Your Weekend Guide to Bull City & Beyond: May 17th – 19th, 2024

Third Friday Durham Art Walk & Gallery Crawl – Friday, 6-9pm – Head downtown for an evening of art! Drop in to EUtopia Design to see featured mixed-metal artist Jackie MacLeod’s copper and patina piece, “Antalya,” on display. Make an evening out of your visit and explore the Durham Bottling Company, the Museum of Durham History and the Durham Arts Council to hear music from Bryan Larumbe, Sheila Casalett and David Lewis & Ramon Brito. Plus, embark on a guided museum tour at 21c Museum Hotel; view a youth-curated photography exhibition, “(RE)CLAMATION,” at Durham Art Guild; see photography exhibit “Hits & Near Misses” at the Golden Belt Campus; join Liberty Arts for the opening of “All Caught Up,” an exhibition of new work by Durham-based artist Hannah Schutzengel; attend the opening reception of Chapel Hill artist Ley Killeya’s engaging exhibition, “Solitary Women,” at 5 Points Gallery; and more!

Lookin’ for a Cure 5K – Saturday, 7-10:30am – Lace up your running shoes and head to Bull City Running Company to show your support for the fight against ocular melanoma. The local event is part of a national network of races in which proceeds go toward research for a cure. The race begins at 8 a.m. and winds through the American Tobacco Trail before culminating with an awards ceremony at 9 a.m. 

Pop-up Record Show – Saturday, 10am-4pm – Grab some new, eclectic records from an array of vendors at Beer Durham, and listen to tracks spun at the store. Don’t miss checking out the craft beer spot’s new T-shirts! 

Battle of the Blades 2024 – Saturday, 11am-4:30pm – Cheer on local nurses, paramedics, EMTs, respiratory therapists, pilots and dispatchers at the Historic Durham Athletic Park as they compete in a softball tournament to raise money for their respective fields. Wool E. Bull and Ripken the Bat Dog make guest appearances, and there will be face paint, games, refreshments and music for all attendees to enjoy. 

Greek Festival – Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm – Explore the food, music and traditions of Greece at this annual event at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. Indulge in pastries and wine, dance alongside folk dancers to live music, tour the church, and end your evening by testing your luck with a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Ukrainian relief efforts. 

Durham Blues and Brews Festival – Saturday, 5-10pm – Bring your loved ones and your lawn chairs to the eighth annual blues music and beer festival at Durham Central Park! The event, organized by the Exchange Club of Greater Durham, offers a fun-filled evening with unlimited 12-ounce pours from close to 20 North Carolina breweries, cideries and wineries, plus entertainment from Johnny Sansone, The Nighthawks and the Otis Kings. Enjoy a photo booth, prize drawings and fare from local food trucks on site. Proceeds from ticket sales help support local charities, including the Exchange Family Center.

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