Weekend at a Glance: WellFest, Wines and Walking Tours

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Yoga class at WellFest in downtown Durham
At WellFest on Sunday, treat yourself to a fitness class and a work/life balance workshop or shop from the Mindful Market with 30+ vendors. Photo by Joshua Steadman

Art Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition – Thursday, noon-9pm – Explore the work of 15 artists specializing in painting, ceramics, photography, textiles and more at the 5 Points Gallery opening exhibition. Make sure to check out the solo exhibit, “Strolling Through Durham,” a collection of prints and Polaroids depicting photographer Frank Myers’ perspective of Durham. 

‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ Screening  – Thursday, 4:30pm; 7:00pm – Narrated by former caddie, Bill Murray, and produced by Ward Clayton, the film visits iconic global golfing locations and documents golf’s revered caddie profession. Hosted by The Carolina Theatre, proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction, held between the first and second showing, will be donated to Fran and Norman James

4th Annual Sophomore Slump Fest – Friday-Saturday – Bang your head to the metal madness of Greyscale, Silent Planet, Madball, among other artists, at Motorco’s nationally-renowned music festival. 

Sixth Annual Artists’ Convening – Friday-Sunday – The Southern Documentary Fund is hosting its annual convention at The Fruit and The Durham Armory featuring workshops, panels and discussions exploring the complex nature and ethics of documentary filmmaking. On Sunday, the convention will expand and host its first Black Media Story Summit to discuss the future of Black storytelling. 

Ruby Friday Talk: A Talk About Turtles – Friday, noon-1pm – The Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University is hosting artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba as he discusses the “relationship between economics, desire and contemporary art through the metaphor of a turtle.” Lunch is provided, and an artist-lead gallery tour immediately follows talk. 

Opening Reception for The Carrack’s Final Community Show – Friday, 6-9pm – A staple in the Durham arts community, this volunteer-run and zero-commission art space is hosting its final show, which will run through Sept. 21.

Walkin, Talkin, Singin, Swingin the Blues Celebration – Friday, 6pm – Get up and move something at the Hayti Heritage Center for the last of its public art series, “Reconnecting Hayti with the Heart of Durham.” The initiative aims to upgrade and reconnect the streets and neighborhoods displaced by the development of the Durham Freeway. The community celebration will have Charles Ward and his blues band jamming in Hayti’s Performance Hall and blues dancers teaching the “Piedmont Triple.” Food and drinks will also be available. 

Red Beans Roadshow Pop-Up Dinner (SOLD OUT) – Friday, 6:30pm – Get a taste of down-home New Orleans cooking at The Restaurant at The Durham Hotel when chef Pableaux Johnson and chef Andrea Reusing throw a family-style feast full of all the Cajun classics, including their namesake, red beans and rice. A one-week supply of red kidney beans and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Farmer Foodshare

PLAYlist Concert Series – Friday, 7-9pm – Listen to the funky and soulful sounds of the D.C. go-go band, Project 919, at Durham Central Park. Wanna dance, but have two left feet? Choreographers from Empower Dance Studio will be giving free dance lessons so everyone can shake it. 

Daniel Nahmod Concert – Friday, 7:30-9:30pm – Visit the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for an evening of uplifting live music from a renowned singer-songwriter whose songs have been featured on “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “The Today Show” and “Saturday Night Live.”

WellFest – Saturday-Sunday – Enjoy a weekend of rejuvenation of the mind and body, Saturday offers a dinner that focuses on sustainable food practices and a silent disco to promote movement at 21c Museum Hotel. On Sunday, WellFest will take over American Tobacco Campus, offering a market featuring healthy artisans and vendors. Then, choose your own experience by selecting from a speaker series, innovative fitness classes for all levels, a tranquility room to rest, hands-on crafting classes, nutritious food and drink, and activities designed to help you discover your inner child. 

Family Garden Walk – Saturday, 9-9:45am – Take the kids on a guided tour through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens to explore the changing of the seasons. Pre-register to reserve a spot. 

Hayti Neighborhood History Walking Tour – Saturday, 10-11:30am – Get a history lesson on the origins of the Hayti neighborhood, the epicenter of Durham’s African American population, as you are guided to different historical institutions such as St. Joseph’s AME Church, The Carolina Times and more.

Fullsteam 9th Anniversary Party – Saturday, 11am-midnight – Celebrate nine years of Fullsteam Brewery with the return of the paw paw milkshake IPA, American Promise, and never-released barrel-aged beers. There will be live music and food specials all day, in addition to a “Paw Paw Pawpup” with farm and garden expert Casey Roe!

Namaste & Cosplay – Saturday, 1-3pm – Put on your extravagant cosplay or stylish superhero T-shirt for an afternoon of yoga at Global Breath Studio. After yoga, stick around for mimosas, snacks and a discussion on mental health. The event is hosted by UniCon, a comic and cosplay convention focused on inclusivity and making a safe space for everyone. 

Shop Local Durham Market – Saturday, 1-4pm – Get your sustaina-bull-ity on at Durty Bull Brewing Company and spend the day shopping and sampling food and drinks from 30+ Durham vendors. Music provided by Bull City Music School. The first 100 guests receive a free Shop Durham card. 

Bull City Employee Cider Fest – Saturday, 2-7pm – Taste the new cider flavors concocted by the CiderWorks staff and vote for your favorite! Pair your tastings with arepas and patacon from TheCorner, a Venezuelan food truck. 

Oktoberfest Celebration – Saturday, 2-10pm – Loosen your lederhosen for an afternoon of beer drinking and dancing at the Bull McCabes’ child-friendly biergarten. Indulge in classic German pretzels and sausages washed down with a selection of marzens, festbiers, and the fan-favorite, the Weihenstephan beer. 

Brazilian Day NC Festival – Saturday, 2pm – Oxente Brazilian Arts presents the only Brazilian Day festival of its kind in Durham Central Park. Celebrating Brazilian life, the event includes musical acts, dance workshops and performances, capoeira demonstrations and workshops, and food and craft vendors. 

‘Faces: Musicians, Artists, Writers, Activists, & Educators’ Opening Reception – Saturday, 5-7pm – In this exhibit, Nashville-based artist Noah Saterstrom honors a wide range of cultural contributors (most of whom have died) and their legacies through 48 12-inch square paintings of their faces. They will blanket the main gallery wall at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends alongside music from Alex Weiss and friends.

Leo Dan En Concierto – Saturday, 8pm – Fall in love with the melodic and romantic songs of this Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner at The Carolina Theatre

Indigo Girls Show – Saturday, 8pm – Described by Rolling Stone as the “ideal duet partners,” you will not want to miss this record-setting folk-rock pair perform at DPAC

Splash Brazil Pool Party – Sunday, 1-6pm – The party doesn’t stop on Saturday; join the continuation of Brazil Day festivities at the Unscripted Hotel pool with music from Brazilian DJ Chris Brazil and dancers from the NC Brazilian Arts Project. All proceeds donated to Brazilian Day NC Festival. 

APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 1:30-3pm – Find your next furry friend at this adoption event sponsored by the Durham Animal Protection Society at the Regulator Bookshop

Mallarmé Opening Concert – Sunday, 3pm – The first of a five-part concert series, the ensemble performs the music of 1869, the year of Durham’s founding. Violinist Jennifer Curtis, pianist Mimi Solomon and horn players Chris Caudill and Rachel Niketopoulos will play works from famous composers of the century.

-Compiled by Natalie Schuster

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