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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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Documentary Film Screening Event: "Becoming Yamazushi"
NC rap staple G Yamazawa premieres his directorial debut “Becoming Yamazushi,” a short-documentary honoring his family’s 37 year legacy of Yamazushi Japanese Restaurant in Durham, NC. Program will also include a Head to Head Haiku Slam, a Tea Ceremony Presentation by Mayumi Yamazawa, and an audience Q&A dialogue moderated by Frank Stasio.
Directed by G Yamazawa, Creative Produced by Beau Sia.
American Dance Festival Performance Season
Since 1934, the American Dance Festival has been a recognized leader in modern dance presenting dance performances, and offering educational opportunities and community programs, while maintaining an international reach.
Hillandale Golf Course Junior Clinic
This one-day instructional clinic will be offered to junior golfers ages 5-10. Juniors golfers will be instructed by US Kids Certified Golf Professional on the fundamentals of the game in a fun, engaging manner.
Single Barrel Experience
Make a barrel Bourbon Whiskey from start to finish. This 5+ hour experience puts our distillery and staff at your service. Starting from grain milling and ending at barreling, you conduct the entire mashing and distilling process and learn distilling details few outside the industry experience. You will take home a bottle of your unaged spirit immediately. After laser engraving the barrel head with your inscription, you will fill a barrel that will be put...
Show Me Snakes Reptile & Exotics Show
The Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show is one of the largest reptile and exotic pet shows in the region. This is a safe and family friendly event geared to educate and introduce people to reptiles and exotics.
The show is also a great place to go if you already have pets, with feeders and supplies from quality sources.
Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo
The rodeo features many food trucks and local breweries. The event is free to attend. You simply pay for what you decide to eat from the trucks’ menus–from savory and stick-to-your-ribs to sweet treats. Dogs are allowed at the Food Truck Rodeo on regular (not retractable) leashes. Food Truck Rodeos are rain or shine. Most trucks accept credit cards but an ATM machine is on site as well. Free parking is available in nearby lots...
Menopause The Musical
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what more than 17 million women and fans worldwide have been laughing about for over 20 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration...
This fun-filled, educational & uplifting event includes entertainment throughout day featuring national recording artists & local performers, food trucks, vendors, health fair, a fashion show, a kids' zone, exhibitors & more.
From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over! SIX has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for...
Music: Over 65 artists on three stages. Juried Craft Show: 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.
Art Exhibit — Whitney Stanley: We Just Be
In 1991, scholar Mary Louise Pratt coined the term ‘contact zones’ meaning “social spaces where disparate cultures meet, clash and grapple...
Art Exhibit — Art of Peru
This gallery features ceramics, textiles, metalwork and carvings produced by ancient cultures across what is known as present-day Peru....
Art Exhibit — "Spirit in the Land"
Spirit in the Land is a contemporary art exhibition that examines today’s urgent ecological concerns from a cultural perspective,...
Art Exhibit — “Extra-Spectral”
Extra-spectral colors cannot be evoked with a single wavelength of light, but rather by a combination of wavelengths. From the technical...
Art Exhibit — Truth or Dare: A Reality Show
Highlighting uncertainty and contradiction, the artworks featured in Truth or Dare: A Reality Show emphasize the importance of questioning...
Donna Stubbs: 5 Points Gallery Featured Artist
5 Points Gallery in downtown Durham introduces a new exhibit featuring the work of artist Donna Stubbs. Donna uses an archeological...
Sequential: New Paintings by Chieko Murasugi and Renzo Ortega
CHIEKO MURASUGI & RENZO ORTEGA: SEQUENTIAL, an exhibition featuring both abstract and figurative works by two artists with international...
What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their...
Buta Omakase at Dashi
Join Dashi as they celebrate the prized pig – or “Buta” in Japanese – with five uniquely pork-centric courses! Locally sourced from Super...
Latte Art Throwdown
Lots of awesome coffee-related prizes (and $$$). Churro waffles, refreshments, and @hatchbreakfast burritos will be available for purchase...
30×30: Art, Nature & Science
A juried art show inspired by the 30×30 global initiative. This exhibit showcases more than 40 works of art submitted to celebrate the ways...