The top 10 things to do in Durham this weekend, Nov. 12-15

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of November 12th - November 15th. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.

Chow Down at Chatham Co. Fresh Catch

NC Fresh Catch is going all out for a music and seafood festival. It's out at Pittsboro Fairgrounds, but we think an oyster roast, fish fry, seafood boil, beer and all-day music are worth the drive! NC Fresh Catch is bringing together all things good for a big bash out at the Pittsboro Fairgrounds. Expect an oyster roast, fish fry, seafood boil, smoked turkey and bbq from Chatham Barbecue, pizza from Bella Donna and desserts. If you thought that was a lot, check out the music line-up The schedule is packed with six local acts spanning genres from jazz to country to Americana. Top all of that off with craft beer and you've got yourself quite a day!

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Food and drink sold separately (all plates are between $6"$12). The event is both indoor and outdoor, so the show will go on in the event of adverse weather conditions. (Photo via @mikeriley711)

Be a Hero or a Villain at the Museum

The Museum of Life & Science's AfterHours is hosting an NC ComiCon pre-party - Heroes and Villains. Dress the part, save the day and turn up! Calling all gamers, cosplayers and comic book fans! Join the Museum of Life and Science for Heroes and Villains, NC ComiCon's official pre-party. This AfterHours event will feature a round of themed escape games, mind-boggling virtual reality technology and a DIY cape-making session with Scrap Exchange. The Baxter Bar and Arcade will be handing out samples of themed cocktails and scientists will explain everything from invisibility to force feedback to super senses. Dress to impres - there will be a prize for best costume!

Of course, food trucks will be onsite too. Don't miss it! Tickets are $25 online through November 11 ($20 for members) and $30 day-of ($25 for members). (Photo via @orangeyouglad_i)

Sip, Snack, and Steep: Sangha Pop Up

Sip and learn about delicious tea while you peruse local goods and chomp down pita pockets. They're back! Come by the Makery and sip on a flight of delicious loose leaf teas! SoomSoom Pita Pockets food truck will be on site with the eats, there'll be live music to jam to and, of course, the Makery will be stocked with beautiful local artisans goods for sale as usual! Also, you'll get to taste some amazing, limited edition matcha chocolate concoctions. This is not an event to be missed! Admission fee is a $10 suggested donation, which helps keep Sangha teahouse alive and thriving and closer to its brick-and-mortar date. (Photo via @sanghateahouse)

Calling All Comic Crazies: NC ComiCon is Here

Comic fans, it's time to break out your tights, tie on your capes and join fellow comic fans for a weekend of geeking out at ComiCon. Come one, come all comic fans. It's time to dust off your Superman costumes and suit up for the annual weekend of comic debauchery - NC ComiCon. Prepare for a weekend of comic greats, costumes, contests and film showings. Any My Chemical Romance fans in the house? Gerard Way will be making an appearance! You can expect to rub shoulders with a handful of other comic world greats (animators, writers, creators, actors) too, including Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead and Tommy Lee Edwards of Mad Max: Fury.

It wouldn't be a ComiCon without a costume contest. This is the perfect excuse to give your Halloween costume another spin, or hey, why not try out another! Nab your tickets here. (Photo via @btranphotography)

Slumdog Millionaire

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 after 6p (movies start at 8p, 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. Weather got you down? No worries - if it's too cold, then the screening will take place in the "cave", their equally classy indoor drinking area. Cheers! (Photo via @doylesvineyard)

Party Up at Doyle's One Year Anniversary

Doyle's - that gorgeous vineyard that hosts free movies on Fridays - is celebrating its first birthday! Join the party for wine, food, music, fire pits and more! Doyle's Vineyard knows how to throw a classy event - they've got free outdoor movies on Fridays, a "cave" where you can sample their wines and they even hosted vino and candy pairing night on Halloween. So you definitely don't want to miss this! On 11/14, wish them a happy birthday and come on over to the vineyard for some free wine sampling, snacks, door prizes, giveaways, a nice fire pit to warm up to, live music (DJ Brandon, DJ C Ross, Rumbach Music), corn hole and more. Sip in this inimitable rural setting and have some fun! (Photo via @arsaravia)

Collage: Make Your Own Holiday Cards & Gift Tags

The term "collage" was coined by Pablo Picasso and George Braque in the early twentieth century when it became a distinctive part of modern art. Come explore the many design elements of collage with teacher and artist, Melinda Rittenhouse. In this class you will use an assortment of materials to create your own set of holiday cards and gift tags. 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)

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 on Facebook)

Go Berzerk at the Carrboro Bazaar

End your weekend on a high note with The Bazaar Arts and Craft Market, an eclectic array of vendors, food trucks, and more. Mosey down to Carrboro for an artsy, artisan, local-infused spectacle. The Bazaar Arts and Craft Market takes over Carrboro Town Commons for an afternoon of eclectic markets, vendors, music, food trucks, and tons of goodies for you to take home. There's so much to see, buy, eat and sip - you're bound to fall in love with something (if not everything) here!

The Bazaar Arts and Craft Market will be open 1-6p on the third Sunday of the month. (Photo via @sanghateahouse)

Pair Wine & Pie for a Cause

It's the best of both worlds! Sample wine, pair it with pie and help support an amazing cause that aids animals in need in the Bull City. Calling all winos - it's time for dessert. Doyle's Vineyard is hosting a charity wine and pie pairing session on a Sunday. This beats all your lazy brunch plans without a doubt! Come by on Sunday between 12 and 4p for a pairing of four wines and four pies for $20.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward APS of Durham's Tiffany Fund, which helps provide emergency medical care for stray, homeless and abandoned animals at the shelter. Wine for a cause (or rather, "paws")? We can all get on board with that! Email for event inquiries and reservations. (Photo via @libertyburger)


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