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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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Special Events

"Wilmington on Fire" Film Screening + Q&A at Hayti Heritage Center

  • Hayti Heritage Center
  • (919) 683-1709

"A massacre kept secret for over 100 years. Now the truth will finally be revealed." Speller Street Films will host a public screening of “Wilmington on Fire,” a documentary …

Aaron Hill Quartet

Saxophonist, Aaron Hill performs at the Sharp 9 w/Stephen Anderson - piano, Jason Foureman - bass, Stephen Coffman - drums.

Adrian Duke Band

Singer. Pianist. Composer. Drenched with the sounds of New Orleans, Adrian Duke's piano is overshadowed only by the raw emotional power of his voice. Although he has found a home as a Blues …

Author Travis Mulhauser

Author of the debut novel, "Sweetgirl."

Carnaval of All Rhythms

With live music from Caique Vidal & Batuque, Capoeira and Batala. Songwriter, Musician and Performer. Native of Bahia-Brazil Vidal is bringing the color and heat of the latin, funk, reggae a…

Cinc Hayes - Meet the Artist and Beer Sampling

Whimsical art creator Cinc Hayes teams up with Durham Beer for a FREE beer tasting / meet the artist event. Ashville' s Highland brewing company will be sampling and singer Ronnie Lee will be …

CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles

CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour featuring Brandy Clark and special guests Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson. attention and airplay to female country artists. For m…

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic …

DISHOOM Bollywood Dance Party

Must be 21+.

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 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 …

eZra Brown

Gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop - language of the human experience. Ezra Brown's music speaks this language.

Filter Theatre & The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

Filter Theatre is quickly gaining a reputation as one of London’s boldest and most inventive young Shakespeare ensembles. The Daily Telegraph praises their “work that dazzles the eye, …

Friday Family FUN Night

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

Hillside High School Theatre Presents: GIFTed

A play in celebration of Black history month. This play was written by the students, including original music.

Manifesting Your Life with Josiane d'Hoop

  • Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus
  • (919) 309-4600

Is it really possible to manifest your desires? Are we capable of "thinking" things in to reality? What happens when you get what you want and do you want, anyway? Josiane d'Hoop has …

Me Too Monologues

  • The Nelson Music Room

Personal narratives on race, gender, sexuality and identity written anonymously and performed by the Duke community. Actors did NOT write the monologues they are performing.

Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622

Exploring Nancy Cohen’s large-scale installation Hackensack Dreaming is to enter a world constructed by the human hand through manipulation of raw materials, a parallel not unlike the reality …

National Wear Red Day for Women - A Pretty Party In Red

  • Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Health Education
  • (919) 477-7611

On February 5th. . .Bring your workout clothes to work! After work, kick off your heels, lace up your sneakers and join a ZUMBA party featuring national ZUMBA instructor, Erica Dixon! Also, enjoy a…

Passion of Flamenco: Belén Maya lecture/demo

  • The Ark, Duke East Campus
  • (919) 684-6054

One of Spain's greatest flamenco dancers, Belén Maya, gives a lecture and demonstration of the art of flamenco with guitarist José Luis Rodríguez and cantaor Francisco J. Orozco.

Quilt Exhibit - "Take Note"

Works by African American Quilt Circle. The Arts & Health Galleries are in the hospital concourse between Duke Hospital and Duke Medicine Pavilion.

Startup Weekend Social Impact

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Triangle Startup Weekend-Social Impact is for social …

The Drowsy Chaperone

  • NC School of Science and Math ETC Auditorium
  • (919) 416-2845

When a lonely theater devotee puts on his favorite record-a fictitious 1928 musical titled The Drowsy Chaperone-the show comes to life inside his apartment! Guided by the Man-in-the-Chair (Colin …

Venus In Fur

  • Common Ground Theatre
  • (919) 384-7817

Auditions are over for the day and Thomas still hasn't found the perfect actress for his new play, an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel, "Venus in Furs." E…

“Carolina in Color” Presentation

  • Stanford L. Warren Branch Library
  • (919) 560-0270

In this interactive lecture Bro. Shem El will explore the legacy of ancient Tri-Racial Isolate groups in the Carolinas presenting a part of North Carolina history that has seldom been told. It will …

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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