There’s no shortage of things to do in Durham this Thanksgiving weekend. The Holiday Patchwork Market, Smashfest at the Scrap Exchange, $10 photos with Santa at Duke Homestead, pop up markets for Small Business Saturday, Durham Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert, and a lot more.

Friday, November 29

Red Friday

November 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 11:30 pm at Fullsteam Brewery

Red Friday is our effort to redefine a holiday that’s worn out its welcome. Is Black Friday even a thing anymore? Instead of loading up on stuff you’ll regret come spring cleaning, bring some much-needed classroom supplies to Fullsteam the day after Thanksgiving to support our local teachers.

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SmashFest at Scrap Exchange

November 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Scrap Exchange

Do you have some holiday angst you need to work out? Don’t feel like fighting throngs of rabid shoppers on Black Friday? Need to entertain visiting family and friends the day after Thanksgiving? Wanna hang out and throw some breakables for a great cause? WELL THEN SMASHFEST IS FOR YOU!

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The Colonel’s Daughter Holiday Pop-Up Bar

November 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 12:00 am at Jack Tar and The Colonel’s Daughter

Get in the spirit of the holidays with the Jack Tar team this season when they deck the halls of The Colonel’s Daughter! Expect a transformed Winter Wonderland in their signature 1950’s style, complete with a full list of the area’s most festive holiday cocktails and snacks.

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Holiday Pops ~ Durham Symphony Orchestra

November 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Durham Armory

The Durham Symphony Orchestra invites you to celebrate the season and its 44th year at their Annual Holiday Pops Concert and Silent Auction Fundraiser. This cross-cultural event features Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s music.

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Friday Slow Roll

November 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Bean Traders Coffee

Celebrate the end of the month with a slow roll along the American Tobacco Trail at night. All bikes, all abilities welcome. Helmets, Hydration and Lights required.

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Saturday, November 30

Yoga with Art

November 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Global Breath Studio

STRETCH your horizons at 21c Museum Hotel Durham’s weekly series from 9:30-10:30am. BYOM (bring your own mat) for Yoga with Art.

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Thanksgiving Family Day

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Historic Stagville

Visit Stagville over the Thanksgiving weekend to explore the history of one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. Stagville’s historic structures will be open to explore from 10 am to 4 pm, with hands-on activities for families.

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Blossom and Bone Flower Truck at Monuts

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Monuts

Blossom and Bone is a flower truck that allows you to BYOB (build your own bouquet) out of the bed of a mint-green 1960 Ford F-100 named Buil. Flowers are priced by the stem so spend as little or as much as you’d like on your bouquet and if you need help building your arrangement, there is a trained florist on-site to help you create something beautiful!

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Photos with Santa!

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Duke Homestead State Historic Site

Come have your Christmas photo made with Santa with the backdrop of Duke Homestead! He’ll be dressed out in his finest 19th century Santa outfit. Photos will be sent to you as a high-quality, print-ready digital file. November 30th, from 10am-2pm. No reservation required. $10 per photo.

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Black Business Expo USA College and Career Summit

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Durham Marriott City Center

The Summit will equip HS and college students with the information they need to succeed in college, career, and life.

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Holiday Open House 2019

November 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Once & Again

Join Us For Refreshments, Live Holiday Music and Photos with Santa! The Holidays at Once & Again Are Magical. We Look Forward to Seeing You Saturday, November 30th from 11am-3pm. Pets Are Always Welcome!

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2019 Durham Craft Market Shop Small Saturday

November 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at 201 N Corcoran St, Durham

This centrally located plaza is between the 21C Hotel, The Unscripted Hotel and The Durham Hotel and is home to Major Bull. Over 20 Durham Craft Market makers and artists will be in attendance. Mediums range from pottery, painting, textile arts, photography, jewelry and much more!

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Downtown East Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

November 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 1:00 am at Durham, North Carolina

Tis the season for ugly sweaters and delicious drinks! Join us on Small Business Saturday, November 30th, for the Downtown East Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! Walk to all six bars for beers, liquors, wine, cider, and mead!

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Handcrafted DURM

November 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Durty Bull Brewing Company

FREE admission! We’re creating a space for small business, handcrafters, artisans, and uniquely funktafied biz folks to gather and sell their wares reasonably with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun!

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at DPAC

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever November 30 for two shows. The Hip Hop Nut is a unique and joyful event performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ,a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers.

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First Pick Party at The Patchwork Holiday Market

November 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Patchwork Market

The First Pick Party offers an exclusive first look at the 5th annual Holiday Patchwork Market and unique handmade goods from 75+ makers. Beat the crowds and enjoy the opening night of the market with a relaxed shopping atmosphere. Receive a complimentary tote bag and a festive beverage to enjoy while you shop.

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Cult Your Night: Elder Millennial Culture/ FriendsGiving

November 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Durty Bull Brewery

Dearly Beloved… We gather here, to… get through this thing called life. With our chosen family, our friends, burlesque, drunk *uncles and fabulous *aunts, we will break bread(ed goodness from the Dankery) and share Durty Flights.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at DPAC

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever November 30 for two shows. The Hip Hop Nut is a unique and joyful event performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ,a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers.

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Sunday, December 1

Yoga with Art

December 1, 2019 @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Global Breath Studio

STRETCH your horizons at 21c Museum Hotel Durham’s weekly series from 9:30-10:30am. BYOM (bring your own mat) for Yoga with Art. Flex those creative muscles as you work through a variety of poses in our gallery spaces.

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Holiday Toy Drive

December 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Zweli’s

Come donate a toy for children in need and meet Kristy Moore, Candidate for NCAE. There will be food discounts for all who donate a toy, goodies and door prizes.

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The Holiday Patchwork Market

December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Durham Armory

FREE! & INDOORS! Shop over 75+ Handmade Makers at the Holiday Patchwork Market! Are you interested in the identity and story behind the things you own or give as gifts, support your local maker by shopping at the Holiday Patchwork Market. Small batch and one-of-a-kind goods meticulously crafted or found with thoughtfulness and care are available for purchase.

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Sunday Funday at Pour!

December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 12:00 pm at Pour Taproom

Come enjoy games, coloring, food and drinks at Pour Taproom on Sunday. Kids eat free all-day and everyone is welcome! Bring the whole crew for a family-friendly environment to end your weekend!

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Bright Spirits Holiday Market 2019

December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Motorco

While you’re shopping and visiting local craft vendors and artists, you’ll be able to enjoy food and drink available for purchase at the bar or next door at Parts & Labor. Get yourself a fancy holiday cocktail or a local brew and find the perfect gift for those special to you!

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Oyster Roast presented by Motorco and Oysters Carolina

December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Motorco

Ryan Bethea’s farm, Oysters Carolina will be providing these fresh (harvested that morning) oysters grown on his farm off the waters of Harkers Island. These deep cup award winning oysters are known as some of the saltiest in the state. T

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Jingle Jam

December 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at New Horizon Church

Jingle Jam is a Live Family Theater Event for kindergarten through fifth-grade kids AND their parents!! It’s a telling of the Christmas story like you have never heard before to be experienced by kids and parents side by side, followed by Christmas cookies, hot cocoa and smore’s for the whole family. There will be a lot of prizes given away, including an all-expenses paid trip for 4 to Great Wolf Lodge for one lucky family.

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NOLIA NEIGHBOR BLOCK PARTY

December 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Nolia: Family + Coffee

Let’s be real neighbors! We can’t wait to see you at the Nolia Neighbor Block Party! The purpose of this gathering is to better connect the people in the community right around Nolia Coffee.

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A Magical Cirque Christmas

December 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at DPAC

The producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS!

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