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The Full Sensory Experience of Durham: A Moogfest Guide

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Moogfest is about the feeling.

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Apr 27, 2018

Not just the ‘good vibes,' music kind of feeling. We’re talking about the feeling – the tingling in your fingertips, rhythm through the pavement beneath you, can’t-stop-shaking-my-head-because-this-beat-is-so-good kind of feeling. There’s another sentiment that permeates the air when Moogfest comes to town this April 25-28 — anticipation. It’s the eager expectation that what you’re about to see hasn’t been seen before. This gathering of innovative sights and sounds is actually a piece of history being synthesized right before your eyes … and you are in Durham for it.

We’re here to show you that the meeting of musical minds will be unforgettable, but the sensory opportunities around you will be too.

The Sights of Our City

Within minutes of an opening act, you’ll be well accustomed to neon light displays on stage, and strobe lights ricocheting off your favorite performers — this is Moog, after all. But do you really want to see something that'll take your breath away? A short walk away from the main stage at Moog, you can see the largest transparent observation beehive in the region at easy viewing level at the Burt’s Bees headquarters.

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What’s more — Durham’s burgeoning skyline is a panoramic masterpiece. Take advantage of lodging opportunities downtown so you can catch the sun rise and set over the railroad tracks.

Take a stroll down a hidden alley… discover murals that exemplify the creativity spilling out of our local artists and onto the brick faces of our historic buildings. Remnants of industries gone by adorn architecture everywhere. This is Durham — a city that mirrors the innovative cultural spectacle that is Moogfest.

Smell the (Durham) Roses

Moogfest comes at the perfect time of year. The blooms are unabashed in their fragrance, and Durham’s natural beauty is yours to enjoy between sets. Enjoy a stroll through corner parks near the Five Points District, and enjoy grass between your toes a short walk away at Durham Central Park. While you sway to the grooves and breathe in the beats, enjoy the spring air only a Carolina spring can provide.

Where else can you meander down an urban street and catch a whiff of pastries with sprinkles of clove and cinnamon wafting through the air? Ninth Street Bakery shares a bit of magic with passersby daily, and we’re not complaining.

Taste the (Durham) Rainbow

You’ll be dancing your way into an appetite, and you’re within walking distance of all of the culinary creations that put Durham on the map in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and multiple national press outlets. From James Beard-nominated restaurants like Mateo Bar de Tapas to long-time Durham staples like King's Sandwich Shop, you are steps away from mouthfuls of delight.

Beverages across the hoppy spectrum are just a garage door away at Durty Bull Brewing Company, but so are locally sourced and fruity flavored carbonated drinks at Fullsteam Brewery to keep thirst quenched and vocal chords fresh. Parts & Labor at Motorco Music Hall and The Pit mean a vast variety of southern fare and international delights are within an arms reach. Come hungry, but leave happy.

You come to Moogfest to see, hear, and maybe most importantly, feel. Good thing you’re in Durham — from the street to the stage, we’ve got you covered.


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