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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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Author Philip Warburg

The author of "Harness the Sun: America's Quest for a Solar-Powered Future."

Duke vs Louisville (Men's Basketball)

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski welcomes the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class to Durham, N.C. as the latest edition of Blue Devils look to defend their 2015 championship title. 

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 …

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. …

Mack Avenue Super Band featuring Gary Burton, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones & the Christian McBride Trio

The MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up and coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s g…

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry - Big Porch House Concert

  • You'll receive directions when you reserve a seat
  • (919) 286-7963

Newberry and Compton are both veteran musicians with decorated resumes, and they released their debut duet recording in 2012, featuring brother-duet style country music that thrived in the 1930s and …

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 …

Public Service Meditation

  • Durham Friends Meeting House
  • (919) 403-6944

Weekly on Mondays with the EXCEPTION of 2nd Mondays: NO meetings on 2nd Mondays. The loving, uplifting, guided Meditation on Twin Hearts is a form of world service. Practitioners become instruments …

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.

Hip-Hop & The Revolution: A Conversation on Hip-Hop & Global Activism

Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Blitz the Ambassador will speak with Angel Dozier, director of talent booking at Durham's Beyù Caffè, about hip-hop in communities across the …

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

Motorized, professionally guided, who, what, where, when & why tour de force! Every Tuesday Tobacco Road Tours take you to where Durham's roots began & where the City has evolved today. Some …

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 …

Red Hot Mardi Gras Party

With Boom Unit Brass Band and Ellis Dyson & The ShambleThe Terry Wiley Band.

Reflections on Charleston: A Conversation on Faith and Race

Mother Emanuel AME, a southern church rich in African-American history, became the scene of an unthinkable act -- when a gunman fueled by hatred took the lives of nine worshippers at a Bible study, …


  • 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 …

Tasty Tuesdays Wine Tasting

Call to confirm. FREE.

Topics in Jazz w/Dr. Stephen Anderson: Swing Era

Dr. Stephen Anderson (UNC-CH) gives a presentation at the Sharp 9 Gallery on the Swing Era. Using powerpoint, live demonstrations and musical examples.

Tuesday Blues Jam

BNG provides, amps, drums, PA...everything you'll need, just bring your instrument or sticks...sign up and play or sit back & listen to some great blues

An Evening with Graham Nash

Legendary singer-songwriter GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame …

Angela Davis - Rock The Mic Lecture Series

  • A.E. Student Union at NCCU
  • (919) 530-6784

NCCU's Rock the Mic Lecture Series was created to bring outstanding thought-leaders to the campus to encourage student engagement with relevant social, economic and political issues.

Anne McCue Band

Bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist.

Author and Sports Analyst Jay Williams

The Regulator welcomes former Duke basketball great and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams for remarks and and a signing of his new book, Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention. As a …

Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop

The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is …

Discussion: “21C and Durham Under Development”

  In conjunction with Pleiades Gallery's current exhibition, Durham Under Development, 21c Museum Hotel Durham will host a discussion about 21c's role in the city, led by Gerry Link, …

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