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Things to Do in Durham this Week

The best weekly event rundown in the Bull City.

Weekly Events in Durham

(July 15-21)

Welcome to a comprehensive guide of weekly events in Durham – from Broadway shows to intimate performances, serene river paddles to art exhibits, dance parties, food tours and more. Start here to plan your perfect week.

If you’d like to add an event to our calendar, submit an event here. Please check with the event organizers to see if events change due to weather. Have a great week!

Noteworthy Events

Oyster Fest at The Durham Hotel

  • Celebrate North Carolina oysters at our third annual Oyster Fest.
  • This year, we’re extending the party throughout The Durham with our annual Fest on the open-air rooftop featuring live music and shucking demos, refined oyster features indoors in the Restaurant, and a hotel room package for those who want the full Durham experience.
  • Thu, July 18 - Mon, July 22
  • 5-9:30 p.m.
  • No tickets or reservations; all food and drink will be for individual purchase a la carte.

Third Friday at CCB Plaza

  • Durham’s monthly art walk, gallery crawl and cultural celebration, is getting bigger and better than ever! DDI will bring music, fun and even more local art to the evening.
  • Fri, July 19
  • 3-9 p.m.
  • Free admisison

Durham Foodie Fare at Durham Central Park

  • Showcasing the Triangle's diverse food and art scene. Join a monthly foodie and art market series featuring a food truck rodeo, food vendors, art vendors, drinks, live music and more!
  • Fri, July 19
  • 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Free admission

enVISION: The Next Chapter at The Fruit

  • enVISION: The Next Chapter is an immersive interdisciplinary performance that relies not on sight or sound but on the felt sense of sonic experiences and visual perceptions.
  • In a collective creative process, the work has brought together a team of collaborators around two questions: Can we listen to what we see? Can we see what we hear?
  • Fri, July 19 - Sun, July 21
  • $27

Miss B Haven Presents: Dollympics at Rubies on Five Points

  • Join us for a one of a king comedic Olympics day party. Come spend Sunday Funday playing your favorite competitive bar games. Of course, no sports entertainment event is complete without performances so keep those dollars close by for the pop up drag shows happening throughout the games.
  • Sun, July 21
  • 2-6 p.m.
  • $5

Durham Farmers’ Market 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Durham Central Park

  • The Durham Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Chef Trenton Shank has co-organized an incredible event with the DFM to celebrate!⁠⁠
  • Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner to celebrate the market’s history, enjoy incredible dishes featuring ingredients from the farmers and crafters, and support the future of the market.
  • All funds raised from the dinner will support the projects central to the Durham Farmers’ Market’s mission to serve their farmers and local Durham community.
  • Sun, July 21
  • $120+

            Multi-Day Events

            Geek Garage Sale at Atomic Empire

            • Between midnight on Mon, July 15 and Wed, July 17, entrants who have never sold at a Geek Garage Sale can register to be drawn in a lottery for a 4-foot table space.
            • The lottery will be conducted on Thu, July 18 and the 5 winners will be notified on Fri, July 19.
            • Entrants may only register once and must have never been a vendor in a prior Geek Garage Sale.Priority will not be given to entrants who register first.

            Historic Buildings Open House at West Point on the Eno Park

            • Enjoy a look inside the historic McCown-Mangum House, Photography Museum, and Mill.
            • Sat, July 20 and Sun, July 21
            • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
            • Free admission

            Bollywood Monsoon Party at The Fruit

            • The annual Bollywood Monsoon Party is back in 2024. For the first time we are hosting this in Durham. The music will be Bollywood house visual DJ set tapping into various sub-genres of EDM, while keeping the Bollywood sounds predominant.
            • Sat, July 20 and Sun, July 21
            • 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
            • 18+ to enter.
            • $20+

            Movies at The Carolina Theatre

                                          Monday, July 15

                                            Events at Durty Bull Brewing Brewing Company

                                            5 p.m.

                                            Arts & Drafts at Fullsteam Brewery

                                            6 p.m.

                                            Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                            Disc Golf Putting League at The Glass Jug in RTP

                                            6:30 p.m.

                                            Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game at Atomic Empire

                                            Silent Book Club at DSSOLVR Durham

                                            Trivia Night at Ponysaurus Brewing Company

                                            7 p.m.

                                            Flash Chorus at Mettlesome

                                            Community Board Game Night at Moon Dog Meadery

                                            7:30 p.m.

                                            Intervention Comedy Open Mic at Devine's Restaurant and Bar

                                            Movie Mondays: The Goonies at The Glass Jug in Downtown Durham

                                            8:30 p.m.

                                            Karaoke at The House

                                              Tuesday, July 16

                                                Events at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in Downtown Durham

                                                Events at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in RTP

                                                10 a.m.

                                                Supporting Change in Education: Morning Brilliance Fundraiser and Tour at Durham Academy Middle School

                                                5 p.m.

                                                Free Wine Tasting at Wine Authorities

                                                6 p.m.

                                                Erotic Fan Fiction at Arcana

                                                Music Bingo at Boxyard RTP

                                                TICKS! Who, What, Where, When, and Why? at Durham County Main Library Auditorium

                                                "An Artful Summer" Artist in Residence Series at JB Duke Hotel

                                                Pints & Pups at Ponysaurus Brewing Company

                                                Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                                Bring Your Own Vinyl with Jaffar at Rubies on Five Points

                                                “Slay the Dragon” with Kate Compton Barr at The Carolina Theatre

                                                Women on the Wall at Triangle Rock Club

                                                6:30 p.m.

                                                Trivia at Durham Food Hall

                                                7 p.m.

                                                Trivia at Beer Study Durham

                                                King Trivia Tuesdays at Boxcar Bar + Arcade

                                                Not Rocket Science Trivia at DSSOLVR Durham

                                                Bull City Beer Runners Run Club at Durty Bull Brewing Brewing Company

                                                Tuesday Blues Jam at The Blue Note Grill

                                                8 p.m.

                                                Jeremy 'Bean' Clemons Trio at Kingfisher

                                                Eloquent Soul - Open Mic Night hosted by Dasan Ahanu with live band at Missy Lane's Assembly Room

                                                Mystery Skulls: "Forever" 10th Anniversary at Motorco Music Hall

                                                8:30 p.m.

                                                Karaoke at The House

                                                Wednesday, July 17

                                                  Events at Atomic Empire

                                                  Events at Boxyard RTP

                                                  Events at ZincHouse Winery & Brewery

                                                  3 p.m.

                                                  Durham Farmers’ Market at Durham Central Park

                                                  5 p.m.

                                                    Free Wednesday Wine Tasting at Beer Study Durham

                                                    6 p.m.

                                                    Queer Craft Night and Tarot with Joy at Arcana

                                                    Witches Brew at Fullsteam Brewery

                                                    Wine Down Wednesday with DIY at Nailed It DIY Studio Durham

                                                    Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                                    Free RTP Business Rockstar Connect Networking Event at Sheraton Imperial Hotel

                                                    6:30 p.m.

                                                    Trivia Night with Pickle at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in RTP

                                                    7 p.m.

                                                    Bottle Swap: Homebrew Club at Durty Bull Brewing Brewing Company

                                                    Hammered Trivia at Hi-Wire Brewing

                                                    Karaoke Night at Mavericks Smokehouse

                                                    Trivia Night at Mystic Farm & Distillery

                                                    Music Bingo at Ponysaurus Brewing Company

                                                    Jazz Jam at Succotash Southern & Creole Kitchen

                                                    Brett Chambers Open Mic at The Blue Note Grill

                                                    7:30 p.m.

                                                    Urban Bush Women at Reynolds Industries Theater

                                                    8 p.m.

                                                    Air Hockey Tournament at Boxcar Bar + Arcade

                                                    Trivia Night at Bull McCabe's

                                                    Flashback Flicks: 2024 Summer Outdoor Movie Series at JB Duke Hotel

                                                    Karaoke at Moon Dog Meadery

                                                    Savage Knights Vagrancy! at Shadowbox Studio

                                                    Blends With Friends at The Pinhook

                                                    Thursday, July 18

                                                    12 p.m.

                                                    Taking Back Thursday: Johnny Sansone at Boxyard RTP

                                                    3 p.m.

                                                    Guided Museum Tour at 21c Museum Hotel Durham

                                                    5 p.m.

                                                    Thirsty Thursdays at Dashi

                                                    5:30 p.m.

                                                    Walking Club with Bull City Strollers at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in Downtown

                                                    6 p.m.

                                                    Queer Trivia at Arcana

                                                    Vinyl Night with DJ Deckades at Gizmo Brew Works

                                                    Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                                    6:15 p.m.

                                                    Pony Run at Ponysaurus Brewing Company

                                                    6:30 p.m.

                                                    Space Code Youth Open Mic at NorthStar Church of the Arts

                                                    Boulders & Brews Meetup at Triangle Rock Club

                                                    7 p.m.

                                                    2024 Modern League Season 1 Tournament 2 at Atomic Empire

                                                    Trivia Night at Beer Tooth Taproom

                                                    Bring Your Own Vinyl Night at Congress Social Bar

                                                    Thursday Trivia with Nick at Durty Bull Brewing Brewing Company

                                                    Community Board Game Night at Moon Dog Meadery

                                                    Thank God Tomorrow's Friday at Rookie's Sports Bar

                                                    Al Strong Presents Jazz on the Roof at The Durham Hotel

                                                    7:30 p.m.

                                                    Trivia Night with Big Slow Tom at Clouds Brewing Brightleaf Square

                                                    Summer Thursdays: Bring Your Own Team at Mettlesome

                                                    Urban Bush Women at Reynolds Industries Theater

                                                    JP Soars & the Red Hots at The Blue Note Grill

                                                    Trivia Night at Weldon Mills Distillery

                                                    8 p.m.

                                                    Weekly Single Mingle at Boxcar Bar + Arcade

                                                    Trivia at Fullsteam Brewery

                                                    FiNE$$E THA PHANTOM / 13dge / ILUVKXY at The Pinhook

                                                    9 p.m.

                                                    Ay, Now! at Rubies on Five Points

                                                    9:30 p.m.

                                                    Karaoke Night at The Tavern

                                                    Friday, July 19

                                                      Events at Mettlesome

                                                      Events at The Blue Note Grill

                                                      Events at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in RTP

                                                      10 a.m.

                                                      Tasting at Ten at Counter Culture Coffee

                                                      12 p.m.

                                                      Co-Working Social at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in Downtown Durham

                                                      3 p.m.

                                                      Third Friday at CCB Plaza

                                                      5 p.m.

                                                      Guided Museum Tours at 21c Museum Hotel Durham

                                                      5:30 p.m.

                                                      LOJO: Log Off, Jam On at Boxyard RTP

                                                      Durham Foodie Fare at Durham Central Park

                                                      6 p.m.

                                                      Sizzling Summer: Member Artists Showcase at 5 Points Gallery

                                                      Ally J & Kevin Clark and Tarot with Emily at Arcana

                                                      Live Music Nights on the Lawn at Bull McCabe's Irish Pub

                                                      Third Friday at Golden Belt Arts

                                                      Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                                      The Patio Dance Parties: Clueless Fridays at Unscripted Durham

                                                      6:30 p.m.

                                                      Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy

                                                      Sy Smith presented by WUNC Music at Missy Lane's Assembly Room

                                                      7 p.m.

                                                      Live Vinyl Spinning by PhDJ at Beer Study Durham

                                                      7:30 p.m.

                                                      Silent Disco at Hi-Wire Brewing

                                                      The Blackhawk Quintet at Sharp 9 Gallery

                                                      enVISION: The Next Chapter at The Fruit

                                                      8 p.m.

                                                      Pass the Aux at Boricua Soul

                                                      Boxcar Bar Olympics at Boxcar Bar + Arcade

                                                      Stereo Reveries at DSSOLVR

                                                      Open Mic Stand-up Comedy at Durty Bull Brewing Brewing Company

                                                      Dance Blues Friday at Studio 5

                                                      HIRS Collective / .GIF From God at The Pinhook

                                                      8:30 p.m.

                                                      Bachata Dance Night at Moon Dog Meadery

                                                      9 p.m.

                                                      Sy Smith presented by WUNC Music at Missy Lane's Assembly Room

                                                      10 p.m.

                                                      The Floor: Special Guest Shawn Grijalva at Rubies on Five Points

                                                      Saturday, July 20

                                                        Events at Atomic Empire

                                                        Events at Durty Bull Brewing Company

                                                        Distillery Tours and Tastings at Liberty & Plenty

                                                        • Every Saturday, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

                                                        Events at Mettlesome

                                                        Events at Motorco Music Hall

                                                        Events at Rubies on Five Points

                                                        Events at The Pinhook

                                                        Guided Walking Tours with Triangle Adventures

                                                        • 2 p.m. - Downtown Durham Walking Tour
                                                        • 4 p.m. - Durham African American History Tour
                                                        • 6 p.m. - Downtown Durham True Crime Tour

                                                        8 a.m.

                                                        Durham Farmers' Market at Durham Central Park

                                                        parkrun Durham at Southern Boundaries Park

                                                        9 a.m.

                                                        South Durham Farmers' Market at HUB RTP

                                                        Little Leapers Playtime at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

                                                        9:30 a.m.

                                                        Guide Supported Canoeing, Kayaking, and Standup Paddleboarding at Eno River

                                                        Kayaking 101 at Falls Lake

                                                        10 a.m.

                                                        Durham Grown: The Durham County Library Garden Club at Durham County Main Library

                                                        12 p.m.

                                                        North Durham Farmers' Market at Soul Sanctuary

                                                        Crafternoons at Gizmo Brew Works

                                                        Free Wine Tasting at Wine Authorities

                                                        2 p.m.

                                                        enVISION: The Next Chapter at The Fruit

                                                        4 p.m.

                                                        Family Fun Saturday: Neighborhood Cookout at Guglhupf

                                                        5 p.m.

                                                        Saturdaze: DJ Mayor at Boxyard RTP

                                                        6 p.m.

                                                        Tarot with Rene at Arcana

                                                        Live Music: Ryan Mullaney at Liberty and Plenty Distillery

                                                        Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                                        6:30 p.m.

                                                        Sy Smith presented by WUNC Music at Missy Lane's Assembly Room

                                                        7 p.m.

                                                        The Wilted Plums at Huron Stage Music Venue

                                                        Crones of Anarchy at Succotash Southern & Creole Kitchen

                                                        7:30 p.m.

                                                        Lois Deloatch Gomes with Guest Vocalist, Jim Berry at Sharp 9 Gallery

                                                        8-Track Minds at The Blue Note Grill

                                                        enVISION: The Next Chapter at The Fruit

                                                        8 p.m.

                                                        Comedy on Broad at Moon Dog Meadery

                                                        9 p.m.

                                                        Sy Smith presented by WUNC Music at Missy Lane's Assembly Room

                                                        Afrobeats Night at Unscripted Durham

                                                        Sunday, July 21

                                                          Events at Atomic Empire

                                                          Events at Durty Bull Brewing Company

                                                          Events at Moon Dog Meadery

                                                          10 a.m.

                                                          Jazz Brunch at Lula & Sadie's

                                                          11 a.m.

                                                          Pop-Up Brunch with Chef Chick's Bakery at The Glass Jug Beer Lab in RTP

                                                          12 p.m.

                                                          Sunday Dollar Bin Sale for Charity at Rumors

                                                          Farmers Market at ZincHouse Winery & Brewery

                                                          12:15 p.m.

                                                          Public Tour at Duke Chapel

                                                          2 p.m.

                                                          Miss B Haven Presents: Dollympics at Rubies on Five Points

                                                          enVISION: The Next Chapter at The Fruit

                                                          5:30 p.m.

                                                          Durham Farmers’ Market 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Durham Central Park

                                                          6 p.m.

                                                          Louis Landry with Ella Deans & David Puckett and Tarot with Rene at Arcana

                                                          Sensory Swim at Jewish for Good

                                                          Gentle Yoga Flow at ReCity Network

                                                          7:30 p.m.

                                                          enVISION: The Next Chapter at The Fruit

                                                          8 p.m.

                                                          Talib Kweli at Motorco Music Hall

                                                          Jake Kohn / Cody Christian at The Pinhook

                                                          9 p.m.

                                                          Raggae Sundayz at The House

                                                          Running Art Exhibits

                                                          Art Exhibit: "Summer Stories" at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends

                                                          • Works by Carol Retsch-Bogart.
                                                          • Sat, July 13 - Tue, Aug 13
                                                          • Free admission

                                                          Art Exhibition – Holding Space: Dreams and Memories at Ella West Gallery

                                                          • Works by Julia Rivera, Isabel Lu, and Toni Scott.
                                                          • Three artists whose paintings investigate and reimagine what it means to embody the experiences of migration, intergenerational tradition, institutional exclusion, and gender variance. Their works initiate a wider conversation around the concept of space, who is allowed to occupy it, and how.
                                                          • Fri, June 21 - Sat, Sept 21
                                                          • Wed - Sat, 12-5 p.m. and by appointment

                                                          “Summer Stories: Encaustic Paintings & Mixed Media Collages” by Carol Retsch-Bogart at Horse & Buggy Press and Friends

                                                          • Carol finds a surprising link between her former career as a therapist and her current art practice. Key to both is an appreciation of the many layers of life. People’s lives are textured by their past, present, and future with the complicated nuances of feelings, experiences, hopes, and fears.
                                                          • Sat, July 13 - Sat, Sept 28
                                                          • Free admission

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