Third Friday Durham Art Walk & Gallery Crawl – Friday, 6-9pm – Explore exhibits at Golden Belt Campus – featuring Nicholas Edward in the Building 2 Community Gallery and textile art by Debbie Scan in the Great Hall, plus more than 100 artworks from various artists in the Golden Belt Studios – the opening of “Corrientes Latinas/Latin Currents” comprised of work from the seven members of the Inter-Latin American Artist Collective at the Durham Arts Council; and a public reception for “The Mind’s Eye,” an exhibit celebrating the year of the rabbit from the artists in residence at 5 Points Gallery. Stop by the The Artisan Market at 305 for a digital art and die-cutting demonstration with Heathenn Handmade, and head over to Liberty Arts for the opening of mixed-media artist Jessica Almy-Pagán’s “Salt Mark,” plus the grand opening of Liberty’s textile studio (where you can learn to weave your own mini tapestry with artist Kelly Walsh) as well as a glassblowing demonstration. Enjoy the tunes of street performers across downtown including Bailey Clemmons performing at the Museum of Durham History; Andrew Whiteman at Golden Belt Campus; and Allie Capo at the Durham Arts Council.
2023 Oscar Shorts – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, multiple showtimes – For the 18th consecutive year, ShortsTV brings Oscar-nominated short films from all three categories (Animated, Live Action and Documentary) to the big screens at the Carolina Theatre.
Daytime Mardi Gras – Saturday, 1:30-7pm – Swing by Durham Central Park for an afternoon of dancing and outdoor celebrations! Enjoy live music from the Bulltown Strutters and Cajammers, plus on-site parading, The Glass Jug Beer Lab beer tent and Baton Rouge Cuisine, Loretta’s Southern Kitchen and Funnel Queens food trucks. Take your kiddos to dress up at costume booths and make shoe box floats.
Whiskey University – Saturday, 2-4pm – Learn about the history of whiskey-making traditions, from ancient Egypt to the production of American Bourbon, with Mystic Farm & Distillery. Tickets include one cocktail plus a Mystic rocks glass.
Mardi Gras Low Country Boil
Steel String Brewery will host a low country boil featuring juicy crawfish and shrimp, boiled potatoes, corn on the cob and andouille sauce. Find Christian Thompson, chef and owner of food truck Pork In The Road, serving up dishes with a side of his special Cajun remoulade at the taproom starting at 3 p.m. Pre-order is available.
The town’s Black History Month Concert Series continues at the Carrboro Century Center with Finesse (Rhythm and Blues). The series celebrates local Black artists’ contributions to Carrboro’s vibrant music scene. This free event starts at 4 p.m. and is presented in partnership with Zeta Phi Beta sorority.