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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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“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 …

An Evening of Entertainment

500 DPS Choral Students, from all grade levels, perform at the DPAC.

Angela Bingham Quartet

Vocalist, Angela Bingham performs with her quartet

Beginning Glass Bead Making

This 5-hour workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of Lampworking. Students will use Effetre (soft glass) rods and learn how to make basic beads and designs. You will learn about safety, …

Belén Maya Open Flamenco master class

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

Flamenco artist Belén Maya will teach an open master class. https://dukedance.wufoo.com/forms/flamenco-masterclass-with-belan-maya-2616/

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…

Calvin Edwards

Born in Kings Mountain N.C., Calvin is also a well-know international artist who has performed in Okinawa, Tokyo, and China as well as performing for the G8 Summit for President Clinton in O…

Carolina Theatre 90th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate 90 years of a Durham landmark, with a festive evening of live music, friends and fun on the Carolina Theatre stage. See the theater as you've never seen it before, starting at the stage …

Carolinas Regional Yoga Championship

Celebrate the North and South Carolina yoga community! The championship is hosted by Bikram Yoga Durham in partnership with the national nonprofit USA Yoga. Watch as participants take to the stage …

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

Hundreds of Cub Scouts are working hard to create a car to compete in this annual event. After qualifying at the Pack-level, scouts are eligible to compete at this District-wide event in one of t…

Duke vs NC State (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. 

Durham Mardi Gras and Abita Beer Sampling

Start your Samedi Gras off right with featured Abita draft and package beers, some Abita swag giveaways, and James Joyce munchies to pair with the beers. And, bonus! 100% of the Root Beer Growler …

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 …

Hillside High School Theatre Presents: GIFTed

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

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. …

Jennifer Curtis, violin & Clara Yang, piano

Program includes works by Ravel, Janacek, Enescu, and others Praised by New York Arts for her "effortless and smooth" technique and her "devastatingly limpid and pliable" …

Mushroom Logs

Enjoy fresh shitake mushrooms grown in your own garden! Each participant will be supplied with a 12” section of log, pre-drilled and ready to “plant” with mushrooms. Andy Currin …

Mushroom Logs

Enjoy fresh shitake mushrooms grown in your own garden! Each participant will be supplied with a 12” section of log, pre-drilled and ready to “plant” with mushrooms. Andy Currin …

Musical Masterpieces - STEMville Saturdays of Science

Learn about the science of music and listen to musical works featuring interactive activities and experiments. About the Discovery Nook The Durham County Library partnership with Northgate …

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 …

NCCU vs. North Carolina A&T State University (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…

New School No School

  • The Shed

Weekly, live music.


Weekly free 5km timed run. Don't forget your paper barcode! If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.

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.

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