Embrace early October with pumpkin painting, outdoor concerts or relaxing yoga classes
Compiled by Rylee Parsons
Joanna Pearson with JP Gritton and Michael McFee
Meet the author of “Now You Know It All,” a 2021 Drue Heinz Literature Prize winning mystery novel, at Flyleaf Books. Book signing begins at 5:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 6 p.m. Joanna will be joined by the author of “Wyoming,” JP Gritton and Michael McFee, a poet, literary critic and editor. Registration is required for the in-person event, and a video will be available after.
“The Lasting Impacts of Carolina’s First Settlers”
Listen to founder and CEO of the Trading Path Association Tom Magnuson as he presents the last section of his four-part series on North Carolina’s early history via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tom will share what he learned from nearly thirty years of studies on early commercial transportation networks in the Southeast of the continent. Registration is required.
Bring the kids out to Hargraves Community Center to paint pumpkins with Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Pumpkins and materials will be provided. Registration is recommended.
Celebrate fall at Nash Street Tavern and listen to tunes from Jack The Songman while enjoying traditional and gourmet brats from Father & Son Gourmet Wieners starting at 8 p.m.
Live Music with Leah Moore
Sip on draft mead or fresh tea at The Honeysuckle Tea House while listening to Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Leah Moore perform a range of musical genres from 6 to 8 p.m.
Parents’ Night Out
Parents, enjoy a night out and about while the kids enjoy an activity-packed evening of play, learning and exploration. Childcare is provided from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kidzu Children’s Museum, including the chance to explore exhibits, with dinner provided by Alfredo’s Pizza Villa.
Friday and Saturday
Fall Photo Shoots at Spring Haven Farm
Head to the farm for a mini fall-themed photo shoot with Art By Court Winter. Register for a time slot between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. While you’re there, enjoy a treat from Alsies Ice Cream Truck.
Visit the North Carolina Botanical Garden to learn from Gary Perlmutter, a UNC Herbarium associate, about the symbiotic organisms. Through lecture, demonstration and a trip into the garden, attendees will be introduced to lichen biology, the immense diversity of local lichen, and the role of lichen in an ecosystem’s health, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required.
Music at Market
Listen to Hillsborough native Sentimental Johnny perform from 10 a.m. to noon while you shop for local produce and goods at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market.
Off the Wall Fundraising Gala
The 11th annual gala is hosted by FRANK Gallery virtually at 6 p.m. The event features a live auction hosted by Aaron Keck of more than 70 pieces of art, as well as a silent auction of local gift cards, a stay at the Graduate Chapel Hill, a private dinner, a photography session and more. Tickets are required although the silent auction is open to anyone.
Yoga on the Lawn
Relax with Cedar Walk Wellness Center in an all-levels outdoor yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. Instructor Suzy Cash will lead the group with special guest Rendon Foy’s live sound meditation. Bring your own yoga mat, water and bug spray. Registration is recommended.
Artist Reception: I AM SOTERIA
Join Vecino Brewing Co. in welcoming the “artivist,” motivational speaker and community advocate from 6 to 7 p.m. The evening will focus on themes of social justice, advocacy and inspiration.
Saturday and Sunday
LAB! Theatre Presents: “Laundry” by Megan Schumacher
This live performance directed by Allyx Miles is about five women living in a dystopia who work in a laundry facility. With one worker falling behind on her duties the play goes on to explore their struggle to escape. The show will be live at the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art starting at 7:30 p.m.
On The Green Music Festival
Enjoy an afternoon of live music presented by Dwarf Star Studios from 1 to 6 p.m. A variety of bands will perform including The Carrboro Band Collective, The Yardarm, The Unsustainables and more. The concerts will take place at the gazebo at the entrance to Fair Oaks, on Parkview Avenue in Carrboro.
“A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter“
Take part in this interactive experiential performance orchestrated by award-winning theater group 600 HIGHWAYMEN at the CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio in Chapel Hill. Choose a ticket for time slots between 2 to 8:30 p.m., and meet a stranger with whom you’ll complete a series of written prompts.
Blaze Orange County for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Celebrate 14 miles of new trail that will soon be constructed as part of the plan for Orange County’s section of the footpath stretching 1,200 miles across the state. Steel String Brewery will host live bands, food trucks and craft brews at its new Pluck Farm from 3 to 6 p.m., and 10% of beverage sales will benefit Friends of the MST. Registration is recommended.
Drinks and Docs: Screening of “Taking Orders” Episodes I and II
Watch a sneak peek screening of Meg Daniels’ film “Taking Orders,” which focuses on four small businesses that were derailed by the pandemic but reinvented themselves to persevere. The screening takes place at 4 p.m. at Mosaic Café & Bistro. Tickets are required.
Coprario’s Italian Madrigals and Consorts: William S. Newman Artists series
Listen to a performance by Brent Wissick, viola da gamba, accompanied by an NYC-based consort of viols, Parthenia. They will be joined by six singers in consorts and madrigals by 17th-century English composer John Coprario from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall.
Jeremy Alder’s Live Comedy Showcase
Laugh at a comedy showcase presented by Jeremy Alder featuring Joe Pettis, Dejahzh Hedrick, Jonah Lewis, and Isatu Kamara at Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew in Hillsborough from 8 to 10 p.m.