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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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100 Years of Christmas at Stagville

During the day, visit the historic homes of slaves, sharecroppers, and slaveholders, and learn about the Christmas traditions of enslaved and free people in North Carolina. After dark, purchase a …


Arcana Anniversary Hip Hop House Party

Arcana is one year old! DJ PlayPlay (and possibly a special guest) will bring the best in Baltimore/Jersey club, house, and hip-hop. Must be 21+.


Breakfast with Santa

  • C&H Cafeteria

Put on your best PJs and join Santa for a pancake breakfast featuring sing-a-long and story time with Mrs. Claus! Tickets include: homemade pancake breakfast featuring C&H C…


Breakfast with Santa

The whole family is invited to make this holiday season truly memorable by having a scrumptious breakfast with Santa!! Pancake Breakfast Includes: Pancakes Eggs Sausage Bacon Biscuits & …


Breakfast with St. Nick!

  • Mt.Bethel Presbyterian Church
  • (919) 383-3854

Breakfast buffet, child's photo with original St. Nick, crafts, face painting, puppet show, story time, raffle, bake sale! Door prize drawings every 15 minutes!


Christmas Tree Challenge

  • American Tobacco

Non-profits and/or their private sector supporters will decorate 75 Christmas trees. Fans will select the top three prize winners by texting their votes or voting online.


City of Durham Holiday Fun Fest

This free event features snow sledding, Santa Claus, arts and crafts, face painting, train rides, inflatable obstacle course, toddler playland, slide, s'mores, food vendors, craft vendors and sounds …


Clay Date Night

Grab your spouse or a friend and have a creative night out at the DAC Clay Studio. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with clay as the instructor introduces a variety of t…


Daniel D. (Jazz & R&B Violin)

Talent is a gift, and Daniel Davis (p.k.a. Violinist Daniel D.) discovered his early in life, When he first drew a bow across the strings of a violin at 12 years old. Davis has produced 6 studio …


Discovery Nook for Kids: Balloon Lady, Holiday Balloons

Enjoy the making of holiday balloon art and twisting with the Balloon Lady.


DJ BnC at The Tavern

DJ Ball & Chain every Saturday at The Tavern


Drag Bingo - ICE QUEEN BINGO

Are you ready to free yourself from the darkness of a bad Ex in the warming glow of stunning Drag Queens, amazing live performances, HUGE prizes, comedy gold, good food and beautiful boys serving y…


Drone Piloting Workshop

  • Research Triangle High School

Learn to fly drones! Perfect your piloting skills in this four-hour hands-on workshop led by experienced drone pilots. You'll practice flying mini quadcopters in a safe and controlled …


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 …


Ernest Collins

Singer, Keyboardist, Music Producer, Minister.


Handel's “Messiah” Concert

The Duke Chapel Choir presents Handel's brilliant masterwork in the stunning acoustic of Duke Chapel. Duke Chapel's presentations of Handel's Messiah have long marked the beginning of the Christmas …


High Ropes Discovery Day

Explore Durham Parks and Recreation’s high ropes course and navigate a variety of obstacles, some reaching 55 feet in the air! Try out the course at our Discovery Day by joining one of three …


IBC Annual Christmas Bazaar

  • Immanuel Baptist Church
  • (919) 383-1422

Shop local vendors, crafters, bakers and more. Vendors include: Lularoe Paparazzi Tastefully Simple Cindy Lu's Wreaths Plus Damsel in Defense ThirtyOne Best Wireless Piece of …


Introduction to Fiction Writing

Writing short stories and novels can be fun, exciting…and hard! In this class, you will explore some basic elements of fiction writing, including character, setting and dialogue, and do …


Jingle Bell Jazz

The Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble presents Jingle Bell Jazz. The event also will include a performance by blues singer Randa McNamara and a presentation by theater founder Joan Njie.


Jingle Bell LEAP! 5K

The Jingle Bell LEAP is an out-and-back 5K Run/Walk beginning at mile 0 of the American Tobacco Trail at Morehead Ave and Blackwell St. This event supports the Latino Educational Achievement …


John McCutcheon

With his deep roots in American traditional music, his approach to writing reflects both a simplicity and a layered complexity that creates songs that are always more than they seem. "He is a …


KDB Tree Giveaway & Food Drive

Bring a healthy food item for the food drive and receive a free tree! Trees are available first-come, first-serve so make sure to pre-register below to reserve your favorite tree species.  


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