This Weekend’s Picks! April 5-7, 2013

April 5-6 events

Following a relatively quiet Easter weekend this first weekend in April is packed with events! Everything from art walks and grand openings to film festivals and food trucks.  See below for my top picks of things to check out this weekend. Have a tip or suggestion for next week? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday April 5th

First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Raleigh
First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. The event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.  For detailed venue information, click here.

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where:  Various locations throughout downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Grand Opening Celebration of Coffee Bar at Videri Chocolate
Stop by Videri Chocolate in Raleigh’s downtown Warehouse District to join them in celebrating the grand opening of their new coffee counter serving Stumptown Coffee. Espresso drinks and hot chocolate served all night. Free Trophy Brewing beer will be served along with a showcase of local artwork by Sean Martin. They will also have some First Friday specials on chocolate & Coffee

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where: Videri Chocolate, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh
More Info: website

Sola Coffee 1st Anniversary Celebration
Sola Coffee Celebrates their one year anniversary all weekend long! Featuring coffee tastings, live music, and a drawing for free mini donuts for a year.

Friday @ Sola
– “Tasting a World of Coffee” Free Coffee Tasting ~ 1-3 pm
– Live Music by Dublin Down (Celtic Music) ~ 7:30 pm

Saturday @ Sola
– Live Music w/ Gabe Trace (Jazz Pianist) ~ 10:15 am
– Live Music w/ Mac Brown (Acoustic Covers) ~ 11:30 am
– Live Music w/ Smith & Leonhardt (Acoustic Covers) ~ 7:30 pm
– NCAA Michigan v. Syracuse Game (In TV Meeting Room)
– Drawing for Hot Mini Donuts for a year (2 winners) ~ 8:30 pm

When: All Day Friday & Saturday
Where: Sola Coffee & Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham
Annual international Film Festival dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals and the public.

When: April 4-7th
Where: Various locations in Durham (list of venues)
More Info: website

Saturday April 6th

Rock & Shop Market
The Rock & Shop Market is a hip shopping event that features over 75 juried emerging artisans & makers from the Southeast and beyond. These artisans sell their wares alongside bands, djs and food trucks. The market, started in 2004, attracts thousands of shoppers per event.

When: Saturday 11am-7pm
Where: Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham
More Info: website

Free Full Frame Film Screening w/Food Trucks in Durham Central Park
Grab a blanket and head out to Durham Central Park to watch a free screening of  the documentary “Trash Dance,” a story about “a choreographer that finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and against the odds, rallies reluctant city trash collectors to perform an extraordinary dance spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers—and their trucks—inspire an audience of thousands.” Several food truck will also be on hand to sell food to the crowds.

When: Saturday 6pm (Food Trucks) 8:30 (Film Begins)
Where: Durham Central Park
More Info: website

Sunday April 7th

Wild Food & Herb Market in Carrboro
The Wild Food + Herb Market is a monthly outdoor market featuring foragers, herbalists, wild food cultivators and local nature educators. The Market is the first of its kind in the United States. This market is a great place to buy, sell, trade and gather with others interested in wild foods and herbs.

When: Sunday 1-4pm
Where: 301 West Main Street, Carrboro
More Info: website

My New Business “Must Visit” Suggestion
My weekend “must visit” for those of you visiting Durham this weekend is the The Parlour. They make INCREDIBLE  ice cream by hand & support local producers whenever possible. They started out as a food truck selling ice cream from a cool little bus and recently opened their brick and mortar location at 117 Market Street in Durham (Across from the Bull Statue). In addition to regular ice cream, they make sorbets and coconut-based vegan flavors. Their downtown location also sells house made pastries and sodas, and select espresso drinks.

 

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