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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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3rd Annual Bull City Music Awards

The Annual Bull City Music Awards gives exposure to independent music artists of all types while entertaining its attendees and addressing situations and circumstances going on in our local …

Beginning Hot Yoga Class

  • Bikram Yoga
  • (919) 251-8763

Beginning hot yoga known for its health benefits. First timers welcome! The heat makes it easier to stretch, and everyone leaves feeling great.

Book Release Party - Love Overflow

  • Ngozi Design Collective
  • (919) 972-8550

Fresh music, entertainment and inspiration.

Bull City Music Awards After Party

  • DaNuGen Entertainment Cafe

Music by DJ RNB. Live performances and more.

Digging In: An Artists' Retreat with Big Shed Begins

This retreat brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes for a productive, invigorating, and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual …

Faun Fables

Dawn McCarthy is a writer, singer and theater artist whose work is a sea of gorgeous elemental nitty gritty; haunting melodies, breath, stomping, and natural theatricality led by the voice, rooted …

Fill That Bus Kick-off

Featuring music by Bo Lankenau & Terry Wiley. Bring a donation of school supplies or make a cash donation at the door. Celebrate a Durham Stay-cation with one of these great local raffle …

I Wish You A Boat

  • Ward Theatre
  • (917) 816-2122

The Ward Theatre Company presents its second production of the year, I Wish You a Boat, an original theater piece created by Artistic Director, Wendy Ward. Upon its premiere in New York in 2005, the …

Intuitive Painting

In this workshop, students will learn the process of intuitive painting. This unique approach is about letting go of expectations, experimenting, and allowing your creativity to unfold …

Pokemon Go Meet Up

Pokemon Go meet up in the Showroom of Motorco, which is a gym on Pokemon Go. Players will be able to meet other members of their team from the community. And lures will be dropped during the entire …

SHED at the Shed

  • The Shed

Weekly music hang/ open rehearsal. Get ready for a Jazz Workout!

Soul On Sundays

The soul music fans at Alley Twenty Six are setting off a weekly soul night. Local DJs will be rotating through to bring a variety of musical flavor, always soulful.

The Road to the Apollo Tour

Talent Competition

Tierney Sutton and Kate McGarry

Jazz vocalists, Tierney Sutton and Kate McGarry perform at the Sharp 9 Gallery. Joining them will be guitarists, Keith Ganz and Serge Merlaud

Trajal Harrell

“What would have happened if one of the early postmoderns from Judson Church had gone uptown to perform in the voguing ballroom scene in Harlem?” This is the question Trajal Harrell …

Durham Bulls vs. Toledo Mud Hens

The most recognized name in minor league baseball thanks to the hit movie Bull Durham, for over a century the Bulls have offered affordable family entertainment to fans in the Triangle and …


Footprints delivers an outstanding presentation of four ADF commissioned world premieres by groundbreaking artists, performed with impeccable technique and infectious energy by ADF students. Beth …

Mixtape Monday (with martini specials)

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Mixtape Mondays are for music and martinis. Drop by anytime, any Monday and check out a wide variety of martini specials! Check the events calendar for this week's DJ: …

Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (Ages 5-7) Begins

July 25-29: Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day kids will have work time and dirt time in the children's garden, and will end the …

Supper Club at the Eatery

Featuring Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea Underground & Catering. Jacob Boehm's vision of food revolves around mastering the art of surprise, designing each of his dinners to elegantly astonish and …

Andy Woodhull

Andy Woodhull has been described as "a devilish mix of mischievousness and innocence" by Comedy-Review.com. The first comedian to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he's also …

Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy #43 Graduation Ceremony

Join the Durham Police Department as they welcome their newest officers.

Durham Bulls vs. Toledo Mud Hens

The most recognized name in minor league baseball thanks to the hit movie Bull Durham, for over a century the Bulls have offered affordable family entertainment to fans in the Triangle and …

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

  • Call for meeting location
  • (919) 371-2653

Motorized, professionally guided, who, what, where, when & why tour de force! Every Tuesday Tobacco Road Tours take you to where Durham's roots began & where the City has evolved today. Some …

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