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The weekend offers several events from which to choose, ranging from Halloween-themed events to the final Farmers’ Market of the season. Or take a short drive to Martinsville for NASCAR action.
RACE WEEKEND AT MARTINSVILLE
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Martinsville Speedway, 340 Speedway Road, Ridgeway, VA
This year, the historic track celebrates its 70th anniversary. The events start on Friday with practice day and continues on Saturday with the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action on Sunday, with the running of the First Data 500. The race is the first in the Round of 8 playoffs. For a full schedule of events, visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com
FINAL FARMERS’ MARKET
When: 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Danville Community Market, 629 Craghead St.
The Danville Farmers’ Market will close for the season on Saturday, Oct. 28, with vendors selling local produce, meat, eggs, plants, flowers, baked goods and homemade gifts.
The Farmers’ Market will reopen for the annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 18, and the annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 2.
HALLOWEEN AT THE MUSEUM
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main St.
Take part in a fun-filled art class. Educator Linda Gourley will instruct students in the art of mask making and creating pumpkin faces. The class is for ages 7-12 and will be held in the museum’s Swanson studio. Cost is $30 per student. Call (434) 793-5644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register as class size is limited. For more information, visit http://www.danvillemuseum.org.
HAUNTED HISTORY WALKING TOUR
When: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Get in the Halloween "spirit" by discovering more about the Old West End Historic District and its unusual occurrences. Your tour guide will tell about the history of the district as well as many goings-on that can't be easily explained. This tour is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Friends of the Old West End. Donation: $12. Because group size is limited, please preregister at http://oldwestend.org.
BALLAD HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ballad Brewing, 600 Craghead St.
Ballad Brewing is hosting its first Halloween party. Come dressed in your Halloween best for an opportunity to win a special prize. Jason Springs will be playing in the taproom from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nana Karen's will be serving food in the food truck area. For more information, visit Ballad Brewing’s Facebook page.
HALLOWEEN MAGIC SPOOKTACULAR
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Historic North Theatre, 629 North Main St.
Celebrity magician Wayne Alan presents this family friendly show that features cool Halloween magic tricks, fun comedy, and audience participation. Even the youngest members of the family can enjoy this show, as there is nothing too scary or inappropriate for young children in the performance. In addition, award-winning singer, performer and director Gary J. Sullivan will sing the classic Broadway hit “Music of the Night” from the Phantom of the Opera. Cost: Adults $15 to $20 and children 12 & under $10.00. Call 434-793-SHOW (434-793-7469) to reserve tickets. For more information, visit http://thenorththeatre.com/
FALL JURIED ART EXHIBITION
When: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The Danville Art League is holding its annual fall juried exhibition, “Nature’s Pallet.” “Nature’s Pallet” is a play on words attempting to capitalize on the colors and the beauty of nature. The public is invited to join art league members and participating artists at the opening reception. For more information, visit the art league’s Facebook page call the museum at (434) 793-5644.