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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.

Use the searchable calendar below to see what’s happening, Fresh Daily. You can browse by date, category, and location.

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Durham Holiday Events

Holiday Events Guide

Find memorable holiday celebrations in Durham for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. Read More




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Major Events

"Citizenfour" Film Screening

In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in …

Special Events

"Leave it to Beavers" Film Screening

By PBS. Once regarded as pests, environmentalists now see beavers as allies in reversing disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. With their skills as natural builders a…

Black Cat Friday

  • Petco
  • (919) 403-2221

Independent Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation program headquartered in Durham, is thinking black cat for the holiday season While holiday shopping on …

Black Friday: Free Open Studio and Smashfest

Smashfest is a fundraiser designed to question consumer culture by allowing you to purchase breakable items, only to immediately smash them! This unique event provides a stress-relieving end to an …

Carolina Ballet's The Nutcracker

After the opening of Carolina Ballet's new Nutcracker, The News & Observer wrote that the "gasps after each eye-popping illusion, the applause for the handsome new sets and the rapt …

Duke Street Dogs

  • The Blue Note Grill
  • (919) 401-1979

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.

NC Black Friday Cask Festival

Fight crowds at the bar, not the mall! Tickets include unlimited samples with one special sample glass per ticket to taste cask conditioned ales from NC breweries. Ticket pricing tba.

Photos With Santa

You know those long lines at the mall when you’re waiting for photos with Santa?. You can avoid those lines by having professional photos done in a relaxed and calm, quiet setting at the D…

PopUp Chorus

Do you like contemporary pop, indie rock, or music from the 60's? PopUp Chorus is a new initiative of the Community Chorus Project. Monday nights at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, lauded choral …

Soul Funk Disco Dance Party!

This go round of SFD brings you DJ Akalepse. Co-owner of the Truth & Soul record label out of NYC, and looooong time professional. Lepse has shared the bill with the likes of Parrish Smith …

The Big A$$ Duo Returns

  • The Blue Note Grill
  • (919) 401-1979

A rousing night of unpredictable, unrehearsed and unbelievable Blues. BAD is Mike Wesolowski (Blues World Order), Alan Heckle (Chicken Fried Blues Band), Chip Click (Fairlanes) & Max Drake ( …

The Ice Factory Ice Skating Rink

Parking in the North Deck garage, 305 W. Pettigrew St.

On-Going Events

"City Under One Roof" Photography Exhibit

This solo exhibition is part of the twenty-first Dorothea Lange - Paul Taylor Prize, awarded by CDS in 2013 to American photographer and writer Jen Kinney for "City Under One Roof," her …

"Faces of Time | Los rostros del tiempo" Photography Exhibit

Every Sunday morning over 100 elderly ex-Braceros - most of them in their 70s and 80s - gather with their families in the central plaza of Ciudad Juárez to peacefully demand payment of …

"Queering Duke History: Understanding the LGBTQ Experience at Duke and Beyond"

This exhibit highlights the major points of struggle and triumph in Duke’s LGBTQ history over the past 50 years. This exhibition begins with the earliest records of LGBTQ activity on campus, …

"Rauschenberg: Collecting and Connecting" Art Exhibit

A fresh look at 30 of Rauschenberg’s works spanning five-decades of his career, art that he reserved in his own collection. Organized into nine sections, two gallery pavilions will feature …

"Reflect" Art Exhibit

Third Friday Reception: November 21st, 6-9pm.

“When I Lose My Grip" Art Exhibit

With two dimensional art, it’s common practice that pieces are hung undisturbed on gallery walls from the time an exhibit opens until the time it closes. What happens when an artist shatters …

Cuban Revolution's Friday night Jazz Series

Every Friday Night from 9:30pm until 11:30pm Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar presents talented local Jazz Artists. No cover.

Dessert Room

Dessert Room at DaisyCakes Now you can have their wonderful desserts on Friday and Saturday nights!!

Durham Arts Council Exhibitions

Featuring When Particles Collide by Ron Fondaw in the Durham Convention Center (available October 15 through April 15), Mixed Media Prints by Robert Dunning in the Allenton Gallery, Industrial …

Franco Art Exhibit

Through his illustration, graphic art, and painting, Franco synthesizes art and activism to form a genre all his own - visual activism.

Gorman Turkey Shoot

  • Gorman Ruritan Club

Shoot targets, not turkeys, every Friday night, to raise money for the community. Bring your own gun, or you can use the house gun. Shells provided. All barrels under 36", no scopes. only stock …

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