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Every day of the year, there’s a festival, show, concert, book reading, sporting event, or something incredible happening in the Bull City.
Durham is where self-made synth beats are created alongside home-grown and international talent.
Where renowned hip hop artists come home to spit with our next generation of performers.
Where there’s never a need to wait for Friday night; both large and small festivals and cultural events win the hearts of wandering souls from near and far — all week long.
Each year, 5,000 classes, tours, markets, competitions and performances await you here. The key to your next adventure lies in your own curiosity. Come taste, see, hear and discover.
We know many people are looking for things to do and ways to stay engaged with the Durham community. Check out the events below or head to the blog for safe and creative ways to remain connected to Durhamites, our local partners, and other Durham-based groups.
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Music: Over 60 artists on three stages. Craft Show: Over 60 artisans from throughout the Southeast.Food & Drink: Food trucks and vendors, craft beers, wines, seltzers and cider.More: Art and dance demonstrations, fun on the river!
The EnoFest, presented annually by the Eno River Association, raises awareness and funds to protect and restore exceptional places that provide our region with clean water and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas, and open space.
ADF Faculty & Musicians Concert
Join the stellar staff of musicians and faculty from the ADF School as they share their considerable talent with the entire community.
Tentative Program:5:00 PM: Musicians perform5:40 PM: Intermission6:00 PM: Faculty perform6:40 pm: Musicians finale
CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.
Music in the Gardens — Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
“Y’allternative,” “cowpunk,” “alt-country” – critics can’t settle on a way to describe Sarah Shook’s boundary-pushing take on country traditions, but they ultimately all agree – it’s great music. Hailing from Chapel Hill, Shook’s singular talent made a splash nationwide with three widely-acclaimed albums. Their gravely vocals and straight-shooting, personal songwriting as supported by their tight, always in-the-pocket band, the Disarmers, produces a sound described by Rolling Stone as “a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and...
Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Program: The Running Show A 7-year-old falls in love with dance at her first recital. 40 years later, she works every day to stay in the game. At 70 she keeps moving. Co-created by Monica Bill Barnes and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews, and stories. Local dancers join Monica Bill Barnes on stage, learning their parts over one week. Robbie Saenz de Viteri interviews...
Music in the Gardens — IAMDYNAMITE
Musical duo Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips keep fans happy with the catchy, hook-laden rock and pop sounds of their group IAMDYNAMITE. The fast-paced and hard-driving rock of their first album, SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC (2012) propelled the group to success with over 25 weeks on the Top 20 Billboard Alternative chart. The group landed back on the charts with their melodic sophomore album WASA TUSA (2015), showcasing their range with a collection of synth-pop tunes made for...
The Footprints program, which bridges ADF’s performance series and education programs, delivers an outstanding presentation of three ADF-commissioned world premieres, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by ADF students. This season’s choreographers are Charles O. Anderson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre X, an Afro-contemporary dance theater company, and head of the dance program at UT Austin, Kimberly Bartosik, founder of Kimberly Bartosik/daela, choreographer, performer, educator, and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, and Shen Wei, choreographer...
Tobacco Road FC vs Charlotte Eagles (Soccer)
Part of the National Premier Soccer League. Tobacco Road FC existed as a highly successful amateur program for many years in the Triangle Adult Soccer League.
Nimesh Patel is a comedian based in NYC. You should come to this show. His over 540,000 TikTok followers could be wrong about his standup, but they’re probably not. He’s opened for the likes of Chris Rock and has been a regular at Comedy Cellar for 6 years now. If you need convincing, Google him and enjoy the Wikipedia entry.
Vertigo Dance Company
50Program: One, One & One Israel’s highly regarded Vertigo Dance Company performs One. One & One, choreographed by Noa Wertheim and set to a powerful score by Avi Belleli. Performed on a dirt-covered stage, the work creates an arresting sensory experience as it explores the individual’s desire for wholeness and spiritual connection to the natural world. One. One & One was created in celebration of Vertigo’s 25 Anniversary, and its recent engagement at the Baryshnikov...
Art Exhibit — "Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now"
Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now brings together 30 emerging and established artists working across the state. This group...
Art Exhibit — "Helen Frankenthaler: Un Poco Más (A Little More)"
Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) is most known for her bold, colorful abstract paintings. She was a trailblazer in Abstract Expressionism,...
The Magical Realism of Henryk Fantazos
This exhibit features many favorite copperplate engravings from over the years, a medium Henryk has mastered through due diligence,...
"Our House" DAC Student Showcase
An annual exhibition of Durham Arts Council student and instructor visual artwork.
Masks are required to enter the Durham Arts Council...
Art Exhibit — "Watch Them Jump"
New works by DAG member artist Chris Facey.
M-Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Su 12-6 p.m.
American Dance Festival Performance Season
The 89th season of the American Dance Festival includes performances by both emerging and established companies, highlighting the breadth...
Art Exhibit — "Beyond the Surface: Collage, Mixed Media and Textile Works from the Collection"
This exhibition includes approximately 40 works, primarily from the Nasher Museum’s collection. With a focus on collage, mixed media and...
MysteryRealm Film Series
Retro Film Series presents seven suspense-filled nights of the best mysteries and who-done-its. Think slicked streets, dark shadows and...
Party in the USA Kids Camp
It’s not just a song, but a way of life! America the brave! Home of the free! Full of color, music, light, and sparkles. Join in for a week...
Abby Z and the New Utility
Program: Radioactive Practice
Choreographer Abby Zbikowski and crew have created a genre-bending work that brings together a mosaic group...
Here Comes the Sun: 5 Points Gallery Exhibit
Visit the 5 Points Gallery historic building where the sun is shining through the skylights and illuminating new artworks by their nine...