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Performing Arts

Durham is home to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, one of the most popular theaters in the country, as well as the historic Carolina Theatre, drawing national touring acts in music, comedy, and theater. It is also home to the American Dance Festival, the most important modern dance festival in the country, and Duke Performances, curating a season full of eclectic music, dance, and other performances from locally grown and international acts.

It is left as no wonder that Durham is a place replete with performances to captivate any crowd, from its largest, well-known venues to its black-box community theatres. Browse the listings below to find the venues and live events that will knock you off your feet.

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

DPAC Brings Broadway to Durham

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Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-3030
  • Downtown Area

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, …

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

  • 123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 680-2787
  • Downtown Area

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has something for everyone, hosting over 180 performances a year, including spectacular touring Broadway productions, …

African American Dance Ensemble

  • 120 Morris St, Durham Arts Council Bldg, Downtown, I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701-3230
  • (919) 560-2729
  • Downtown Area

Preserves and shares the traditions of African and African-American dance and music through research, education, and performances. Founded by award-winning choreographer and instructor Dr. Charles …

American Dance Festival

  • 715 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 684-6402
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The world's greatest dance festival, according to the New York Post, celebrating influential modern dance since 1934. Featuring public performances, classes, and seminars from more than two dozen …

American Tobacco Amphitheatre

  • 300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 433-1566
  • Downtown Area

Outdoor venue on the American Tobacco Campus, seating more than 2,000 in front of a stage beneath the Lucky Strike Water Tower. Live performances, events, and receptions.

B.N. Duke Auditorium

  • 1801 Fayetteville St, North Carolina Central University
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-5170
  • Downtown Area

Historic 900-seat auditorium hosting concerts, festivals, lectures, and performances. Call for ticket information.

Baldwin Auditorium

  • 1336 Campus Dr, Duke University East Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 684-4444
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

691-seat auditorium for lectures and concerts on Duke University’s East Campus. Call or visit website for ticket information.

Barriskill Dance Theatre School

  • 3642 Shannon Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707-3769
  • (919) 489-5100
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Bartlett Theater

  • 18 Plumas Drive
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 808-2203
  • Durham-Roaming

Bartlett Theater is a professional nonprofit theater group dedicated to exploring and presenting the creative world of one playwright each season. 75 percent of all artists it employs will be based …

Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre

  • 6905 Fayetteville Rd, Ste 202
  • Durham, NC 27713-7084
  • (919) 824-5450
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre creates groundbreaking, multi-genre artistic collaborations among emerging and master choreographers, dancers, musicians and artists.



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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