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Enjoy an artsy weekend in Durham, NC

Visit Durham, NC to enjoy a weekend full of artistic and cultural experiences.

Posted By Heather Darnell on Dec 08, 2017

There are many things to do in Durham, NC, including concerts, art museums, Broadway shows, and more! Whether you like discovering artists at local galleries, or seeing your favorite musician on the big stage, Durham, NC attractions are right for you.


Peruse internationally famous art exhibits at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Until January, the Nasher is exhibiting The Medici’s Painter, featuring works of Carlo Dolci, the iconic 17th-century painter, and Disorderly Conduct, a collection of contemporary American paintings and sculpture.

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Discover the best of Broadway or enjoy a concert from one of your favorite artists. This winter, the SunTrust Broadway series at Durham Performing Arts Center, DPAC, is featuring touring productions of On Your Feet!, Les Misérables, and Phantom of the Opera. You can also see musicians like folk legend Arlo Guthrie, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles and The Temptations and the Four Tops. Don’t miss a production from Manbites Dog Theater Company, one of the best-kept secrets of the Durham arts community. See The Miraculous and the Mundane, a play about an African-American family whose patriarch falls ill.

Make a point to visit Durham during Third Friday, a monthly art walk. On January 19 and February 16 stroll through Downtown Durham stopping at local art galleries like The Carrack, Pleiades, and the Durham Arts Council.


No trip to The Tastiest Town in the South according to Southern Living magazine would be complete without viewing the artistry of chefs using plates as their palettes!

Savor a meal at The Restaurant at the Durham for a dinner from James Beard award-winning chef Andrea Reusing in a mid-century modern former bank building. You can also enjoy original pieces of artwork while you dine on Southern-influenced food at the 21c Museum Hotel’s Counting House restaurant. Taste the bounty of farm fresh seasonal produce from Piedmont chef John May or try Spanish tapas with a southern flair at Mateo from chef Matthew Kelly.


In an artsy town like Durham, discover dozens of small independently-owned shops in areas such as Ninth Street or Brightleaf. In Downtown Durham stop by Chet Miller for carefully curated gifts and decor, discover unique items and jewelry at Indio in Brightleaf, and browse Vega Metals for a truly unique metal piece made by Durham blacksmiths.


In Downtown Durham, stay at The 21c Museum Hotel, which boasts a contemporary art museum that is open to the public 24/7 and features up and coming artists. Enjoy a laid-back vibe at The Unscripted, a newly renovated mid-century motor lodge. Pull into the parking garage to admire commissioned graffiti from local artists.

For more information on Durham travel, click here to see a Durham, NC map.

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Heather Darnell