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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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"Accidental Internationalists: American Journalists Abroad Between the World Wars" Lecture

  • National Humanities Center
  • (919) 549-0661

This lecture will illuminate the field of international possibility seen by a leading fraction of young Americans in the 1920s. It offers a counter-narrative to the well-worn account of American …

Born at Duke Homestead featuring Birthing Bodies by Murmurations Dance

Duke Homestead is usually known as the birthplace of the future American Tobacco Company, but it was also the birthplace of three Duke children. Connect with this universal (and historical) human …

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.

Eurydice: A Mainstage Production by Durham School of the Arts

  • Durham School of the Arts (Black Box Theatre)

On the day of her wedding, Eurydice falls victim to a tragic accident that sends her hurtling into a wonderland of an Underworld: ripped from her beloved Orpheus, the greatest musician in the world, …

Film Screening: The Damned: Don't You Wish We Were Dead

From "Lemmy" filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. "THE DAMNED: …

Folk Art by Eric Legge

  • Tempest in a Teapot

Self-taught artist Eric Legge is well known by folk art fans for his unique style using simple curves to outline brightly colored shapes. But the images of landscapes, faces, flowers, and animals …

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 …

Michael Jones Trio

  • Beyú Caffé
  • (919) 683-1058

FREE admission.

Nature Storytime Series

Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Dates offered: Thursdays from March 17 to June 2. Location: …

Photography Exhibit - Children and the Experience of Illness

  • Duke Eye Center-Connector Gallery
  • (919) 620-5374

Photographs produced by young patients and their Duke student mentors, from the class Children and the Experience of Illness, taught at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Purple Rain

In tribute to iconic musical artist Prince, who died recently at age 57, the Carolina Theatre of Durham has scheduled two special free screenings of the 1984 film Purple Rain. Free tickets will be …

Showtune Sing-Along

  • The Bar
  • (919) 956-2929

Sing along to your favorite Broadway showstoppers. Your bartender and host Tom plays a range of tunes, from old stand-bys to current hits (as well as some movie musical favorites for good measure). …


  • Sky Zone Durham
  • (919) 425-0800

Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on the wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of …

The Art of Cool Presidents Party with The Soul Rebels

THE SOUL REBELS are riding high into 2016 after recently touring four continents including Europe, Australia, debuting in China and Japan, selling out shows, collaborating live with artists spanning …

Walk on the Wild Side

Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Location: Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Participant …

Art of Cool: Jim Ferris, and Dark Water Rising

The Jim Ferris Trio has been a fixture on the local jazz scene since 2008, playing throughout the Triangle, reaching #1 on the Raleigh ReverbNation Jazz Charts in 2015 and 2016 and receiving …

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.

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. Weekly …

Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides

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 …

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 …

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Paddle

"Have you ever seen a shooting star? On May 5, The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower will reach its maximum rate of meteors expected to be around 100 per hour. The group will take canoes and kayaks …

Film Screening - "Blue Velvet"

30th anniversary re-release. There's something going on behind the white picket fences of Lumberton, North Carolina. And after stumbling upon a severed human ear in a field, mystery loving college …

Friday Family FUN Night

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

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