Your Weekend Guide to Bull City and Beyond: April 19th – 21st

The Tortured Poets Society Album Release Party – Friday, 4-8pm – Celebrate the release of Taylor Swift’s newest album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” at Boxyard RTP, presented in collaboration with Honeypress! The evening features Taylor Swift music bingo, friendship bracelet making, Poetry Fox encounters and a Taylor Swift-themed open jam session. Don’t miss exclusive specials from Boxyard businesses including Buzzy BakesGuildhall GamesRTP Uncorked and more!

Third Friday Art Walk & Gallery Crawl – Friday, 6-9pm – Head downtown for an evening of art! View the month’s featured artwork, “Our Climate is Changing, Why Aren’t We?” by Durham-based artist Alivia Moe at EverLou Coffee Co., explore a new exhibition titled “Jenny Blazing: Scapes,” featuring acrylic and collage paintings as a response to the diverse landscapes surrounding us, showcased at 5 Points Gallery, embark on a guided museum tour and learn about 21c Museum Hotel ’s current exhibition “Truth or Dare: A Reality Show” and so much more. Plus, catch performances by Bryan Larumbe at CCB Plaza, duo David Lewis and Greg Carney at the Durham Arts Council and Raleigh-based artist Shelia Casalett at Five Points

Petals and Play – Saturday, noon-3pm – This festival at Forest View Elementary offers a day of joy and connection for neurodivergent families, featuring flower crafting, nature-themed games, local artisan goods and food trucks, in support of Hope Creek Academy‘s mission to provide resources for neurodivergent children and foster belonging in Durham.

Scintillating Saxes – Saturday, 2-3:30pm – Enjoy a family concert organized by the Mallarme Chamber Players at Durham County Library with Susan Fancher and the Duke University Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. The group will perform a range of classical compositions by Scott Joplin and Jean-Baptiste Singelée and contemporary pieces by Jenni Watson and Guillermo Lago.

Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Showcase – Saturday, 2-5pm – The Bouncing Bulldogs showcase their skills through performances, interactive workshops and mini competitions at Durham Central Park. The team fosters a culture of wellness and youth empowerment by highlighting jump rope as an enjoyable fitness pursuit accessible to all. 

Earth Day Festival – Sunday, noon-5pm – Durham Parks & Recreation hosts this annual celebration at Durham Central Park with a multitude of Earth Day-based activities, educational resources, live music, vendors, culinary offerings and more. Bike Durham and GoDurham offer a sustainable transportation expo, plus valet bicycle parking and complimentary bike tuneups, while Durham County Library’s Bookmobile provides free document shredding and take-home books.

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