Being on this extended maternity leave, my internal calendar has been thrown completely off. I typically have no idea of the date, and sometimes, I even have to second guess what day it is, but...I do know that the weekend is quickly approaching! Each week, I hope to highlight weekend events that are free, or inexpensive, things to get you out of the house and maybe trying something new.
Now, I know that some readers avoid Durham like the plague. Reconsider...seriously, reconsider. Durham is a thriving, exciting city. Downtown has experienced a revitalization in recent years, and you WILL be safe.
Here are my top picks for this weekend, all located in and around Durham.
Friday, September 16
Music On The Lawn - American Tobacco District - Durham
The American Tobacco District is a unique mixed use complex in Durham, in the site of the former Lucky Strike Factory. It's the perfect example of urban renewal. Throughout the summer and early fall, WUNC radio sponsors FREE concerts on the lawn of the complex. Enjoy some music, most weeks blue grass, and bring a picnic, if you want to keep things cheap. If not, area restaurants and Whole Foods will be serving food and drinks.
318 Blackwell St. Durham
Third Friday - Durham
On the third Friday of every month, the art galleries and music venues of downtown Durham keep their doors open late for this special event. Hop between locations and enjoy artwork, music, movies, and even yoga! Keep an eye out for Durham's favorite food trucks (not free, but well worth it)! Check out the site linked above to view participating venues.
6-11 pm (though some events begin earlier, like 4:00 pm yoga)
Various locations throughout downtown
Saturday, September 17
Durham Farmers Market and Craft Market
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.
Grand Opening of the The Retreat - Brightleaf - Durham
I've heard buzz about this spa opening in downtown, and I'm anxious to check it out! Join them on Saturday for their grand opening. Enjoy complimentary massages, Fullsteam beer, and food from local restaurants and food carts!
815 West Morgan St. Durham