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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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CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.
Music in the Gardens — Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
“Y’allternative,” “cowpunk,” “alt-country” – critics can’t settle on a way to describe Sarah Shook’s boundary-pushing take on country traditions, but they ultimately all agree – it’s great music. Hailing from Chapel Hill, Shook’s singular talent made a splash nationwide with three widely-acclaimed albums. Their gravely vocals and straight-shooting, personal songwriting as supported by their tight, always in-the-pocket band, the Disarmers, produces a sound described by Rolling Stone as “a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and...
Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Program: The Running Show A 7-year-old falls in love with dance at her first recital. 40 years later, she works every day to stay in the game. At 70 she keeps moving. Co-created by Monica Bill Barnes and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews, and stories. Local dancers join Monica Bill Barnes on stage, learning their parts over one week. Robbie Saenz de Viteri interviews...
Music in the Gardens — IAMDYNAMITE
Musical duo Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips keep fans happy with the catchy, hook-laden rock and pop sounds of their group IAMDYNAMITE. The fast-paced and hard-driving rock of their first album, SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC (2012) propelled the group to success with over 25 weeks on the Top 20 Billboard Alternative chart. The group landed back on the charts with their melodic sophomore album WASA TUSA (2015), showcasing their range with a collection of synth-pop tunes made for...
The Footprints program, which bridges ADF’s performance series and education programs, delivers an outstanding presentation of three ADF-commissioned world premieres, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by ADF students. This season’s choreographers are Charles O. Anderson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre X, an Afro-contemporary dance theater company, and head of the dance program at UT Austin, Kimberly Bartosik, founder of Kimberly Bartosik/daela, choreographer, performer, educator, and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, and Shen Wei, choreographer...
Nimesh Patel is a comedian based in NYC. You should come to this show. His over 540,000 TikTok followers could be wrong about his standup, but they’re probably not. He’s opened for the likes of Chris Rock and has been a regular at Comedy Cellar for 6 years now. If you need convincing, Google him and enjoy the Wikipedia entry.
Tobacco Road FC vs Charlotte Eagles (Soccer)
Part of the National Premier Soccer League. Tobacco Road FC existed as a highly successful amateur program for many years in the Triangle Adult Soccer League.
Vertigo Dance Company
50Program: One, One & One Israel’s highly regarded Vertigo Dance Company performs One. One & One, choreographed by Noa Wertheim and set to a powerful score by Avi Belleli. Performed on a dirt-covered stage, the work creates an arresting sensory experience as it explores the individual’s desire for wholeness and spiritual connection to the natural world. One. One & One was created in celebration of Vertigo’s 25 Anniversary, and its recent engagement at the Baryshnikov...
Music in the Gardens — Hank, Pattie and the Current
Bluegrass visionaries Hank Smith (banjo) and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw’s (fiddle) innovative twist on traditional bluegrass music is a soulful brew flavored with classical, Motown, jazz, and pop sounds. Joined by Billie Feather on guitar and Stevie Martinez on bass, this dynamic local group is performing in support of their fourth album, Rise Above, from Robust Records. Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf of The Brother Boys will kick off the evening with their fresh take on...
Music in the Gardens — Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Two-time Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien leads his 5-piece Zydeco Experience band in an exhilarating celebration of zydeco music, Louisiana tradition, and Simien’s Creole roots. Simien’s extraordinary instrumental skills, vocal talent, and passion for roots music traditions have helped keep zydeco music on the global stage for the past four decades. Simien and his long-time band will transport you to South Louisiana with an unforgettable evening of tight vocal harmonies and energetic zydeco sounds that...
Tim Heidecker (from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and beyond) is taking his “No More Bullshit” stand-up character on the road, as well as his Very Good Band to present the first two-act evening of Tim Heidecker comedy and music. Heidecker’s “An Evening with Tim Heidecker” stand-up special has reached over 1 million views on YouTube, and has prompted publications like Vulture to dub him “the poet laureate of delusional assholes.” Truly, the...
July 4th Cookout on the Roof
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a classic cookout on the Roof. Chefs Shane and Jeff will grill hamburgers and hotdogs on the open-air...
Triangle Rock Club X Fleet Feet Running Meetup
Starting from Triangle Rock Club - Durham, Fleet Feet and TRC facilitators will guide a running group down the Third Fork Creek Greenway...
City of Durham July 4th Celebration
Gates will open for general admission at the end of the 7th inning based on availability for those that would like to view the fireworks...
Durham City of Medicine Walking Tour
The Bull City, the City of Medicine; Durham North Carolina. A delightful 90-minute downtown Durham orientation walking tour.
Women on the Wall
This 1-hour meetup will explore the adventure of climbing in a close and supportive atmosphere. Learn to focus your attention on your...
Paint & Sip: Blue Crab
Wine & Design is not your typical Paint n' Sip class. Be prepared to listen to music, laugh and let go of stress. Bring a guest or come...
Roland Burnot Quartet
Roland Burnot is a Saxophonist brought up through the Durham Jazz Workshops through middle and high school. Roland is a current student at...
Tuesday Blues Jam
Be part of one of the longest running open blues jams in the triangle. Share the stage with other blues musicians in the area. They provide...
Open to everything but comedy.
CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced...
Alley Twenty Six’s Islands in the Alley
Islands in the Alley returns to Alley Twenty Six. The retro themed pop-up features tropical food and drinks harkening back to the era of...
Kaiju-Quest Film Series
Kaiju are the mortal enemies of skyscrapers everywhere! Literally meaning “strange beast,” it is a Japanese genre of films featuring giant...