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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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1st Sunday Triangle Blues Society Blues Jam

Get your musical "fix" by playing, dancing, or just having a great time.

Art of Cool 365 Presents Ropeadope's Finest: Sidewalk Chalk, Jesse Fischer & Butcher Brown

If you are having AOCFEST withdrawal or just want to find out what all the buzz is about with AOCFEST...this concert is for you. Get Ready for some of your favorite bands on the Ropeadope Record …

Black Soul Street

#BlackSoulStreet Is a Soul,R&B.Hiphop live music experiment composed of four exceptional artist to further the awareness of what still is, Black Wall Street. Providing live music & food. F…

Chick Corea & Bela Fleck

Master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders Chick Corea & Béla Fleck meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet combines Corea and Fleck’s classic tunes …

Fall Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

  • Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve

Join Bountiful Backyards and local herbalist Molly Sweetser on a walk through the woods as the plants transition into fall. See some of the year's last wildflowers and learn about the amazing edible …

Film Screening - "Pawn Sacrifice"

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet …

J Safina

  • Emerald City Ultra Bar And Lounge

R&B/Soul. With Safari Fire. Must be 21+.

Latin American Film Festival

  • Various venues

Founded in 1986, by Sharon Mujica, the Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America's film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North …

Mallarme House Concert - "Songs of the Night"

  • Private Home
  • (919) 560-2788

Music by Franz Schubert - Shepherd on the Rock William Bolcom - Let Evening Come Juliana Hall - Night Dances Max Bruch - 8 Pieces for viola, clarinet and piano featuring soprano Kathryn …

Meals from the Market: Shut Up and Dance!

  • West Village 3 Terrace

The folks at Berkshire Hathaway and West Village Partners know how to party downtown. Come celebrate with these Durham boosters at the pool-side setting of the newest West Village Apartments …

Music on the Plaza

  • Northgate Mall
  • (919) 286-4407

Grab your lawn chairs or blankets, enjoy great music, food and beverage. Beer and wine from Carolina Brewery and alternating food trucks will be on hand including Deli-icious, Rolling Bistro, …

Nasher10 Homecoming - Community Open House

The Nasher Museum presents a museum-wide, daylong celebration on the heels of Duke Homecoming weekend to mark the 10th anniversary of the grand opening of the museum in October 2005. The centerpiece …

NCCU vs Savannah State University (Volleyball)

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 …

Picnic with Lewis Barbecue

  • Green Button Farm

Celebrated Texas pitmaster John Lewis joins barbecue man Wyatt Dickson and the Picnic crew at Green Button Farm for an afternoon of Texas beef brisket, whole hog barbecue and seasonal sides. With …

Play - "TI-Jean and His Brothers"

  • Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg
  • (919) 530-5170

A Caribbean family is in crisis: three brothers are pulled into a dangerous game with the Devil in this fanciful, dark, and ultimately hopeful story of battling despair through fierce humor and l…

Rodenbach Brewery Brewmaster Rudi Ghequire

Rudi Ghequire, brewmaster at the 179-year-old Rodenbach Brewery in Belgium will be at the shop for a Q-and-A session about beer, beer history and the "rise of craft beer culture in the …

SHED at the Shed

  • The Shed

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

Soiree in Support of the North Carolina Collection

  • Private Home - Sears mail-order house, 1928

Hosted by John Schelp & E'Vonne Coleman-Cook. Pre-registration required.


A celebration of all things canine! This year, participants will have a lot to bark about, as they enjoy JUMP! - The Ultimate Dog Show, the 2015 Hyperflite Skyhoundz NC Canine Disc Dog State …

Author Karin Salvalaggio

The author of Bone Dust White and Burnt River.

Flash Chorus

Anyone can show up and be a part of a rocking ad hoc chorus, regardless of any prior singing experience (or lack there-of). If you've ever wanted to express yourself creatively through music but …

Monday Night Acoustic Jazz

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Relax and listen to the wonderful sounds of Russ Corvey and Bo Lankenau as they provide an acoustic guitar duo of jazz, pop, latin, and folk. Start your week off on a great note with this great …

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