Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Freebie Find - Get Out and About! (9/30-10/2)

The weather is cooling, and the rain is heading away. It looks like this coming weekend will be perfect for getting out of the house! Here are my top picks for free and inexpensive weekend activities and events, in and around Durham!

Friday, September 30

Fridays on the Front Porch (one of my Friday favorites, if it doesn't rain)

Head to the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill to enjoy some bluegrass music on their large, shaded lawn. Drinks and a full southern BBQ are served for a fee, but the music is free!

5:00-8:00 pm
211 Pittsboro St Chapel Hill

I am super excited about this one! A bluegrass band called Chatham County Line is playing this Friday at The American Tobacco District. I had the chance to see them at Motorco last fall, during the Troika Music Festival, which is unfortunately called off for 2011. My friends and I only caught part of their set, but I'm anxious for more.

Throughout the summer and early fall, WUNC radio sponsors FREE concerts on the lawn of the complex. If you're looking for an inexpensive night out, bring a picnic. Otherwise, area restaurants, like Tyler's, will be serving food and drinks.

Free Admission
6-8 pm
318 Blackwell St. Durham

Last Fridays - Hillsborough

So many fun events...too bad they're all on Friday!! I've noticed Last Fridays in Hillsborough advertised over the past few years, but I have never been. It sounds like a great time, though, especially if you live out that direction.

Every final Friday of the summer months, through September 30, downtown Hillsborough celebrates. A free concert begins at 6:30 pm on the courthouse lawn. There are craft and food vendors, featuring Hillsborough BBQ company. The local museums and historical sites stay open late, and many art galleries participate in art walk receptions. Check this map for art walk locations.

Various locations
Downtown Hillsborough

Saturday, October 1

Browse local produce, baked goods, and art as you wander through Durham's Central Park. For a spending free morning, bring a cup of coffee from home and spend some time visiting different vendors and people watching. Bring a camera along and try your hand at capturing the sights of one of my favorite Durham scenes.

If you're like me, though, it will be hard to resist buying something! Bring a reusable bag, and support local farmers by purchasing your produce for the week at the market, rather than the grocery store. Be sure to bring small bills - this makes things easier when lines are long.

8:00 am - Noon
Durham Central Park - 501 Foster St.

Sunday, October 2

Dog lovers unite! Woofstock is a FREE event, just for you and your beloved pets (canine only), happening in Durham Central Park. There will be doggy vendors, competitions, adoption groups, as well as music and food. 

If you have a well behaved dog, this sounds like it has potential to make for an interesting afternoon. Cooper (my dog), would probably have a panic attack, so we'll probably steer clear. 

2:00-5:00 pm
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.

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