With the new season comes new festivals, concerts and events. Here are our top picks for the weekend.
Compiled by CC Kallam
Country Soul Songbook Summit – Thursday-Sunday – The four-day music festival and conference spotlights marginalized voices in the Americana and country music genres. The event, hosted by NorthStar Church of the Arts and Kamara Thomas, connects artists and activists to engage in conversations on accountability within the music industry. All profits, including ticket costs, benefit participating artists and sustain the County Soul Songbook Project.
IAR’s Painted Chair Auction for the Animals – Thursday-Sunday – Independent Animal Rescue hosts its 17th annual silent auction virtually this year with nearly 150 items to choose from. There will be a livestream event on Saturday, Oct. 24, with storytelling, adoptable animals and more. Registration is free, and donations benefit rescued cats and dogs, feral cat spay/neuter services, community pet spay/neuter services, outreach and education.
Running Wild Virtual Race – Thursday-Sunday – Piedmont Wildlife Center combined data science and the latest technology to create a unique open-source virtual race benefiting the center’s essential work. Participants are placed on a team for an Animal Ambassador, and they have the option to run a 5K, 10K or 15K.
Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina – Thursday-Sunday, 9am-5pm – The N.C. African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) created a new traveling exhibit, hosted by NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and North Carolina Historic Sites at Historic Stagville. The outdoor exhibit, which will be on display with appropriate COVID-19 restrictions, features eight panels of images and stories of North Carolina Green Book sites collected from oral histories by the AAHC in 2018 and 2019.
Alley Twenty Six Midway – Thursday-Sunday, noon-8pm – Alley Twenty Six hosts an outdoor pop-up featuring favorite N.C. State Fair food including corn dogs, turkey legs, plus a few surprise fried sweet treats and fall-inspired cocktails. Festive fall inspired cocktails under the name Toddy Town will also be served from 4pm to 8pm, Thursday and Friday, and noon to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday. There will be socially distant seating available outside. Face masks are required.
Candid Yams Kickback – Thursday, 6-9:30pm – Beats n Bars Festival and Candid Yams honor Black cinema at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park with a screening of the movie, “The Best of Enemies.” Food trucks and concessions will be available on-site. Social distancing is maintained with lawn pods that fit a maximum of 10 people.
Spanish Heritage Wine Dinner – Thursday, 6:30-9pm – Parizade hosts a five-course dinner curated by Executive Chef Jason Lawless and oenophile Laurence Vuelta of Trinchero Family Estates from California. The dinner explores Spanish history and its influence on Mediterranean cuisine
Sugar Skull Wood Burning Workshop – Thursday, 6-8pm – Jeanette Egan organizes this workshop with the intention of promoting indigenous cultural awareness and female empowerment through art. During the event at Crafts & Drafts NC., she’ll explain how to transfer, burn and color wooden sugar skulls. All materials will be provided.
51st Annual Golf Tournament For Exchange Family Center – Friday-Oct. 25 –This week-long golf tournament will be a mix of online and in-person activities. Golfers will register in foursomes and play 18 holes at Hillandale Golf Course. Mulligans and tosses will be available for purchase with donations going directly to EFC. Door raffle prizes, along with a silent auction, will take place online and are open to non-golfers as well. This year’s tournament honors Jim Barringer, a longtime EFC supporter, board member and advocate. Winners will be announced Oct. 28.
5 Points Gallery Presents: ‘ARTery on the STREETery’ – Friday and Saturday, 3-9pm – This exhibition at 5 Points Gallery celebrates The Streetery, a safe plan that opens downtown streets to restaurants, artists and shops. 5 Points features new works by 10 local artists with an array of mediums such as painting, sculpture, weaving, fused glass and mixed medium. Guests can also view and shop the gallery online.
The Streetery – Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9:30pm – Downtown Durham Inc. opens multiple streets in the center of downtown to pedestrian traffic, with festive lights, music and performers. The Streetery runs every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 19. “This is our way of welcoming folks to a safer, socially distanced, outdoor downtown experience,” Nicole J. Thompson, Downtown Durham Inc. president and CEO says.
Comfy for a Cause – Friday, 7pm – Me Fine Foundation Inc., which provides both financial and emotional support to thousands of families with children experiencing a medical crisis, combines its annual Music for Me Fine event with its annual gala and hosts Comfy for a Cause. Presented by Centrifuge Media Inc., the virtual fundraiser provides participants with an opportunity to enjoy live events, a silent auction, dinner and drinks, and support the families Me Fine serves – all while staying safe and healthy at home.
Bull City Boxer Bash – Saturday, 9am-9pm – Hosted by the Carolina Boxer Rescue, the fourth annual event starts online in the morning with virtual activities, videos and contests. At 1pm, the event moves to Durty Bull Brewing Company for more fun.
Festival of Nations – Saturday, 9am – Representatives from more than 15 countries join together a virtual celebration of culture and diversity at this third annual festival, presented by Sister Cities of Durham. The organization works to build international relationships and promote mutual understanding and cooperation with the goal of encouraging world peace. The event includes international art, music, dance, games and more through recorded and live presentations as well as interactive programs.
Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-4pm – The Museum of Life and Science hosts its ninth annual pumpkin-picking festival throughout October. Ride the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin, and spend the day playing carnival games and exploring the hay maze.
UHills Walls Mural Walk – Saturday, 10:30am-3:30pm – UHill Apartments provides a map and information for a self-guided tour through the community. Guests can learn about more than 40 local, national and international artists who participated in one of the largest consolidated collections of murals in the Southeast.
Handcrafted DURM Fun Fair Edition – Saturday, 1-8pm – Handcrafted DURM returns to Durty Bull Brewing Company for the last time this year. Since the state fair is canceled, the market and its vendors will be offering fair-inspired eats and products. Masks are required and pre-orders are encouraged.
Chamber Arts Series – 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. Husband-and-wife duo David Finckel and Wu Han will team up with Arnaud Sussmann and Paul Neuberger to present classical pieces from Beethoven and Brahms.
Bull City Race Fest 2020 – Sunday – The eighth annual 5-mile race and half-marathon goes virtual this year. Participants can run anytime and anywhere between Oct. 18-25, whether it’s on a treadmill, at a local park or around the city. Each runner receives a swag bag that includes a T-shirt, a tank top, a medal (which also serves as a bottle opener) and a bib.