Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

Brightleaf Square

Brightleaf Square

North Carolina's first commercial district on the National Register of Historic Places. Turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses resurrected as a shopping center with specialty stores and restaurants. Also community's arts and entertainment district.

Pick up a map for the 60-90 minute walking tour at the Durham Visitor Information Center, 101 E. Morgan St.

At A Glance:

905 West Main St.
P.O. Box 21
Durham, NC 27701

(919) 682-9229

Hours may vary; most stores are open M-Sa 11:30am-7pm; Th-F extended hours
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Free Admission

Tour Information
Length: 1-2 hours, Type: Self-guided
Scheduling policy: Suggest 1 week in advance
Motorcoach Parking:
On-site, call to arrange

Approximately 30 specialty shops
Approximately 12 restaurants in Brightleaf area


I-85 North (arriving from Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, etc.):

    • Take exit #176-A (Gregson St.)
    • Follow Gregson St. for approximately 1-2 miles.
    • Brightleaf District spans 2-3 blocks of shopping/dining locations near the intersection of Gregson St. and Main St.

I-85 South (arriving from NY, DC, VA, etc.):

    • Same as directions for I-85 North.

I-40 East (arriving from Memphis, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, etc):

    • I-40 East and I-85 North merge in Greensboro, NC.
    • When highways divide near Hillsborough, NC, take I-85 North.
    • Follow directions for I-85 North as listed above.

I-40 West (arriving from Wilmington, Fayetteville, Raleigh, etc.):

    • Take exit #279-B (Durham Freeway, Hwy. 147 North).
    • Follow Durham Frwy for approximately 6-7 miles
    • Take exit #13 (Duke St.)
    • Follow Duke St. for approximately 1 mile to 2nd traffic light
    • Turn left onto Main St.
    • Brightleaf District spans next 2-3 blocks of shopping/dining locations
October 24 - 24, 2014

Durham Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Concert

An evening of fun-filled musical offerings for the whole family including holiday inspired works by Copeland, Stravinsky, Saint Saëns and Williams. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, creator of giant puppets, masks and shadow plays joins the DSO in staged performances of Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette and Stravinsky's Infernal Dance of King Katschei from the Firebird Suite. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks, beginning at 6pm. Best Costume contest. Hands-on instrument fun with High Strung Petting Zoo. Special guests Faith Baptist Church Children's Choir. FREE admission.

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