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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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Blue Wednesday: The Spoonbenders

You'll really love the results as Mike Conway (Good Rocking Sam) and Tim Collins (Fat Bastard Blues Band) expertly assemble a blend of the Triangle's best blues players in a monthly free-for-all jam …


Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Look Homeward

Pairing the Appalachian drawls and passionate picking of venerated field recordings with the soul tones of Atlantic beaches and boggy bayous, Look Homeward marries banjos and brass in a celebration …


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…


Whiskey Dinner

Each course will feature locally sourced dishes that pair beautifully with an American whiskey. The whiskey pairings include historic cocktails, neat samples and good old-fashioned bourbon on the …


Film Screening - "FILMISTORY.3"

A three screen film program with dozens of films over 100 years old including Queen Victoria's funeral, a runaway horse, and a thieving hand. PLUS a review of American presidents (up to FDR) and …


Pinky & Duke

Pinky Wyoming & Duke LaCrosse, playing country & western.


Coronado Brewery Tap Takeover

Friday tap takeover with 2014 World Beer Cup Champion Coronado Brewing Company. Draft list will be finalized and published on the Facebook page. Cheers!


Dee Lucas (Smooth Jazz)

An acclaimed wizard on the soprano sax, national recording artist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George …


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 …


FFAF: Chuck Cotton’s House of Dues

The House of Dues got their start at a Mardi Gras gig about 2 years ago. Since then they have been a powerhouse blues and funk band for the Greensboro music scene. In January 2012, the band won the …


Harold Ramis' GROUNDHOG DAY & STRANGE BREW

Part of the RetroTreasures Film Series.


Merge under the Mistletoe

A holiday dance party to benefit Habitat for Humanity & Food Bank CENC. Bring canned goods or monetary donations to win door prizes Featuring DJ Bug Spray (Mac), DJ twinjet (Laura) + …


Santa Paws

An evening of holiday fun with your canine friends! This canine event will feature pictures with Santa, games and activities, holiday pet market, and an animal food and toy drive.


The Stray Birds

Formed in friendship and honed on the road, The Stray Birds' sound is spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. With wood, strings, and three voices raised in harmony, their performances bow to the …


Art Market at Vega Metals Annual Holiday Market

Annual Art Market at Vega Metals Holiday arts & crafts sale. Shop for high quality, affordable, unique, handmade arts & crafts items in a fun, festive atmosphere. Includes free snacks, …


Beginning Glass Bead Making

Are you fascinated with handmade glass beads? Have you ever wondered just how they are made? This 5-hour workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of Lampworking. Students will use Effetre …


Cool John Ferguson

Taj Mahal has said that "Cool John Ferguson is among the five greatest guitarists in the world. He is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is with the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, W…


Crowbar & Goatwhore with Special Guest Lillake

Crowbar has been cranking out Doom-Core since 1989. while Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana 16 years ago.


Freeport Jazz (Smooth Jazz)

The Contemporary Smooth Jazz group Freeport are regulars at festivals, top venues and notable events. Recently they have shared the stage with rising artists, legends and Grammy award winners in …


Great Lakes Christmas Ale Tasting

Celebrate the season with Great Lakes Brewing Company's Christmas Ale. Meet representatives from the brewery, grab some great brewery swag, and enjoy Great Lakes Christmas Ale on draft. Cinnamon …


Jeremy Denk, Piano

Jeremy Denk’s accolades include a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and a Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year award, and this Durham-born artist more than lives up to the acclaim. …


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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