Friday, June 8
All day: Why not inspire yourself this weekend? Eno Gallery in Hillsborough is featuring two exhibitions through June 24. The upper gallery features Surface Tension, a two-person exhibition of the book-based sculptures of Daniel Essig and the fine, hand-woven fiber installations of Vicki Essig. The lower gallery hosts Right and Left, a showcase of Jennifer Miller's newest paintings. The event is free. For more info, click here.
5pm: Are you a wine buff? Then Southern Season is the place to be this Friday. Head out to Think Provence and taste a variety of wines from one of the most enchanting areas of Southern France. The event costs $15. For more information, call (919) 929-7133.
6-8pm: Do you love the blues? Music Maker Relief Foundation's Roots and Leaves Series at Southern Village kicks off this Friday with "My South My Blues," a concert featuring a varied group of bluesmen, including John Dee Holeman, Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson. And after the concert: If you didn't get a chance to see Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games in theaters, don't miss your chance to catch it on the Village Green this Friday and Saturday. The Lumina is showing the post-apocalyptic flick for $4 outside.
9pm: Looking for a different kind of musical experience? The Clean, a band with a distinctive and quirky sound forged by organ melodies, simple chord progressions and a distorted guitar, are playing at the Local 506. Tickets are $12. Times New Viking also performs. For more info, click here.
Saturday, June 9
10am and 2pm: Check out the historic sites in Hillsborough on this unique, 90-minute walking tour of the town's historic district. It happens every second Saturday of each month. The tour starts at the Alexander Dickson House on 150 E. King Street. Tickets are $5. For more information, click here.
10am-4pm: Grab the kids and head out to the Alexander Dickson House for a day of family fun. Enjoy children's activities, artisan demonstrations, a farmers' market, shopping and dining. For more info, click here.
10am-1pm: Looking for a fun activity for the kids? Head out to the North Carolina Botanical Garden for a Kids Nature Photography Workshop. In this class, kids ages 8-15 will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and practice photography techniques by taking pictures of incredible things in the garden. Don't forget to bring sun protection and your own camera. The event is $20. For more info, call (919) 962-0522.
11am: McIntyre's Books is hosting William Price. He discusses his brother Reynolds' unfinished memoir Midstream -- 200 candid manuscript pages about a critical period in Reynolds' young adulthood.
5pm: Each Saturday, get an up-close look at the process of beer production at the Carolina Brewery at 120 Lowes Drive, Ste.100. Led by the brewery's own Johnno Potts, visitors learn about everything from the milling of barley grains to the mash tun and kettle, all while getting to taste various ales and lagers. The event is free. For more info, call (919) 542-2121 or click here.
6-9pm: Come out to the opening of the Penland Artists Summer Show at LIGHT Art+Design. The exhibit, which will run through Sept.1, showcases the work of residents, students and educators at Penland School of Crafts, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the school's scholarship fund. The event is free. For more info, call (919) 942-7077.
7-9pm: Who doesn't love some great soul music? Joe Bell and the Stinging Blades perform a rootsy mixture of Memphis soul, New Orleans R&B and Southern rock at the Carolina Brewery. Call (919) 545-2330 for more information.
Sunday, June 10
2pm: Flyleaf Books hosts author Maryann McFadden, who will sign copies of her new novel, The Book Lover. She'll also offer advice for writers interested in self-publishing. The event is free. For more information, click here.
All day: Anxious to learn more about cooking? Join Chef Colin Bedford in the kitchen at The Fearrington House for one of the popular culinary retreats, The Grilling Class. Learn new techniques and recipes to wow guests at summer cookouts. Retreats include afternoon tea, wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, dinner and a full afternoon of hands-on instruction. Packages for the retreat start at $920 a couple. For more info, call (919) 542-2121.
6pm: Finish your weekend up with some music on the Village Green at Southern Village. The Old North State Brass Band and Maholo Jazz performance features two local ensembles that will have you swinging and dancing to their upbeat jazz sounds. The event is free. For more info, click here.