Versus – Thursday, 5-8pm – The Ackland Art Museum presents selected works by the graduating Masters of Fine Arts students at UNC. The prompt, “versus,” explores ideological struggles, such as the battles of nostalgia against the actualities of the past or of idealistic hopes against the stark truths of reality. Artists include Britta Anderson, Allison Coleman, Kimberly English, Sara Farrington, Joel Hopler, Lindsay Metivier, Jeanine Tatlock, and Carley Zarzeka.
Adaptive Play Night – Thursday, 5:30-7pm – Kidzu Children’s Museum knows fun is for everyone! That’s why they designated this night for children who have disabilities or special needs to enjoy their hands-on exhibits. With the museum closed to other patrons, kids can avoid overstimulation and still have fun. The event is free, but registration is required. Siblings welcome.
Jams and Cans Jamboree – Friday, 5-7:30pm – UNC service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi present an evening of music, comedy and carnival games to benefit TABLE, a nonprofit organization that gives healthy food to struggling local families. Enter raffles and a silent auction to win prizes from Sutton’s, Freddy’s, Go Ape and other local favorites. Live performers include the UNC Walk-Ons, Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs) and Chalkaa Dance Team.
Five and Dime – Friday, 6-8pm – Celebrate Steel String Brewery’s 5th birthday and 10 years of Neal’s Deli on the Steel String patio Friday night. Down local brews while enjoying a burger, sandwich and Neal’s signature sides. A plate and a beer is $15.
Tar Heel Ten Miler – Saturday, 7:10am – Whether you’re a runner or cheerleader, head to the UNC Bell Tower for this annual race. The trail winds through the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, the historic Rosemary district, UNC’s Campus and the beautiful Gimghoul neighborhood. If ten miles sounds a little daunting, opt for the Fleet Feet 4 Mile run! The race benefits the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA’s We Build People Campaign.
Plasticon – Saturday, 2-5:30pm – Current ArtSpace + Studio hosts a sustainability festival showcasing UNC Andrew W. Mellon DisTIL Fellow Robin Frohardt’s unique art. The event includes a documentary screening of “A Plastic Ocean” and a follow-up discussion between Robin and Gillings School of Public Health Professor Courtney Woods. Visit fun and thought-provoking booths by Three Zeros Environmental Initiative, Kidzu, Edible Campus UNC and many more.
Food Truck Rodeo – Saturday, 3-7pm – Join TABLE for its seventh annual food truck rodeo at Orange United Methodist Church! Enjoy a variety of local delicacies from Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Dusty Donuts, Gussy’s Greek, Maple View Farms Mobile and The Humble Pig. Bring the kids for an educational, multicultural food experience from Kidzu, face painting, crafts and a performance by School of Rock of Chapel Hill.
Rodeo on Rosemary – Sunday, noon-4pm – This food truck extravaganza returns for its second year on East Rosemary Street. Participating trucks (15 this year!) offer a tasting menu so guests can enjoy samplings from multiple vendors. A collaboration between Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, it also includes live entertainment from the Raleigh Rockers, games and mini-golf. Food trucks include Napoli Wood-Fired Pizza, Morfa Empanadas, Medley, Merry Franksters, El Rey del Taco and more.
Arts on Market – Sunday, 2-7pm – Head to the Southern Village Green to peruse the offerings of local artists, artisans, bakers and makers. This biannual event includes handmade jewelry, pottery, accessories and textiles from more than 50 vendors. This year’s lineup of artisans features Geek Chic Fashion, Good JuJu Herbal and Melinda Abrams Art. The afternoon also includes performances by School of Rock of Chapel Hill and the Laura Ridgeway Trio.
Exploring Nature Through Art – Sunday, 2-5pm – Enjoy Family & Friends Sunday at the Ackland Art Museum. Take a “nature walk” through the galleries in a special scavenger hunt focused on natural materials. Join in discussions with experts from the North Carolina Botanical Gardens and create art inspired by Patrick Dougherty’s outdoor stickwork sculptures in the front of the museum. This is just one of many events that are part of the month-long North Carolina Science Festival.