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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

1st Sunday Triangle Blues Society Blues Jam

Get your musical "fix" by playing, dancing, or just having a great time.

Hillside High School Theatre Presents: GIFTed

A play in celebration of Black history month. This play was written by the students, including original music.

HIP Music Festival - Durham

  • Various Locations
  • (919) 560-2733

The third North Carolina HIP Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival will be performed on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical era period instruments with historical performance practices. …

Pre-Super Bowl Tree Planting

Get your workout on before you chow down at a Super Bowl Party. Don't know how to plant a tree? No worries - staff will teach you. Please bring water and wear warm layers you don't mind getting …

Quilt Exhibit - "Take Note"

Works by African American Quilt Circle. The Arts & Health Galleries are in the hospital concourse between Duke Hospital and Duke Medicine Pavilion.

SHED at the Shed

  • The Shed

Weekly music hang/ open rehearsal. Get ready for a Jazz Workout!

Startup Weekend Social Impact

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Triangle Startup Weekend-Social Impact is for social …

The Drowsy Chaperone

  • NC School of Science and Math ETC Auditorium
  • (919) 416-2845

When a lonely theater devotee puts on his favorite record-a fictitious 1928 musical titled The Drowsy Chaperone-the show comes to life inside his apartment! Guided by the Man-in-the-Chair (Colin …

Two Day Watercolor Mastery for Beginners & Advanced Students: The Lighthouse

Have you always thought it would be wonderful to be a painter, but have had little success? This is the opportunity to make it happen, with an active, hands-on, clear instructor who will demonstrate …

Venus In Fur

  • Common Ground Theatre
  • (919) 384-7817

Auditions are over for the day and Thomas still hasn't found the perfect actress for his new play, an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's classic erotic novel, "Venus in Furs." E…

Author Philip Warburg

The author of "Harness the Sun: America's Quest for a Solar-Powered Future."

Duke vs Louisville (Men's Basketball)

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski welcomes the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class to Durham, N.C. as the latest edition of Blue Devils look to defend their 2015 championship title. 

Flash Chorus

Anyone can show up and be a part of a rocking ad hoc chorus, regardless of any prior singing experience (or lack there-of). If you've ever wanted to express yourself creatively through music but …

Mack Avenue Super Band featuring Gary Burton, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones & the Christian McBride Trio

The MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up and coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s g…

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry - Big Porch House Concert

  • You'll receive directions when you reserve a seat
  • (919) 286-7963

Newberry and Compton are both veteran musicians with decorated resumes, and they released their debut duet recording in 2012, featuring brother-duet style country music that thrived in the 1930s and …

Monday Night Acoustic Jazz

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Relax and listen to the wonderful sounds of Russ Corvey and Bo Lankenau as they provide an acoustic guitar duo of jazz, pop, latin, and folk. Start your week off on a great note with this great …

Public Service Meditation

  • Durham Friends Meeting House
  • (919) 403-6944

Weekly on Mondays with the EXCEPTION of 2nd Mondays: NO meetings on 2nd Mondays. The loving, uplifting, guided Meditation on Twin Hearts is a form of world service. Practitioners become instruments …

Hip-Hop & The Revolution: A Conversation on Hip-Hop & Global Activism

Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Blitz the Ambassador will speak with Angel Dozier, director of talent booking at Durham's Beyù Caffè, about hip-hop in communities across the …

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

Motorized, professionally guided, who, what, where, when & why tour de force! Every Tuesday Tobacco Road Tours take you to where Durham's roots began & where the City has evolved today. Some …

Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622

Exploring Nancy Cohen’s large-scale installation Hackensack Dreaming is to enter a world constructed by the human hand through manipulation of raw materials, a parallel not unlike the reality …

Red Hot Mardi Gras Party

With Boom Unit Brass Band and Ellis Dyson & The ShambleThe Terry Wiley Band.

Reflections on Charleston: A Conversation on Faith and Race

Mother Emanuel AME, a southern church rich in African-American history, became the scene of an unthinkable act -- when a gunman fueled by hatred took the lives of nine worshippers at a Bible study, …


  • Sky Zone Durham
  • (919) 425-0800

Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on the wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of …

Tasty Tuesdays Wine Tasting

Call to confirm. FREE.

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Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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