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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

Be Connected: Legal Sips with Mavis Gragg

Mavis Gragg will host the first installment of Legal Sips, a community conversation about the law and the drink. More to come.  

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 …

Motto Rosé Dinner

  • Motto
  • (984) 219-1965

Reception Assorted cured and house made charcuterie Loaf bakery breads, anchovy butter ~ Fantinel Rosé Brut Veneto, Italy, NV Second Charred beans, cherry tomatoes, smoked cheese ~ …

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

More fun than a muddy puddle! Peppa Pig, star of the top-rated TV series airing daily on Nick Jr., is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig's Big Splash! By popular …

Undulation Nouveau (Beer and Bellydance)

Live Middle Eastern Music by the Lost Nomads and performances by local Bellydance students and performers!

Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Clark Stern & Chuck Cotton

Bluesman Clark Stern has played piano alongside genre notables such as Lurrie Bell, Anson Funderburgh and Billy Boy Arnold, but he's joined tonight by local drum veteran Chuck Cotton ( Bob M…

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 …

Wednesday Night Trivia

Wednesday night is Trivia Night at Bull McCabe's, winner of The Independent's 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 "Best Trivia in the Triangle"! On Tuesday afternoon each week's specific R…

Darrell Scott

The Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist is a sensitive vocalist, an award-winning songwriter of depth and perception, and a versatile instrumentalist.

Healing Maddie Brees Book Launch

Help celebrate the launch of Rebecca Brewster Stevenson's debut novel Healing Maddie Brees. The Durham-local will host a reading and book signing, accompanied by refreshments and much …

Music Documentary Night: Danny Says

DANNY SAYS is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou …

Tha Materials

Tha Materials (or Tha Mats for short) is a Soul Hip-hop group based in Durham, NC. Established in 2012 by founding members Drummer, JC Justice III, MC/Trumpeter, Cameron Tripp, & Trumpeter, …

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…

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.

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 …

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 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 …

Thumbs Up For Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story (Fresh Docs Free Work-In-Progress Screening)

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director George King’s Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story …

Exhibits & Recurring Events


Join a guided docent tour of the current exhibitions, followed by lunch* and a complimentary sweet treat at Counting House – your reward for embarking on such a culture-filled excursion …

Art Exhibit - Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation

Featuring painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, 21c Durham's upcoming exhibition, Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation includes works by 25 artists from more than a dozen …

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