Weekend at a Glance: Halloween, Half-Marathons and Homecoming

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Stay safe and get spooky this weekend with haunted drive-thru trails, autumn celebrations, freaky 4-milers and more

weekend events – Bull City Race Fest
Participate in Bull City Race Fest anytime and anywhere through this Sunday.

Compiled Iphigenia Sarrimanolis

Virtual 5K-Run To Save Lives – Through Saturday – Software company Matchwell celebrates Vaccine Ambassadors’ five-year anniversary with a virtual race through Saturday. 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. 

Bull City Race Fest 2020 Through Sunday – The eighth annual 5-mile race and half-marathon goes virtual this year. Participants can run anytime and anywhere through Sunday, 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.

Daily Five – Thursday-Friday, 5-6pm – Curtis Eller livesteams a mini five-song set on his YouTube channel and Patreon page to keep the excitement alive after the cancellation of his tour. Join him for some fun and live music from the comfort of your own home.

Candid Yams Kickback – Thursday and Sunday, 6pm – Beats n Bars Festival and Candid Yams join together to honor Black cinema at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. This weekend, “Just Mercy” screens on Thursday and “Selma” plays on Sunday. There will be food trucks and concessions on-site, and social distancing will be enforced through the use of lawn pods that fit a maximum of 10 people.

In Conversation: Urban Bush Women – Friday, noon-1pm – The Brooklyn-based dance company teams up virtually with Andrea Woods-Valdes, the chair of the Duke Dance Program, to discuss recent dance performance “Artist Journal, which aims to minimize the distance between artists and their audiences despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The free Zoom link can be found on the Duke Performances website.

Anniversary Celebration – Friday and Saturday, noon-6pm, and Sunday, noon-5pm – Celebrate in socially distanced style at Honeygirl Meadery‘s six year anniversary from 6 feet apart. Its Tasting Room will be open and there will be a 10% off bottle sale all weekend long.

From the Window: Brian Horton Trio – Friday, 5pm – Live jazz music from the window of The Carolina Theatre’s Connie Moses Ballroom during the venue’s takeout concessions hours and prior to the evening screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Homecoming Ain’t Canceled – Friday, 6:30pm – Hayti Heritage Film Festival hosts a double-feature drive-in movie event featuring documentary “Bakosó: Afrobeats in Cuba” from the 2019 Hayti Heritage Film Festival, plus a surprise film celebrating Black brilliance. There will be a live DJ set after the screenings. Social distancing and masks are required when exiting your car. 

Fright Night – Friday, 6:30-8:30pm – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts a trunk or treat event with a haunted drive-thru trail at Pineywood Park. Participants are encouraged to put on their best Halloween costumes and enjoy a fun, spooky night. Online registration required.

Rennie Harris Puremovement – Friday, 8pm – American Dance Festival celebrates ’70s funk music and street dance with a virtual showing of “Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED.” ADF Executive Director Jodee Nimerichter, Rennie Harris and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director Robert Battle host a Q&A session after the showing. Tickets are available online. The performance will be available through the weekend on Vimeo.

Pumpkin Patch Express – Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-4pm – Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a trip out to the Museum of Life and Science’s pumpkin patch. This month-long event features pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, carnival games and more. This year’s event will enforce social distancing.

Therapeutic Goat Yoga – Saturday, 11am-noon; 12:30-1:30pm; 2-3pm – Hux Family Farm offers therapeutic goat yoga classes where yogis can cuddle with more than 20 goats. Yoga instructors lead participants through class while the farm’s goats and sheep roam around, playing and eating. Register online prior to the event, and bring your own mat to class. COVID-19 safety restrictions are enforced.

Carolina Fall Expo – Saturday, 11am-Sunday, 7pm – This two-day event at The Streets at Southpoint Mall features more than 20 vendors selling wares from jewelry and clothes to health products. The first 50 attendees will receive free swag bags and have the opportunity to enter in a raffle. 

Bright Spirits Harvest Market – Saturday, noon-5pm – Shop, eat, drink and celebrate autumn at this free outdoor event with more than 30 vendors in the Motorco Music Hall parking lot. Capacity is limited to ensure a worry-free and safe event. 

Pop-Up Shop – Saturday, 2-5pm – Provident1898 supports local and minority businesses by hosting this shopping event. Admission includes one ticket redeemable for a glass of wine or beer while supplies last. A live DJ will be present during shopping hours. All attendees must have a ticket to gain entry. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed during the event. A temperature check will be required to enter the space.

Cocktails & Cuisine – Saturday, 3-4:30pm – Find your inner mixologist at this fall cocktail-making class in the Studio at Unscripted Durham. Learn how to create bourbon and whiskey cocktails, like an Old Fashioned and Hot Toddy, while enjoying an appetizer.

From the Window: Eyes Up Here Comedy Live! – Saturday, 5pm – The all-female stand-up comedy showcase, featuring headliner Lauren Faber, performs from the window of The Carolina Theatre‘s Connie Moses Ballroom during the venue’s takeout concessions hours and prior to the evening screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Bull City Reels on Wheels – Saturday, 7pm – Durham Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Durham County Memorial Stadium, offers a series of free drive-in movies at the stadium for residents to enjoy from the comfort of their car. “Coco” screens this evening. Tickets are complimentary, but must be reserved online. Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, or buy your refreshments from the food trucks on-site. Gates open at 6pm.

IAR’s Painted Chair Auction for the Animals – Through Saturday, 7pm – Independent Animal Rescue hosts its 17th annual silent auction virtually this year with nearly 150 items to choose from. The livestream on Saturday will include storytelling, adoptable animals and more. Registration is free, and donations benefit rescued cats and dogs, feral cat spay/neuter, community pet spay/neuter, and outreach and education. 

Ranky Tanky – Saturday, 8pm – Hosted by Duke Performances, 2019 Grammy Award winner Ranky Tanky celebrates Gullah culture during a virtual performance. The Charleston, South Carolina-based quintet plays arrangements and rhythms from a location from the Sea Islands. Tickets are available to purchase online.

The Freaky 4-Miler – Sunday, 1-4pm – Bull City Running Co. gets in the Halloween spirit with a 4-mile costume run around downtown. Participants can start their run anytime between 1-4pm, as long as they finish by 4:45pm. Each runner receives a trick-or-treat goodie bag after they cross the finish line with a lottery ticket. Prizes include Hoka shoes, socks and swag, BCRC prize packs and more.

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