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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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Special Events

Aaron Hill Trio

  • Beyú Caffé
  • (919) 683-1058

Aaron Hill is a saxophonist, and one of the most sought after musicians in the local scene, who can be found performing with the Mint Julep Jazz Band, Boneslinger, the Eric Hirsh Quartet and a …

American Aquarium - Back Porch Music on the Lawn

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Picnics and coolers are welcome -- just please don't bring glass.

Death to False Hope Fest End of Summer Party

Featuring indie punk rock band Wolves&wolves&wolves&wolves, with Almost People, The Record Collection, Gainsay, and Pink Drinks.

English Country Dance

  • Freedman Center
  • (919) 683-9672

Beginners welcome; all dances taught; no partner necessary. Live music on 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Gender-free calling. Bring non-street shoes or dance in socks.

Irish Learning Jam

Jigs, reels, hornpipes and slip jigs. Whatever your fancy, we probably play it. This Learning Jam is designed to build a common repertoire of tunes you'll hear in local Irish sessions; phrase by …

Last Thursday @ Liberty Arts

Meet and talk with artists working in Metal, Stone, Wood and Clay.

Northgate Park Food Truck Rodeo

Bring a blanket, chairs, games. Meet neighbors (from nearby or farther). With Free Music on the lawn by Piedmont Lowlanders! (Note: Tipping musicians encouraged).

Opening Event and Artist Talk: Richard Mosse

Meet artist Richard Mosse, who will give a talk about his work on view, The Enclave, an immersive 40-minute six-channel video installation shot in eastern Congo. Explore The New Galleries: A …

Screaming Females

With Vacation and Solar Halos.

Trattoria Discorso

Topic: "Go Ahead, Ask the Editor Anything" with Lisa Sorg. Journalist and INDY Editor, Lisa Sorg is not nearly as mean in person as she sounds on paper. Find out for yourself at t…

Valerie Wood & Friends

This Americana act hails from the North Carolina countryside of Chapel Hill. This eclectic ear candy is a silky smooth hodgepodge of original music, jazz standards and legendary songwriters. V…

Wonderwork - Theater Piece

This devised theatre piece looks at themes from the pop-culture icon: Wonder Woman. 11 female artists explore the themes of heroes & villains, truth & justice, kicking ass & looking good …

Audio Under the Stars: Alternative Romance: Love Stories of All Stripes

All sorts of stories about love, from romance to failure, platonic relationships and simply want it feels like to love another. True Romance will feature stories recorded and produced in …

Back to School Bash to Benefit Boys & Girls Club

  • Carolina Ale House - Durham
  • (919) 490-2001

Join the Carolina Ale House in supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County with the Pack-the-Backpack Program! The restaurant is collecting school supply items through the m…

Comedian Beth Stelling

Originating in Chicago, Beth was named the "Best Stand-up Comedian in Chicago." Soon after moving to L.A. Beth made her television debut on Conan. In 2014 she appeared on @midnight on …

Duke Street Dogs

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.

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 …

Friday Family FUN Night

DJ Music. Chase Dawson (The Kid DJ) in the house pumping cool tunes starting 6pm.

Hands-on Spanish Nights Cooking Class

Barcelona, Madrid, Grenada...we want to take you there...and you don't even have to leave Bull City. In this class, enjoy all that Spanish food has to offer! Learn about common ingredients and …

Infinity Road - Brightleaf Summer Concert Series

Please no outside food, drinks or coolers.

Iris Dement

The last of fourteen children, born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, DeMent spent her childhood immersed in gospel and traditional country music. Infamous Angel , initially issued on …

Josh Moore

With The Dead Tongues.

Mark Meadows and Somethin’ Good

Recently named both "Artist of the Year" and "Composer of the Year" of 2014 by Washington DC's City Paper, Mark G Meadows is a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and jazz …

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