The Weekender: Oyster Garden Party, Latte Art Throwdown + More
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The Weekender: Oyster Garden Party, Latte Art Throwdown + More

Wednesday, Dec 12 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of December 13 - 16. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

Saturday

Art & Food Truck Market at Art Market at Vega Metals
Photo by @artmarketvega

Art & Food Truck Market +218 fire icon

Shop tent after tent filled with local, hand-made treasures! Then hit up some of the food trucks for delicious treats all morning long.

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Art & Food Truck Market
Free   .  Art Market at Vega Metals   .  Durham
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Sunday

Bulltown Strutters Holiday Throwdown at The Blue Note Grill
Photo by @BulltownStrutters

Bulltown Strutters Holiday Throwdown

Join in for a rollicking one-of-a-kind holiday free for all. Bulltown Strutters will blend New Orleans brass with Durham style for a night of great tunes. 

Sun Dec 16, 5:00p
Bulltown Strutters Holiday Throwdown
Free   .  The Blue Note Grill   .  Durham
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Zumba meets Trap Yoga Event at The Vault
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Zumba meets Trap Yoga Event

Zumba and Trap Yoga collide for an epic night of exercise. Join in for a night of great energy and lots of fun while you get your workout in!

Sun Dec 16, 4:00p
Zumba meets Trap Yoga Event
$10   .  The Vault   .  Durham
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The Scrap Gives Back at The Scrap Exchange
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The Scrap Gives Back

The Animal Protection Society of Durham will be at The Scrap Exchange with adoptable pups who are looking for homes this holiday season. So swing by and get your fill of puppy love.

Sun Dec 16, 1:00p
The Scrap Gives Back
Donations   .  The Scrap Exchange   .  Durham
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A Very Merry Market at Fullsteam Brewery
Photo by @claire_metal

A Very Merry Market

Keep the Very Merry times rolling at the Very Merry Market in Fullsteam. Support local businesses while shopping for that hard-to-find for friend on your list.

Sun Dec 16, 1:00p
A Very Merry Market
Free   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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Holiday Cookie Sale at The Parlour
Photo by @theparlourdurham

Holiday Cookie Sale

Snag a dozen cookies of your choice from The Parlour. They have festive flavors like Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick, Vegan Eggnog-Rum, and so much more.

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Holiday Cookie Sale
$18   .  The Parlour   .  Durham
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Arcana's 3rd Anniversary at Arcana
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Arcana's 3rd Anniversary

Celebrate three years of Arcana with food from Toast, beer and cocktails and of course tarot!

Sun Dec 16, 7:00p
Arcana's 3rd Anniversary
Free   .  Arcana   .  Durham
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Durham Village Holiday Market at The Rickhouse
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Durham Village Holiday Market +437 fire icon

Enjoy some European holiday vibes at this renovated warehouse near Central Park. Sample independent food and beverage producers while shopping from local makers!

Multiple Day Event
Durham Village Holiday Market
-   .  The Rickhouse   .  Durham
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Goat Kid Festival at Prodigal Farm
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Goat Kid Festival

Prodigal Farm is hooking you up with some goat play time. Tour the gorgeous grounds of the 94-acre farm, taste the nationally award-winning cheeses, and play with some wee goats.

Sun Dec 16, 1:00p
Goat Kid Festival
$15   .  Prodigal Farm   .  Rougemont
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All Weekend

Watch Local Vodka Get Made at Bedlam's Distillery  at Graybeard Distillery
Photo by @bedlamvodka

Watch Local Vodka Get Made at Bedlam's Distillery +172 fire icon

Love your local spirits? Check out how Bedlam Vodka gets made with their all new distillery tours—plus, obviously, samples at the end. 

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Watch Local Vodka Get Made at Bedlam's Distillery
$15   .  Graybeard Distillery   .  Durham
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Beer & Holiday Lights Tour at Beer Study
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Beer & Holiday Lights Tour +180 fire icon

Enjoy a boozy bus ride through some of the area's best light displays. Start the night with a beer and pizza party before driving through the holiday lights.

Multiple Day Event
Beer & Holiday Lights Tour
$49   .  Beer Study   .  Durham
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Black Nativity Durham 2018 at Hillside High School Theater
Photo by @CenturyFX Photography via @hillsidetheatrednc

Black Nativity Durham 2018 +187 fire icon

Enjoy this non-traditional, non-denominational telling of the birth of Jesus, written by Langston Hughes, in this Durham tradition.

Multiple Day Event
Black Nativity Durham 2018
$17+   .  Hillside High School Theater   .  Durham
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Jeddah's Tea PopUp at The Bullpen
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Jeddah's Tea PopUp

Join Jeddah's Tea when they take over Bull Durham Beer Co. They offer organic, fair-trade and vegan traditional tea blends from across the globe.

Multiple Day Event
Jeddah's Tea PopUp
Purchase of Tea   .  The Bullpen   .  Durham
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Sing Along With Holiday Classics at Mangum Family Christmas Lights Show at Mangum Lights

Sing Along With Holiday Classics at Mangum Family Christmas Lights Show +606 fire icon

Mangum Family Christmas Lights is a spectacular show of synced lights and music. With a 50 song setlist and 100,000 computerized LEDs, this Hillsborough house is sure to stop Santa in his tracks.

Multiple Day Event
Sing Along With Holiday Classics at Mangum Family Christmas Lights Show
Free   .  Mangum Lights   .  Hillsborough
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Past Experiences

People's Coffee Latte Art Throwdown at People's Coffee
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People's Coffee Latte Art Throwdown

All are welcome to attend (or even compete in!) this competition showing off the most creative latte art in Durham's hippest new coffee shop.

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People's Coffee Latte Art Throwdown
Free to watch / $5 to compete   .  People's Coffee   .  Durham
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Friday Night Movie: Love Actually at Barley Labs
Photo by @LoveActually

Friday Night Movie: Love Actually

The perfect holiday movie does exist, and it is Love Actually. Enjoy this showing of the greatest holiday movie at Barley Labs that will fill you up with holiday cheer.

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Friday Night Movie: Love Actually
Free   .  Barley Labs   .  Durham
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4th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour at Bennett Place
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4th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

Take a tour of the farm by candlelight and meet soldiers and civilians. They will show you how they once celebrated the holiday while you dig into complimentary hot apple cider and cookies.

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4th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour
$2+   .  Bennett Place   .  Durham
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Innocence & Lies: Closing Party at Arcana
Photo by @shootwithbliss

Innocence & Lies: Closing Party

Innocence & Lies brings you back to all those old, dark bars that date back to the eighties. Arcana is the perfect spot to sip on a craft cocktail on a comfy vintage couch and get taken back to 1983.

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Innocence & Lies: Closing Party
Free   .  Arcana   .  Durham
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Ornament Party at Bull City Craft
Photo by @ambie1886

Ornament Party

Create your own keepsake ornament to hang on your tree this year. Ornaments, paint, and decorations will be provided. So get to decorating while digging into some mini cupcakes!

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Ornament Party
$8   .  Bull City Craft   .  Durham
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2018 Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair at Durham Convention Center
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2018 Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair

The annual Holiday Craft Fair is here. There will be over 45 local makers and artists there ranging from pottery, painting, to photography, and jewelry so you can knock out your holiday shopping

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2018 Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair
Free   .  Durham Convention Center   .  Durham
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Mad Elf Night Special Beer Blends at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
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Mad Elf Night Special Beer Blends

The Glass Jug Beer Lab is doing things Mad Elf style with their brews. Tröegs' Mad Elf will be on tap, and there will be some mixology happening to create unique blended options.

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Mad Elf Night Special Beer Blends
Purchase of Beer   .  The Glass Jug Beer Lab   .  Durham
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Santa Paws Holiday Pet Market at Durham Armory
Photo by @DurhamArmory

Santa Paws Holiday Pet Market

Get your furry friend a picture with Santa, and shop through the holiday pet market for the perfect present to get them this year. Your canine baby will love it!

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Santa Paws Holiday Pet Market
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Raund Haus presents STLNDRMS at The Pinhook at The Pinhook
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Raund Haus presents STLNDRMS at The Pinhook

The Pinhook will be jamming all night long with this epic line up. Swing by for a night of listening to epic local talents and dancing all night.

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Raund Haus presents STLNDRMS at The Pinhook
$10   .  The Pinhook   .  Durham
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The RTP Mistletoe Market at The Frontier - Building 800
Photo by @frontierrtp

The RTP Mistletoe Market

This is your chance to get all the local goods you need for the holiday season. There will also be complimentary beer and wine, as well as food trucks, and coffee to fuel you up.

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The RTP Mistletoe Market
Free   .  The Frontier - Building 800   .  
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Retro Film Series at The Carolina Theatre
Photo by @spookshow_girl

Retro Film Series

Twenty years of Retro Film Magic! Check out the line up for this years Retro Film Series, it is jam packed with epic movie double features.

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Retro Film Series
$10+   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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A Very Merry Durham at Fullsteam Brewery
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A Very Merry Durham

Fullsteam is hosting their most exuberant and absurd holiday party yet! There will be roving holiday carolers, a naughty or nice wheel, and, of course, the Holiday Gorilla.

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A Very Merry Durham
Free   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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Community Days at Museum of Life+Science at Museum of Life and Science
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Community Days at Museum of Life+Science

Residents of Durham County gain free access to all the wonders the Museum of Life + Science holds during special Community Days. Wander around and check out their epic exhibits!

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Community Days at Museum of Life+Science
Free   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Merit Pit Bull Foundation At Durty Bull Brewing Co at Durty Bull Brewing Company
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Merit Pit Bull Foundation At Durty Bull Brewing Co

Merit Pit Bull Foundation is heading to Durty Bull Brewing for an adoption event! Swing by and meet all the sweet, adoptable pups that would love to head home with you this holiday season.

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Merit Pit Bull Foundation At Durty Bull Brewing Co
Free   .  Durty Bull Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead at Duke Homestead
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Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead

Enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area.

Past
Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead
$6   .  Duke Homestead   .  Durham
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The Low Fare Art Fair at Shadowbox Studio
Photo by @jim_hovercraft

The Low Fare Art Fair

Over ten local artists of phenomenal talent and across a wide range of styles gather to sell their art. No item is priced higher than $50, so grab your purse and head home with some original art.

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The Low Fare Art Fair
Free   .  Shadowbox Studio   .  Durham
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James Creek Cider & Donut Pairing at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
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James Creek Cider & Donut Pairing

James Creek Cider House is offering some samples of several of their awesome ciders. They will be paired with delicious cider donuts for the perfect pairing of sweets.

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James Creek Cider & Donut Pairing
Free   .  The Glass Jug Beer Lab   .  Durham
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Sweet Charlie's Grand Opening at Sweet Charlie's
Photo by @sweetcharliesicecream

Sweet Charlie's Grand Opening

Sweet Charlie's is opening up their first North Carolina franchise in Durham! Get delicious hand-rolled ice cream with unlimited toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Sweet Charlie's Grand Opening
Purchase of Ice Cream   .  Sweet Charlie's   .  Durham
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Oysters + Oyster Saison Garden Party from Eastcut + Ponysaurus at Eastcut Sandwich Shop
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Oysters + Oyster Saison Garden Party from Eastcut + Ponysaurus

These two Durham faves—Eastcut Sandwich Bar and Ponysaurus—are coming together for an oyster party to write home about. Fresh oysters, pints of oyster saison, live music and more.

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Oysters + Oyster Saison Garden Party from Eastcut + Ponysaurus
$$   .  Eastcut Sandwich Shop   .  Durham
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The Weekender: Oyster Garden Party, Latte Art Throwdown + More
The Weekender: Oyster Garden Party, Latte Art Throwdown + More