Weekend Best Bets: Football, Food Trucks and Family Fun

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PRIMETIME Business Expo — Thursday, 4-7:30pm — Meet the movers and shakers in our business community and learn about brag-worthy local products and services to advance both your business and personal life at Orange County’s largest business expo. Enjoy networking, food, and plenty of freebies! UNC Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill; Free; carolinachamber.org/PRIMETIME

Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos  — Friday, 5-8pm — Continuing the Fridays on the Front Porch Music Series, this local band performs the smooth sound of zydeco, Cajun and the blues music. Start your weekend off right and enjoy delicious fare from food trucks AmigoSan and Chickenque. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill; Free; carolinainn.com

Scrapel Hill Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony — Friday, 5:30-8pm — The Sixth Annual Scrapel Hill Art Competition & Exhibit, “The Art of Recycling”, showcases eleven highly original artworks, imaginatively created from recycled and repurposed materials. Guests are invited to stroll around the shopping center to view the artworks and visit stores that will be open late for the occasion, while enjoying live music and light refreshments. University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill; Free; universityplacenc.com

CH, NC 27514 Opening Reception — Friday, 6-9pm — Elaine O’Neil’s solo exhibition, CH, NC 27514, is inspired by memories of special places and the good things that happen here. For O’Neil, depicting a place is more about embodying the essence and the emotionally salient aspects of a location rather than ensuring physical accuracy. FRANK Art Gallery, 109 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill; frankisart.com

Tar Heel Downtown — Friday, 6-9pm — Football season is here and it’s time to bring the Carolina game day spirit to the heart of downtown prior to the season opening game when the Tar Heels take on North Carolina A&T. Hosted by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Athletics and the Town of Chapel Hill, the event features a live outdoor concert performed by Transit Vocal Band, interactive games for kids and families, face painting, and more. The UNC Marching Tar Heels, cheerleaders, and of course, Rameses will be there too! 140 West Plaza, Chapel Hill; Free; tarheeldowntown.com

Testing Testing Exhibition Celebration — Friday, 6-9pm — This new exhibit highlights the ways in which art made since 1960 has tested possibilities both within and beyond conventional boundaries of art-making. Through experimentation, innovation, and skill, artists have assessed the potential not only of new materials in new combinations, but also of traditional modes such as figuration and abstraction. You’ll see modern painting and sculptures from approximately 50 artists. Ackland Art Museum, 101 South Columbia St., Chapel Hill; ackland.org

Water & Earth Opening Reception — Friday, 6-9pm — Water & Earth features the work of four artists, who are all inspired by the world around them. The work of Peg Bachenheimer, Gordon Jameson, Eric Knoche, and Noah Riedel reflects this theme through both their chosen subjects and their processes. FRANK Art Gallery, 109 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill; frankisart.com

Colonial Kids Day — Saturday, 11am-3pm — Join the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, Burwell School Historic Site and the Orange County Historical Museum for a day of living history activities. Activities will include candle-making, butter-churning, traditional dancing, old-fashioned lawn games, finger weaving, quilt making and more! A walking tour of Colonial and Revolutionary War-era sites in Hillsborough will depart from the late-eighteenth century Alexander Dickson House at 11am. North and South Churton St., Hillsborough; Free; visithillsboroughnc.com

Moye Kolodin — Saturday, 8-10pm — This guest artist presents a recital of piano works by Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms as part of the Department of Music’s William S. Newman Artists Series. Person Recital Hall, 181 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill; $15; music.unc.edu

Family Fun Customer Appreciation Day — Sunday — Have your scoop and eat it too! Enjoy live music from The Mason Lovette Band and Back Porch Orchestra, games, children’s crafts, face painting, food trucks and more! A portion of all sales will benefit Sam’s Wish Fund and Kids Path of Hospice. Maple View Farm, 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd., Hillsborough; mapleviewfarm.com

Farm Fare: A Culinary Expedition — Sunday, 4:30-7:30pm — Guests will enjoy samples from some of the area’s best restaurants including Hillsborough BBQ, Radius Pizzaria, LaPlace, and Goccialina and live music from Whit Price & John Stevens. Proceeds will benefit the Virtual Enterprise program, a club for high school students interested in entrepreneurship. Eno River Farmers Market, 114 East Margaret Ln., Hillsborough; $50; enoriverfarmersmarket.com

The Banana Seats and The Kinksmen — Sunday, 6-8pm — As part of the Southern Village Summer Concert Series, these local favorites will perform both original and classic pop/rock songs. Don’t forget your chairs or blanket! Southern Village, 600 Market St., Chapel Hill; Free; southernvillage.com

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