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Weekend at a Glance: Fiery Performances, Front Porch Picnics and Food Truck Fun

Don't miss a beat of the talent that will be showcased in venues throughout town this weekend.

Compagnia Finzi Pasca
Compagnia Finzi Pasca

Umstead Uncorked Beer Tasting – Thursday, 6pm – In celebration of North Carolina Beer Month, Umstead Hotel and Spa’s sommelier is switching gears for an evening of exploring how the right brew emphasizes the flavor of an already delicious dish.

Chatham Habitat for Humanity Spelling Bee Adult Spelling Bee – Thursday, 6-8pm – Gather your friends and create a team of four for a friendly competition that brings back elementary school memories. But unlike in those days–one misspelling will not count you out!

La Verità – Comagnia Finzi Pasca – Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm – Color your evening with a performance that features acrobats making music, singing, juggling, contorting and dancing in a theatrical piece inspired by the artist Salvador Dalí. Written and directed by the creator Cirque de Soleil’s Corteo, Daniele Finzi Pasca, this work is sure to amaze spectators of all ages.

Fridays on the Front Porch – Friday, 5-8pm – It’s back! The Carolina Inn commences the 14th season of its weekly barbecue-esque evenings featuring live music, a picnic menu, drink specials and a chance to enjoy the warm weather in seats placed strategically under the shade of its oaks and magnolias.

Earth Evening – Friday, 6-8pm – Missed out on Earth Day festivities last weekend? Here’s your chance to make up for it by engaging in environmentally-themed programs and crafts geared toward both kids and adults alike–all against the backdrop of the picturesque Orange County River Park.

Creating an Uproar – Friday, 6-9pm – UNC Art Heels, an organization utilizing art as a therapeutic method, and Broadway Bound, a musical theatre group that empowers kids in the Triangle to express themselves through drama, collaborate for a night of imaginative performance that will inspire crowds to dream up their own artistic creations.

“Branching Out” Opening Reception – Friday, 6-9pm – Take a walk through this multimedia exhibit that features paintings, turned wood and photography–genres sure to please a variety of audiences–by artists Chris Graebner, Michael Salemi and Eric Saunders, respectively.

Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour – Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm – Experience the botanical wonders of Chapel Hill during this tour, which features styles from throughout our city’s history. Artists, musicians and vendors will be at several of the gardens.

Cole Park Vet’s Community Day – Saturday, 2-4pm – Watch K-9 Unit dogs in action and play with adoptable pets from the Orange County Animal Shelter at this event that also features local organizations who protect and care for the animals we love.

Kids and Teens Music Workshop – Saturday, 2-6pm – Let your kids bring out their inner musicians as they write their own songs and try their hands at a wide variety of instruments during this workshop for all levels of musical experience.

TABLE Food Truck Rodeo – Saturday, 3-7pm – Featuring the mobile eateries Belgian Waffle Crafters, Dusty Donuts, Olio & Aceto, Parlez Vous Crepe, The Humble Pig, Gussy’s, Kona Ice, and Cafe Bellezza, this fundraising event is sure to please parents and kids alike with live music, a bounce house, relay races, corn hole, face painting and more.

Benefit Concert for Clapping Hands Farm with Bob Reid and Judi Jaeger – Saturday, 6pm – Listen to family-friendly jams during the first set or come enjoy date night during the second set of this musical ensemble featuring special guest Jimmy Magoo.

Schneiders of Salzburg Pop-up Shop – Saturday, 10am-Sunday, 1pm – Come shop the exquisite Spring 2016 collection defined by luxury, craftsmanship and an evident attention to detail. Featuring both men’s and women’s apparel, this is your chance to pick out a signature piece that will add a unique, but classic touch to your wardrobe.

Just Tryan It Kids Triathalon – Sunday, 8:30am – Kids serving kids–this is the concept behind this run, bike and swim that benefits families fighting childhood cancer at Duke Children’s and UNC Children’s Hospital. Come cheer on local children making a difference in the lives of their peers.

Free Sunday at Kidzu Children’s Museum – Sunday, 1-5pm – Looking for a place to let the kids burn off some steam? Let them make their way through curiosity-invoking exhibits and participate in thought-provoking demonstrations at no cost to you.

Chapel Hill Philharmonia Features Youth Concerto Competition Winner – Sunday, 7:30pm-9:15pm – Hit all the right notes by listening to and witnessing local child prodigy, 14-year-old Aram Lindroth, play the first movement of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra.


Julia is a UNC-Chapel Hill grad who majored in Photojournalism and will become a double Heel after completing her Master's of Public Health at UNC's Gillings School of Public Health. She enjoys traveling, running, cooking, learning and speaking Spanish and watching Carolina basketball.