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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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A Christmas Carol

This is not your grandparent’s version of the Charles Dickens' classic! Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 44th Anniversary and will …


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Ann Hampton Callaway: Diva Power

Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. …


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Dance Blues Friday

Inclusive blues dance event.


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Delta Rae

Six-piece band Delta Rae hails from Durham, NC with Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes fronting the robust group with sultry harmonies rounded out by Holljes' brothers Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian …


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DJ Slim at The Tavern


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Durham's Black Nativity

Durham's Black Nativity is an annual soulful celebration of the birth of Jesus. The cast features 100 talented singers, dancers and musicians.


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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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Holiday Hootenanny

  • Arcana
  • (919) 973-1675

Enjoy the best craft cocktails in Durham accompanied by Tea Cup Gin's unusual collection of seasonal songs sprinkled into sets of torchy blues and jumpin jazz.


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Lady Misrule

When disgraced ad man Stephen Wurth learns of his daughter's death, the only thing more shocking than the news is where he must go to retrieve her: the North Pole. There, he'll be embroiled in a …


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Louis Austin Exhibit Opening Event

The opening of an exhibit examining the life of Louis E. Austin, editor and publisher of The Carolina Times newspaper from 1927 to his death in 1971. Exhibit curated by Dr. Jerry Gershenhorn, who …


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NCCU Faculty Holiday Concert

NCCU‘s Jazz Faculty celebrates with an evening of music of traditional jazz holiday favorites. The NCCU Jazz Studies program - an NCCU Area of Distinction, "where Jazz still swings" -…


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Santa Paws

An evening of holiday fun with your canine friends! This event will feature pictures with Santa, a holiday pet market, and food vendors.


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Santa Photos

Don't wait in line! Reserve your time with Santa and save on your photo package! Photo pre-purchase is required to book your time, however all guests can enjoy savings by pre-purchasing a photo …


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Santa Selfies

Bring your camera and take a Santa Selfie! Santa will be at Northgate and ready to visit with children of all ages. Bring your phone or camera and enjoy taking candid photos with Santa.


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The Wusses

With Beauty Operators. All ages show.


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Unexposed Microcinema Film Screening

  • Unexposed Microcinema

Filmmaker Jean-Jacques Martinod is coming through town from Canada with a beautifully curated program he's put together. Screening is free and of course, BYOB. There'll also be popcorn. Program: …


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Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham Christmas concert

Annual Christmas concert presented by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham.The concert will consist of familiar carols and other holiday selections and should last approximately 90 minutes.


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West 94th St Pub Karaoke

Hosted by All King Entertainment.


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2018 Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair

Featuring over 45 local makers and artists in attendance. Mediums range from pottery, painting, textile arts, photography, jewelry and much more!


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A Very Merry Durham! at Fullsteam

An exuberant & absurd holiday variety show full of ho-ho-hokum.


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Alex Weiss and Different Drum Trio

Performing in the courtyard if weather permits-North Building common area if not.


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