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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
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[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.
Durham Arts Council/Royall Center for the Arts, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
(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., Durham, NC 27701
(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
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[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
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[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 21, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
February 21, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[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., 27701
(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., Durham, NC, 27701
(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
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[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, 309 W Morgan St
(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/Royall Center for the Arts, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
(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
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[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 3, 2014
Annual Strawberry Festival
The Bulltown Strutters, a New Orleans-style community parade band, will kick off the event at 10:30am. Featuring games, crafts, music, entertainment, and food! On stage: TROSA Band; La Bete Magique; Baron Von Rumblebuss; Takiri Dancers; and Mark Wells and Jackie. FREE admission, but some activities require tickets (available at the Festival.) All proceeds will go to enhance the outdoor learning environment at Central Park School for Children.
May 3, 2014
11am-4pm.
Old North Durham Park, 724 Foster St.
(919) 682-1200

So Du Blues & Heritage Festival
Bands include Jasme Kelly & The Pace Academy All-Stars, Tornado Blues Band, Buddy Black, Joe Bell & the Stinging Blades, The Beauty Operators, Charley Ward Band, Josh Preslar Band and headliners John Dee Holeman, Tad Walters, Chuck Cotton & Mel Melton. All bands are donating their time to raise funds for John Dee Holman. Tickets $10 Individual/$15 Family/$5 discount for TBS Members.
May 3, 2014
1-6pm.
Greenwood Commons, 5410 NC Hwy 55
(919) 361-2222
May 16, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
May 16, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]
May 16 - 18, 2014
Instro Summit
A 27 band extravaganza, currently the largest all-instrumental music festival in the world. All music Saturday from 12pm-5:30pm is part of the FREE and All-AGES Matinee. Admission $15, $14 in advance (with $3 membership).Three-day pass $30 plus membership.
May 16 - 18, 2014
F 5pm-12:30am; Sa 12pm-12:30am; Su 5pm-12:30am.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
(919) 901-0875
May 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
May 17, 2014
12-8pm.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr
(919) 560-4355
May 18, 2014
Israel Festival
Featuring performances, food, exhibit of photography competiton, karaoke, climbing wall and bouncy houses. FREE admission, some activities $2 each.
May 18, 2014
3-6pm.
Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W Cornwallis Rd
(919) 886-7076
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!
11am-9pm.
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 NC Highway 751, Durham, NC
(919) 484-1600
June 6, 2014
Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma, RetroClassics and RetroTreasures.
June 6, 2014
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
June 7, 2014
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 7, 2014
4-5pm Pre-show activities; 5pm Pageant.
Duke Park, 1530 Acadia St.
[email protected]
June 8, 2014
Jewish Food Festival
Entry is free and food will be offered tapas-style so that you can try several dishes without breaking the bank See website for menu.
June 8, 2014
12-5pm.
Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W Cornwallis Rd
(919) 354-4936
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 $12 per block of films, or $40 for all 4 blocks. Discount for senior, military and student.
June 12 - 14, 2014
Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-3343
June 13, 2014
Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma, RetroClassics and RetroTreasures.
June 13, 2014
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
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 20, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
June 20, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]

Retrofantasma Film Series
Retrofantasma, RetroClassics and RetroTreasures.
June 20, 2014
7pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
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

Durham Juneteenth Celebration
Multi-cultural event celebrating the ending of slavery with entertainment, vendors, food, health fair and children's activities. FREE admission.
June 21, 2014
1-10pm.
400 E Main St.
(866) 630-3796
June 28, 2014
International Screendance Festival Screenings
Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival (ISF) is directed and curated by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and explores the ever evolving relationship between cinema and dance. The 2014 ISF draws from over 90 submissions from 16 countrie. FREE admission.
June 28, 2014
2pm.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr
(919) 684-6402
July 4 - 5, 2014
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 - 5, 2014
10am-6pm.
West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 Roxboro Rd.
(919) 620-9099 x 207
July 5, 2014
International Screendance Festival Screenings
Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival (ISF) is directed and curated by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and explores the ever evolving relationship between cinema and dance. The 2014 ISF draws from over 90 submissions from 16 countrie. FREE admission.
July 5, 2014
2pm.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr
(919) 684-6402
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

International Screendance Festival Screenings
Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival (ISF) is directed and curated by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and explores the ever evolving relationship between cinema and dance. The 2014 ISF draws from over 90 submissions from 16 countrie. FREE admission.
July 12, 2014
2pm.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr
(919) 684-6402
July 18, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
July 18, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]
July 19, 2014
International Screendance Festival Screenings
Now in its 19th year, the International Screendance Festival (ISF) is directed and curated by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and explores the ever evolving relationship between cinema and dance. The 2014 ISF draws from over 90 submissions from 16 countrie. FREE admission.
July 19, 2014
2pm.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr
(919) 684-6402
July 26, 2014
Liberia's Soccer Celebration Festival
July 26, 2014
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr
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
August 15, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
August 15, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]
August 15 - 24, 2014
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. Ten-passes $85; individual tickets $10.
August 15 - 24, 2014
Various times.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.
(919) 560-3030
September 4 - 6, 2014
TILT Music Festival Purchase Tickets
The first of its kind to hit the Bull City will include both an indoor grand stage and an outdoor stage setup. The TILT Music Festival brings an enhanced high-energy lineup with a mix of metal and DJs spanning the US to International phenomenons in the music industry. Prepare for a sensory overload as the stages light up the space and performers rock the crowd while you dance your way into the FIRST human pinball game ever created while you score big! Join us for a show unlike anything North Carolina has ever seen before. Tickets $25-$45, $60 for all three nights.
September 4 - 6, 2014
6pm.
Durham Convention Center and Plaza, 201 Foster St
September 5, 2014
Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's landmark recording of "A Love Supreme," the Campbells lend their staggering virtuosity and devout conviction to one of the most deeply sanctified works in the jazz canon, interpreting the seminal work anew (a Duke Performances commission). Arrive early to hear Phil Cook, Megafaun's roots music savant, and Piedmont blues stalwart John Dee Holeman as they warm the room for the Campbells. Tickets $35.
September 5, 2014
6pm-12am.
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St
(919) 683-1709
September 6, 2014
Annual Bull Durham Blues Festival Purchase Tickets
Featuring Kermit Ruffins, Shemekia Copeland, Grady Champion, The Ori Naftaly Band, The Calvin Edwards Trio, and Red Dirt Revelators. Tickets $45.
September 6, 2014
6pm-12am.
Historic Durham Athletic Park, 500 W Corporations St.
(919) 683-1709
September 7, 2014
American Tobacco 10 Year Anniversary Block Party
Two stages with bands and community performances, street performers, face painting, food trucks and more. Plus an exhibit of Lucky Strike artifacts. Coolers are welcome, but no glass. FREE.
September 7, 2014
American Tobacco, 300 Blackwell St, 27701
(919) 433-1566
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 19, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
September 19, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]
September 19 - 22, 2014
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 19 - 22, 2014
Various times.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W Morgan St
(919) 560-3030
September 20 - 21, 2014
CenterFest Arts Festival
The longest-running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina, showcasing over 140 juried visual and performing artists from across the country. Also featuring food and family entertainment. Suggested donation at the gates will go toward funding the festival.
September 20 - 21, 2014
Sa, 11am-5pm; Su, noon-6pm.
Downtown Durham City Center, 128 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-2719
September 27, 2014
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 27, 2014
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 27, 2014
noon-5pm.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive
(919) 560-4355

Bahama Day Festival
Featuring entertainment, crafts and other sale items, food, children's activities and community-based information booths. No pets allowed; service animals only.
September 27, 2014
10am-2pm.
Bahama Ruritan Club, 8202 Stagville Rd, 27503

NC TGIF- North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair Purchase Tickets
Featuring gluten-free cookbook author and health-focused speakers; food and food trucks in controlled areas; gluten free vendors. Admission includes speakers, non-food vendors, and farm activities. The farm has crop mazes, hay mazes, pick-your-own pumpkin, cotton picking for crafts and corn-shucking educational activities. NC Food Allergic Children Excelling Safely, (or NC FACES), will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event. Admission $15, $12 kids under 12. Kids under 2 get in free!
1-6pm.
Ganyard Hill Farm, 407 Sherron Rd
(919) 682-1100

Jerk Fest
Featuring a 5K run, a jerk cooking competition, a jerk wing eating contest, kids' games, a wine-tasting and a domino tournament. 5k registration $25. Wine tasting admission $85, couples $150. Wing eating contest registration $30. Domino tournament (Jamaican partner rules) registration $10.
September 27, 2014
7am-8pm.
CCB Plaza, E Chapel Hill and Corcoran St
[email protected]
September 28, 2014
Autumn Festival in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum
Activities and demonstrations of arts, crafts and cultural celebrations from Asia. Learn to write haiku poetry, fold origami figures, and enjoy Japanese storytelling, martial arts displays, artists demonstrating traditional art techniques, and cultural performances from the region. Timed tickets will be issued at the Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Teahouse for limited, small groups to experience a brief tea sampling; plan to go there first to pick up your ticket. FREE, but parking fees apply.
12-3pm.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, 27705
(919) 668-1707
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, Durham, NC, 27701
(919) 680-2878
October 5, 2014
Woofstock
Woofstock is a FREE event for you and your furry companion, featuring: a Skyhoundz Disc Dog State Championship, canine demonstrations and games, an agility zone, rabies and microchip clinic, free caricatures, an opportunity to learn about and support canine non-profit organizations, and more.
October 5, 2014
1-4pm.
Southern Boundaries Park, 100 Third Fork Rd
(919) 560-4355
October 11, 2014
World Beer Fest
Sample specialty and craft beer provided by over 100 breweries, local, national and international. Tickets $55, $70 VIP.
October 11, 2014
12-4pm & 6-10pm.
Durham Athletic Park, 500 Corporation St
(919) 530-8150
October 17, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
October 17, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]
October 19, 2014
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 $20 and up for 5 mile, $85 for half-marathon.
October 19, 2014
7:30am (5-7am packet pickup).
American Tobacco, 318 Blackwell St
(919) 260-9581
October 25, 2014
Great Big Dtown Oktoberfest
Motorco Music Hall invites the community to don their lederhosen or drindl and raise a Spaten mug to Dtown Oktoberfest. The free, family-friendly event begins at noon. Expect to hear music from The Little German Band accompanied by traditional dancers from 1-4pm. Paulaner beer from Munich, served in Liter & 1/2 Liter Steins. Parts&Labor will be serving Traditional German bratwurst with all the trimmings will be available as well as Guglhupf German pretzels. Stick around for the evening adult show from 6-11pm that will include themed dance routines from burlesque troupe The Vaudevillain Revue along with the Little German Band.
October 25, 2014
12pm.
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
(919) 901-0875
November 15 - 16, 2014
NC Comicon
Meet your favorite artists. Includes panel discussions, vendors, art contest, costume contest and more. John Barrowman, of Dr. Who and Torchwood, will be a featured guest. Tickets $35, $20 for one-day, one-film pass; kids 12 and under $3/$2. VIP package $200.
November 15 - 16, 2014
Various times.
Durham Convention Center, 309 W Morgan St
(919) 357-6401
November 21, 2014
Third Friday
Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at each participating location.
November 21, 2014
6-11pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
[email protected]
November 22 - 23, 2014
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 22 - 23, 2014
Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm.
Durham Arts Council/Royall Center for the Arts, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-2787
November 28, 2014
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 NC breweries. Ticket pricing tba.
November 28, 2014
3-8pm.
Triangle Brewing Company, 918 Pearl St., Durham, NC 27701
(919) 724-1521
December 30, 2014
Kwanzaa Celebration
Celebrate family and community with an afternoon of FREE food, dance and drumming performances, 3 v 3 basketball, cultural activities, board games, free workshops, a panel discussion, and a gift marketplace.
December 30, 2014
6-8pm
Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.
(919) 354-2750
January 1, 2015
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, 2015
1-6pm.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster St.
(919) 560-2729
February 20 - 22, 2015
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 20 - 22, 2015
Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., 27701
(919) 560-3030
March 8, 2015
Bull City Food & Beer Experience
Featuring souvenir glass and tasting notebook; unlimited food & beer tastings. Details tba.
March 8, 2015
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC, 27701
(919) 688-3722
March 21, 2015
Annual Bike Show & Chili Contest
Featuring a bike show, chili cook-off, live music, vendors, food, games, and more.
March 21, 2015
9am-4pm.
Rommel Harley-Davidson Durham, 300 Muldee St.
(919) 596-9511
April 9 - 12, 2015
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. Individual tickets and four different types of passes available to experience all that Full Frame has to offer. Tickets go on sale early-February. Email: [email protected]
April 9 - 12, 2015
See website for schedule.
Carolina Theatre, 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 687-4100
May 2 - 3, 2015
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.
May 2 - 3, 2015
Sa 10am-5pm, Su 1-5pm
Durham Arts Council/Royall Center for the Arts, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-2787
Ongoing Events
June 12, 2014 - July 26, 2014
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 12, 2014 - July 26, 2014
See website for details.
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC, 27701
(919) 668-2233
 
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