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Home to almost 5,000 events every year, Durham is a place rich with unique things to do. From biannual arts markets to performances by world-class musicians at DPAC or Carolina Theatre, from workshops led by leading researchers to motorcycle rallies, from interactive classes at the Museum of Life + Science to food tours through Durham’s most acclaimed restaurants, there is always a wide variety of events to capture the interest of any visitor or resident.

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4th Annual Eno River Race

Join us for the 4th annual Eno River Run, a 6- or 11-mile autumn adventure along the trails and through the river at Eno River State Park in Durham. The course features technical single track trail, …

A Taste of Trinity Festival

  • Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church
  • (919) 597-1386

Church Festival featuring BBQ (take out or eat in), Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Jewelry Sale. All proceeds to help alleviate poverty in Durham.

Ariel Pocock/James Suter Duo

  • Sharp 9 Gallery
  • (919) 486-5299

Pianist/vocalist Ariel Pocock and bassist James Suter perform.

Author Lucy Rozier

Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph, a handsomely illustrated tall tale for preschool and elementary grade children. The author currently lives in Durham.

Composition and Light Class Begins

Light, composition, moment, time, palette and wonder – National Geographic refers to these as the most basic elements of nature photography. This short session will help the casual p…

Dance Performance - "Stations"

  • Durable Durham Warehouse

Durham based dance company The Department of Improvised Dance presents Stations, an evening of structured spontaneity. In Stations, intrepid experimenters reach for new ideas in small places. In the …

Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure

Do you believe in ghosts? The home of Liggett &Myers, Kress & Snow Buildings ghosts, oh, it’s a Pub Crawl! Guests spend approximately 25 minutes in three (3) of Durham’s …

Durham Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour

Durham's tobacco heritage is explored through the stories and experiences of Durham residents. Tour takes about 45 minutes to complete. Bring bottled water. FREE.

Harvest Festival

Bring the kids for giant bubbles, balloon animals, fairy hair, touch a fire truck & a tractor. Bring your appetite for demos by chef Steve McRae of Harvest 18 and chef Dan wright of Primal. …

Health Equipment Loan Program Donation Day

Do you have a wheelchair, walker, shower seat, or cane collecting dust in your attic or garage? Many people need that equipment but cannot afford it. HELP, the new Health Equipment Loan Program, …

Lakewood Flea Market

Spaces are approximately 10' x 10', first come, first served.

Nasher10: Unplugged: Downtown Durham Block Party

Nasher10 Unplugged is a downtown Durham block party to celebrate the Nasher Museum's first decade at Duke and in Durham. This celebration will commemorate a new public art project, a mural painted b…

Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Location: please check at the front desk of the Doris Duke Center …

New School No School

  • The Shed

Weekly, live music.

Paper Shredding & E-Waste Recycling Event

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Weekly free 5km timed run. Don't forget your paper barcode! If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.

Pat the Bunny

Acoustic anarcho-punk from the desert of Tucson, AZ. With Death Has A Thousand Ears, Erica Russo.

Play - "TI-Jean and His Brothers"

  • Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg
  • (919) 530-5170

A Caribbean family is in crisis: three brothers are pulled into a dangerous game with the Devil in this fanciful, dark, and ultimately hopeful story of battling despair through fierce humor and l…

Pumpkin Patch Express

Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the Museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before …

Sandy Creek Monarch Festival

  • Sandy Creek Park
  • 919560419721244

Celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! There will be music, fun activities, talks about Monarchs, and food! Each participant will go home with Monarch friendly plants and …

Selwyn Birchwood

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida's rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural …

Steven Wright

Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. Steven has been seen in numerous films including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Mike …

Swift Creek - Music on Main Concert

Performers entertain the crowd with light jazz, beach music and adult contemporary music in a family-friendly atmosphere so relax and enjoy listening. Follow your favorite performers on the …

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