Weekend Best Bets: Horses, Holmes and Holiday Shopping

Weekend Best Bets: Horses, Holmes and Holiday Shopping

Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend riding horses, shopping local or kicking off the holiday season at a tree lighting ceremony!

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Mitchell Jarvis as Black Stache and Arielle Yoder as Molly Aster in PlayMakers Repertory Company production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." Photo by Jon Gardiner
Mitchell Jarvis as Black Stache and Arielle Yoder as Molly Aster in PlayMakers Repertory Company production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Photo by Jon Gardiner

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot – Thursday, 8am-noon – Burn a few calories before your Thanksgiving feast. Grab your running shoes and join the Hillsborough Running Club for a timed 5k or 1-mile fun run plus there will be a turkey for kids under 13 to chase around! 228 South Churton St., Hillsborough; Free

Baxter-Giving – Thursday, 7pm – Can’t make it home to see your family this year? Grab your favorite dish and head over to Baxter Arcade for a delicious feast, drink specials and arcade games. 108 N. Graham St.; baxterarcade.com

Black Friday Marathon: Laugh Till You Drop – Friday, noon-midnight – Laugh your way out of a food coma with comedy shows every hour on the hour. Spend $10 at local Chapel Hill or Carrboro businesses, show your receipt and get in for free! DSI Comedy Theater, 462 West Franklin St.; $10 or show receipt; dsicomedytheater.com

“Art of Giving” Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Gallery members will be selling wonderful gifts of art including scarves, jewelry, ornaments, stained glass, ceramics and much more in a wide range of prices. Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 North Churton St., Hillsborough; hillsboroughgallery.com

Peter and the Starcatcher – Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – Experience the journey of a novice Starcatcher and an orphan traveling the high seas in what’s been called a grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan. Featuring more than 100 memorable characters, this play is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and is sure to entertain all ages. PlayMakers Repertory Company, 250 Country Club Rd.; $15+; playmakersrep.org

The Sword – Friday, 8pm – Frequently compared sonically to that of Thin Lizzy or ZZ Top, this Texas based classic rock band performs songs from their latest album, High Country. Four-piece progressive rock/metal band, Royal Thunder, will also take the stage. Cat’s Cradle, 300 East Main St., Carrboro; $17-$19; catscradle.com

Holiday Handmade Pop-Up Market – Saturday, 9am-1pm – Shop a diverse range of works by local makers including terrariums, pottery, jewelry, stationary, artisan foods, scarves, toiletries, tailored skirts, and much more. Perch Studios, 106 South Greensboro St., Carrboro; perchstudios.net

Holiday with the Horses – Saturday, 9am-4pm – Children of all ages can partake in a riding session with one of the horses from Blue Skies of Mapleview. Hot cider, homemade goodies and holiday treats will also be available. All proceeds benefit the Blue Skies scholarship fund to support underprivileged children receiving partial scholarships for summer horse camp. Blue Skies of Mapleview, 3609 Pasture Rd.
Hillsborough; $50; blueskiesmapleview.us

African Children’s Choir – Sunday, 4pm – Enjoy well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes from a group of children known to melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and lively African tunes. Performance benefits both the choir and Sprout Youth Center. Northwood High School Auditorium, 310 Northwood High School Rd., Pittsboro; $25; africanchildrenschoir.com

Downtown Tree Lighting – Sunday, 6pm – Bundle up and kick-off the holiday season at the annual tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy caroling from the church choir plus children can get a picture with Santa Claus! University Baptist Church, 100 S. Columbia St.; Free; downtownchapelhill.com

The Game’s Afoot – Sunday, 7-9pm – Chapel Hill’s teen theatre ensemble Act One Act Now presents this award-winning mystery. It’s 1936 and William Gillette invites a group of fellow actors to his castle for a lively weekend, but a deadly stabbing puts everyone on guard. Gillette assumes the role of Sherlock Holmes to crack the case in Ken Ludwig’s comical whodunit. The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main St.; $5; artscenterlive.org