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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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Geezer Pleezer 4 Miler

Carolina Godiva Track Club - Start time based on age and sex. Run starts and ends on school campus.

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. …

Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz Quartet special Valentine's Concert

Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz perform with their Quartet featuring, Al Strong, Paul Creel and Jon Curry.

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.

Rock-a-bye Baby Shower & Blues Jam for Amanda Duncan & Josh Preslar

It's a boy! Help celebrate the love with a baby shower and open jam.

SHED at the Shed

  • The Shed

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

Special Tour: The Art of Love

Enjoy a special St. Valentine's Day tour of works in the collection with gallery guide Ruth Caccavale. Individuals, or groups of fewer than 10 people, may take a guided public tour of the Nasher …

The King’s Daughters Inn Annual Sparkling Wine Tasting

Featuring 5 different champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world - dry to sweet to try something new. Each is paired with an interesting bite to complement the character of the …

The Love Market

  • Bull City Ciderworks
  • (336) 988-0589

Treat yourself and bring someone you heart to The Love Market. Local makers, live music by Eugene Chadbourne & Buddhalicious, Food truck!

Valentine's Day " All Inclusive " Romance Package

Enjoy a unique "all inclusive" Valentine's Day experience. Packages include a romantic dinner for two, dancing, and overnight accomodations in one of the Sweetheart suites at the Comfort …

Valentine's Day at The Durham

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a 3-course tasting menu dinner featuring Cape Hatteras oysters, black truffles, dry aged grass-fed beef, local vegetables, and baked alaska for two.

Valentine's Day Nature Walk

Spend the morning with your sweetie on the trails of Little River Park. This informal group walk will be at a pace which allows for picture taking and enjoyment of the natural surroundings. There …

Valentine's Dinner

Three courses. Reservations …

Venus In Fur

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…

Winter Hike - Laurel Bluffs Trail

  • Eno River Association Office

The Laurel Bluffs trail features lovely views of the river from high, rocky bluffs as well as habitat that supports a population of Mountain Laurel. This rolling, hilly trail also passes by …

Winter Wind Ensemble Concert

  • NCSSM ETC Auditorium

Featuring Russian Sailors Dance, Of Sailors and Whales, and other songs of the sea.

Going Beyond Z with KIPP

Mike Feinberg, co-founder of Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) will discuss lessons learned from KIPP’s 21 years as a traditional public school and public charter school helping children …

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 …

NCCU vs. Florida A&M (Women’s Basketball)

Fourth year head Coach Vanessa Taylor and the Lady Eagles of NCCU will defend their home court 10 times this season. The doors to the gym will open for entry and sales on the day of the game one h…

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