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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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A Trailer Park Christmas

  • Common Ground Theatre
  • (919) 384-7817

Local filmmaker Jeffrey Moore and Common Ground Theatre founder Rachel Klem team up to present this interactive, holiday entertainment. Set in West Durham, "A Trailer Park Christmas" …


Author / Mindfullness Expert Holly Rogers

Reading and booksigning by mindfullness expert Holly Rogers, MD, who will give a talk about her new book, The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress & Everything Else...


Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée

A holiday food and beverage market featuring more than 30 local North Carolina producers. Food and beverage folks will include: Barley Labs dog treats, Big Spoon Roasters, Honeygirl …


Christmas Light Show

  • Rose of Sharon Baptist Church
  • (919) 477-3993

Christmas light show of more than 21,000 LED lights synced to music. Tune in and watch the lights. They will also be serving hot drinks and snacks on the weekends if you would like to enjoy the …


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.


Doc Screening - “Threatened Forests”

The Film "Threatened Forests" journeys through Europe and North Carolina to explore biomass energy, revealing the hidden truth behind this false green energy. Come join Dogwood Alliance …


Drive-Thru Christmas

  • Christian Assembly Church
  • (919) 471-0220

Live actors portray Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and more to tell the Bible story of Jesus' birth five scenes erected in the church's parking lot. You will be guided through each scene from the …


Durham's Digital Divide: Living without Internet in the Bull City

The internet is basic to life, but not everyone in Durham has access to this necessity. Be a part of the conversation with community leaders, county schools and library, and local officials to …


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.


Film Screening - "FILMISTORY.3"

A three screen film program with dozens of films over 100 years old including Queen Victoria's funeral, a runaway horse, and a thieving hand. PLUS a review of American presidents (up to FDR) and …


Highlights Tour

Gallery guide Susana Burns will give a tour with the theme "Unique …


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 …


Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway

Thanks to a generous donation from Alliance for Community Trees, Keep Durham Beautiful will be handing out 300 trees. Durham City or County residents can pre-register online for a FREE tree. T…


Movie Loft presents 'Cockfighter'

  • Shadowbox Studio

Screening of the 1974 gem 'Cockfighter'. Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, Laurie Bird, Ed Begley Jr. There'll be a flock of chicken-related tunes to enjoy, and as always there will be hot dogs.


Pinky & Duke

Pinky Wyoming & Duke LaCrosse, playing country & western.


Santa Train

  • Museum of Life + Science
  • (919) 220-5429

Thousands of twinkling lights will shine throughout the Museum campus, guiding the way to all the fun! Check out the crowd favorite "ice" skating rink for skate-in-your-socks excitement. …


Vladislav Kovalsky, piano

Vladislav Kovalsky is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of the Monmouth Conservatory of Music. He is a world-class concert pianist and music educator. Born in Khabarovsk in the Far East …


Woodcroft Holiday Celebration Tasting

  • Hope Valley Bottle Shop
  • (919) 403-5200

Led by Mike Bostick of Fine Wine Trading.


Angela Bingham, "Blossom Dearie" Tribute

Angela Bingham is an American jazz vocalist who has been a singer her entire life. She began studying piano and performing from the American songbook at age 5. Her singing is characterized by the …


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