Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival – Thursday through Sunday – Everyone’s favorite twice-a-year festival is back! Don’t miss performances from dozens of artists and bands like Big Fat Gap, Danay Suarez and The Boom Unit Brass Band in Pittsboro.
Discussion with Lee Smith – Thursday, 7pm – Join local author Lee Smith at Flyleaf Books to discuss her new memoir “Dimestore.”
Election 2016: What is the Impact on North Carolina – Thursday, 7pm – Hosted at Chapel Hill Public Library, the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties invites you to join in a public forum with Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center.
Parachute: The Wide Awake Tour – Thursday, 7:30pm – With special guest Jon McLaughlin, this refreshingly impassioned pop rock band is a don’t-miss performance at Cat’s Cradle.
Moms and Mimosas Mother’s Day Event – Friday and Saturday – William Travis Jewelry raises a glass to Mom during this special Mother’s Day Event.
Fridays on the Front Porch – Friday, 5-8pm – End your work week at The Carolina Inn with Chick-N-Que, Bam Pow Chow, a shady front porch and The Franklin St. Band.
Go Chapel Hill Bike Night – Friday, 6-9pm – A night of performances, activities and more at 140 West Plaza for cyclists of all ages.
Do Peterson – Friday, 7-9pm – A former biostatistician turned hip-hop/folk musician, Do Peterson is an act to see at Johnny’s Gone Fishing in Carrboro this weekend.
Sticky Fingers: Bootleg Rascal – Friday, 8pm – Come check out their melting pot of sounds at Cat’s Cradle.
School Fair – Saturday, 10am-2pm – Rain or shine, Carrboro Elementary will be bouncing with activity this Saturday. Enjoy a silent auction, games, bounce houses, raffles, dunk tank and more!
Art in the Garden Annual Sculpture Invitational – Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, noon-5pm – Located in the Hillsborough gardens of Tinka Jordy and Mark Donley, this juried scupture show and sale will premier exciting new original work by nationally recognized and local artists.
Derby Day Celebration – Saturday, 10am-7pm – Celebrate Derby Day this weekend at Pink Pearl with Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, mint juleps and gifts with purchase!
Gabrielle Jewelry Pop-Up Shop – Saturday 10am-Sunday 6pm – Historical fashion meets contemporary style with this Triangle jewelry designer. Check out Gabe’s pop-up shop at Fearrington Village Center.
Cookbook Signings – Saturday, noon-4pm – Kickoff Mother’s Day Weekend at Southern Season by meeting some of your favorite cookbook authors. Jean Anderson will be signing “Crisps, Cobblers, Custards & Creams” from noon to 2pm, and right after Jean, until 4pm, Sheri Castle will be signing “Rhubarb” and Caroline Bretherton will be signing “Desserts.”
Book Talk with Adam W. Jones – Join the Chapel Hill author at McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro as he discusses his new book “Fate Ball.”
Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee – Saturday, 8pm – Tim Lee Ph.D. spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics… then he tried comedy for the first time and switched gears completely. After becoming a Youtube star, Tim took his science-talk/comedy mashup to the road and will soon perform at The ArtsCenter.
The Mallett Brothers Band Campfires and Constellations – Saturday, 8pm – Playing at Local 506, this alternative country-rock band hybrid will keep you on your toes and rockin’ out.
Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday – Between graduation day and Mother’s Day, there’s a lot to celebrate this Sunday. Several spots around town offer a special brunch including The Carolina Inn, City Kitchen, Kipos and The Weathervane.
Bent Shapes: Body Games, Band & The Beat – Sunday, 8pm – Self-proclaimed “hyphy nrrrd pop for kids on the skids,” this band playing at Cat’s Cradle on Sunday, promises to be a retro good time.