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The Durham 150 Opening Celebration: What's in Store?

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After this week’s tragic event, with the utmost respect for those affected, Saturday will serve as a way for the community to be with one another in solidarity and commend the heroic actions of first responders.

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Mar 28, 2019

The Opening Celebration will still take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on Saturday, April 13, rain or shine (umbrellas are allowed).

Mayor Steve Schewel will open programming at 10 a.m. with remarks about the resilience of Durham and outpouring of community support. We encourage everyone to arrive early to observe the moment. #BullCityStrong stickers will be provided to all attendees in tribute to Durham's resilience and strength.

Parking is free at the North and South American Tobacco Campus parking decks. 2500 spaces are available.

Planning on being there? Let us know. Read on for further details.

Celebrating then and now

Themed neighborhoods in the American Tobacco Campus (ATC) will highlight the four pillars of Durham 150: history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, and arts and leisure.

Each neighborhood will feature local experts, artists and community leaders hosting exhibits, crafts, and demonstrations. Visit all four to enter drawings for prizes that will include entertainment and staycation packages from Durham businesses. ... That's not all.

american tobacco campus amphitheater

In addition to the themed neighborhoods, there will be live entertainment! Some of the confirmed acts include The African American Dance Ensemble, the Bouncing Bulldogs, Kidznotes, and storyteller Willa Brigham. There will also be a Durham 150 Photo Mosaic Mural presented by Olive & Olive Intellectual Property Law, a 4’x8’ work of art that will commemorate the year’s activities with photos of community members and those present at the Opening Celebration.

That Durham 150 photo mosaic mural will only be made epic with the contributions of Durham community members everywhere. Post photos on Instagram with the hashtag #Durham150 leading up to and during the Opening Celebration.

A story kiosk will be on-site for attendees to share their own story on video and become part of Durham’s historical archives. To close the Opening Celebration, there will be a “Running of the Bulls” at 1:30 p.m. Up to 2,000 interested attendees can adopt a Float-a-bull to race down the American Tobacco Campus river. The top three winning bull owners will win prize packages, and all race participants can take a bull home as a souvenir.

Examples of exhibitors and demonstrations in the Opening Celebration neighborhoods include:

Join us, family, friends, Durhamites, and visitors — Durham 150 is bound to be unforgettable.

Download the Durham 150 guide here, and visit durham150.org for more information.

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