Weekend at a Glance: Meet-and-Greet, Live Music and MLK Day

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Make the most of your long weekend! Meet furry farm friends, jam out to a live show and commemorate MLK Day.

Owl Prowl
Spot magnificent birds during the Owl Prowl with wildlife experts on Mason Farm. Photo by Lauren Johnson

Compiled by Charlotte Goto


S’mores on the Farm with Goats 
Come out to Spring Haven Farms to enjoy s’mores between bouts of cuddling with goats, cows and other animals. Guests must register for a time slot online between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


The Spark with Tift Merritt: Shara Nova
Carolina Performing Arts presents virtual event at 7:30 p.m. with Tift Merritt and featured guest Shara Nova. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter interviews the Detroit-based performer in her fourth year of an artist residency at CPA. The classically trained vocalist and self-taught multi-instrumentalist blends elements from various genres to create her own unique sound. 


Owl Prowl (FULL)
Join Piedmont Wildlife Center’s Gail Abrams for a 1-mile nocturnal hike at Mason Farm for a chance to spot wild owls. The walk takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., with a special opportunity to explore Mason Farm after dark. Participants must be 7 years or older, and pre-registration is required.

Rachel Despard EP Release Show (POSTPONED)
The Carrboro-based singer-songwriter performs her latest EP, “You Started a Fire”, at Cat’s Cradle at 8 p.m. This artist is known for delivering soulful vocals with classic folk-inspired lyrics and R&B instrumentation.

Brother Kent
Kent Nickerson, Chris Russell, Pierre Lefebvre and Josh Flenniken perform their first EP, “Absent the Glory.” The Durham-based group explores rock ‘n’ roll, funky folk and indie Americana. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew.

Shadowplay Goth Party
Experience classic goth and dark alternative music by North Carolina-based DJs 20th Century Boy and Valefor at Local 506 starting at 9 p.m. 


Carolina Skies
Visit Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday or 1:30 p.m. on Sunday for a guided tour of the North Carolina sky on that particular night. Learn what stars, planets and constellations are going to be visible, as well as stories and legends told by ancient civilizations in an effort to make sense of the cosmos.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Celebrate the legacy of the great civil rights activist with a day of service, speakers and social gathering at the Carrboro Century Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

Artist Reception & Live Demo: Jahde Justad
Vecino Brewing Co. hosts a meet-and-greet with the business owner, curator and art teacher from 6 to 8 p.m. Her art has been shown in galleries, theaters and music venues throughout North Carolina. 

Men’s Basketball
UNC takes on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 8 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center

Moonshiner’s Luck (CANCELED)
The Orange County-based acoustic string band performs live at Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew starting at 8 p.m. Sing along to familiar favorites from the Rolling Stones, Glen Campbell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little Feat, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, and discover original songs, too.

Magic City Hippies
Robby Hunter, Pat Howard and John Coughlin perform live indie funk at Cat’s Cradle at 9 p.m. The group embraces different genres to create a unique sound and high-energy atmosphere. Enjoy the trio’s latest releases along with hit songs from past albums. 


MLK Memorial Banquet 
The MLK University/Community Planning Corporation and the UNC Diversity & Inclusion Department host its 37th annual event virtually at 6 p.m. with keynote speaker Dr. Elmira Mangum, the first woman to permanently hold the position of president at Florida A&M University. The banquet will also present the MLK/Edith Wiggins High School Senior Scholarship, the Bridge Builders Award and Citizenship Award. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils will also speak at the event.


Northern Orange MLK Celebration
The parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starts at 9 a.m. at Elfland Cheeks Elementary School, followed by a commemorative program at 11 a.m at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Virtual MLK Day event
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP commemorates the civil rights leader on its YouTube channel with guest speaker Theodore “Ted” Shaw, the director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights. (If you don’t see the video, hit refresh, as it will premiere at 11 a.m.)

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