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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 no 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.
While practicing social distancing, we know many folks are looking for things to do and ways to stay engaged with the Durham community. After all, at the stay-at-home orders' core, it's really about physically distancing ourselves from one another. That doesn't mean we can't find ways to be alone together.
During this time, we plan to publish virtual events and other safe, creative ways for you to remain connected to Durhamites, our local partners, and other Durham-based groups. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Beverly McIver Art Exhibit: "The Light Within"
A nationally known artist who has been named Top Ten in Painting by Art News, Beverly McIver was working nonstop, teaching classes at Duke, leading workshops all over the country, caregiving for her family, and painting when she could. When Covid hit, along with all of 2020’s racial and political turbulence, McIver’s life changed dramatically. McIver faced the chaos and isolation the only way she knew how—through paint.It was an intensely productive time. “I painted...
Family Saturday Series — Al Strong & Trio
“Groove Baby, Groove…A Story of Melodic Triumph…!” – Strong and his dynamic ensemble demonstrate the fundamental components at work when a band protects the melody of a song with groove. This highly-interactive performance provides an in-depth look at what makes a group of musicians sound like one voice, able to bend and shape the sound of music through subtle spontaneity. Along with fine tuning their understanding of musical interplay, audiences will gain a new level...
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! They...
Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk
A family-friendly 1.5-mile walking tour designed for adults and kids (children 8 years & older please) seeking a unique and different downtown Durham, North Carolina experience. The tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history as it takes you to six different Ghost & Paranormal sites including Bull Durham Factory, Kress Store Building, Devil’s Teacher, Hotel Malbourne Memory, Snow Building and the Liggett-Myers Factory stories are on the itinerary. Advanced purchase required. Note: Tour...
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovskyʼs timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hopʼs founding fathers, who...
Beverly McIver Art Exhibit: "The Light Within"
A nationally known artist who has been named Top Ten in Painting by Art News, Beverly McIver was working nonstop, teaching classes at Duke,...
The Time Is Right: A Tribute To Lou Donaldson
Every Month, Hayti pays tribute to the masters of Jazz and the legacy they left behind. This Month they pay tribute to NC jazz legend, Lou...
History Exhibit — " Faces of Durham"
The exhibit features a selection of familiar and lesser known faces from the Bull City’s past and present, highlighting a broad range of...
Documentary Film Screening — "Zappa"
A film about the life and times of the brilliant and genuinely maverick musician Frank Zappa. Director Alex Winter and his team have...
Documentary Film Screening — "Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack"
At 88 years-old, Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter,...
Documentary Film Screening — "Chuck Leavell: the Tree Man"
Most folks know Chuck Leavell from his tenures with the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones. His lead piano on the Allmans’ track...
Winter Wonderland Auction
Just in time for the Holiday season, bid on the perfect piece while supporting the arts in Durham! Shop the Winter Wonderland Auction...
South Durham Holiday Lights, Self-Guided Tour, Most-Festive Homes!
Enjoy a self-guided driving tour of the most-festive South Durham front yards. The app provides driving directions to each home, and a...
Documentary Film Screening — "Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan"
A cinematic exploration of Shane MacGowan’s story, Julien Temple’s film CROCK OF GOLD details Shane’s explosive existence, from his salad...
Documentary Film Screening — "Mayor"
A real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals:...
Documentary Film Screening — "The Changin’ Times Of Ike White"
Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no...
In-person Photos with Santa
Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 & up. This will be a contactless experience. You will experience physical distancing...