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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

DAC Summer Arts Cultural Camps

Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Each two-week session is a fun and in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of a country. Depending on age and interest, …

Kobie Watkins Jazz Jam Playhouse

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058
  • Starting: June 17, 2015 (Every Wednesday)

Beyú Jazz Jam Playhouse will begin with Youth Jazz Jammers, ages 8-18, who will play 7pm to 8pm. Youth are encouraged to bring a song they would like to play or their own ensemble piece. A…

Exhibits & Recurring Events

"Accumulation" Art: Exhibit

Sculptures by Jeff Zern. With two dimensional art, it’s common practice that pieces are hung undisturbed on gallery walls from the time an exhibit opens until the time it closes. What …

"Art Starts Here" Exhibit

Works by Durham School of the Arts Teachers & Students.

"Forms of Abstraction" Art Exhibit

Featuring new abstract works by DAG member artists Jarrett Burch and Mark Gordon.

"G is for Geography and Growth" Exhibit

From 1860 to 1940, Durham expanded from whistle-stop hamlet to bustling city of 60,000+. Learn what went into that growth in the Hub's newest Durham A-Z exhibit, G is for Geography and …

"Kin" Exhibit

This exhibition includes large paintings and a site specific installation on the floor and walls of the gallery in conjunction with a collaborative performance piece with Justin Tornow & …

"The Call of Cairo" Photography Exhibit

An exhibition of photographs from the feature documentary film, Cairo in One Breath.

"Tiny Situations from the Collective Unconscious" Photographic Exhibit

  • Through This Lens
  • (919) 687-0250
  • July 17, 2015 - September 12, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Photographs by Jessica Berkowitz present a slightly bizarre social commentary played out through a combination of 1/12th scale hand-made models, including animals, and accessories set in …

“Phone Home Durham” Photography Exhibit

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622
  • May 29, 2015 - August 22, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

For this exhibition the Power Plant Gallery invites mobile phone photographers from all walks of life to submit images of Durham County taken with mobile phone cameras or other hand held …

“Pop Stars: Popular Culture and Contemporary Art” Exhibit

Artworks featuring both past and present celebrities and politicians.

Duke Gardens Walking Tour

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • (919) 668-1707
  • July 31, 2015 - November 13, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Enjoy the beauty of Duke Gardens on a guided walking tour. Trained docents will weave the story of Duke Gardens' history and development with information about today's breathtaking garden displays, …

Durham Farmers' Market

Vendors offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, …


New ceramic work by Nathan Hood, Warner Hyde, and Savannah Scarborough. This exhibit celebrates clay’s fundamentally untamed character. Many ancient cultures saw the world as a mix of the …

Illustrations for the Volcano Book; a Cultural Exploration by Stacye Leanza

August 23rd is Vulcanalia – the Roman holiday honoring the god of fire and volcanoes! It also marks the first anniversary of the launch of the picture book “I Built my House on a …

Pencil : Finger :: Brush : Hand by Amy Fletcher

“I am still a little girl walking amongst the trees. What has changed, however, are the colors that shift and transform with every piece I complete. The images are never quite the same, n…

Stadium 10 Theater Free Kids Movie Camp

  • Northgate Stadium 10
  • (919) 286-1001
  • June 16, 2015 - August 20, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

FREE for parents and children to enjoy together! See website for schedule.

Trolley Tour of Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • (919) 668-1707
  • May 07, 2015 - November 13, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Trained guides will lead the way on tours of breathtaking garden displays, garden architecture, native plant gardens, vegetable gardens, special collections, and Duke Gardens' history.Seats …


Special Events

"Beauty is Embarrassing" Documentary Screening

Meet Wayne White-affable Emmy award-winning artist and profane, prolific iconoclast full of frenetic energy and southern verve. You may recognize his incredibly creative artwork from Pee-wee's …

Author David Payne

Author of "Barefoot to Avalon."

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

DAC Summer Arts Cultural Camps

Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Each two-week session is a fun and in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of a country. Depending on age and interest, …

English Country Dance

  • Freedman Center
  • (919) 683-9672
  • Starting: August 06, 2015 (Every Thursday)

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.

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