Editors’ Picks: What To Do in Orange County This Weekend

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Catch Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s season opener, learn about iPhone photography and watch a meteor shower under the stars

Photo courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

Compiled by Teresa Fang and Brooke Spach


Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Obelisks, Wagon Wheels, and Other Amazing Dragonfly Behaviors
Dragonflies are a common sight on summer days, but their role in the environment is much more than meets the eye. Learn about their fascinating behaviors with Chris Goforth, head of citizen science at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, via a Zoom webinar or in person at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Reeves Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m.


Twilights on the Terrace: Warm Evenings and Watercolors
Spend a warm summer evening getting in touch with your creative side on the Ackland Art Museum terrace. Grab a paintbrush and experiment with watercolors while enjoying local beers and snacks from Craftboro Brewing from 5-9 p.m.

Family Fun Fridays: Alina Celeste con Mi Amigo Hamlet
Chapel Hill Public Library
’s final Family Fun Friday will feature a lively musical performance by Alina Celeste and Mi Amigo Hamlet. Bring your own blankets and chairs and enjoy dinner from Mr. Mongolian food truck, followed by dessert from the Maple View Mobile ice cream truck, from 6-8 p.m.

“The Meanwhile Clock and Other Impossible Dances”
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
’s 2022 season kicks off at 7 p.m. in The Forest Theatre. This year’s larger-than-life show is a modern fairytale which explores themes of time, greed and conservation. Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show by singer-songwriter Dawn Landes at 6:20 p.m.

The ArtsCenter Open House
ArtsCenter has moved into a recently remodeled building just two blocks from its former location. Its new home is within walking distance from downtown, making it the perfect spot to kick off a day full of art, shops, restaurants and breweries in Carrboro. Check out the space and meet the new Executive Director, Jenny Shultz-Thomas, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Nicholson Gallery.

Open Mic Poetry Jam
Do you have a way with words? Lanza’s Cafe hosts its Open Mic Poetry Jam on the second Friday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring your favorite work, and feel free to pour your heart out.

Skywatching: Perseid Meteor Shower at Dorothea Dix Park
Head to Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh for an unobstructed view of the annual Perseid meteor shower from 9-11 p.m. The event, hosted by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the Raleigh Astronomy Club, includes opportunities for attendees to view the celestial event through telescopes and enjoy live music from the Triangle Sax Ensemble. 


Stuff the Bus
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation is collecting supplies for students in need in preparation for the upcoming school year. One of the many ways to help out is by dropping off school supplies at the colorfully painted bus parked near Willow Drive at University Place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Art of iPhone Photography
Learn to utilize the ultra-powerful camera in your pocket at The ArtsCenter with the Orange County Artists Guild’s Kathleen Pace. The class, starting at 2 p.m., is intended for folks with newer iPhone models and will go over taking intentional photos and using the editing tools right on your phone.

“Love and Lust” Premiere
The rom-com short film “Love and Lust,” directed by Durham-based Rebecca Kirsh and Paula Lauzon, will premiere at the Varsity Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The film received an honorable mention in the Reale Film Film Festival’s monthly international competition.

Comedy Off the 147
Vecino Brewing
will host some of the best comedians from across North Carolina, including Jonah Lewis and Durham’s Harrison Tweed, starting at 9 p.m. Vecino’s craft brews pair nicely with a good laugh!


The Barn of Chapel Hill’s Five-Year Anniversary Celebration
Stop by the Barn of Chapel Hill at Wild Flora Farm from 2-5 p.m. for refreshments, giveaways and tours of the venue. The open house will also feature a bridal fashion show and local wedding and event vendors. 

Looking for more events? Check out our community calendar!

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