Check out a few of these creative in-person and virtual experiences as local events continue to make a safe comeback!
Compiled by Mia Cooper
Virtual 5K-Run To Save Lives – Software company Matchwell celebrates Vaccine Ambassadors’ five-year anniversary with a virtual race through Oct. 24. Participants are able to choose when and where to complete the 5K run and are encouraged to donate. Contributions from the event will provide infants in Venezuela with the pentavalent vaccine, which protects against five different diseases in one injection. All participants are required to register and sign the accompanying waiver.
Walk on the Wild Side: Fungi – Thursday, 11am-noon – Hosted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens, curator Annabel Renwick and horticulturist Maegan Luckett lead a virtual discussion on fungi and its relationship with other plants and animals. Advanced registration is required.
Goldwork Weeds Embroidery: Artist Talk – Thursday, 7-8pm – Sarah P. Duke Gardens presents a virtual lecture with teacher, author and artist Katherine Duiguid. During this event, Katherine explores her “Weed Collection,” which captures the beauty of weeds and wildflowers native to North Carolina, and shares how to manipulate traditional techniques and materials by using gilt castoffs to create delicate floral slips. Advanced registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link for the program.
Green Life: Plant Interaction With The World – Thursday, 7-8:30pm – Hosted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens and led by Alec Motten, associate professor emeritus at Duke University‘s Department of Biology, this virtual discussion covers the evolution of plants and its role in providing food and habitat for animals. Advanced registration is required.
RTP Food Truck Rodeo – Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm – Frontier RTP hosts food trucks on its campus at 800 Park Offices Dr. This week’s lineup features food trucks Gussy’s Greek and Trash Talk. Customers can choose to order on-site or pre-order on Street Food Finder. You can also opt for grab and go, sit at one of Frontier’s outdoor tables or eat in your car. While supplies last, individually wrapped swag will be available as a thank you for coming out and supporting local businesses. All customers are required to wear a mask.
Triangle Parade of Homes – Friday-Sunday, noon-5pm – This annual tour explores the newest homes for sale and offers inspiration in the latest home décor and technology. Due to COVID-19, some homes may not be available for viewing.
Food Truck Flix – Friday and Saturday, 5:30-10pm – Enjoy two evenings of drive-in movie screenings at Frontier RTP this weekend. Buy a pass for your car to watch “The Princess Bride” on Friday or “The Sandlot” on Saturday. Friday night features food trucks Gussy’s, Chicken-N-Que and Dusty Donuts. Saturday features Chicken-N-Que along with Bulkogi Korean BBQ. Gates open at 5:30pm with the movie to follow at 7:30pm. All proceeds from purchased passes are donated to Meals on Wheels of Durham.
Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-4pm – Kick off fall with a trip to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch by way of the Dinosaur Trail. Guests may arrive at the patch anytime during their 30-minute time slot and can stay at the patch as long as they like. Other activities include a hay maze, bingo, mini golf, rubber duck races and a concluding train ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway with take-home activities. Pre-registration for tickets and reserved Museum entry is required for this event. One pumpkin is allowed per ticketed person.
Virtual Art Tutorial Event w/ Natasha Powell Walker – Saturday, 11am-1pm – Museum of Durham History, with support from Durham Arts Council and NC Arts Council, celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a virtual art tutorial. Durham-based artist Natasha Powell Walker walks participants through painting one of her original works – an abstract image of a woman voter. Supplies are made available for participants through a registration form, where each registrant may select a time slot to pick up their free art kit.
WellFest – Saturday and Sunday –This virtual festival offers more than 30 free physical and mental wellness classes taught by local experts, along with a ticketed cooking class complete with ingredients. Class topics include yoga, DIY massage techniques, positive social media use, Zumba and more. All participants are required to pre-register for the wellness classes. The interactive cooking class, led by Acme Owner and Chef Kevin Callaghan, includes cooking supplies and prepped food from Hungry Harvest and Firsthand Foods, in addition to a swag bag. Participants will be able to pick up their supplies at University Kia in Durham. Each ticket donates 10 pounds of produce to Durham Public Schools.
Stories of Stagville Women Tour – Saturday, noon-1:30pm and 2-3:30pm – Stagville State Historic Site hosts two guided tours exploring the lives, work and stories of enslaved women. The 75-minute tour includes walking and standing, both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Tours are not recommended for young children. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. All visitors are required to wear a mask.
Creative Healing Parade – Saturday, 5-6pm – During this event, hosted by American Dance Festival, more than 70 North Carolina artists will perform in 24 driveways and lawns in the Trinity Ridge neighborhood. Some of the parade’s confirmed artists include Venita Allen, Black Box Dance Theatre, Alyah Baker and many more. The “Parade Welcome” begins at 3329 Rolling Hill Rd. The public can view performances from their cars following the route on Rolling Hill Road and Pathwood Lane. Participating artists will perform in 15-minute intervals and will be masked and socially distanced. Parade goers can also donate to help support the local artists.
17th Annual SEEDS Harvest Dinner – Saturday, 7pm – SEEDS – a 2-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom in the heart of Durham that develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth and one another through growing, cooking and sharing food – hosts its annual fundraiser with a virtual dinner. The event includes an online presentation and a curated, seasonal dinner box available for pickup at several locations around the area. The event will also include a silent auction with items from Counter Culture Coffee, Triangle Rock Club, Lo & Behold, Harlem Brewing and more, plus international destination vacations (with no blackout dates for booking for three years).
Aaron Diehl – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances goes virtual with its season this fall to provide a safe outlet for performers and fans. Each Vimeo film will feature artists originally slated for in-person performances. This Saturday, pianist Aaron Diehl makes his DP solo recital debut with an opulent program featuring twentieth century jazz music brimming with canonical composers.
Durham City of Medicine Walking Tour – Sunday, 10am – Tobacco Road Tours hosts a historic walking tour exploring the past, present and future of the City of Medicine. Learn more about the Duke family, Black Wall Street and more. The 90-minute tour has limited capacity due to COVID-19, and online registration is required. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, rain or shine.
Magic for Humans (At Home) with Justin Willman – Sunday, 3pm – DPAC hosts Netflix star Justin Willman for an interactive hour of magic, comedy and unexpected surprises delivered directly into participants’ homes via Zoom. Capacity is limited, and each ticket allows viewing on one device.