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Annual Events & Festivals

The only way through is to do.

We believe that Durham must be felt, experienced, and traversed personally to be known. The essence of this place is embedded deep within the fabric of our uniquely Durham annual events — and there are many.

Art. Music. History. Cuisine. From the blooms of spring to the coziness of winter, Durham is filled with festivals. From heritage, film and dance festivals, to more unique events like cold-weather scooter rallies and an outlandish Beaver Queen Pageant. Here, we eat donuts before, during and after we compete our triathlons, and we unapologetically love the uniqueness of each parade, show and celebration.

Whether you’re here to see “Hamilton” or visit a ballpark brewery, you’ll find that your passions can and will be nurtured here. Year after year. Month after month. Day after day.

Durham Events & Festivals

January | February | March

January | February | March

JANUARY
Kwanzaa Celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture and celebrate both the holiday season and Durham's diversity.

FEBRUARY
The Hayti Heritage Film Festival showcases diverse works by and about people of African descent. It includes both short and feature-length films from an international cast of directors, as well as classic feature films.

MARCH
Aiming to "stimulate and educate your palate," the Bull City Food & Beer Experience features food samples from 30 Durham restaurants and beer tastings from 50 breweries.

April | May | June

April | May | June

APRIL
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
is a four-day international festival featuring nearly 100 documentary films and the directors, producers, and subjects who make them.

MAY
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival
celebrates African American culture with food, arts and crafts, kids' activities, and music.

JUNE
The Beaver Queen Pageant is a fundraiser and a local beauty pageant that features contestants dressed in elaborate beaver-themed costumes. Also, Durham's annual Juneteenth celebration celebrates African American Independence Day.

July | August | September

July | August | September

JULY
The Festival for the Eno features dozens of musical acts on multiple stages, along with art, hands-on crafts, food, beer, and water activities.

AUGUST
Bull City Rumble
is a vintage motorcycle and scooter rally hosted by Ton Up NC on Labor Day Weekend.

SEPTEMBER
The Art of Cool Festival is a Durham-born festival featuring a line-up of incredible artists. Black Wall Street: Homecoming is a celebration of Black success, business, and culture. CenterFest Arts Festival is an art and community-focused street festival in downtown Durham. Pride: Durham is all about unity and celebrating equality in Durham.

October | November | December

October | November | December

OCTOBER
World Beer Festival brings together more than 250 world-class beers from breweries around the world

NOVEMBER
Durham Art Walk Holiday Market provides patrons with the chance to buy one-of-a-kind pieces from local artists. NC Comicon & Comiquest Film Festival is a two-day comics and film festival headquartered at the Durham Convention Center.

DECEMBER
Experience Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead and discover how one of the most important families in Durham history would have celebrated.