Our list of fun things to do in Durham this weekend as we celebrate reopenings and kick-start Memorial Day festivities.
Compiled by Tajahn Wilson
‘Faces of Durham’ – through May 31 – This outdoor, socially distanced exhibit presented by the Museum of Durham History showcases faces from Durham’s past and present. It highlights individuals who contributed to varying industries, from commerce to human medicine, and covers Durham’s transition from a small city to the current metropolitan it is today. The public add to the exhibit by submitting their work and photos on social media using the hashtag #facesofdurham.
Closing Exhibition: ‘Emergence’ – Friday and Saturday, 4-8pm – 5 Points Gallery closes its two-month-long exhibit, which embraces the promise of renewal in our communities, our families and ourselves. The exhibition features work from 10 Triangle-based artists highlighting paintings, sculptures, weavings, fused glasses and other mixed media designed to stimulate your imagination.
Funk and Jazz Jam – Friday, 6-8pm – Mystic Farm and Distillery host three bands – the Zen Gruv trio, The Will McBride Group and Raleigh-based VCT Radio – to kick off Memorial Day weekend. There will also be food trucks on-site.
Candid Yams Kickback Movie Experience – Friday, 7-10pm – Candid Yams and Beats n Bars Festival partner to bring a series of Black cinema to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park every month to “help display African American culture on different spectrums.” This month’s feature is “Remember the Titans,” a Disney movie based on a true story about a newly integrated high school football team.
Canine Field Day – Saturday, 10am-noon – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts a ton of dog-friendly events, including Hyperflite Skyhoundz Dog Disc State Championship Distance/Accuracy and Freestyle competitions, at Old Chapel Hill Road Park.
Walk for the Animals – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Animal Protection Society of Durham presents its annual fundraiser online again this year. Participants are encouraged to take their pets for a walk anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and post a photo or video of the walk on social media using the hashtag #WalkWithMe2021. There will also be entertainment, live updates, raffles and more.
Living Arts Outdoor Dancewave – Saturday, 2-5pm – Living Arts Collective hosts this community-focused dance event that features live music and locally made eats from Vegan Flava Cafe at Durham Central Park. The afternoon is meant to foster an inclusive space that encourages movement and artistic expression.
Saturday Night Live Music – Saturday, 4pm – Mystic Farm and Distillery hosts live music by Loos Change, The Rob DeVirgilio Band and The Outlaw Kirby Wills Band. Food truck and beverages will available on site, and the distillery opens at 4pm for cocktails and tastings with music starting at 6pm.
The Farmer’s Table – Saturday, 6-8pm – Grass Grazed Farm hosts a farm-to-table, four-course meal on its 60-acre farmstead with the help of Raleigh-based Dounou Cuisine.
Last Sunday Series at Corpse Reviver – Sunday, 3-9pm – Durham Distillery celebrates the slow reopening of the state with freshly shucked oysters presented by Sam Wheeler of Vin Rouge and a specialty martini menu. Outdoor seating is first come, first served. Book a lounge reservation here.
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – Monday, 8am – Durham County Veteran Services observes the national holiday with a virtual ceremony to honor America’s military service members. The event begins with opening remarks from Veteran Services staff, followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. A roll call of Durham County’s 375 known active services members who died at war will be read, followed by a Missing in Action/Prisoners of War table reading. The ceremony will conclude with military members performing “Taps.”
Inaugural Memorial Day Crawfish Festival – Monday, 1-6pm – The Honeysuckle at Lakewood hosts an all-you-can-eat event with barbecue, hot dogs, burgers and craft beer from Wicked Weed Brewing to kick off the holiday. There will also be live performances from Tea Cup Gin, dub Addis, Bulltown Strutters and more.