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Mark Your Calendars for an Anniversary ... and a Moon Landing

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The Closing Ceremony of Durham 150 is here, but it's launching us into the future. This will be a weekend not to be missed.

You've undoubtedly been hearing about the Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health ... it's taking place on November 2 at DPAC. But ... wait. Didn't this whole sesquicentennial celebration just begin?

Sure feels like it, doesn't it? Nearly one year ago, we announced a year-long commemoration of the incorporation of the City of Durham ... 150 years ago. Since then, we've seen Durhamites and visitors enjoy Durham from near and far, watching films, attending conferences, enjoying conversations and sharing meals together, all in the name of Durham 150.

Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health

With over 150 installations honoring history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, and arts and leisure, this year has been a non-stop invitation to delight in the best of this destination.

Why wouldn't you want to be at the final send-off?

There will be actors, singers, videos and an anthem, with reverential looks back at Durham heroes and opportunities to cast a glance forward to the change-makers who'll be pivotal in the next century and a half here in Durham.

Speaking of innovation, Durham's doing something a little different this month to add a little extra celebratory flair. In honor of Durham’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Bull Moon Rising is giving Durhamites and visitors alike a chance to get the closest possible look at the moon.


British installation artist Luke Jerram has been traveling the globe with his lunar-inspired exhibition, Museum of the Moon, and after casting a scintillating view of the celestial body in China, Australia, India, France, and the UK, the moon is landing here for Bull Moon Rising. The free, family-friendly four-day event from October 31 to November 3 will include moon-centric activities like a reading of popular children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Mayor Steve Schewel, a Paperhand Puppets Halloween-themed performance, a formal “Moon Ball” gala at Unscripted Hotel, a community dinner with local food truck vendors and tables stretching down Orange Street. (That's not to mention a Friday night cypher with Blackspace, a drum performance by Batalá Durham, and moon movement yoga with Community Power Yoga.)

There's much to celebrate.

Purchase your tickets to the Durham 150 Closing Ceremony today!