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Labor Day the Durham Way

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Labor Day may mark the (unofficial) end of summer, but that doesn't mean the good times have to end.

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Aug 20, 2018

Soak up the last rays of sunshine in those white shorts, y'all. Laborious? Not this weekend.

Get Ready to Rum-bull

The Bull City Rumble started as a small gathering in a parking lot and has grown into a multi-venue, two-day rally drawing vintage motorcycle enthusiasts from all over. Hosted by Ton Up NC on Labor Day weekend, downtown Durham fills with the sights and sounds of vintage scooters, motorcycles, and enthusiasts from around the world. The weekend includes a juried bike display, burlesque dancers, rock and roll music, and food and drink. The Saturday show is free to the public.

Art Smart

The Nasher Museum at Duke University will offer a highlights tour and exhibits named "Where We Find Ourselves," "Circa 1960," and "God Child" among others. The last art exhibit at The Carrack also takes place this weekend.

Music? Mood

Prefer your art to be of the audio variety? Check out the Brightleaf Summer Concert Series. The performance on Friday, August 31 features Moonlight Rescue Band.

If you'd like to belt out your own tunes, check out West 94th St Pub Karaoke, and if you're venturing outside of downtown, there's always the Big Time Party Band at Brailie's Sports Bar. How about those grooves? Durham Beer and Banjos is the perfect place to lean into some roots, bluegrass, Americana, and folk music every Monday on the rooftop of The Pit.

Test Your Trivia Knowledge

Consider this your bat (bull?) signal to get out and enjoy local craft sours, along with some Batman-themed questions at Durty Bull on Labor Day.


If you’ve ever wanted a chance to sample a diverse selection of local food trucks, make some time to visit Durham Central Park's holiday food truck rodeo. If you’re a big beer nerd, take a Fullsteam Brewery tour and stick around for a pint and a board game.

Cheer on the Home Team

Sporting events abound year round in Durham; the Durham Bulls will still be swinging (for the fences) this weekend as they play the Gwinnett Stripers at the DBAP.

For a comprehensive list of all of the Durham events happening on Labor Day weekend, visit our events calendar.

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