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Entertainment & Nightlife

Durham boasts an ever evolving entertainment scene with a growing number of performance venues. World class performers, local talent and everything in between make Durham a unique and dynamic entertainment hotspot.

After the show, consider staying out for a nightcap. With a growing selection of clubs and venues, there’s always an option for late night merry-making. From sophisticated lounges and dance halls to raucous college clubs, one thing is certain: nightlife culture is on the rise in Durham.


Play the Night Away

Play the Night Away

From pool and darts to bocce ball and ping-pong, Durham has plenty of places where you can have your drink served up alongside your best serve. See more...


Durham Music Scene

Durham Strikes a Chord

Durham's varied music venues host a broad range of artists, offering something for all musical tastes.
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Duke Ellington

"Sentimental" About Durham

The jazz standard In a Sentimental Mood was composed in Durham. Take a step back in time and read why. See more...

Durham Summer Events

Summer's Hottest Events

The summer event season includes some of Durham's most unique festivals, featuring everything from local music to national dance troupes.
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Every year in April, Durham NC buzzes with excitement and celebrity film makers for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
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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