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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

Awake At Last

Hard-hitting, melody driven rock band. With The Oh Whales / Nikol.

Bull City Beatniks with Chit Nasty and Sara Zaleta

The Bull City Beatniks play an upbeat mix of folk-rock, soul, and blues covers, combined with a host of original songs. The Beatniks are composed of three former members of The Bleumatics (voted b…

Calvin Edwards Trio

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058
  • July 31, 2015 - July 31, 2015

A well-know international artist who has performed in Okinawa, Tokyo, and China as well as performing for the G8 Summit for President Clinton in Okinawa. Born in Kings Mountain N.C., Calvin is …

DAC Summer Arts Cultural Camps

Your camper will take a journey across the globe during Cultural Camp. Each two-week session is a fun and in-depth exploration of the arts and culture of a country. Depending on age and interest, …

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 …

Erica Campbell & Friends: Help 2.0 Tour

Eclectic, compelling, and at times risky, Erica Campbell consistently stays true her foundation while continuing to push the boundaries of Gospel music. After a lifetime and 13 years of …

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche

It's 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town?

Grandma Blu's Attitude of Gratitude "Blu Moon" Party

  • July 31, 2015 - July 31, 2015

The Clothesline Muse, a local multi-discipline theatrical production conceived by Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Nnenna Freelon and Maya Freelon Asante, has been inducted into the 14th Biennial National Black …

Night Paddle

  • Pre-registration required
  • (919) 416-1200
  • July 31, 2015 - July 31, 2015

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

North Elementary

  • The Pinhook
  • (919) 901-0875
  • July 31, 2015 - July 31, 2015

With Le Weekend, The Kneads.

Paul Messinger’s America - Warehouse Blues Series

Bring your lawn chair, have a picnic and enjoy the blues! Coolers are allowed but alcohol is not permitted. 

The Lids - Brightleaf Summer Concert Series

Please no outside food, drinks or coolers.

Exhibits & Recurring Events

"Accumulation" Art: Exhibit

Sculptures by Jeff Zern. With two dimensional art, it’s common practice that pieces are hung undisturbed on gallery walls from the time an exhibit opens until the time it closes. What …

"Aether Arcana" Exhibit

Cade Carlson is a Durham based artist who utilizes experimental spray paint techniques and collage as his primary 2D mediums. His work focuses on abstract narratives that employ dream logic. Cade's …

"Art Starts Here" Exhibit

Works by Durham School of the Arts Teachers & Students.

"Beyond the Front Door" Art Exhibit

  • Naomi Studio and Gallery
  • July 23, 2015 - August 29, 2015 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Works by Lisa N. Jones.

"Forms of Abstraction" Art Exhibit

Featuring new abstract works by DAG member artists Jarrett Burch and Mark Gordon.

"Photography of Dance" Exhibit

  • Through This Lens
  • (919) 687-0250
  • June 19, 2015 - August 01, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Color that can be vivid or subtle balanced against dramatic black and white images offer a survey of Chris Walt's dance photography. Photographed in the US and Cuba, this exhibition offers a …

"Pictures Spark Words: The Fine & Comic Art of Goff, Faison, and Walton" Art Exhibit

Works by Delvecchio Faison, Malcolm Goff, and L. Jamal Walton.

"The Call of Cairo" Photography Exhibit

An exhibition of photographs from the feature documentary film, Cairo in One Breath.

"Tiny Situations from the Collective Unconscious" Photographic Exhibit

  • Through This Lens
  • (919) 687-0250
  • July 17, 2015 - September 12, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Photographs by Jessica Berkowitz present a slightly bizarre social commentary played out through a combination of 1/12th scale hand-made models, including animals, and accessories set in …

"Truth to Power lll" Art Exhibit

  • Pleiades Gallery
  • (919) 797-2706
  • July 30, 2015 - August 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Third annual show about social justice. The exhibit is intentionally broad in scope so that each artist may address issues of personal, local, national, and/or international importance. This y…

“Phone Home Durham” Photography Exhibit

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622
  • May 29, 2015 - August 22, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

For this exhibition the Power Plant Gallery invites mobile phone photographers from all walks of life to submit images of Durham County taken with mobile phone cameras or other hand held …

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