OBE. Sir David Adjaye is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates, a global powerhouse in architecture. 

Health + Happiness V: Environmental Health – Thursday, 5:30-7pm – This storytelling series on living to your potential, presented by Lululemon, is focused around environmental health. The speaker series, which takes place at WeWork, aims to uplift and inspire community members to share what is real, what takes courage and what connects us. 

Downton Abbey Advanced Screening – Thursday, 7pm – Watch an advanced screening of “Downton Abbey,” with closed captioning for the hearing-impaired and audio description for the visual-impaired, at The Carolina Theatre

Tapestry Tours by Brown Hat Tours – Friday, 5pm – Brown Hat Tours is offering a one-hour walking tour of downtown’s history and current structures, every Friday through Oct. 4. Every tour starts at the bull statue across from Unscripted Hotel and includes at least two whimsical poems about Durham’s history.

Sweet Charlie’s Nido Fundraiser ­– Friday, 5-10pm – Nido, Durham’s only nonprofit coworking space with an on-site preschool, is hosting a fundraiser at Sweet Charlie’s. Bring in the flyer from the above link and 20% of Friday night proceeds will go to Nido. 

‘Nuevo espiritu de Durham – Friday, 6-8pm – The Museum of Durham History is hosting the opening reception for its first bilingual exhibit, with a free public reception following. This exhibit, which explores the city’s booming Latino community and the diversity, challenges and triumphs of Durham’s Latino population, will run until January. 

The Monti: On The Edge ­– Friday, 8pm ­– For its season opener, The Carolina Theatre is hosting this nonprofit that invites people from the community to tell their personal stories. At this show, five people will take the stage to share anecdotes about “a time spent on the edge.” 

Charlie Wilson – Friday, 8pm – This 13-time Grammy Award nominee and New York Times best-selling memoir author, will perform at DPAC with special guest Les Long for an evening of R&B. 

The Carrack’s Fashion Week: The Art & Soul of Fashion – Friday-Sunday, noon-3pm­– This three-day event focuses on the way that fashion intersects with cultural identity, economics, society and the environment. Events include a runway show, a panel discussion, a street fashion brunch and vendor marketplace. 

The Foster Street Festival for Arts Entrepreneurship – Saturday, 8am-5pm – Celebrate 30 year of arts entrepreneurship on Foster Street and CCB Plaza with a full day of art exhibits, including three open-air art markets, scavenger hunts, a raffle, a parade and food trucks. 

DOCTA Tennis Everyone – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) celebrates Durham’s 150th birthday by offering free outreach and engagement to 150 people or more interested in learning and/or playing tennis at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in the upcoming 150 days. 

Stories from The Outside: Three Storytelling Works for Young People ­– Saturday, 10-1pm – The Learning Center at the Holton Career and Resource Center is hosting three free storytelling workshops for three different age groups led by nationally renowned storyteller, Raymond Christian. This event is in honor of the Schoolhouse of Wonder’s 30th anniversary. 

Durham Oktoberfest – Saturday, noon – Celebrate Motorco’s eighth annual Oktoberfest with music from Little German Band and Dancers, brats, schnitzel, and beer from The Duck Rabbit Brewery. 

African Fashion Week NC – Saturday, 1-10pm – The Fruit hosts this third annual event that features live music, local vendors selling African art and jewelry, and a runway show of African designers.

Kaleidoscope Fest – Saturday, noon-7pm ­– Check out the inaugural year of this  female entrepreneurship festival, featuring a paint-and-sip, music, speakers, business resources, a mini-spa, yoga, vendors and more. The festival recently added a talk with NASA rocket scientist Jacqueline L. Mims and a book and author corner. This event is 21 and up, with a discounted childcare option available. 

Sounds of the Studio – Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm – Come out to Unscripted to listen to multilingual and vibrant music from Alexandra Valladares & Viajeros Melodiosos.

Beats n Bars – Saturday, 7pm ­– Jam out to a lineup of local hip-hop artists including Young Bull, Wreck n Crew and more. Taking place at Ruffin Amphitheater, this festival fosters a space for science, technology, education and hip-hop intersection. 

Tom Segura: Take it Down Tour – Saturday, 7pm and 10pm – Best known for his Netflix specials, “Disgraceful,” “Mostly Stories” and “Completely Normal,” this actor, comedian and writer will take the stage at DPAC for a hilarious evening. 

Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote – Sunday, 2-3pm – The UNC associate professor of American studies will share her insight on the Nasher Museum’s latest exhibit, “Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.”

Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Adventure! – Sunday, 3pm – Nick Jr.’s top-rated TV show and character is back and live at DPAC with all of her friends, including George, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. During this show, the audience goes on a live adventure with Peppa during a camping trip with all of her friends.

FIESTA! (SOLD OUT)– Sunday, 3-7pm ­– This free family-friendly event at The Carolina Theater features the premiere of “FIESTA! Quinceanera,” a Durham-based documentary that celebrates the diversity of the Durham’s Latinx community. After the film, guests are invited to sample free food from local Latino restaurants like El Chapin, Azteca Grill, Cocoa Cinnamon, la Panaderia Pahuatlan and So Good Pupusas, and find information about local organizations. – Compiled by Allie Todd

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