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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 Bland Simpson

With nearly sixty of Ann Simpson's photographs, Little Rivers joins the Simpsons' two previous works, Into the Sound Country and The Inner Islands, in offering a rich narrative and visual document o…

Career Development Workshop

  • NC Works Career Center
  • (919) 560-6880

Space is limited.

Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp

A four-day training session on how to start and ramp up your creative reuse center. Take it from the experts and a national award winning 24 year old creative reuse art center: The Scrap Exchange …

Ghost Hunters Live

Jason and Steve bring the world of the Paranormal and the wildly popular show Ghost Hunters to you in this interactive stage presentation. Jason and Steve will be sharing some of their favorite …

Grand Opening Celebration for Holton Fitness Center

During the grand opening participants will learn about the fitness programs available at Holton and enjoy a host of activities including a Zumba class and fitness demonstrations. There will also b…

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

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 …

I Need a Plan: Garden Fundamentals - Envisioning Your Garden

Landscape designs allow us to explore different alternatives and confirm our preferences. But many people have difficulty envisioning how the final landscape will look. Suzanne Edney will work with …

Introduction to Budgets for Produce Business

  • Small Business Center at Durham Tech
  • (919) 536-7241

Learn the importance of business budgeting for your produce food business. Entrepreneurs learn how to create simple budgets and important categories to include in the budget along with tips on how t…

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall

Expand your palette of plants with information from this class. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn …

North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra

 The NCJRO maintains a large library of repertory jazz featuring music from the Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, and Stan Kenton orchestras. The …

Tasty Tuesdays Wine Tasting

  • Wine Authorities
  • (919) 489-2884

Call to confirm. FREE.

Tinkering & Drinkering

Bring a friend, grab a beer, and start making stuff at the Museum of Life and Science's tinkering happy hour! Whether you're an amateur engineer or a master maker, they'll have tools and technology …

Tuesday Blues Jam

BNG provides, amps, drums, PA...everything you'll need, just bring your instrument or sticks...sign up and play or sit back & listen to some great blues

Vienna Boys' Choir

Established by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is not just the world’s most famous youth choir, but also one of Europe’s longest-running c…


Do you like contemporary pop, indie rock, or music from the 60's? Conductors: Collier Reeves & Amelia Shull and Musical Director: Jonathan Henderson will teach a crowd to sing two p…

How to Start a Home-Based Business

  • Small Business Center at Durham Tech
  • (919) 536-7241

Many people find working at home the 'ideal arrangement' and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your …

Kobie Watkins Jazz Jam Playhouse

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

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…

Mid-Week Mayhem! Rommel Harley Davidson Wednesday Night Bike Night

Featuring food, beer, music, contests, & more is motoring over to the Blue Note Grill in October! Hang out with friends, hear some great music by The Herded Cats, and enjoy all the fun y…

Mint Julep Jazz Band – Battle Axe Front to Back Concert

Battle Axe Front to Back Concert, wherein the Mint Julep Jazz Band plays the entirety of their new album "Battle Axe" in order of the track listing on the album! With their little …

NCCU vs Gardner-Webb

Second year Head Coach Nicki Holmes and the Lady Eagles look to improve on last year’s 4-25 finish. NCCU returns six upperclassmen from last year’s squad.  NCCU will …

Oysters & Bubbles Wine Dinner

This yearly revelry is a celebration of the best bivalves paired with delicious sparkling wines. This is such a popular event that Blu has expanded it now to two months, October and November, with …

Schooner (solo)

Dishevled-pop-indie-psych-soul from Durham. With Band & The Beat, Jphono1.

The Herded Cats

Kick up your mid-week blues.

Workshop - Your Company Needs a Strategy Boost NOW!

Discover successful business growth strategies and share valuable information on how to: Fail Proof Your Business Featuring Gurus in Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Lending …

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Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604