Weekend at a Glance: Beers, Backyards and Books

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Weekend events are finally picking up! Check out some of these safe, in-person and virtual happenings for all ages.

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Thomas Blandford and artist Candy Carver at CenterFest in 2019. Photo by Hannah Lee

Compiled by Sarah Rollins

RTP180: Expressions of Color – Thursday, 6-7pm – Frontier RTP invites five speakers to share their experiences, their culture and heritage, their successes and struggles in five minutes or less as part of RTP180’s postponed topic from February, Black History Month. Speakers include Blackspace Founder Pierce Freelon, Rothwell Mellon Program Director of Creative Futures at Carolina Performing Arts Dasan Ahanu, STEMedia President Dr. Nehemiah Mabry, restaurant owner Zweli Williams and Ang H. Studio Director of Photography Angela Hollowell. The first 100 people to RSVP will receive a Zoom link to participate in the session. The event will also be livestreamed on Frontier RTP’s Facebook page. 

OctoBullFest ReduX 2020 – Friday-Oct. 4 – Bull City Burger and Brewery, Pompieri Pizza and Bull City Solera and Taproom celebrate Oktoberfest with special takeout menus featuring bratwurst, soft pretzels, apple strudel, German potato salad, schnitzel burritos and Stierstadt Oktoberfest Lager.

The Streetery – Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9:30pm – Downtown Durham Inc. launches The Streetery this Friday and opens multiple streets in the center of downtown to pedestrian traffic, with festive lights, music and performers. The Streetery will run 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.

Virtual Happy Hour – Friday, 5:30-6:30pm – Vert & Vogue hosts its first virtual Happy Hour with special guest Blair L.M. Kelley, an assistant dean and associate professor at N.C. State, an award-winning author, and a podcast producer and host. The retail shop partners with the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University for this event, and Duke History Professor Laurent Dubois moderates the talk. Personalized Zoom links will be sent out on the day of the event.

Votes For Suffrage: 100 Years of Women in Durham Politics – Friday, 6-7pm – The Museum of Durham History commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a new exhibit that explores the legacy of the amendment and how women’s political participation has helped shape Durham. Guest speakers Rep. Vernetta Alston, County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow and City Council member DeDreana Freeman will give remarks remotely at the virtual opening, which will be streamed on the MoDH Facebook page. Donations are encouraged.

Food Truck Flix – Friday-Saturday, 8pm – Two evening drive-in moving screenings at Frontier RTP. Buy a pass for your car to watch “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Friday or the animated “Ferdinand” on Saturday. Gates open at 6pm with the movie to follow at 8pm. Click here to see which food trucks will be available. Proceeds from the weekend benefit Raleigh Dream Center, a nonprofit dedicated to providing social services and community programs to homeless, abused and impoverished high-risk youth, individuals and families.

Flashlight Scavenger Hunt – Friday, 9-10pm – Durham Parks and Recreation hosts a free flashlight scavenger hunt at Northgate Park for participants to explore the park after dark. Pre-registration is required.

CenterFest – Saturday, 6-9pm – The Durham Arts Council presents the state’s longest-running juried outdoor arts festival virtually this year due to COVID-19. The 46th annual event will still include visual and performing artists, interactive features and highlights of past years’ CenterFest celebrations. The event is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation for people older than 13 years old.  

Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday, 11am-9pm – Clouds Brewing celebrates the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day with green lager, Jameson shots and Irish car bombs all day long.

The Honeysuckle at Lakewood – Saturday, 11am-11pm – The Honeysuckle at Lakewood, a new neighborhood bar and kitchen featuring American fare and a full bar with farm-based cocktails and 24 taps, opens its doors this weekend.

Six-Year Anniversary & Oktoberfest– Saturday, noon-10pm – The Glass Jug Beer Lab celebrates its sixth anniversary and Oktoberfest with beer, food from Bull City Street Food and live outdoor music from Raleigh Little OomPah Band and Armand & Bluesology in the beer garden.

Character Meet-and-Greet at the Book Harvest – Saturday, 1-5pm – The literacy nonprofit hosts a meet-and-greet with book characters, plus a chance to receive some awesome books.

Libby Rodenbough – Up Close & Distant – *SOLD OUT* Saturday, 5-7pm – This backyard concert series hosts folk musician Libby Rodenbough for an outdoor concert at 1804 Avondale Dr. Only 25 tickets are available and must be purchased in advance.

Live Music on the Patio: The Groovynators Unplugged – Saturday, 6-8pm – Blue Note Grill brings back live music in the beer garden with this classic rock, soul and R&B band .

Movies on the Monster – Saturday, 7:30pm – Blue Cross NC hosts a showing of “42: The True Story of an American Legend” at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on the Blue Monster video board. Exclusive “pods” will be spaced out across the outfield for up to 10 people, and smaller pods are available for four to six people. There is a limited concessions menu, but guests are encouraged to pre-order food before the event. Gates open at 6:30pm.

Jambalaya Soul Slam Grand Slam Poetry Finals – Saturday, 8-10pm – Supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, the best poets of the 2019-2020 slam season return to compete for a spot on the 2020 Bull City Slam Team. The top four poets who earn a spot on the team will have a chance to represent the Triangle in a national competition in 2021. This RSVP-only event slam takes place in the courtyard of Hayti Heritage Center. Donations are accepted.

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