Weekend at a Glance: Pumpkins, Pop-Ups and Parades

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Stay safe and enjoy the cooler weather this weekend with live music, trips to the pumpkin patch and fun for the whole family!

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Pick the perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch Express every weekend in October. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science

Compiled by Iphigenia Sarrimanolis

Alley Twenty Six Midway – Through Sunday, noon-8pm – Alley Twenty Six hosts an outdoor pop-up featuring favorite N.C. State Fair food and drinks, from corn dogs and turkey legs to fried sweet treats and fall-inspired cocktails. There will be socially distant seating available outside. Face masks are required.

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. 

Flora and Fauna – Thursday, 4-7pm, and Friday, noon-1pm – The exhibit – with paintings by Golden Belt artists Maureen Dunlap and Matt Tomko – focuses on bringing nature’s beauty into the home. Attendance is limited to five people at a time, and masks are required. 

The Meditative Garden – Thursday, 7-8pm – Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts Vallari Talapatra, landscape architect and president of Eco Scapes, for an online presentation on creating a garden space that offers rest and renewal.

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival – Friday through Oct. 18 – Celebrating 35 years of Latin American films in North Carolina, this festival showcases a mix of virtual synchronic and a-synchronic films. The event kicks off with a mini web conference on Friday and Saturday presented by the Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Candid Yams Kickback – Friday, 6pm – Beats n Bars Festival and Candid Yams honor Black cinema at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park with a screening of the movie, “The Great Debaters.” Food trucks and concessions will be available on-site. Social distancing is maintained with lawn pods that fit a maximum of 10 people.

Virtual Blues and Brews – Friday, 7pm – Hosted by LIFE Skills Foundation, this event includes wine, brews and a dinner by Catering Works. There will be an online auction and musical entertainment by Jon Shain. Order tickets online prior to the event.

Kenny Ortega’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ – Friday, 7pm, and Saturday, 2pm – The Carolina Theatre  reopens for its first weekend since the start of the pandemic to screen the Halloween classic. Masks and social distancing are required at this event.

Everything is Bon! Bonnie Raitt Tribute – Friday, 7-9:30pm – Local, national and international musicians honor American blues singer Bonnie Raitt with musical performances at The Blue Note Grill. Headliners are Will McFarlene, Jude Johnstone and Jay Reynolds. Socially distanced tables will be available, and participants must wear a mask when entering the building. Tickets are available online. The event will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in-person. 

A Tour of Italian Wines … From Home! – Friday, 7pm – Hosted by Durham Central Park, Lex Alexander, Jay Murrie and David Sutton join together for a lively, informative Zoom session about wines from Italy. Participants will receive three bottles of hand-selected wines from Piedmont Wine Imports. Purchase tickets in advance. Wines can be delivered directly to your home.

Angels Among Us 5K and Walk of Hope – Through Saturday – This 27th annual race supporting the The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center goes virtual this year and allows participants to run any time through Oct. 10. After completing and logging your race via the “IYR Virtual” app, organizers host a virtual celebration to honor brain cancer survivors, highlight teams and captains, and recognize top fundraisers. 

IAR’s Painted Chair Auction for the Animals – Saturday-Oct. 24 – 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. 

Dear New Teacher Retreat – Saturday, 9am-2pm – Teacher Coach Series hosts a retreat for teachers in the Triangle with fewer than five years of teaching experience. The retreat focuses on emotional and mental needs, providing support and networking opportunities, and building teacher confidence. There will be four speakers and a panel discussion followed by a Q&A and a Ted Talks-style presentation. 

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.

Fall Historic Maplewood Cemetery Walk – Saturday and Sunday, 10am – Preservation Durham celebrates Durham history and Halloween with a guided walk through the Historic Maplewood Cemetery. Participants learn about war, disease and “maybe even a murder mystery.” Face masks are required, and tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Parade of Homes – Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm – Hosted by the Homes Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, this free parade offers participants the opportunity to explore the newest communities in the Triangle and learn about new home design, ideas and trends. 

Young, Gifted and Black – Saturday, 1-4pm – Enjoy good music and food while shopping at this pop-up shop in Durham Central Park, hosted by JAM Kids Playzone

BYO Brunch & Bottomless Mimosas – Sunday, 11am-8pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab hosts bottomless mimosas/beermosas all day for $15. Max drinking time is 2 hours per person. Beer options will include The Glass Jug’s Opacity IPA and 40 East Witbier. They’ll also have a disc golf putting course set up around the outside of the beer garden! Bring your own discs or ask to borrow some (disinfected between players).

The Black Farmers Market – Sunday, 1-4pm – Hosted by Black August in the Park, this market, which takes place at 411 W. Chapel Hill St., showcases meat, produce and more from 30-plus Black vendors and farmers.

Running Wild Virtual Race – Sunday-Oct. 18 – 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.

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