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10 Cool Things Coming to Durham in 2017

Plan to be excited next year!

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Dec 27, 2016

1. Coffee and churros in Lakewood

Cocoa Cinnamon’s third location will open in the Lakewood neighborhood this coming year. The location will feature a micro-roastery and made-to-order churros along with the same delectable coffee and chocolates you can find at Cocoa Cinnamon’s two other Durham locations.

2. Festival season in Durham

Get ready for the best 30 days of music and tech in the country! The Art of Cool Festival will bring jazz and hip hop artists to Durham for a weekend-long music festival on April 28-30. Also, Moogfest returns for its second year in Durham on May 18-21. The music-tech-art festival attracts fans and techies from all over the world for a weekend of demos, panel discussions, concerts, and interactive exhibits.

3. Two new hotels

JB Duke Hotel, a 198-room hotel with meeting and conference facilities, will open on Duke University’s campus in early 2017. This luxe contemporary hotel is adjacent to the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center, and near the Fuqua School of Business.

The boutique Unscripted Hotel will open in the historic Jack Tar Motel building in downtown’s City Center. Featuring 75 rooms, a rooftop pool, and the new Jack Tar Diner, Unscripted embraces its angular mid-century look.

4. Barbecue in American Tobacco

Another restaurant is coming to American Tobacco? Oh yeah! Enjoy biscuits, barbecue, and milkshakes that come in both adult and kid-friendly versions at Maybelle, the newest project from the owner of Tyler’s Taproom. The counter-service restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor seating and will open in early 2017.

5. Another project from Jennings Brody

You know her as the retail maven behind Chet Miller and Parker & Otis. In January 2017 you’ll be able to shop for adorable kids clothes and toys at Brody’s newest emporium — Tiny, a children’s boutique located next door to Chet Miller on Parrish Street.

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6. Broadway at DPAC

There are so many shows we want to see this spring as part of DPAC’s SunTrust Broadway 16-17 season. Whether you’re into classically edgy shows like Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Jan. 31-Feb. 5) and Chicago (May 12-14), or family favorites like Finding Neverland (May 23-28) and The King and I (June 6-11), there’s a production for everyone in 2017.

7. A place to eat pie

East Durham Pie Company’s successful Kickstarter campaign means that Durham will get a new neighborhood café in 2017. Enjoy baked goods, tea and coffee, and even gluten-free options.


8. A bowling alley with panache

The new Liberty Warehouse Apartments complex in the Central Park district will include The Alley, a historic bowling alley that’s been a Triangle-area staple since the 1960s. In summer 2017, you’ll be able to enjoy a game at The Alley’s new eight-lane location, which will feature the original retro benches and hardwood floors (repurposed as tabletops), as well as food and beer.

9. A new place to sip on craft cider

Bull City Ciderworks will open its new location on S. Roxboro St. in January. We can’t wait to enjoy a cold glass of Off Main at the long-awaited Cider Exploratorium. You’ll see why cider is so much more than a fall favorite drink.

10. The running of the Bulls

There’s nothing like watching the Durham Bulls run the bases! We start jonesing for the start of baseball season as soon as the temperature reaches 60 degrees. Mark your calendars for April 10, when the Bulls return to DBAP for the start of the 2017 season.

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