Sure, it’s a question you ask yourself each week around this time, what to do with your weekend. I ask myself that very same question and here’s how I’d answer myself if I was planning to spend this weekend, June 19 – 21, in Durham.
Friday, the third Friday especially, is the perfect time to shed the work week woes and wallow in all that downtown Durham has to offer: arts, entertainment, a plethora of delicious dining options and refreshing beverages. The first place I’d stop for refreshing beverages is Fullsteam’s Fellowship of the Session. Twenty+ kegs of session beers from NC breweries will be on tap and pouring begins at 2 pm (incentive to get off work early if you can manage it).
With thirst adequately slaked you can begin exploring Third Friday arts venues, like DAC, Pleiades, Golden Belt and many more. One event you simply must make certain to attend is The Carrack’s 4th Birthday Community Art Show. The very special exhibit features work from 105 local artists and spans multiple genres, plus food from neighbors Loaf and beverage from Wine Authorities.
Prefer something indoors and air conditioned? I hear ya. Here are a couple of options to consider. First is the mind (and body) bending ADF performance from Pilobolus at DPAC where the dance troupe debuts the ADF-commissioned world premiere of Thresh|Hold. At the opposite end of the entertainment spectrum is the RetroFantasma Film Series double-feature at the Carolina Theatre where they take us back to summer camp days and (not so) fun times of Friday the 13th and The Burning.
Of course nothing shouts Summer fun more than nights at a drive-in picture show. Lucky for us, Durham Cinematheque and A/V Geeks have joined forces with The Scrap Exchange to create the new Lakewood Drive In in Durham’s West End. The first of three monthly screenings will be this Friday. In true Cinematheque-Geek fashion one can expect the unexpected of these films.
Speaking of Lakewood, did you know there was once an amusement park in that part of Durham? Now, there’s a weekly flea market hosted by The Scrap Exchange. Each Saturday morning (8 am to Noon) through October shop the market vendors for a wide array of vintage items and crafts.
Saturday is for savoring local flavor in Durham, beginning at Durham Farmers Market where you’ll find the freshest local produce, pastured meats, artisan foods and so much more. Go to market hungry and brunch a bit before you embark on savoring the remainder of your Saturday in Durham.
You may see people riding bicycles in costume around town on Saturday, especially around American Tobacco Campus. That’s because Tour de Fat is back in town. In the vicinity of City Hall Plaza you might hear the happy sounds of ukuleles. That would be Durham Ukulele Orchestra performing at Pompieri Pizza‘s first Lambrusco Fest. Then just off East Main Street you may hear what sounds like a party at Bull City Ciderworks because they’re celebrating their first birthday. Huzzah!
But save some of your appetite for Sunday because Durham’s dining scene offers diverse options, something for everyone’s taste. If you lean towards vegan fare, then you might find Ninth Street Bakery‘s Vegan Brunch hits the spot. For heartier appetites the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo will gather 50 Triangle Food Trucks in an event so large they map it out for you, so you don’t miss one tasty bite.
When you’ve had your fill, head to Happymess Art Studios for their monthly BazaART, a free outdoor art-based event featuring locally made art, live demonstrations, entertainment, and hands-on art activities for all. At the end of the day, you may feel you need to work off some of those delicious Durham calories. If so, proceed directly to the Ark Dance Studio for a free ADF African Dance & Drumming class taught by the revered Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis.
That’s it. Your Durham weekend, filled with community arts, costumed bike rides, dynamic dance, abundant local food and beverages of every persuasion. What more could you want? Just more Durham.