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Events in Durham, NC

Home to almost 5,000 events every year, Durham is a place rich with unique things to do. From biannual arts markets to performances by world-class musicians at DPAC or Carolina Theatre, from workshops led by leading researchers to motorcycle rallies, from interactive classes at the Museum of Life + Science to food tours through Durham’s most acclaimed restaurants, there is always a wide variety of events to capture the interest of any visitor or resident.

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Annual Athenian Grill

Featuring dine in/take out gyros, spanakopita & Greek salads.


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Author Ben Fountain

The Regulator welcomes Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk) for a reading and signing of his new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again: An Election, a Rebellion, and the Next American …


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Bassel & The Supernaturals

Jazz fusion. Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani's family along with 10,000,000 …


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Chefs for Change Dessert Gala

Join Families Moving Forward for an evening of community celebration, local desserts, auction/ raffle, live entertainment, and the unveiling of the 2019 Chefs for Change Series chef line-up. Sweets …


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Chicken Shack

Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of …


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Closing Celebration for Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom

Join for one last celebration of the Visionary Aponte exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery. The evening will feature a dance performance by choreographer and scholar Yanique Hume with UNC's Maya Berry …


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Dance Blues Friday

Inclusive blues dance event.


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DJ Slim at The Tavern


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Dr. Stephen Cushman Lecture

  • ERC Auditorium

Did you know that the largest surrender of the Civil War occurred on the road between Hillsborough and Durham Station at the farmhouse of James and Nancy Bennett? Dr. Stephen Cushman will discuss …


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Duke Opera Workshop presents a Popular Music Revue

The Duke Opera Workshop, directed by Susan Dunn and accompanied by pianist David Heid, presents a revue of popular songs with costumes and staging.


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Free Food Fridays

  • The Salvation Army of Durham
  • (919) 688-7306

Food includes: meats, canned goods, drinks, pet food, snacks, hygiene items, and more. Limit: only one person per household can pick up supplies. Must bring a copy of lease agreement and photo ID. …


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Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger is an American folk/alt country music band, originating from Durham, North Carolina, led by MC Taylor. Hallelujah Anyhow is the latest studio album from Hiss Golden Messenger, …


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Lindsay Kesselman, soprano, & the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet

Opera favorites by Puccini, Rossini, Mozart, Bernstein and more, arranged for solo vocalist and saxophone quartet. Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as an "artist of growing reputation for her a…


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Loyd Auerbach: How to Choose a Psychic or Medium, and Assess the Reading

  • The Episcopal Center at Duke University
  • (919) 309-4600

Loyd Auerbach presents what he's learned about finding "good" psychics and mediums. In this session, he covers how to best assess whether the readings you might get do provide psychic or …


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NCCU Jazz Fall Guest Artist Series feat. Delfeayo Marsalis

The 18th Annual Fall Guest Artist Series, featuring trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis with NCCU Jazz Ensemble and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble.


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Nifty Gifty: Alternative Gift Making Workshop

Instead of going out and buying new gifts, come learn how to make awesome, custom gifts using our unique reuse materials at The Scrap Exchange! Join us for crafty gift making! Participants of all …


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November Dances 2018

Duke University Dance Program’s Fall concert featuring new works by faculty, students and guest artists.


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Paint Your Own Watercolor Fall Foliage

In this 2 hour class, learn brushwork and color mixing to create your own vision of autumn leaves! This is a beginner class and all skill levels are welcome. Class fee includes a watercolor palette, …


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PBR Presents: Queen Plz (Illegal), Gemynii (The Conjure)

With Shirlette Ammons, Henbrain, Hammer No More the Fingers, Real Dad, Ryan Gustafson, Molly Sarlé, Al Riggs.


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PopUp with NC Oyster 365 & Bull Durham Beer

On this special evening, they'll be pouring some of your favorite Bull Durham Beers along with freshly shucked oysters presented by NC Oyster 365! Bull Durham will also be releasing their Winter …


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Ruby Fridays: Serving Life

Drop by the Ruby for a casual art talk and free lunch! This fall, Duke Chapel is partnering with Hidden Voices, a local non-profit, to present an interactive installation created by men on death r…


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Steel County Express

Steel County Express are a modern country and rock party band based in Eastern NC that delivers a high energy show from the first song to the last.


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Third Friday

Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at the Visitor Info Center and at each participating location.


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