The top 11 things to do in Durham this weekend, Oct. 22-25

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of October 22 - October 25. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.

Catch The Monti at Duke Coffeehouse

Come watch Duke University students tell their own stories live for an evening of exploring the topic of Betrayal. If you boiled down everything about humankind and all the cultures, you could sum up the resulting product in one word: storytelling. It might sound whimsical and farfetched, but it's true! We humans love to connect A to Z and make up the missing letters in between, and The Monti plays on that desire.

The Monti is a non-profit organization inviting people from around Triangle to tell their personal stories-humorous, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and everything in between. No notecards allowed. They host ticketed professional and free, open mic events where anyone is invited to tell their story, as long as it matches the given theme. To share your story or hear the stories of others, check out their website for the list of upcoming shows and events. (Photo via @thebiglean)

Join the Muse Masquerade at 21c

Conjure your inner muse, don a mask and indulge in an evening of outstanding artistic performances, from aerial dancing to poetry, to support The Carrack! The Carrack wants to invite you to the 21c for a masquerade party you won't soon forget (ok, a party full of masked peeps isn't something we forget easily, but this one really goes all out!). Grab your fanciest mask and get ready to shimmy through performances of all kinds-aerial silks, drag, poetry, music, dancing, scavenger hunts and more-to support The Carrack, a Downtown Durham gem that has showcased and supported local artists for years. This fundraiser is fun, eclectic and full of a variety of ways to celebrate and support local art. Grab your tickets here - they're on a name-your-price basis and all sales benefit the art gallery, so do keep that in mind! (Photo via @splashcats)


Movies and wine go together like Hall & Oates, Burt & Ernie and PB&J. Soak in some summer breezes on the lawn while sipping local wine from Doyle's Vineyard-there's nothing more romantic! The quaint Doyle's Vinyard opens its lush outdoor space to moonlit movie gazing. And did we mention it's free? Roll up at 7:30p (movies start right after sunset, but you'll wanna get there early and claim your space!), bring some lawn chairs, and enjoy blockbuster classics with local vino (or soda and water for purchase if you're packin' some little ones), food truck desserts, and wine slushies! There's no classier way to beat the summer heat than sip sweet vino while frolicking in the grass. (Photo via @doylesvineyard)

Drink Authentic Japanese Tea in the Duke Gardens

Take a break from the daily grind and feel like you've been transported to a faraway land. The Japanese Tea Gathering is all about the creation of a shared moment. By the end of the experiene, you'll feel like a bona fide expert on tea-for example, you'll get to know matcha (pronouced ""ma-ta""), derived from finely ground green tea leaf.

There is a $40 fee for non-garden members, a $30 fee for garden members, and a 10 participant limit, so make sure to pre-register-it fills up fast! The event fills up fast, so make sure that you register early enough to get a spot! We promise this 75minute sessions will make your feel rejuvenated. There are two sessions, 10:45a and 1p. Groups meet at Doris Duke Center. (Photo via @jiehuang259)

Join The Fall FanFest at DBAP

Bring the whole fam to celebrate the Bulls in the fall-you might walk away with a big prize! Baseball season is over, but our love for the Bulls endures! Come down to DBAP for a fall-fun afternoon. Bat or catch on the field, win a raffle, eat some snacks and ball out!

Entry to Fall Fan Fest is free, while with a donation of at least three canned food items fans will be placed into a raffle to win a Trick-or-Treat outing with Wool E. Bull, where the team's mascot will accompany a family through its neighborhood on Halloween evening. All canned food items will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The Ballpark Corner Store will be hosting a yard sale with select merchandise marked down on a bunch of Bulls merch. And of course, there'll be food-hot dogs, wings, nachos and soda all for a discounted price! (Photo via @thrashpro)

Join The Hunt, Make a Movie

Join a scavenger hunt across Downtown, film your shenanigans and win a prize-it's fun and all for a good cause! The Hunt is coming to town. Round up 4-6 friends and go run around Downtown Durham on a scavenger hunt, deciphering clues in a variety of locations. You'll start in the parking lot of Southern Documentary Fund. Throughout the hunt, at every stop, you and your teammates will make a short video about the clue and submit it to a panel of judges comprised of film makers and local celebrities. The hunting goes on 12-4p, but the fun doesn't end there-go to Bull McCabes at 6p for an afterparty, screening of all video submissions from the day and winner announcements. The judges will rate your videos according to style, humor and creativity, so you gotta stand out! Need some creative inspiration? Check out last year's winners.

Register here - $100 per team. And did we mention all this fun is for a good cause? The Hunt is a fundraiser for The Southern Documentary, a non-profit geared toward making documentaries about the south. (Photo via @thehuntdurham)

Sip and Shimmy at the Ponysaurus Opening Party

Now that Ponysaurus is officially in town, it's time to have a party. Head over to Durham's newest brewery for an evening of music, food, good pours and great company. Ponysaurus just opened its taproom-but they want to make things official by throwing a party! Come on down to this sleek watering hole on Hood St. for a night of camaraderie and local dining.

Food trucks on site will be Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, Chirba Chirba, Taco Grande and Two Roosters ice cream. The tunes will be provided by The Chris Stamey Band, Loamlands, Fish Dad and a long list of local DJs spinning vinyls like there's no tomorrow-including local celebrity Mac MacCaughan and Justin Vernon (yep, you know him) himself! On top of delicious Pony-brews, you can also enjoy local sips by Fullsteam, Bull City Ciderworks, Crank Arm, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Mystery Brewing, Haw River Ales and Sam's Quik Shop.

Sounds like a party you won't wanna miss? We thought so. But it gets better-admission is totally FREE! (Photo via @jennaolendersbg)

Binge on Biscuits & Beer Brunch

Biscuits, beer, football-sounds like the perfect Sunday brunch to us. Join Ponysaurus for Sunday brunch. Pie Pushers food truck will be bringing some banging pizza, and there will be biscuit sandwiches, micheladas, mimosas and more. Football will be on all day too, so you can cheer while you snack and sip. Grab a slice, sit on the patio and take it easy! (Photo via @m_ubb)

All You Can Eat at Beefsteak

Beefsteak 2015 brings ya infinite amounts of organic beef and craft brews, all in one dinner. BCBB is going up on a Sunday with a massive, all-you-can-eat dinner party. It's called Beefsteak and they'll be serving tons of pasture-raised meat in various forms and, of course, plenty of signature brews to go around.

Adult tickets are $50, while kids 12 and under go for $20, and you can purchase them on their site. (Photo via @chrisljasinski)

Pimp Out Your Pumpkin at Perkins

Kick off your Halloween fun by decorating local pumpkins at an orchard-fo' free! Prep your Halloween game with a little pumpkin decorating! Perkins Orchard wants you to get creative with your jack o' lanterns this year. Each group of three will get one FREE pumpkin and stickers, paints, glitters and markers will be provided so you can bling out your punkin'. Pack a lunch, bring out the kids, grab some Perkins homemade sorbet, and chill out while enjoying fall fun at Durham's largest fruit stand! Of course, you get to keep your gourd-geous creations when you're done! (Photo via @kiramcgirr)

Barks & Brews at Dog Days

Chill out on Beer Durham's patio with a freshly tapped beer and a clear conscience-'cause on Sunday you can sip and save the animals too! Beer Durham is hosting its monthly Dog Days fundraiser to raise awareness for pet drives and adoptions, and throw in some funds for the Animal Protection Society of Durham.

Bring your own four-legged friend! Photographer Jessica Arden will be taking professional pup portraits that you can take home and enter for a chance to be in the Dogs Of Beer Durham 2016 Calendar- all the proceeds of which will go to APS! There will also be Aviator Brewing Company, video producer Madden Meiners, and Relay Foods. And of course, there's always that serendipitous chance of going out for a pint and coming back with a little furry friend-APS will have some adoptable dogs on site! (Photo via @Beer Durham)


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