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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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4th Annual Steinfest Opening

Claymakers’ “Steinfest” will display over 200 modern interpretations of the German stein, featuring 60 ceramic artists from across the US and Canada. This exhibit gathers a d…


Author Patrick Phillips

The author will discuss his new book, "Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America."


Beer & Pizza

It's a Friday party with pizza and beer! Enjoy free beer samples, swag, and special beers on draft from Big Boss Brewing Company, and slices and whole pies for sale from new food truck Flirting With …


Dance Blues Friday

Inclusive blues dance event.


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. Weekly …


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 …


Growing Up In The 90's: The Best of 90's Hip Hop & R&B

Presented by SolKitchen and The Art of Cool Project. With Mad Skillz.


Hands-on Oktoberfest German Cuisine Cooking Class

Now is the time to celebrate Germany and all the delicious dishes it has to offer! And if you can't be a part of the party under the big tent in Munich. Join us here in Durham for our own …


Hectorina, The Wyrms & Brett Harris

Hectorina - Post Soul from Charlotte NC http://www.hectorina.com/ The Wyrms - Psych Punk from Carrboro NC https://thewyrms.bandcamp.com/ Brett Harris - Indie Pop from Durham …


Kidz Yoga

  • reCharge Pilates & Barre
  • (919) 797-0958

Yoga for kids is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a fun, non-competitive environment. ​ Even at a young age, children often feel pressure at school academically and socially, …


Latin American Film Festival

  • Various venues

Founded in 1986, by Sharon Mujica, the Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America's film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North …


Night Paddle

  • Pre-registration required
  • (919) 416-1200

Discover what the evening hours have to offer! Leave your worries behind as you set out by canoe to enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays & starshine, and experience the sounds of nature. …


Play - "AKEELAH and the Bee"

  • Farrison-Newton Communications Building at NCCU
  • (919) 530-6242

Directed by Dr. Asabi and adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West. Based on the original screenplay by Doug Atchison, Akeelah and the Bee tells the life lesson of a sagacious 11-year old from the …


Screenplay Reading - "The Death of Walt Disney"

  • Manbites Dog Theater
  • (919) 682-3343

Tonight, Uncle Walt is going to read you a story he wrote... Visionary playwright Lucas Hnath takes you on a darkly hilarious - and oddly resonant - theme park ride into the head of a crazed 20th …


Simone Dinnerstein, Piano

Simone Dinnerstein first vaulted into prominence when her self-financed recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became an unexpected sensation. A decade later, she is in high demand by concert …


SplatterFlix Film Series

The Retro Film Series at the Carolina Theatre of Durham is proud to present this TERRIFYING all-new film series which showcases 13 of the creepiest horror films from the 70s and 80s. 1981's AN …


Stargazing at Little River

The fine folks from Morehead Planetarium will bring out the high power telescopes and give a tour of the night sky. Bring a blanket, camp chairs or your own telescope or binoculars. Be sure to call …


Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish

  • The Shed
  • (732) 570-2935

Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish are at the forefront of 'new' guitar music in North Carolina and beyond. They'll make a special appearance at the Shed to play music from their 2016 release 'Expecting'. …


The Beauty Operators - Music on the Plaza

  The Beauty Operators are back for a free encore performance. This rocking all-female bluegrass group always brings a stellar performance that energizes the crowd. Enjoy local brews from …


The Civilians • 'The Undertaking'

There are four performances of 'The Undertaking'. The Civilians, practitioners of investigative theater, create their work like researchers of the national consciousness. They build their …


The Lost Dishes of Cuba

A special 4 course meal featuring local products and historic dishes from Cuba that have been lost to time. Carefully selected wines will be available to pair with each course. This is a single …


Thirsty: A Queer Dance Party

Featuring DJ's Playplay, Bitchcraft and Scwatz. Must be 21+.


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