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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

Black Friday Cask Tapping

Featuring offerings from Evil Twin. Even More Jesus Imperial Stout has been aging in the cellar since early 2014 and is ready to fill your palate with flavor! Plus Mission Gose; tart, salty, low in …

Black Friday- Volunteer Day in the Garden! with SEEDS

Volunteers will be making the garden perdy and productive by preparing and cleaning up the garden for its winter nap. Weed, lay compost, mulch, prune, beautify! By working that shovel and …

Bull City Classic

Featuring dozens of Division I prospects and nationally ranked teams, making the Thanksgiving weekend event one of the best national high school basketball tournaments in the country.

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 …

FOLDING LIGHT: Artist talk with Gordon and Hicks

Join the Durham Art Guild for a tour of FOLDING LIGHT and a discussion with the exhibition's artists, Heather Gordon and Warren Hicks.

Free Introductory Fencing Class

  • Mid-South Fencers' Club
  • (919) 286-3100

Join a Mid-South staff member for a brief intro to fencing that includes a tour of the facility, learning about the different types of Olympic weapons and even test your hand with the sword! Open to …

Friday Family FUN Night

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

Glen Hansard

Only Tour Stop Between Atlanta & DC Composer of Tony-Winning Once, The Musical Presented in partnership with Cat's Cradle Acclaimed singer songwriter Glen Hansard will embark on a North …

Jo Gore

Josephine Gore spent a good portion of her childhood singing at Spring Hill Baptist, located in Columbus County, NC. Jo’s father, A.K. Gore was the church pianist, and the two would play and …

Luxuriant Sedans Holiday Party

The band's five members - Mike "Wezo" Wesolowski (vocals, harp); Ed Bumgardner (bass, vocals); Rob Slater (guitar); Gino Grandinetti (guitar) and Bob Tarlton (drums) are veteran m…

Nature Walk

Explore the trails of Little River Park on some informal group walks. These walks will be at a pace which allows for picture taking and enjoyment of the natural surroundings. There will be a few …

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. Must be 21+.

Runaway and 4Seasons Present STACKED: Throwback Party

DJ PlayPlay creatively interweaves nostalgic hip-hop and house classics into both their DJ sets and their music production, which are largely composed of city-specific sounds - namely Chicago juke …

Santa Photos

Don't wait in line! Reserve your time with Santa and save 30% or more on your photo package! Photo pre-purchase is required to book your time, however all guests can enjoy savings by p…


All stressed out from the holidays? Need to let off some steam? Just love smashing something now and again? Well here is the event for you! On the day after thanksgiving join a shameless …

YOLO Karaoke

The Pinhook was voted Best Karaoke in the Triangle by the readers of the Independent Weekly several years in a row.

Beauty Operators

Decency lost a bet with the devil on the night the Beauty Operators were born. They are: Leslie Land with her corruptly indecent vocals and grimy bass- Sandee Washington blowing rudely obscene harp …

Bottle 501 and Mims Distributing Wine Tasting

An afternoon of Italian wine tasting from Mims Distributing!

Bull City Burger and Brewery's Weekly Tour and Tasting

Must be 21+ to participate. $5/person, includes tour and tasting of the beers on tap with brewer/guide. The $5 fee can be credited toward a growler deposit the day of the tour. Please call to v…

Cider and Cookies at the Hub

Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies from the Museum of Durham History every day of December (oh, what the heck, why not start with Small Business Saturday!) during the holiday season. Some …

Duke vs North Carolina

Last year Duke reached the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in program history. Entering her 17th season at the helm of the program, Jolene Nagel looks to build upon last year's success. The Blue …

Improv Percolator Sock Raiser: A Benefit for The Durham Rescue Mission

The Triangle Improv Community and The Improv Percolator are getting together for a holiday charity fundraiser that will knock your socks off! Four area teams will perform and all proceeds will …

New School No School

  • The Shed

Weekly, live music.


Weekly free 5km timed run. Don't forget your paper barcode! If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.

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