Weekend at a Glance: Fireworks, Third Friday and Food Trucks

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There’s weekend fireworks at the Durham Bulls and the return of live music on the plaza at Golden Belt. And there’s still time to register for the 5K For Unity hosted by Together We Stand NC.

what to do in Durham this July weekend, from firework and the 5K For Unity hosted by Together We Stand NC
Together We Stand NC hosts the 5K for Unity at various breweries across North Carolina, including Ponysaurus Brewing, on Saturday. Photo by Tyrone Irby

Compiled by Tajahn Wilson 

Live Music – Tom Neuhauser – Thursday, 6-9pm – The multi-instrumentalist performs live at The Glass Jug Beer Lab. Tom has performed in numerous ensembles, including the award-winning group Celtic Connection, who twice appeared at the Las Vegas House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

RTP180: Artificial Intelligence – Thursday, 6-7pm – The RTI International presents this virtual series featuring experts from local universities and RTP companies to discuss AI in five minutes or less.

Beats, Brews & Baseball – Thursday, 5:30-6:35pm – Catch a live performance from the Adam Decker Trio just before the third Durham Bulls game against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Fans can also purchase a beer flight from the 42 Bar at Jackie’s Landing, the 10,000 square-foot area above the first base concourse.

The Next Big Thang – Thursday, 7-9pm – The Blue Note Grill hosts this talented five-person group for a live two-hour show with no cover.

Rocks Glass Etching – Friday, 5pm – Etch your own rocks glass for that perfect bourbon cocktail at Mystic Farm and Distillery and then stick around for a free tour and live music afterwards. 

5 Points Gallery Third Friday Public Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – The downtown gallery invites the public to view its newest exhibit, “REFRESH,” by 10 local artists. Donna Stubbs, a Chapel Hill-based artist, will be on-site to discuss the pieces, assembled .

Third Friday Artwalk & Concert – Friday, 6-10pm – Live music returns to the Mill Stage at Golden Belt with live music from Christine Long, Roxanne Lorch, and Patricia Pittman in the Golden Belt Art Gallery for the opening reception of a new exhibit from 6-9pm. The Hot At Nights, a jazz and ’80s-influenced band, also performs on the plaza at 8pm.

Just Beachy – Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm – Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending provides materials to paint a landscape inspired by the beach, along with a free first drink. The brewery recommends wearing clothes “that can use a splash of color,” but upon arrival you’ll receive a clean apron.

Friday Night Fireworks presented by Biomerieux – Friday, 6:35pm – Biomerieux Inc presents post-game fireworks at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. There will also be local food trucks on the Diamond View Concourse during the fourth game against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck East Durham Appearance – Saturday, 10am-7pm – The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck makes an appearance at The Streets at Southpoint at the cinema circle with all the pink perks and exclusive treats, including a new Hello Kitty Cafe T-shirt and sprinkle mugs. 

5K for Unity – Saturday, 11am – Together We Stand NC hosts this race at various breweries across North Carolina, including Ponysaurus Brewing, Vecino Brewing in Chapel Hill and Little Brother Brewing in Greensboro. Participants are invited to run or walk, enjoy a beer, and participate in some conversation and contemplation.

Horse & Buggy Press and Friends Reception – Saturday, 4-7 pm – Horse & Buggy Press and Friends hosts a reception for Durham visual artist Kimberly Wheaton in its the Broad Street Gallery. Kim exhibits a number of medium and large paintings as well as smaller printmaking works. Raleigh Gardiner, a gallery artist and Hillsborough-based flower farmer, will also be on-site selling summer bouquets. 

Stranger Things Weekend Saturday, 6:35pm, and Sunday, 5:05pm – Durham Bulls Athletic Park continues the fun this weekend by honoring the Durham-born writers of “Stranger Things,” the Duffer brothers, with a costume contest ,and fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters. The Bulls will also auction off “Stranger Things” jerseys worn by the players and coaches with proceeds benefiting United Way, and kids are encouraged to run across the bases after both games. Following Saturday’s event, DBAP will present a post-game fireworks show.

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