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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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Cider and Cookies at the Hub

Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies from the Museum of Durham History every day of December (oh, what the heck, why not start with Small Business Saturday!) during the holiday season. Some …

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 …

Math in the Gardens (for ages 4-6)

Math is hiding all around us in the patterns of nature. We will count, measure and multiply with real-world objects as we observe the patterns of math in living things and human-built spaces. Adult …

Math in the Gardens (for ages 7-9)

Math is hiding all around us in the patterns of nature. We will count, measure and multiply with real-world objects as we observe the patterns of math in living things and human-built spaces. Please …

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 …

Santa Photos

Don't wait in line! Reserve your time with Santa and save 30% or more on your photo package! Photo pre-purchase is required to book your time, however all guests can enjoy savings by p…

Upcycling Workshop – Make Green Gifts for the Holidays

Upcycle old newspaper and magazines into beads that can be used for jewelry (choose between making a necklace, bracelet, or earrings). These jewelry pieces make great environmentally friendly g…

WXDU Presents: Tom Carter

Tom Carter's solo electric guitar work sculpts a rich landscape of immensely-stacked grit and beauty, weaving interlocking strands of melody into towering long-form (and often high-volume) drones. …

ADHD Community Education Seminar

  • Duke Child and Family Study Center
  • (888) 275-3853

Strategies to help your child with ADHD to improve behavior Speaker: Jane Howard, LCSW This session will provide a review of behavior management principles with a focus on increasing desired …

Author Alex Wolff

In The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama, Alex Wolff looks into how basketball affected President Obama as he was growing up, the part it played in his campaigns and in his time in …

Career Development Workshop

  • NC Works Career Center
  • (919) 560-6880

Space is limited.

Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Christmas Concert featuring seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale as well as traditional carols for the entire audience to sing a…

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 …

Josh Stein's Attorney General Campaign Kick Off

Join other supporters of Josh Stein's Attorney General campaign.

Tasty Tuesdays Wine Tasting

Call to confirm. FREE.

Traditional Building Conference

Featuring: Tour of West Campus, Duke University- the work of Horace Trumbauer and Julien Abele Tour of Duke Gardens' historic Terrace designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman How to sessions: Wood, …

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

Walk With a Doc

  • Marshall I. Pickens Building
  • (919) 684-6721

Walk With a Doc participants will meet in the lobby of the Duke Family Medicine Center, take a walk through Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and then return to the center. The walking path is approximately …

2015 Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée

A holiday food market and wine tasting with over 25 local producers and businesses sampling and selling their products for holiday meals, parties, gift baskets and more.

Chef/Author Sara Foster

Sara Foster of Foster's Market will be signing her 25th anniversary cookbook, "Foster's Market Favorites." Foster will bring samples from her collection. Sara Foster is the owner of …

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