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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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Special Events

Beauty Operators

Decency lost a bet with the devil on the night the Beauty Operators were born. They are: Leslie Land with her corruptly indecent vocals and grimy bass- Sandee Washington blowing rudely obscene harp …

Bottle 501 and Mims Distributing Wine Tasting

An afternoon of Italian wine tasting from Mims Distributing!

Bull City Burger and Brewery's Weekly Tour and Tasting

Must be 21+ to participate. $5/person, includes tour and tasting of the beers on tap with brewer/guide. The $5 fee can be credited toward a growler deposit the day of the tour. Please call to v…

Bull City Classic

Featuring dozens of Division I prospects and nationally ranked teams, making the Thanksgiving weekend event one of the best national high school basketball tournaments in the country.

Cider and Cookies at the Hub

Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies from the Museum of Durham History every day of December (oh, what the heck, why not start with Small Business Saturday!) during the holiday season. Some …

Duke vs North Carolina

Last year Duke reached the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in program history. Entering her 17th season at the helm of the program, Jolene Nagel looks to build upon last year's success. The Blue …

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 …

FOLDING LIGHT: Artist talk with Gordon and Hicks

Join the Durham Art Guild for a tour of FOLDING LIGHT and a discussion with the exhibition's artists, Heather Gordon and Warren Hicks.

Improv Percolator Sock Raiser: A Benefit for The Durham Rescue Mission

The Triangle Improv Community and The Improv Percolator are getting together for a holiday charity fundraiser that will knock your socks off! Four area teams will perform and all proceeds will …

New School No School

  • The Shed

Weekly, live music.


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

Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. He also represents much more than any two-word definition can convey: a humble, overtly friendly fellow with a talent as …

Santa Photos

Don't wait in line! Reserve your time with Santa and save 30% or more on your photo package! Photo pre-purchase is required to book your time, however all guests can enjoy savings by p…

Santa's Workshop at Northgate

  • Northgate Mall

Santa’s Workshop is free and open to the public Saturdays November 21-December 19th 10:30am-12:30pm Santa’s Workshop Schedule: November 21st – Santa arrival with parade lead b…

Stanley Baird Group

Stanley Baird, as an acclaimed musician, composer and entertainer, has not only become a household item in his home state of North Carolina but he has also achieved wide recognition as an educator a…

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour of Downtown Durham

  • The Pinhook
  • (919) 237-2254

Home to renovated tobacco warehouses, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls, and Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham is about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. See this …

Triangle Brewing Co. Tour

The tour shows the entire brewing process, from grain to glass, and you'll have an opportunity to purchase your favorite Triangle beer in a growler or six pack. Samples are poured before and after …

Wine Tasting

  • Hope Valley Bottle Shop
  • (919) 403-5200

Call to …

Exhibits & Recurring Events

"Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest" Art Exhibit

A new website supports the exhibit with additional photographs and resources http://sites.fhi.duke.edu/paulimurrayproject. With two dimensional art, it’s common practice that pieces are …

"Sharp Focus: Ansel Adams and American Photography" Exhibit

A view into the rich and diverse body of work of one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century. Born in 1902 in San Francisco, Ansel Adams was a pioneering photographer acclaimed for …

"The Enclave" Video Installation

Richard Mosse's immersive 40-minute six-channel video installation shot in eastern Congo. The Enclave is the culmination of the artist's recent body of work and will be on view in the Southeast for …

Art Exhibit - "A Nation Under Our Feet"

André Leon Gray combines and transforms found objects into visual critiques of contemporary society, fusing together a variety of materials to address specific aspects of culture and race. …

Art Exhibit - "CHANGEOVER"

While on tour in 2012 with his band, Les Savy Fav, Harrison Haynes documented the time, spaces, and places spent between performances. His photographic series, Oran Mor / Pointe Ephemere / Feierwerk …

Art Exhibit - "Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection"

In celebration of the museum's 10th anniversary, the Nasher Museum presents some of its most significant works from the contemporary collection. Reality of My Surroundings demonstrates the museum's …

Art Exhibit - "Seeing Now"

This multi-media selection of works by over two dozen artists explores what and how we see today, revealing the visible and hidden forces shaping both what the contemporary world looks like, and how …

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