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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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Holidays in the Park
Enjoy a memorable stroll with your loved ones through some of the Museum of Life + Science outdoor and indoor spaces on evenings in December. Follow shimmering pathways and glowing trees through the garden, Farmyard, and Dinosaur Trail. Enjoy the tropical temperatures inside the Magic Wings Butterfly House or stop by Sprout Café for a night-time snack. Take an illuminating train ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway, passing colorful light displays along the way!On Wednesday...
Bijayini Satpathy World Premiere: "ABHIPSAA– A Seeking"
“For four decades,” Odissi dance master Bijayini Satpathy writes, “the Odissi I have known and owned has been someone else’s song, someone else’s making, someone else’s idea, someone else’s feelings and emotions.” Hailed by The New Yorker as “a performer of exquisite grace and technique,” Satpathy spent 25 years as Principal Dancer with India’s famed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble before striking out on her own to create this singular solo work that radically integrates Odissi’s pasts...
Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead
Kick off your holiday season with this annual favorite! Enjoy Christmas games, live music, singing, holiday cookies, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through the historic area. Staff is taking COVID precautions and have made slight changes have been made to activities and logistics this year. This is a unique opportunity to see the Duke family home brought to life as it might have been in...
Art Exhibit — "Jean Charlot: Visions of Mexico, 1933"
This exhibition investigates artist Jean Charlot's relationship with Mexico's Indigenous past and colonial legacy. On view for the first time, lithographs by Charlot are paired with sculpture from the Nasher Museum's Art of the Americas collection. These vivid, dynamic prints draw from Biblical narratives, local textile traditions and the arts of Mexico, both ancient and modern. Duke University students co-curated this exhibition.
Tu-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Selfies with Santa
Grab your gang to catch Santa for a picture every Saturday in December.
Presented for the eighty-ninth year by Duke Chapel, Messiah weaves a musical and scriptural tapestry that tells the story of Christ's life, from birth through death and resurrection. For the first time in many years, the Chapel will present Messiah at Baroque pitch and with period instruments, as Handel himself would have heard it. In consideration of current public health protocols, this year’s Messiah will be abbreviated to approximately 90 minutes, including the Christmas portion...
Holiday Open House
Join us for the return of the annual winter tradition at West Point on the Eno! Enjoy refreshments, historic holiday decorations, festive music, and holiday crafts from yesteryear. No need to register—just drop in, rain or shine!
A Christmas Carol
Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, returns to DPAC. With a cast of almost 100, this wonderful holiday story is brought to life with great songs and tremendous heart. The humor is topical and sometimes biting, but is woven brilliantly into this Broadway quality production. This is not your grandparent’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic!
W-F 7:30 p.m.; Sa-Su 2:00 p.m.; Su 8 p.m.
Art Exhibit — The Future is Female
Investigating history, mythology, identity, ecology, consumerism, and power, The Future is Female illuminates both the legacy and the...
Art Exhibit — Of Soil and Sky
"Of Soil and Sky is a collection of passed-down memories that share the wandering reflections of my existence as a Diaspora child on...
Art Exhibit — "Dimensions"
Solo exhibition by Sterling Bowen. Dimension is a noun meaning “a measurable extent of some kind.” Dimension also has another meaning- “an...
Photography Exhibit — "The Pretend Villages"
Photographs by Christopher Sims. In this exhibit, The Pretend Villages documents the inhabitants and structures of imagined, fabricated...
Art Exhibit — "Patterns of the Passing Wall"
John Beerman’s iconic landscapes are found in major museums and collections across the country; his Three Trees, Two Clouds is one of the...
The Magic of Patinas: New Works by Jackie MacLeod
Works in Metals by Jackie MacLeod
Jackie’s wall-based compositions in copper, brass, and steel, and both natural and man made patinas...
Eutopia Popup Holiday Showcase
Marta Brassil from Eutopia has curated a fresh batch of work from her native Poland and other Baltic regions in a range of media. Based out...
Nine Person Sketchbook Show
View, and handle, books by artists Phil Blank, Catherine Edgerton, Ripley Whiteside, Bethany Bash, Stephanie Witchger, Stephen Gibson, Josh...
TORN: A Year That Changed Everything by Margaret Sartor
TORN is actually a two venue exhibition as an installation of 24 works
‘TORN: The Problem of Human Behavior"‘ is on view at the Broad...
PAPERWORK: New Works by Michael Rank, Ron Liberti, and Kevin Dixon
Kevin Dixon, Michael Rank, and Ron Liberti are all longtime musicians from Orange County who are also visual artists. Michael Rank has...
Rise & Climb
This meetup group meets on the first Monday of each month and always features breakfast and hot coffee.
Start your month off right with...
In Conversation: Bijayini Satpathy
Bijayini Satpathy, formerly of Southern India’s fabled Nrityagram Dance Ensemble — and one of the world’s leading dancers — joins Purnima...