Looking for something to do this weekend? There are plenty of fun events going on the next few days, from parades and live music to checking out the new PICNIC in Durham for some whole hog barbecue. Here are my top picks for the weekend of March 11th through the 13th. I’ve also included a few tips for places to grab a slice of pie on Monday 3.14 – also known as “Pi Day”.
Friday – March 11th
Art in the Evening at NC Museum of Art
Sidecar Social Club returns to the NC Museum of Art for a night of jazz music and art. The museum’s “Art in the Evening” series is free and open to the public. Music begins around 5:30pm and goes until 8pm. If you need dinner plans check out the Iris restaurant inside the museum. Reservations encouraged.
Saturday – March 12th
Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade kicks off at 10am, starting at Lane Street and making its way down Wilmington, Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets (parade route). There will also be lots of activities for the kids along with live music and dancing on two stages located in City Plaza and Martin Street (music schedule). For more information visit http://www.raleighstpats.org
Sunday – March 13th
PICNIC welcomes John Shelton Reed
PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, welcomes John Shelton Reed on March 13th to celebrate BARBECUE: A Savor the South Cookbook. Guests are invited to meet John Shelton Reed at PICNIC in Durham on Sunday, March 13th from 2pm to 4pm. PICNIC’s barbecue – and all the fixin’s – will be served, as well as snacks, desserts, and wine and beer on draft. (A cash bar will be open as well.) Flyleaf Books will be on-hand selling signed copies of BARBECUE for $20. Tickets for $30 may be purchased at http://peatix.com/event/149864/view.
Durham Food Truck Rodeo
50+ food trucks, local craft beer and live music in Durham Central Park from 12-4pm. For a full list of trucks visit the event website here. As always, get there early to avoid the lines.
Bonus: Monday March 14th is “Pi Day”
Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159. In Celebration of Pi Day on Monday 3.14 Bean Traders and Scratch in Durham will both offer pie by the slice for $3.14 all day. Also, the East Durham Pie Company and The Parlour in Durham will team up to offer ice cream and pie (also for $3.14 a slice) from 3:14pm to 10pm. If you are looking for pizza pie check out the 12″ pie special for $5 at Farina in Raleigh’s Lafayette Village.