Giving up the ghost and easing into fat pants, er, holidays is mid-November. Whether you’re feeling like channeling your inner sorcerer, super hero or scientist or just wanna post up with a fall brew or explore the arts, there’s plenty going on around town to keep you entertained.
21Marbles: Wizarding World
Potter, Tolkien fans and the like will want to embark in the wonderful world of wizardry at 21Marbles: Wizarding World Marbles (Fri. 6 to 9 p.m.), a wizard-style riff on childhood fun. Think Hungry Hungry Dragons, Human Foosball, Nerf battles and more.
Moonlight in the Garden
Moonlight in the Garden of, well, all good hopefully at the JC Raulston Arboretum after-dark (starting Nov. 8 to 17, times vary), as the popular exhibit returns with more lights and more nights of food trucks, live music, marshmallows + fire pits, and all the feel-good fall fun you can handle.
“The Color Purple”
It may not cast Oprah, but you won’t want to miss this Hillside High season opener of the hit musical and Tony Award-winning “The Color Purple” (Nov. 10-11, times vary).
Supporting our neighbors in food, farms and fish, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, top local toque Scott Crawford of Crawford and Son partners with The Sunday Supper for the Nov. 11 Come Together for the Coast Community Table Lunch (Fayetteville Street location, 11:30 a.m.).
Farm’s Edge Festival
To harvest! Come celebrate fall harvest at Fullsteam at Farm’s Edge Fest (Sat., noon to 7 p.m.), featuring beer releases like Farm’s Edge: First Frost (foraged persimmon winter warmer), Farm’s Edge: Ava (mixed culture collab with Scratch Brewing, Ava, Illinois) and a draft-only release of Crimson Clover (collab brewed at Scratch), plus a pie contest, a chestnut roast and much more. Check here for schedule.
Science Fair Project Party
Let’s go sciencing! Grab your fave local brew and your crew and post up for a night satisfying your inner mad scientist for the Science Fair Project Party (Sat., 6 to 9 p.m., BYOB, HQ Raleigh, South Harrington Street location). Just try to keep it a little more mad science and a little less Honey, I shrunk the kids.
Fittingly on International Science Center and Science Museum Day, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Darwin Day (Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The largest event of its kind in the U.S., the event gives you the opp to learn all about the famous evolutionist, his theories and how they have informed upon the world of science, research and education.
Arts After Dark: Around the World in One Night
This night of creative exploration (21 and over) features a make-and-take art project, followed by dance at Arts After Dark: Around the World in One Night (Fri., 7 p.m.) at Imurj in DTR. Includes cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Empire Eats Catering and plenty of globally inspired fun.
Join Gerard Way, Chuck Palahniuk, Dark Horse Comics and more for NC Comic Con (Nov. 9 to 11) in Downtown Durham for days of panels, workshops, events and parties from the can’t-miss convention.