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Downtown Durham Events

Downtown Durham is a place filled with shops, galleries, nightlife, and restaurants, so it's no surprise that there is always something new going on. Whatever your interests, you're sure to find an event that will excite you. Check out the listings below to find something memorable to do.

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Special Events

Bands, Brats, and Beer

Join the Durham Community Concert Band and the Durham Jazz Orchestra for an afternoon of FREE music in Central Park! Beer and brats will be available for purchase from our vendors Bull City Burger …

Conversation with Angela Bassett

Hosted by Takeila and Patrick Hannah.

Durham Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour

Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers lead a 90 minute tour through downtown highlighting the many architectural styles popular in the 20th century. WALKING TOURS AND THE W…

Durham Craft Market

The Durham Craft Market is a weekly, open-air market displaying one-of-a-kind, handmade, local arts and crafts. Celebrate the uniqueness of craft, be part of the flourishing Durham arts and crafts …

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 …

Oozing Wound

Destructive thrash. Oozing Wound revels in the absurdity of horrifying realities, playing up fear and desperation to reveal the underlying humor.

Ponysaurus Anniversary and Runaway Fall Release Party

Featuring: A new release of their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout Runaway's 2016 Fall Release collection debut - come to see the new line, and buy some of it for yourself! …

Shifting Sands / Schooner

The Shifting Sands is a New Zealand psychedelic pop band. Schooner is a pop-indie-psych-soul Durham band.

Soul Understated featuring Mavis ‘Swan’ Poole & Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons (jazz, soul, funk)

"The brilliance of their sound lies in combining a sultry vocalist (Mavis ‘SWAN' Poole), a melodic drummer (Jeremy ‘BEAN' Clemons), and a mothership of all-star musicians. With …

The Willie Painter Band

Playing a mix of danceable blues with a nod towards swinging jazz and an eclectic selection of rock and pop tunes, the Willie Painter Band consists of four veterans of the Triangle music scene.

Urban Soil

Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and tightly polished albums. With Freeway Revival.

Beefsteak 2016

An all you can eat pasture-raised meat and beer fest of epic proportions.


Bluesy folk band. With Driftwood Soldier.

Hsiao-mei Ku, violin and R. Larry Todd, piano

Works by Lily Boulanger, Fauré, Debussy, and Richard Strauss. Hsiao-mei Ku is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Duke and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. In …

Rissi Palmer

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer experienced a lifetime of milestones when she released her self-titled debut album in 2007. As one of country music's most promising new stars, Rissi received …

SHED at the Shed

  • The Shed

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

Soul On Sundays

The soul music fans at Alley Twenty Six are setting off a weekly soul night. Local DJs will be rotating through to bring a variety of musical flavor, always soulful.

The Steel Wheels

Stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. With The Gravy Boys.

Tilthy Rich Celebration Ride

Help Tilthy Rich celebrate 4 years of composting with a bike ride.Start at Fullsteam Brewery for a 2.5 mile leisurely (family-friendly) ride. We'll make a loop stopping at 2 of our partner community …

Allison Crutchfield

Indie rock. With Naked Naps.

Cello Master Class with Bonnie Thron

 The public is invited to attend this free master class. Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet …

Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

  • Call for meeting location
  • (919) 371-2653

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 …

Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan Tour

Bianca Del Rio, the alter ego of seasoned comic Roy Haylock and season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is a self-professed “clown in a gown.” This hilariously hateful comic is k…

Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

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Durham Spotlight

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604