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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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Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Driving Tour
Discover historic Durham and hear about the rise of the great Tobacco Empire on a comfortable, motorized vehicle. This 2½ to 3 hour tour will include sights such as: American Tobacco Campus, the downtown business district, Ninth Street, Brightleaf Square, Warehouse District, and Parish Street (Black Wall Street), Bennett Place, where the Civil War surrender was negotiated, Historic neighborhoods like Hayti, Watts-Hillandale, Old West Durham, Trinity Park Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Maplewood Cemetery, Old...
Béla Fleck – My Bluegrass Heart
Over the last four decades, Béla Fleck has made a point of boldly going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including Country, Pop, Jazz, Instrumental, Classical and World Music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that’s where he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years, My Bluegrass Heart.
Below Decks With Smut / Ver / Phrenthrow / 05elantra
Below Decks is a monthly party presented by Party Illegal, The Floor and Blends With Friends that showcases some of our favorite local DJs. The last Thursday of every month, they take over the basement of The Fruit for a night of deep dance music. No one turned away for lack of funds. May's lineup features artists representing Madhouse Crew and Krewe De Tous and several folks who will be performing at Slingshot Festival this...
Frim Fram Friday
Swing by Mystic Farm and Distillery for a never-forget swing dancing class. Get ready to “cut a rug” with Joel & Jackie Plys from Retro Rhythm. They specialize in Swing Era dancing from the 1920s-50s. Swing Dancing is a great way to get fit, have fun, and socialize. No partner is required for the lesson. There will be a 30 minute class from 7-7:30pm to teach you how to swing, followed by social dancing from...
Triangle Area Throwers Practice
Highland athletic games practice. Open to the public.
Memorial Day Remembrance Event
Following the American Civil War, a "Decoration Day" began in communities across America remembering soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Senator John A. Logan, a former Union officer on staff with Major General William T. Sherman, was instrumental in making this a formal national day honoring our fallen soldiers, which became Memorial Day. Join military historians representing the American soldier of all time periods throughout our nation's history.
Mystic Memorial Day
2 Live Music Bands Fire Dancers Beach Toys Apple Pie Eating Contest Bouncy House Cornhole Contest Yard Games Slip 'n Slide Splash Pad For Kids Food Trucks
Robert Earl Keen – I’m Comin’ Home
Legendary Texas songwriter and entertainer Robert Earl Keen wraps up 41 years on the road with his 2022 final tour, I’m Comin’ Home: 41 Years On The Road. With a catalog of 21 albums, his band of stellar musicians, and many thousands of shows under his belt, Pollstar ranked Keen in its “Top 20 Global Concert Tours” in July, 2021. Keen has blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend status in the Americana music world.
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...
St. Olaf Choir
For more than a century, the St. Olaf Choir has set the gold standard for choral singing, performing for millions around the world. Comprised of 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is hailed as one of the nation’s premier a cappella ensembles, renowned for its artistry and beauty of sound.“We seek to be a transforming force in society through choral performance, bringing understanding, mercy, justice, peace, and hope to a world that desperately cries...
Author Talk: The Wilmington Ten
Join Durham County Library for a lecture by Dr. Kenneth R. Janken on his book about the case of The Wilmington Ten, civil rights struggles...
Hops & Blues Festival
Featuring amazing beer from some of your favorite hop-centric breweries, a killer music line-up, and some awesome grub available for...
Durham Blues and Brews Festival
The Durham Blues and Brews Festival is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Exchange Club of Greater Durham. The Festival offers an...
Paint & Sip: Blessed
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...
No outside beverages other than a sealed water bottle no larger than 1 quart. Blankets are allowed, chairs are not. Proof of vaccination or...
Black Kung Fu Cinema: TNT Jackson
Speller Street Films Presents Black Kung Fu Cinema: TNT JACKSON
THIS IS A SEATED EVENT
Karate expert T.N.T. Jackson leaves Harlem and...
Join Two Sisters staff on the water for a Sunset Float. You'll paddle a short distance to a perfect spot for sunset viewing. Along the way...
Twin sisters will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams as Bulldog Ensemble Theater presents this chillingly funny play...
Eric Williams Sextet
Proof of vaccination required.
Jambalaya Soul Slam Paper Thin Poetry Slam
See wordsmiths bring stories to life on stage. The best poets in the area compete for a cash prize.
The Triangle’s longest running poetry...
Queer Agenda Dance Party
Must be 21+Masks and proof of vaccination or proof negative PCR test from prior 48 hours required.