Are you not planning to hit the road out of town for one last Summer season vacation this holiday weekend? Well, you picked a great weekend to spend some quality time around home, in the Triangle, because there’s a bit o’ fun to be had in every corner of our wide, wonderful world.
This final Friday of August is extra special for Cary Art Loop attendees, as Gather throws a Grand Opening Party (6 – 10 pm) at the new coworking/coffee shop/boutique hybrid found at 111 W. Chatham Street in downtown Cary. Stop by to browse the pop-up shop and dine on food truck fare from Chirba Chirba and Lumpy’s Ice Cream. Hmm, dumplings and ice cream… ice cream dumplings? I may need to ponder on that a while longer.
At Last Friday in Hillsborough you’ll find a six-piece band, Risse, performing in the courthouse square in historic downtown (or inside Billsborough should the weather turn stormy). Around the rest of downtown, you can walk from venue to venue, taking in a photography exhibit at Daylight and a contemporary art exhibit that incorporates fiber optic lighting and audio in intriguing wall sculptures at a dimly lit Eno Gallery. Naturally, you’ll find many fine restaurants in Hillsborough (and a chocolate shop and a nearby brewery public house and a pretty cool juke joint selling libations to quench your thirst).
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Invisible Earth” shows at Chapel Hill’s Forest Theater continue through the weekend, including Labor Day matinees. All general admission tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis when the box office opens around 6:00 pm. The evening performances begin at 7:00 with a pre-show act at 6:20. Matinees begin at 3:00 with a 2:20 pre-show act. Suggested ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for kids (but no one is turned away for lack of funds… Paperhand is cool that way).
This is your last call for Saturdays in Saxapahaw where the Piney Woods Boys will take the stage ’round 6 pm. Farmers market will get started around 5 pm, while across the street fine dining and serene views await at The Eddy Pub. There’s always a food truck around and kids sliding down the hillside or making bubbles. A little bit of something for most everyone in Saxy.
Saturday or Sunday, you can transport to Shangri La without leaving the Triangle if you see “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art” at the Nasher. The new exhibit opens Thursday, August 29th and explores the art collection of heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke as showcased in her sprawling, oceanfront estate in Honolulu. Doris Duke spent five decades perfecting the details of her exotic home called Shangri La. The Nasher Museum shares her vision via this exhibition on view in North Carolina for the first time.
In another part of Durham, you’ll find vintage motorcycles and scooters on display and driving around the area as Bull City Rumble returns to Durham over the weekend. Stop by the Brightleaf District (900 W Main Street) between 1:30 & 5 pm on Saturday for the bike show, vendors & swap meet.
Stick around Durham for Sunday’s mega food truck rodeo in Durham Central Park where 60-ish food trucks are anticipated to serve hungry crowds between 12:30 & 4:30 pm. Added entertainment value comes with this rodeo in the form of crafts from the Durham Craft Market and the Vega Metal Market artists, live music, as well as Durham’s own Fullsteam Brewery and Triangle Brewery beverages.
Pittsboro celebrates Labor Day weekend with its monthly First Sunday party around the circle downtown from noon til 5 pm. Come on down to enjoy the live music performers (at various venues), arts and crafts vendors, wine and mead tastings, fun activities for kids and just enjoy browsing the shops in downtown too. Oh, did I mention there will be food trucks in Pittsboro too?
Raleigh Beer Week continues through the weekend with events all around Raleigh and culminating on Sunday with a very special Trophy Brewing beer dinner at Bu*Ku. The African American Cultural Festival is the first of the Innovate Raleigh MAIN events to kick off what will be a very, very busy September of music, art, innovation and noise (!) in the Oak City. Huzzah Raleigh!
Of course, you’ll need to stop in your nearest farmers market on Saturday to pick up supplies for your Labor Day cookouts. You can always find hours of operation and more market info on the Triangle Localista Farmers’ Market Map and Calendar whenever you like.
Play local and play safe this weekend, folks. See you back here in September!