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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

Annual Valentine's Cabaret

The 8th Annual "Cabaret for Valentine's Day" with Ellen Ciompi (vocals), Glenn Mehrbach (keyboard) and Robbie Link (bass). This year's program is called "C"-Ya! and will …

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

Hailed as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," the Austin Piazzolla Quintet, from Austin, TX, performs tango classics, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original …

Duke Jazz Ensemble with Jason Marshall, saxophone

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John Brown.

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 …


Rollin' like a freight-train into hi-octane Rock, Funk & Soul anthems, they give you a slick, new take on some of your favorite tunes earning them a 5-Star GigMasters Rating. Any …

Friday Family FUN Night

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


Girlpool is a Los Angeles based two piece made up of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. Having met at local DIY venue the Smell, the two quickly grew very close. Their sound is comprised only of a …

Hayti Heritage Film Festival

The Hayti Heritage Center celebrates Durham's African-American heritage and its historic Hayti community, which was a thriving enclave in the early 20th century. This annual film festival furthers …

HIP Music Festival - Durham

  • Various Locations
  • (919) 560-2733

The third North Carolina HIP Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival will be performed on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical era period instruments with historical performance practices. …

Juan Alamo's Latin Jazz Ensemble, "Marimjazzia"

Juan Alamo's Latin Jazz Ensemble, "Marimjazzia" makes a stop at the Sharp 9 Gallery

Love Is On The Air

Kick off your Valentine's weekend at "Love is on the Air", a listening party and cocktail hour showcasing stories of love (or “Love Notes”) recorded in the Story Room. The …

Mardi Gras Blue Light Bingo

The themed events includes 5 games of Bingo and entertainment from our Blue Light Beauties. All are welcome to dress up to the theme and this is a family friendly program. Proceeds benefit …

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 …

NCSSM Orchestra and Chorale with Community Collaborative Choir

  • NCSSM ETC Auditorium

Featuring Symphony No 8, Dvorak and Selections from the Mozart Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Brahms Requiem.

Nevermore Horror and Gothic Film Festival

  • Carolina Theatre
  • (919) 560-3030

Nevermore is dedicated to screening brand new horror features from around the world, as well as some fan favorites. Many of these films will never receive a theatrical release in the United States. …

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.

Rare Music Concert: Tango for Two: Old and New Music for Two Harpsichords

Beverly Biggs, Elaine Funaro, and Rebecca Pechefsky perform harpsichord duos by Krebs, McLean, and Janello. Beverly Biggs is Artistic Director of "Baroque & Beyond," a period-music …

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…

$2 SkyRobics Special Event : Kick off to Get FIT Challenge

Do you want to get FIT before the summer? Join one of the sessions of the SkyRobics event kicking off the first SKY ZONE "GET FIT" CHALLENGE. The two special SkyRobics sessions will be …

Adrian Miller and Boricua Soul for Soul Food truck

Chefs from Boricua Soul will cook some of their favorite recipes out of Miller’s award winning book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a …

An Artist Reception for Artist David Mngodo

  • Ngozi Design Collective
  • (919) 972-8550

Join Ngozi Design Collective as they introduce David Mngodo and his work of acrylic paintings in their showroom for an Artist Reception. David's works are primarily done with acrylics but he also …

Best-Selling Contract Bridge Author and Teacher Barbara Seagram

  • The Bridge Academy
  • (919) 724-6239

American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) superstar teacher and best-selling author Barbara Seagram from Toronto, Ontario will present a bridge seminar. The morning seminar is followed by lunch a…

Bull City Burger and Brewery's Weekly Tour and Tasting

Must be 21+ to participate. $5/person, includes tour and tasting of the beers on tap with brewer/guide. The $5 fee can be credited toward a growler deposit the day of the tour. Please call to v…

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604