Weekend Picks: June 3rd-5th


Dancing Unicorn at Durham’s Beaver Queen Pageant
(Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography)

CircusSPARK Fundraiser at CAM Raleigh – Friday
This is a pop-up circus with art, music, aerial dancers, fire performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, and more! The event is FREE and open to the public. All proceeds benefit circusSPARK, SPARKcon and visual art exchange.Food trucks onsite 5-10pm. CAM beer garden open 5-10pm. Full schedule:

Outdoor Movie at NC Museum of Art – Friday
See the movie Creed outside under the stars at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Tickets are just $6 for nonmembers.

Blues on the Plaza at Northgate Mall  – Friday
Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening outdoors with live music, food, beer and fun. The Blues on the Plaza music series are FREE Friday evening concerts featuring local area rocking Blues bands. This week the Beauty Operators are keeping Durham dirty with their danceable mash of blues, rock, zydeco, and American roots music, this five-piece, all-female band brings a party wherever they go.

Beaver Queen Pageant at Duke Park – Saturday
The Beaver Queen Pageant is one of Durham’s marquee events and is rich in the history and culture of the community. Started in 2005 by members of the Duke Park neighborhood in order to protect beavers from a potentially harmful road construction project; it has grown into a large scale event that attracts hundreds of people from all over the Triangle who are interested in protecting wetlands and want to give a helping hand to beavers. It is a free, family-friendly beaver ‘beauty pageant’ that is a creative outlet for both the contestants and the audience.

Tour D’Coop – Chicken Coop Tour – Saturday
Raleigh’s city chicken owners invite you into their backyards for a first-hand look at keeping chickens in an urban environment.  This self-guided tour provides the opportunity to see over 20 coops, from tiny urban gardens to sprawling suburban lots. This is your chance to glean creative ideas from neighbors who are incorporating chickens and permaculture garden designs into their home landscapes to create an inspiring urban adventure.

Mondo Roots Festival in Clayton – Saturday
Mondo Roots Cultural Arts and Music Festival in Clayton is designed to be a fun, eclectic experience with an all-inclusive atmosphere, making it enjoyable for all ages. It will include arts vendors, handmade arts and crafts, live musical performances, food trucks, and craft beer and wine.

Raleigh IronMan 70.3 – Sunday
The Raleigh IronMan 70.3 features over 2,000 competitors starting off with a 1.2 mile swim at Jordan Lake, followed by a 56 mile bike course going through Chatham County and Wake County before entering downtown Raleigh where a 13.1 mile run course will take athletes to the finish on Fayetteville Street. Check out the event website for the various course maps and head on out to cheer on the competitors!


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