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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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Pumpkin Patch Express
Celebrate Fall with a trip to the Museum’s pumpkin patch! Pick the perfect pumpkin to take home and decorate. Enjoy a variety of activities inspired by autumn. Then, climb aboard the train for a ride back to the station on the Ellerbe Creek Railway! Weekends in October.
Activities include: pick a pumpkin, hay maze, mini-golf, nature bingo, take-home activities, and return train ride on the Ellerbe Creek Railway.
Rainbow Halloween Festival
Drag performances by Stormie Daie, Spray J, G-Clef, and Lil Dumpling.
Gabriel Iglesias is one of a handful of comedians with the distinct honor to headline and sell out the Staples Center, Madison Square Garden and the Sydney Opera House. In addition to being one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, Iglesias is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 410,000,000 views and has over 14 million fans across social media. He was recently featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 40 Comedy...
Liberty Arts Scratchblock Workshop
Carve your own tile mold (scratch block) to be cast in iron during the 5th Annual Iron Pour in Durham Central Park on November 6th!You will receive 1 single 6” x 6” blank tile mold (a block of resin-bonded sand; “scratch block”) into which you can carve any shallow-relief design you so wish. On average the scratch blocks take about an hour to carve, depending on your design. There is no experience necessary, nor any...
The Second City
Join the next generation of comedy superstars as they mash up Second City’s greatest hits and brand-new material along with our signature improvisation in this hilarious show.
Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange)
Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse – the critically acclaimed roots music duo who until recently were known as Mandolin Orange – announce their new self-titled album Watchhouse, out August 13 on Tiptoe Tiger Music / Thirty Tigers and tour dates which includes a hometown stop at DPAC for two shows. With the change of name comes an artistic rebirth: While still firmly rooted in poetic Appalachian folk, there’s a sonic adventurousness informed by...
ZZ Top a/k/a “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas coming to DPAC on November 21, 2021. ZZ Top lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard -- but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still...
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Four-time Grammy Award Winning Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit has released a new album titled Reunions, plus new tour dates including a stop at DPAC for two shows on November 26 and 27, 2021. What happens after an artist has achieved his dreams? That was the major question Jason Isbell was asking himself leading up to the creation of his newest album, Reunions, recorded with the 400 Unit and produced by celebrated...
Holiday Patchwork Market
Shop small batch and one-of-a-kind goods meticulously crafted or found with thoughtfulness and care are available for purchase. Varying price points creates accessibility for all.Mask required.
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