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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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Author Karen Branan

Karen Branan will be reading from her new book, "The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia.


Blitz the Ambassador

Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador makes no bones about his mission. He blends elements of Ghanaian highlife with the fiercest and most socially engaged ’90s hip-hop, drawing …


Durham Chamber Annual Meeting

Hear from local leaders, celebrate Durham successes, and discuss the big shifts propelling Durham forward.


English Country Dance

  • Freedman Center
  • (919) 683-9672

Beginners welcome; all dances taught; no partner necessary. Live music on 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Gender-free calling. Bring non-street shoes or dance in socks.


Green Level Entertainers

A local supergroup of sorts, the Green Level Entertainers have been playing acoustic music together for close to 25 years; the quartet of progressive-minded pickers includes New Deal String Band …


Hayti Heritage Film Festival

The Hayti Heritage Center celebrates Durham's African-American heritage and its historic Hayti community, which was a thriving enclave in the early 20th century. This annual film festival furthers …


HIP Music Festival - Durham

  • Various Locations
  • (919) 560-2733

The third North Carolina HIP Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival will be performed on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical era period instruments with historical performance practices. …


Irish Learning Jam

Jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs. Whatever your fancy, we probably play it. This Learning Jam is designed to build a common repertoire of tunes you'll hear in local Irish sessions; phrase by …


Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622

Exploring Nancy Cohen’s large-scale installation Hackensack Dreaming is to enter a world constructed by the human hand through manipulation of raw materials, a parallel not unlike the reality …


Panel Discussion: Collecting and Presenting Work by Artists of African Descent

Join a lively conversation on collecting and presenting work by artists of African descent, with The New York Times art critic Holland Cotter, Studio Museum in Harlem Director Thelma Golden, San …


Quilt Exhibit - "Take Note"

Works by African American Quilt Circle. The Arts & Health Galleries are in the hospital concourse between Duke Hospital and Duke Medicine Pavilion.


SkyRobics

  • Sky Zone Durham
  • (919) 425-0800

Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on the wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of …


The Underground Beat Battle

16 Producers / 1 Winner... Full Street Wings will be serving food. Beat Battles, Freestyle Battles, Poetry open Mics, Art Galleries, Dance showcases! All in the name of the real hip hop & …


Venus In Fur

  • Common Ground Theatre
  • (919) 384-7817

Auditions are over for the day and Thomas still hasn't found the perfect actress for his new play, an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel, "Venus in Furs." E…


Annual Valentine's Cabaret

The 8th Annual "Cabaret for Valentine's Day" with Ellen Ciompi (vocals), Glenn Mehrbach (keyboard) and Robbie Link (bass). This year's program is called "C"-Ya! and will …


Austin Piazzolla Quintet

Hailed as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," the Austin Piazzolla Quintet, from Austin, TX, performs tango classics, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original …


Duke Jazz Ensemble with Jason Marshall, saxophone

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John Brown.


Duke Street Dogs

The Duke Street Dogs have been referred to as a "populist" band. They play a mix of old and new, original material, country and jazz, rock, Tin Pan Alley, bluegrass, and old-time. Weekly …


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 …


Free For All Friday: CROSSOVERDRIVE

Rollin' like a freight-train into hi-octane Rock, Funk & Soul anthems, they give you a slick, new take on some of your favorite tunes earning them a 5-Star GigMasters Rating. Any …


Friday Family FUN Night

DJ Music. Chase Dawson (The Kid DJ) in the house pumping cool tunes starting 6pm.


Girlpool

Girlpool is a Los Angeles based two piece made up of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. Having met at local DIY venue the Smell, the two quickly grew very close. Their sound is comprised only of a …


Juan Alamo's Latin Jazz Ensemble, "Marimjazzia"

Juan Alamo's Latin Jazz Ensemble, "Marimjazzia" makes a stop at the Sharp 9 Gallery


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