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April 15 - 20, 2013
NCCU Jazz Festival
Featuring performances by Benny Golson, Carl Allen Quartet, UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Jazz Group, and the NCCU Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazz Group. Festival package $30.
April 15 - 20, 2013
North Carolina Central University, 1801 Fayetteville St.
[email protected]
April 18 - 19, 2013
NCCU Jazz Festival Master Class Workshop
FREE.
April 18 - 19, 2013
12pm.
NCCU Jazz Band Room, 1801 Fayetteville St.
[email protected]
April 19, 2013
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
April 19, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]

Benny Golson, with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble
Opening performance by NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Tickets $15.
April 19, 2013
8pm.
B.N. Duke Auditorium at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
[email protected]
April 20, 2013
Durham Bayou Festival
Featuring arts and craft vendors, merchandise vendors, 2nd line parade, live bands, mardi gras mask, lots of mardi gras beads, cooking demonstrations, hot pepper eating contest, beer sampling, all you can eat seafood, and more. Food, bourbon and beer sampling ticket options. Two sessions. Tickets $20-$65 (plus tax & fees). Cash only for on-site purchase. Kids 7 and under FREE with a paid adult. No pets.
April 20, 2013
12-4pm & 4-8pm.
CCB Plaza, E Chapel Hill and Corcoran St
(704) 224-3270

Carl Allen Quartet
Opening performance by NCCU Jazz Ensemble. Tickets $20.
April 20, 2013
8pm.
B.N. Duke Auditorium at NCCU, 1801 Fayetteville St.
[email protected]
April 21, 2013
Durham Earth Day Festival
TheTriangle's largest Earth Day celebration. Shop at the Earth Art Market; and enjoy food, music educational booths, and more! New this year: E-cycling/Recycling Yard, Farmers Lane and TROSA Store. FREE admission.
April 21, 2013
12-5pm.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.
(919) 560-4355 x228
May 4, 2013
Annual Strawberry Fitness Festival
Featuring games, crafts, music, entertainment, and food! FREE admission, but some activities require tickets (available at the Festival.) This year the event includes a 5k fun run. All proceeds will go to enhance the outdoor learning environment at Central Park School for Children.
May 4, 2013
10am-1:30pm.
Durham Athletic Park, 501 Corporation St
(919) 682-1200
May 18, 2013
Bimbe' Cultural Arts Festival
One of the oldest cultural festivals in the country and one of the region's most comprehensive celebrations of music, art and dance, from African and Caribbean to reggae and rap. Bring your own chair. No coolers, alcohol or pets allowed. FREE admission
May 18, 2013
12-8pm.
CCB Plaza, Parrish and Corcoran Streets
(919) 560-4355

Patterson's Mill-About Festival
A FUNdraiser for Women Starting Over After 50. It is a multi-generational good time with tag sale vendors, exhibitors, yard salers, original art, hand-made crafts, delicious food from food trucks and bakers, kids face painting and activities, all day live music and more. FREE admission.
May 18, 2013
10am-5pm.
Patterson's Mill Country Store, 5109 Farrington Rd
(919) 493-8149
May 24, 2013
Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma is a monthly film series of double-features dedicated to bringing classic horror movies back to the big screen in 35mm. Tickets $9.
May 24, 2013
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
June 1, 2013
Beaver Queen Pageant
Annual neighborhood 'pageant' featuring live music and fun. Contenders for the Beaver Queen Crown are scored for their performance in wetlands ready wear, talent, and poise. To raise money the audience bribes celebrity judges, pays poll taxes and purchases swag to raise money for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. FREE admission.
June 1, 2013
4-5pm Pre-show activities; 5pm Pageant.
Duke Park, 1530 Acadia St.
[email protected]
June 1 - 2, 2013
"A Taste of Greece" Festival
Greek music and folk dancing. Church tours of the sanctuary and its iconography and Byzantine dome. Greek food, pastries, crafts and more for purchase. FREE admission.
June 1 - 2, 2013
11am-9pm.
Greek Orthodox Church of St. Barbara, 8306 NC Hwy 751
(919) 942-4299
June 6 - 7, 2013
Paradoxos Festival
Featuring presentations from business and creative thought leaders, investor pitches from entrepreneurs, and a block party featuring local musical talent, breweries and food trucks.
June 6 - 7, 2013
10am-8pm.
American Underground at American Tobacco, 318 Blackwell St
(919) 433-1566
June 8, 2013
Bull Fest
Get back to the Bull City's roots and help celebrate everything that is Durham from our history to our local artists, food and businesses! Featuring arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and Durham organizations, with live music by the North Carolina Song Writer's Co-Op. FREE admission, but donations accepted.
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498

Juneteenth Festival
Featuring performers, storytellers, games, vendors, food, and hands-on arts & crafts. FREE admission, but donations accepted.
June 8, 2013
10am-4pm.
Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
(919) 620-0120
June 13 - 14, 2013
Shen Wei Dance Arts
For over a decade Shen Wei has created timeless dance works that evoke a sense of drama and mystery and immerse audiences in the visually rich world emerging onstage. His stunning company will kick off the 80th anniversary with two beautifully stirring works including Near the Terrace and the world premiere of Collective Measures.
June 13 - 14, 2013
Th 7pm-9pm, F 8-10pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
June 15, 2013
New Belgium Tour de Fat
After a police-escorted bicycle parade through the city streets (in costume) the festival will include music, comedy performances, artistic groups and other entertainment. FREE admission. Proceeds from food and beer sales will go to local biking groups.
June 15, 2013
12-5pm.
Diamond View Park, 318 Blackwell St.
(919) 433-1566

Durham Juneteenth Celebration
Multi-cultural event celebrating the ending of slavery with entertainment, vendors, food, health fair and children's activities. Headliner: national recording artist Sybil. FREE admission.
June 15, 2013
1-10pm.
CCB Plaza, Corcoran & Parrish Streets
(866) 630-3796
June 15 - 17, 2013
The 605 Collective
The 605 Collective has rapidly emerged as one of Canada's hottest companies in recent years by drawing inspiration from the colliding worlds of urban and contemporary dance. This summer they will make their ADF debut with their 2009 work, Audible, a highly kinetic dance performers jump, dive, collide, and tumble to transform movement into an entertaining contact sport. Tickets $32.
8pm-10pm.
Reynolds Industries Theater, 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-6402
June 19, 2013
ADF and NC Dance Festival Celebrate Statewide Dance
ADF and NC Dance Festival (NCDF) are delighted to co-present four dance works featured in NCDF's annual state tour. Selected as the top works to be performed over the last ten years by nationally recognized choreographers, Cara Hagan, John Gamble Dance Theater, Natalie Marrone and the Dance Cure, Lindsey Kelley, and Mindy Upin will make their ADF main stage debuts as we celebrate the work being created here at home. Tickets $15.
7pm & 9pm.
Reynolds Industries Theater, 125 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-6402
June 20 - 22, 2013
Pilobolus
Year after year, the incredible wonder of Pilobolus brings to ADF a brilliant ingenuity that defies all notions of what modern dance is. Their provocative and witty collaborations are one of the most anticipated events of the summer, and this year they present two ADF commissioned world premieres in collaboration with Trish Sie and Penn & Teller. They will also present All Is Not List, Ocellus, and Molly’s Not Dead.
Th-Sa 8m-10pm, Sa 1-3pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
June 21, 2013
Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma is a monthly film series of double-features dedicated to bringing classic horror movies back to the big screen in 35mm. Tickets $9.
June 21, 2013
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
June 21, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
June 28 - 29, 2013
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion
One of the most groundbreaking artists of the last five years, Kyle Abraham continues to create a unique and innovative conversation of movement. He brings his stellar cast to Durham for an unforgettable performance of Pavement. Inspired by the film Boyz n the Hood, his dance pays homage to the Kris Kross, backward jean, hi-top fade era and investigates the rich, emotional history of black America over the past century.
8-10pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 4, 2013
Festival for the Eno Purchase Tickets
Featuring music on multiple stages, craft vendors, beer garden and more. Tickets $$15, $25 for both days, $10 youth 13-17, FREE for kids 12 and under.
July 4, 2013
10am-6pm.
West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 Roxboro Rd.
(919) 620-9099 x 207
July 5, 2013
RetroClassics Film Series
Touch of Evil & Chinatown.
July 5, 2013
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
July 5 - 6, 2013
Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company
Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance draws from various forms of dance techniques to create her acclaimed aerial work, keeping audiences on their toes through her highly flying yet sophisticated and daring dances. The company will present Air Condition (2005), a show that combines the electric energy and excitement of flying with the expertise of modern dance.
F-Sa 8-10pm, Sa 1-3pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 6, 2013
Festival for the Eno Purchase Tickets
Featuring music on multiple stages, craft vendors, beer garden and more. Tickets $$15, $25 for both days, $10 youth 13-17, FREE for kids 12 and under.
July 6, 2013
10am-6pm.
West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 Roxboro Rd.
(919) 620-9099 x 207
July 12 - 13, 2013
Paul Taylor Dance Company
For nearly 60 years the unrivaled genius of Paul Taylor has delighted audiences and established him as one of the greatest cultural icons in dance history. Audiences will be treated to a program comprised of some of Taylor’s most passionate works, including his Arden Court, Eventide, and his newest work, Perpetual Dawn.
F-Sa 8-10pm, Sa 1-3pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 13, 2013
Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts -- Tastes of N.C.
Food and art are the themes of the day! This festival will include a barbecue cook-off, a juried pie competition, and a Tobacco Queen pageant. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy historical cooking demonstrations as well as art and craft vendors. FREE!
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498
July 17, 2013
ponydance
Founded in Ireland in 1995, ponydance have quickly become champions of dance theater and have enjoyed worldwide success with their infectious energy and laugh-out-loud choreography. They’ll make their ADF debut this summer with their hilarious show Where did it all go right?, a brutally honest and outrageously hilarious look into the numerous and quirky personalities often met in a pub setting. Tickets $15.
7pm & 9pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 18, 2013
ponydance
Founded in Ireland in 1995, ponydance have quickly become champions of dance theater and have enjoyed worldwide success with their infectious energy and laugh-out-loud choreography. They’ll make their ADF debut this summer with their hilarious show Where did it all go right?, a brutally honest and outrageously hilarious look into the numerous and quirky personalities often met in a pub setting. Tickets $15.
7pm & 9pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 19, 2013
Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma is a monthly film series of double-features dedicated to bringing classic horror movies back to the big screen in 35mm. Tickets $9.
July 19, 2013
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030

Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
July 19, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]

ponydance
Founded in Ireland in 1995, ponydance have quickly become champions of dance theater and have enjoyed worldwide success with their infectious energy and laugh-out-loud choreography. They’ll make their ADF debut this summer with their hilarious show Where did it all go right?, a brutally honest and outrageously hilarious look into the numerous and quirky personalities often met in a pub setting. Tickets $15.
7pm & 9pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 19 - 20, 2013
Trisha Brown Dance Company
As one of the most prolific choreographers of the past century, Trisha Brown has received international accolades for her undeniable footprint on the post-modern dance era. Her company will present a very special program celebrating Ms. Brown’s past and present, including her final piece of choreography, I’m going to toss my arms—if you catch them they’re yours, as well as Set and Reset and If you couldn’t see me.
8-10pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
919-684-6402
July 20, 2013
ponydance
Founded in Ireland in 1995, ponydance have quickly become champions of dance theater and have enjoyed worldwide success with their infectious energy and laugh-out-loud choreography. They’ll make their ADF debut this summer with their hilarious show Where did it all go right?, a brutally honest and outrageously hilarious look into the numerous and quirky personalities often met in a pub setting. Tickets $15.
7pm & 9pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 21, 2013
ponydance
Founded in Ireland in 1995, ponydance have quickly become champions of dance theater and have enjoyed worldwide success with their infectious energy and laugh-out-loud choreography. They’ll make their ADF debut this summer with their hilarious show Where did it all go right?, a brutally honest and outrageously hilarious look into the numerous and quirky personalities often met in a pub setting. Tickets $15.
7pm & 9pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 684-6402
July 26 - 27, 2013
Forces of Dance
Forces of Dance will feature work by three highly acclaimed choreographers, Martha Graham, Lin Hwai-min, and Bill T. Jones, and a world premiere by Twyla Tharp. This performance celebrates recipients of the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement Award and showcases the incredible talent of ADF students.
8-10pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
919-684-6402
August 3, 2013
Summer in the City Festival
Featuring local artistic talent, including live musical acts, artists, and craftsmen/women, plus local cuisine, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), games, and giveaways that fiercely represent the local vibe. Prestented by The CNOTE Foundation. FREE admission.
August 3, 2013
3-9pm.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St
(919) 599-1136
August 9 - 18, 2013
Annual North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Proudly produced by the Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s gay and lesbian life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.
August 9 - 18, 2013
Various times.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
August 10, 2013
Summer Children's Festival
This 2nd Saturdays event will be a treat for the young and the young-at-heart! Throughout the day, enjoy music, dancing, historical crafts, activities, and games. FREE.
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498
August 16, 2013
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
August 16, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
September 7, 2013
Harvest Festival
Featuring performers, storytellers, games, vendors, food, and hands-on arts & crafts. FREE admission, but donations accepted.
September 7, 2013
10am-4pm.
Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
(919) 620-0120

Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival
Big Daddy Wilson will be the headliner. Also featuring The Rhonda Robichaux Band, Claudette King, The Jimmy Haggard Band, and Jason Damico and the New Blue. Tickets $35, $25 in advance.
September 7, 2013
6pm-12am.
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St
(919) 683-1709

Oktoberfest
Fundraiser to benefit local veterans and troops direct through TroopsDirect.org, featuring a German band and dancers, German food and beer. Crafters, vendors and a silent auction.
September 7, 2013
11am-6pm.
American Legion Post 7, 406 E Trinity Ave
(919) 688-6581

Karate International's Anniversary Celebration
Event includes a moon walk, face painting, balloons, and free martial arts classes, in addition to free classes in mindfulness medication, self-defense, and fitness classes. FREE.
September 7, 2013
9am-2:30pm.
Karate International, 5324 New Hope Commons Dr.
(919) 489-6100
September 9 - 15, 2013
Escapism Film Festival
Featuring movies and shorts by ground-breaking animators and action-adventure aficionados, the Escapism Film Festival delivers an experience unlike any other festival or film event.
September 9 - 15, 2013
Various times.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W Morgan St
(919) 560-3030
September 14, 2013
Harvest and Hornworm Festival
In the morning, see demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. In the afternoon, hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. Throughout the day, enjoy the hornworm race, MoonPie eating contest, musical entertainment, craft vendors, refreshments, and more. FREE, but donations accepted.
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498

Sister Cities of Durham Festival
"Durham and the World; Journeys Toward World Peace." Featuring organizations in Durham "Telling their story" about how they connect with the world. Groups include schools, colleges and universities, churches, international organizations, with displays, art activities, musical presentations, international prizes, poster contest about World Peace Day. FREE admission.
September 14, 2013
3-6pm.
Central Park Pavilion, 501 Foster St
(919) 560-4222
September 20, 2013
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
September 20, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
September 21 - 22, 2013
CenterFest Arts Festival
The longest-running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina, showcasing over 180 juried visual and performing artists from across the country. Also featuring food and family entertainment. Suggested donation of $5 at the gates will go toward funding the festival.
September 21 - 22, 2013
Sa, 10am-6pm; Su, noon-6pm.
Downtown Durham City Center, 128 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-2719
September 22, 2013
Asian Arts Day in the Asiatic Arboretum
FREE drop-in festival in the Asiatic Arboretum, with Asian-inspired activities and demonstrations. Tickets will be issued at the Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Teahouse for limited, small groups to experience a brief tea sampling at scheduled times; plan to go there first to pick up a ticket. Activities include: writing haiku poetry, origami, martial arts demonstrations, kamishibai storytelling, Japanese and Korean drumming, demonstrations of traditional Asian art techniques, and more. Follow signs to each activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Parking fees apply.
12-3pm.
Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC
(919) 684-3698
September 28, 2013
Annual North Carolina Gay Pride Parade and Festival
The largest lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered event in a five-state area. Day festival with vendors, displays, bands, drag king show, drag queen race, and a parade through the Ninth St. area. The festival provides a place to talk about how LGBT communities can work for social justice, while joining together in a festive, celebratory space.
September 28, 2013
10am-5pm. Parade begins at 1pm.
Duke East Campus, Ninth & Broad Streets
(919) 414-5555

Latino Festival
Latin music lovers will "feel the music" at Durham’s Annual Latino Festival. The festival shares Latino and Hispanic traditions and folklore. Dance to live music, taste authentic foods, shop the marketplace for arts and crafts, and learn about health, education and employment opportunities available in the community. Children will also enjoy hands-on activities and create traditional Latin crafts. FREE admission.
September 28, 2013
noon-5pm.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive
(919) 560-4355
October 5, 2013
Phoenix Fest
An annual cultural celebration of the business and cultural legacy of Durham’s Hayti community, one of North Carolina’s oldest African American communities. Starting with a parade that features marching bands, motorcycles and classic cars, the festivities continue with musical talent, vendor displays and lip-smacking food. FREE admission.
October 5, 2013
9am-6pm.
900 Block Historic Fayetteville St.
(919) 680-2878

World Beer Fest
Sample specialty and craft beer provided by over 100 breweries, local, national and international. Tickets cost $45 and include a tasting glass for unlimited 2-ounce tastings from over 200 beers, music by local bands, educational sessions by industry experts and a festival program.
October 5, 2013
12-4pm & 6-10pm.
Durham Athletic Park, 500 Corporation St
(919) 530-8150

Community Arts Festival - a Celebration of Home
Art & craft sale, music, organ-accompanied silent movie, face-painting, kids activities, pumpkin sale and decorating, silent auction and food trucks. Proceeds to help end homelessness in Durham. Suggested donation $10.
October 5, 2013
10am-4pm.
Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W Trinity Ave
(919) 682-3865

Patterson's Mill Fall Festival
Music by The N.C. Songwriters’ Co-op. Vendors will include painters, weavers, sculptors and various craft makers. Alfred’s Farm will sell eggs, produce, plants and baked goods, including blueberry apple pie, granola, cookies and brownies. Foster’s on the Fly food truck, operated by Foster’s Market, will be on-site from 2-5pm. FREE admission.
October 5, 2013
10am-5pm.
Patterson's Mill Country Store, 5109 Farrington Rd
(919) 493-8149
October 6, 2013
Woofstock
Woofstock is a FREE event for you and your furry companion, featuring: Canine demonstrations may include Frisbee, agility, advanced obedience, tracking, and schutzhund. Competitions and games; adoption/foster groups; pet-related vendors; music and food.
October 6, 2013
1-4pm.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.
(919) 560-4355
October 13, 2013
Fall Festival in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
An autumn fest in the Discovery Garden with activities for the entire family. Drop-in activities, information stations, displays and resources will include a salsa tasting contest, sack races at 1 and 2 pm, SEEDS with seed bombs and the pollinator game, a plant a seed activity, taste a rainbow, storytime in the garden, Master Gardeners with plant information and advice, the Beekeeping Club of Durham and more. FREE admission. No registration required. Parking fees apply.
12-3pm.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC
(919) 668-1707
October 18, 2013
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
October 18, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
October 19, 2013
ChickenStock Festival
A funky edu-party that brings the community together to learn about urban chicken-raising and sustainable living. Featuring live music, vendors and awards for Durham’s top-rated chicken roosts. FREE admission.
October 19, 2013
4-8pm.
Bull City Burger and Brewery Patio, 107 E Parrish St Ste 105
(919) 680-2333

Fall Environmental Festival
This 103 acre city nature park in Southwest Durham will celebrate completion of new facilities with guided bird walks, nature exhibits, tree identification, water quality testing and environmental education for all ages. FREE admission.
October 19, 2013
9am-1pm. Ribbon-cutting 11am.
Sandy Creek Park, 3510 Sandy Creek Dr
(919) 560-4355
October 20, 2013
Bull City Race Fest
A Gorgeous Half Marathon, a fantastic 5 Mile Run, and a speedy 1 Miler - all followed up by a Food Truck Rodeo, Beer Garden, Kids Zone Experience, and FUN. Each distance has something unique to offer. The half-marathon showcases downtown, Trinity Park and Duke’s campus. Registration $30 and up for 5 mile, $85 for half-marathon.
October 20, 2013
7:30am (5-7am packet pickup).
American Tobacco, 318 Blackwell St
(919) 260-9581

Bull City Race Fest
A Gorgeous Half Marathon, a fantastic 5 Mile Run, and a speedy 1 Miler - all followed up by a Food Truck Rodeo, Beer Garden, Kids Zone Experience, and FUN. Each distance has something unique to offer. The half-marathon showcases downtown, Trinity Park and Duke’s campus. Registration $30 and up for 5 mile, $85 for half-marathon.
October 20, 2013
7:30am (5-7am packet pickup).
American Tobacco, 318 Blackwell St
(919) 260-9581
October 25 - 31, 2013
The Universal Classic Monsters Film Series
Details tba.
October 25 - 31, 2013
See website for schedule.
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
October 26, 2013
Great Big Dtown Oktoberfest
The free, family-friendly event begins at noon with a mini-parade lead by the Bulltown Strutters to kick off the festivities. With Oompah w/ Little German Band / Suds / Sausages.
October 26, 2013
12pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
(919) 901-0875
November 8 - 9, 2013
DICE: Durham Indie Comics Expo
FREE local show, meant to support local cartoonists and other independent artists. The show will feature lectures, panels, signings, minicomics and more (money permitting).
November 8 - 9, 2013
F 7-9pm gallery show, Sa 11am-7pm festival/presentations/panels.
Supergraphic, 601 Ramseur St
(919) 360-4077
November 8 - 10, 2013
Comiquest Film Festival
Co-sponsored by Ultimate Comics.
November 8 - 10, 2013
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
November 9 - 10, 2013
NC Comicon
Meet your favorite artists. Includes panel discussions, vendors, art contest, costume contest and more. Tickets $25, $15 for one-day, one-film pass. VIP package $125.
November 9 - 10, 2013
Various times.
Durham Convention Center, 309 W Morgan St
November 22, 2013
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
November 22, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
November 23 - 24, 2013
Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Find creative, locally handmade gifts of art for everyone on your holiday list--from jewelry and beautiful knitted scarves to loft-sized paintings and exquisite pottery. Enjoy musical performances, great food and fun surprises around every corner. FREE shuttle. Rain or shine. FREE admission.
November 23 - 24, 2013
Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm.
Maps are available in the lobby of the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St..
(919) 560-2787
November 29, 2013
NC Black Friday Cask Festival Purchase Tickets
Fight crowds at the bar, not the mall! Tickets include unlimited samples with one special sample glass per ticket to taste cask conditioned ales from 25+ NC breweries. Tickets $35 in advance.
November 29, 2013
3-8pm.
Triangle Brewing Company, 918 Pearl St.
(919) 724-1521

SMASHFEST
The Scrap Exchange offers a fun and unique way to celebrate Black Friday by selling ceramics and breakables, and allowing participants to throw them, all while listening to local musicians. Smashing techniques include hurling small objects against a wall, applying a sledgehammer to larger objects, and even swinging a bowling ball suspended on a tether through large mirrors. Mosaic artist Jeannette Brossart will use Smashfest remains to kick off a 3-month artist-in-residence program with the Scrap Exchange to create mosaic pieces that address literacy. A/V Geeks will project vintage educational and industrial film footage of consumerism, mayhem and madness against the concrete smashing wall. All ages welcome.
November 29, 2013
4-9pm.
The Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 688-6960
December 7, 2013
City of Durham Holiday Fun Fest
Festivities include Peppermint Plunge Snow Sledding (sleds will be provided); Pony Rides, Trackless Train Ride, Community Care Corner (write messages to soldiers in the U.S. military), meet-and-greet with Santa, arts and crafts, and Holiday Eats & Treats (food vendor lane). FREE.
December 7, 2013
1-5pm.
Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St.
(919) 560-4355
December 20, 2013
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
December 20, 2013
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
January 1, 2014
KwanzaaFest
Festivities feature Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble in a full day of community celebration around Imani, the last day of Kwanzaa that celebrates faith. African Market. FREE and open to the public.
January 1, 2014
1-6pm.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster St.
(919) 560-2729
January 17, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
January 17, 2014
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
February 1, 2014
Annual Native American Powwow
Full day of traditional Native American dancing, singing, crafts, food and socializing. The general public is welcome to learn about the culture of the first Americans. Admission $5 FREE for kids 5 and under.
February 1, 2014
12-5pm.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 1219 Broad St.
(919) 416-2850
February 17, 2014
Bimbe' Cultural Arts Festival
One of the oldest cultural festivals in the country and one of the region's most comprehensive celebrations of music, art and dance, from African and Caribbean to reggae and rap. Bring your own chair. No coolers or alcohol allowed. FREE admission
February 17, 2014
12-8pm.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr
(919) 560-4355
February 21, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
February 21, 2014
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
February 21 - 23, 2014
Nevermore Horror and Gothic Film Festival
Nevermore is dedicated to screening brand new horror features from around the world, as well as some fan favorites. Many of these films will never receive a theatrical release in the United States. Classic suspense movies, hyper-violent Hong Kong cinema and everything in between are included.
February 21 - 23, 2014
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
February 22, 2014
Black Cultural Festival
Featuring a tribute to Nelson Mandela, followed by activities for all ages, plus exhibits, sales and silent auctions. The programs culminates with performances of members singing, dancing, comedy, poems and readings. J & C Catering food truck on site for lunch. At 5pm there will be a screening of "42: The Jackie Robinson Story," in the sanctuary. Negro League alumni will lead the post-screening discussion, including Willie “Pete” Hayes of the Durham Rams and Baltimore Orioles; Willie Bradshaw of the Durham Rams, Durham Eagles and the Colts; and Roy Alston of the Durham Rams.
February 22, 2014
10am.
Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S Roxboro St
(919) 688-1823
February 26, 2014 - March 1, 2014
Hayti Heritage Film Festival - new dates
The Festival showcases diverse works of, by and about people of African descent. The four-day festival will present short and full length films from around the world, supporting the talents of up and coming film makers and presenting classic feature films as well. FREE admission.
February 26, 2014 - March 1, 2014
See website for schedule.
St. Joseph's Historic Performance Hall at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
(919) 683-1709
March 4, 2014
Durham Mardi Gras
Durham Mardi Gras takes the best of New Orleans’ tradition and adds a big helping of North Carolina flavor. Durham has been showing central NC how to do Mardi Gras since 2011, with thousands taking part. This year's event will offer an all-ages parade starting at 7pm at CCB plaza, continuing with an all-ages block party in the 700 block of Rigsbee Ave., and ending with adult fun with live music in the clubs. All for free! Be a part of this grassroots Mardi Gras celebration! Volunteer,donate, be in the parade, or watch the parade and catch some beads.
6:30-11:30pm.
CCB Plaza, E Chapel Hill and Corcoran St
(919) 219-2371
March 9, 2014
Bull City Food & Beer Experience
Featuring souvenir glass and tasting notebook; unlimited food & beer tastings (30 Durham restaurants and 50 beers to enjoy - eat and drink responsibly. Live music from Mipso. This event will help raise money for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Tickets $75.
March 9, 2014
4-8pm.
DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St
(919) 688-3722
March 15, 2014
Annual Bike Show & Chili Contest
This event will feature a bike show, chili cook-off, live music, vendors, food, games, and more.
March 15, 2014
9am-4pm.
Rommel Harley-Davidson Durham, 300 Muldee St.
(919) 596-9511
March 21, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
March 21, 2014
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
April 1 - 6, 2014
Little River Complex Carnival
Annual carnival with rides, games and diverse food vendors.
April 1 - 6, 2014
M-F 5-11pm, Sa 12-11pm, Su 1-11pm.
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.
April 3 - 6, 2014
Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals and the public.
April 3 - 6, 2014
See website for schedule.
Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council Building, Convention Center and American Tobacco Campus. Downtown
(919) 687-4100
April 5, 2014
Children’s Festival at Northgate Mall
A fun-filled family day for children and their families with live entertainment provided by kid-centered musical and dance groups, a face painter and magician along with vendors specializing in children’s activities. Free and open to the public, proceeds from this annual event support the Durham Arts Council.
11am-4pm.
Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham, NC
(919) 560-2726
April 6, 2014
Spring Cherry Blossom Festival - CANCELLED
Cancelled for this year due to scheduling difficulties.
April 6, 2014
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St
(919) 668-1707
April 10 - 12, 2014
Paradoxos Festival
Featuring presentations from business and creative thought leaders, investor pitches from entrepreneurs, crafts by Scrap Exchange, pub crawl, and parties.
April 10 - 12, 2014
W 5:30pm - Sa 1am.
American Underground at American Tobacco, 318 Blackwell St
(919) 433-1566
April 12, 2014
For Garden's Sake Spring Festival
Educational seminars as well as our Durham Master Gardener's Club, Chicknque food truck, Chezmoi-Bakery, live music and Techo-Bloc mobile display unit will be on hand as well!. 10:30am - Proper Pruning, 11:15am - Creating Arrangements from your Garden, 12:30pm - The Ins & Outs of Vegetable Gardening, 1:15pm - Perennial Container Gardening.
April 12, 2014
10am.
For Garden's Sake, 9157 NC Hwy 751
(919) 484-9759
April 12 - 13, 2014
Durham Art Walk Spring Market
A fun and unique self-guided tour of urban art galleries, studios, impromptu exhibits, and vibrant businesses of Downtown Durham, featuring the original artwork of over 200 artists. The Durham Art Walk combines visual art, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family. Rain or shine. Durham Art Walk is presented and produced by the Durham Arts Council. FREE admission.
April 12 - 13, 2014
Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
(919) 560-2787
April 18, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
April 18, 2014
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
April 25 - 26, 2014
Art of Cool Festival
This two-day festival will be held in multiple places including an outdoor main stage at nationally recognized American Tobacco, multiple music venues for an evening Club Pass Series (including Motorco Music Hall, Pinhook, Casbah, and PSI Theatre), headliner series in the Carolina Theater and outdoor Friday Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park. Tickets $65 one-day pass, $120 2-day pass, $275 VIP pass.
April 25 - 26, 2014
Downtown
(919) 806-6084
April 27, 2014
Durham Earth Day Festival
TheTriangle's largest Earth Day celebration. Shop at the Earth Art Market; and enjoy food, music educational booths, and more! New this year: E-cycling/Recycling Yard, Farmers Lane and TROSA Store. FREE admission.
April 27, 2014
12-5pm.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.
(919) 560-4355 x228
May 16, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
May 16, 2014
6-11pm
Various Locations Downtown, including Durham Arts Council, Bull City Arts Collaborative, Through This Lens and more.
[email protected]
May 31, 2014 - June 1, 2014
St. Barbara's Greek Festival 2014
This two day event will feature delicious Greek food & pastries, a Greek Taverna & Café, folk dance performances, church tours, and vendors offering imported Greek grocery items, original artwork & crafts, jewelry, imported fashions, books & souvenirs. And don’t miss the live Greek music & dancing on Saturday night. Proceeds benefit the Saint Barbara Church building fund and the American Red Cross. Rain or shine. Admission is FREE!
Su, 11am-9pm.
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 NC Highway 751, Durham, NC
(919) 484-1600
June 12 - 14, 2014
Strange Beauty Film Festival Purchase Tickets
The Strange Beauty Film Festival showcases adventurous short films from all over the world. Expect animation, documentary, underground, edgy, surreal, and everything in between. Now in its fifth year at Durham's Manbites Dog Theater. Ticket pricing tba.
June 12 - 14, 2014
Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-3343
June 14, 2014
Bull Fest
Get back to the Bull City's roots and help celebrate everything that is Durham from our history to our local artists, food and businesses! Featuring arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and Durham organizations, with live music by the North Carolina Song Writer's Co-Op. FREE admission, but donations accepted.
June 14, 2014
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498
June 21, 2014
New Belgium Tour de Fat
Details tba. FREE admission. Proceeds from food and beer sales will go to local biking groups.
June 21, 2014
12-5pm.
Diamond View Park, 318 Blackwell St.
(919) 433-1566
July 12, 2014
Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts -- Tastes of N.C.
Food and art are the themes of the day! This festival will include a barbecue cook-off, a juried pie competition, and a Tobacco Queen pageant. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy historical cooking demonstrations as well as art and craft vendors. FREE!
July 12, 2014
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498
August 9, 2014
Summer Children's Festival
This 2nd Saturdays event will be a treat for the young and the young-at-heart! Throughout the day, enjoy music, dancing, historical crafts, activities, and games. FREE.
August 9, 2014
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498
September 13, 2014
Harvest and Hornworm Festival
In the morning, see demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. In the afternoon, hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. Throughout the day, enjoy the hornworm race, looping contest, musical entertainment, craft vendors, refreshments, and more. FREE, but donations accepted.
September 13, 2014
10am-4pm.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498
September 27, 2014
Latino Festival
Latin music lovers will "feel the music" at Durham’s Annual Latino Festival. The festival shares Latino and Hispanic traditions and folklore. Dance to live music, taste authentic foods, shop the marketplace for arts and crafts, and learn about health, education and employment opportunities available in the community. Children will also enjoy hands-on activities and create traditional Latin crafts. FREE admission.
September 27, 2014
noon-5pm.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive
(919) 560-4355
October 4, 2014
Phoenix Fest
An annual cultural celebration of the business and cultural legacy of Durham’s Hayti community, one of North Carolina’s oldest African American communities. Starting with a parade that features marching bands, motorcycles and classic cars, the festivities continue with musical talent, vendor displays and lip-smacking food. FREE admission.
October 4, 2014
9am-6pm.
900 Block Historic Fayetteville St.
(919) 680-2878
Ongoing Events
June 13, 2013 - July 27, 2013
American Dance Festival Performance Season
The largest and most influential modern dance festival in the world, featuring more than two dozen modern dance companies and hundreds of choreographers, writers and students participating in classes, seminars, and performances.
June 13, 2013 - July 27, 2013
See website for details.
Duke University Campus and DPAC- Durham Performing Arts Center
(919) 668-2233
 
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