The top 15 things to do in Durham this weekend, Oct. 29- Nov. 1

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of October 29 - November 1. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.


Movies and wine go together like Hall & Oates, Burt & Ernie and PB&J. Soak in the breeze 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)

Halloween Weekend Food Truck Rodeo

Enjoy live entertainment, view arts and crafts, and chow down at over 40 food trucks! Come hungry to Durham Central Park's Food Truck Extravaganza, you'll surely leave happy! Durham Central Park's Food Truck Rodeos feature live entertainment and over 40 local food trucks. Plus, this is the Triangle's original food truck rodeo (i.e. the one that started this vehicular cuisine craze). Tasty trucks that have come in the past include: American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Fosters, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger. You can always count on being able to get a cold glass of locally brewed beer at the rodeo, and you're allowed to bring "man's best friend" provided that your dog is on a fixed leash.

A lot of food trucks accept credit cards, but you might want to bring some cash just in case, as well. We also recommend that you bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on while you eat - unless you enjoy standing up while you munch, of course. (Photo via @spoonuniversity_duke)

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Mesa

Join Mesa Latin Kitchen for a full day of colorful celebrations, food, drinks, music and fun for all for Dia de los Muertos. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Latin American holiday to remember and pay respects to those who are no longer with us. It sounds scary, but it's actually a very fun and happy holiday that typically includes all-day celebrations, delicious food, music and laughter. And that's exactly what Mesa Latin Kitchen will be doing! Come on down to this eatery on Hillsborough Rd for their first annual Dia de los Muertos for a whole day's worth of community celebrations!

There'll be family-friendly fun, live music, a tasty buffet, $10 carafes of sangria, $2.50 mimosas and a $5 cocktail special. Ticket price for adults is $17 or two for $30, kids 6-12 get in for $10 and 5 and under are free. Tickets include admission and food all day, and you can preorder them by calling 919-973-2717 or at Mesa before or day-of. Part of the proceeds will go to Duke Medicine Orchestra, a nonprofit arts group whose mission is to heal via musical performance. Found out more about the event here. (Photo via @selinaquick)

Pair Wine & Candy on Halloween

Kickoff your Halloween celebrations like a grownup in a gorgeous, secluded vineyard with NC wine and candy. Halloween doesn't always have to be spooky - sometimes it's sugar sweet! Head to Doyle's Vineyard on the big day and get your fix while pairing local wine and Halloween candy. It's the perfect match! Moms - got a bunch of little rascals you're gonna take trick-or-treating? Why not treat yo'self (pun intended) to some adults-only snacks before going door-to-door all night long! Does a little gal time sound appealing? Yeah, we thought so!

Five pairings cost $10 and are first come, first serve. Dress up is highly encouraged too. (Photo via @plumderp)

Sunday Funday at Perkins Orchard

Perkins is closing for the season, so they're going out with a bang! Bring the whole fam for a day full of festivities and food. Perkins Orchard, an adorable local produce stand in South Durham (not to mention the largest in the Bull City), is throwing a big bash for its last day of the season"but don't worry, they'll be back next spring! Grab a pal, your kid or your pup (it's dog friendly) for a full day of shenanigans and delicious local goods. There'll be face painting, a jump house, music, snacks, two movie screenings, awesome giveaways and a food truck onsite too! (Photo via @donnieu_no)

Intro to Weaving

This class will take a peak into the magic world of weaving. In this intro to hand weaving class, students will use frame looms to create one of a kind tapestries. We liked Indio Durham for all of their unique home decor and jewelry, but now we're falling head over heels for them because of their sweet workshop line-up! Erica Kane Fink, their resident expert in printmaking, mixed media, and all things crafty, is looking to help Durham dwellers engage their inner artist. All materials are included in these workshops - just bring your creativity and friends! To sign up and get more pricing info, check out the Indio Durham website (Photo via @ericakanefink)

Decorate Your Pumpkin III

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. Stickers, paints, glitters and markers will be provided so you can bling out your FREE punkin'. Candy will be on site too! Pack a lunch, bring out the kids, grab some Perkins homemade sorbet (they have pumpkin flavor, YUM!), 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 @think.make.share)

Waltz the Night Away at Hallowaltz

Learn how to waltz and dance the night away at Haw River. There's no classier way to celebrate Halloween weekend! Kick off your Halloween weekend in style. Stroll over to Haw River Ballroom for Hallowaltz, an evening of chic music and dancing. Chocolate Suede will provide the tunes and pros will open the night with a quick workshop so you can sway the rest of the night away without a hitch. Bring your friends (but no partner needed!) and your feet - they'll take care of the rest!

Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 day-of.

Location: Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw. (Photo via @lunar_rabbit)

Dress Up, Flow & Glow for Halloween Glowga

Turn the lights out! Arrichion is partying up for Halloween with Glowga, a glow-in-the-dark yoga party. Halloween is still a good time to get a little work out in. Arrichion invites you to their fourth annual Glowga Halloween Blackout Party. Dress up and lunge for some glow-in-the-dark yoga and then party it up with your pals at Primal Food & Spirits for some paleo foodie fun. This session won't be heated, so showing up in costume is highly encouraged! (Photo via @kogadoesyoga)

Dress to Impress at The Bar's Halloween Bash

Go all out on your costumes, people, 'cause The Bar is hosting a Halloween dance fest and costume competition! Don a costume and strike a pose- you just might win some cash! The Bar, Downtown Durham's top LGBTQ bar, is throwing down this Halloween with a dance party and costume contest. Get creative, 'cause the prizes are pretty dope: first place gets $200, second gets $100, third gets $50 and a random $200 giveaway will take place too. This is no time for skimping on your Halloween dress-up routine!

Cover is $8 with no costume or $5 with costume and there'll be plenty of drink specials flowing all night. Take to the dance floor and shake it all night long! (Photo via @sariellaa)

Fun with the Fam at Hallow-Eno

Celebrate Halloween with your little ones as they sing campfire songs and don some face paint! This Halloween event is perfect is you've got some little ones in tow! Enjoy campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games and face painting. Free admission!

Location: West Point On The Eno Park, Durham. (Photo via @piczbyz)

Decorate Cupcakes, Break a World Record

Feel like breaking a Guinness World Record? Head to the mall for a mass cupcake decorating session! It's very unlike us to tell you to go to the mall - but we're totally jumping on the bandwagon when breaking a world record is involved! On Halloween, head to Southpoint Mall for a cupcake decorating extravaganza.

The Halloween Cupcake Decorating Roadshow is taking over 50 cities in the US and Durham's included! The whole point of these sugary shenanigans is to create the largest simultaneous cupcake decorating class EVER.

This family-friendly event will teach you how to decorate your cupcakes for Halloween, and you can choose different sessions: 11:00a, 1:00p, 3:00p and 5:00p. Cost to participate in the event is $19 per person (type in WORLDRECORD at the checkout) or $75 for a group of four - and take heed, pre-registration is required! Once that's done, leave it to the pros"they'll give you all the tools for making the best bangin' cupcake in town, from icing to sprinkles and all kinds of crazy toppings. Head over to Southpoint Mall's main courtyard to find the event. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, so take it! (Photo via @ambertebock)

Show Off Your Pup at Barktoberfest

Show your pooch some love by showing off his skills and style at Barktoberfest. Barktoberfest wants you to flaunt your pup and take home a prize! This afternoon celebration is dedicated to your four-legged friend and features fun for all. There'll be contests, games, food and beer from local businesses, vendors and a raffle. A panel of celebrity judges, led by Durham Mayor Bill Bell, will judge the contests - Best Pet Costume, Best Pet Trick, Pet/Human Kissing contest (um, whatever floats your boat!) and Pet/Human Look-Alike contest. Best part? All the money raised goes to helping pets in underserved communities. Bring our your pooch and have some fun in the sun! (Photo via @oakleytheaussie1)

Sips & Spooks at Treatbag

Scare yourself silly this Halloweena at Treatbag: An Interactive Haunted Theater. Little Green Pig presents Treatbag: An Interactive Haunted Theater and it's taking over Ponysaurus's taproom. Grab a brew, your bestie's hand and get ready to plunge into a haunted night of hilarity and despair.

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern is a local performance troupe straight outta Durham. Ticket price is a $10 suggested donation and all proceeds go to Little Green Pig. (Photo via @LittleGreenPigTheatricalConcern)

Take a Spin at the House of Great Candy

Fullsteam is hosting 'The House of Great Candy' this Halloween to put the 'treat' in trick-or-treating. Grab a brew, spin your luck and (hopefully) win a ton of candy! Let your sweet tooth take the wheel this Halloween. On the night of October 31st, come to Fullsteam to win it big. If you purchase anything at the bar 5-8p, you're eligible to spin your luck on the Halloween Prize Wheel of Great Candies and Curiosities (now that's a mouthful!). You could get anything from an enormous bag of candy corn, to Fullsteam gift cards, swag, Milston's Famous Cookies, Escazu chocolates, Pocky sticks or a plain ole' apple from Sam's Club. Spin it to win it! (Photo via @backforseconds)


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