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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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Bottle 501 Laurence O. Vuelta Wine Tasting

Taste Aveniu selections perfect for your Thanksgiving parties and meals!


With Bigg Brad, FLUent, The Kush Administration, Just Jess.

Duke vs NC State (Volleyball)

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 …

Duke vs Yale (Men's Basketball)

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski welcomes the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class to Durham, N.C. as the latest edition of Blue Devils look to defend their 2015 championship title. 

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.

Holiday Dance Party with Clark Stern & Chuck Cotton

Bluesman Clark Stern has played piano alongside genre notables such as Lurrie Bell, Anson Funderburgh and Billy Boy Arnold, but he's joined tonight by local drum veteran Chuck Cotton ( Bob M…

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…

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…

Career Development Workshop

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

Space is limited.

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.

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 …

Last Thursday @ Liberty Arts

Meet and talk with artists working in Metal, Stone, Wood and Clay.

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…

Thanksgiving at The Durham

Featuring hors d'ouvres, oysters, and heritage tukey. See website for full menu.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Executive Chef Michael Lustig has created an exquisite menu that includes soup, salads, omelet station. turkey/ham/beef entree, side dishes and desserts. Reservations …

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club's traditional holiday buffet on Thanksgiving Day includes a bountiful array of chilled seafood and salads, hot entrees and side dishes, a chef carving station …

Thanksgiving Dinner at Counting House

Reservations required.

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle

Tickets are available for being seated every half-hour. The raffle will begin around 3:45pm. Advance tickets required; payments are non-refundable.

Black Friday Cask Tapping

Featuring offerings from Evil Twin. Even More Jesus Imperial Stout has been aging in the cellar since early 2014 and is ready to fill your palate with flavor! Plus Mission Gose; tart, salty, low in …

Black Friday- Volunteer Day in the Garden! with SEEDS

Volunteers will be making the garden perdy and productive by preparing and cleaning up the garden for its winter nap. Weed, lay compost, mulch, prune, beautify! By working that shovel and …

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.

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.

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 Introductory Fencing Class

  • Mid-South Fencers' Club
  • (919) 286-3100

Join a Mid-South staff member for a brief intro to fencing that includes a tour of the facility, learning about the different types of Olympic weapons and even test your hand with the sword! Open to …

Friday Family FUN Night

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

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