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Events in Durham, NC

Home to almost 5,000 events every year, Durham is a place rich with unique things to do. From biannual arts markets to performances by world-class musicians at DPAC or Carolina Theatre, from workshops led by leading researchers to motorcycle rallies, from interactive classes at the Museum of Life + Science to food tours through Durham’s most acclaimed restaurants, there is always a wide variety of events to capture the interest of any visitor or resident.

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Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Water (ages 9-12)

Explore how water is used in Duke Gardens and in art, from building waterfalls to sketching reflections to using water as our medium. Use art to hone your observation skills and express yourself. A…


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Ethan Iverson Trio & Melissa Aldana

  • Durham Fruit & Produce Company
  • (919) 660-3356

Though she’s not yet reached her thirtieth birthday, Melissa Aldana has already broken several jazz boundaries. In 2013, Aldana became the first female instrumentalist and first South American …


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Film Screening: Loving Vincent

The world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated …


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Flash Chorus: "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran & "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man

Anyone can show up and be a part of a rocking ad hoc chorus, regardless of any prior singing experience (or lack there-of). If you've ever wanted to express yourself creatively through music …


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Latin American Film Festival

  • Various venues

Founded in 1986, by Sharon Mujica, the Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America's film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North …


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An evening with author Jeffrey Meyer

Join local writer Jeffrey Meyer at The Regulator Bookshop for a discussion of his new novel, A Call to China.


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Classroom Open Hours

Join an open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in …


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Ethan Iverson Trio with Chris Potter & Houston Person

  • Durham Fruit & Produce Company

Nearly four decades separate the exuberant Chris Potter and the sage Houston Person, but in Durham they share the same supporting trio. This double bill of saxophonists from South Carolina stretches …


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Former US Rep. Barney Frank—The Fight for a Fair Society: Is Pragmatism a Betrayal?

  • Penn Pavilion-Duke University
  • (919) 613-9516

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will discuss the current state of politics in the U.S. The talk, which is open to the public, takes place in the Sanford School’s Fleishman …


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Get Lit/ Stay Woke National Action Network Youth Move College Tour

  • A. E. Student Union

Featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader, activist, and founder and President of National Action Network.


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Michael McDonald with Special Guest Marc Cohn

“Due in September, Wide Open sets McDonald’s gruff but heartfelt vocals—and his thoughts on romance and human nature—against arrangements that pull expertly from R&B, …


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Mock Funeral of the Delaware State University Hornets

  • McDouglad-McLendon Arena

Join a mock funeral for the Delaware State University Hornets. Hosted by the Student Activities Board and Department of Theatre.


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She Keeps Bees

Considering how controlled the chaos was on Eight Houses-the band's last offering, which was ruptured by riffs and rattled by rhythms without leaping straight off the rails-it's tough to imagine a …


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Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

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Clark Stern & Chuck Cotton

Bluesman Clark Stern has played piano alongside genre notables such as Lurrie Bell, Anson Funderburgh and Billy Boy Arnold, but he's joined tonight by local drum veteran Chuck Cotton ( Bob M…


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Ethan Iverson Trio & Joshua Redman

  • Durham Fruit & Produce Company
  • (919) 660-3356

“Is Joshua Redman a new archetype?” The New York Times asked more than two decades ago, when the saxophonist, who had just moved to the city, was just twenty-five. The Times was right: …


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Good Music Fest

Brian "B-Mac" Macintosh And First Class Presents: Good Music Fest Homecoming Party Feat: Ikeadamone, King Draft, D. Shawn & Soul, $wank, and Kelly Kale Music By: DJ Fannie Mae


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Guided Art Tour of Duke Medicine Pavilion

Every 4th Wednesday.


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Homecoming Community Service Day

  • Various Elementary Schools in Durham NC

NCCU faculty and staff will spend the day reading to six local elementary school students.


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Mister and Miss NCCU Coronation and Ball

  • McDouglad-McLendon Arena (Cornoation) & A.E. Student Union (Ball)

Coronation and Ball.


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Northgate Jams!

Jam sessions each week to play old time, bluegrass and country. No rules, however, so all musicians are welcome to join in the fun. Park in the parking deck closest to the movie theater or in …


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Plants of Distinction: Mum’s the Word - Growing Show Chrysanthemums

Horticulturist Michelle Rawlins, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens. Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all four sections or sign up separately for …


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Ponysaurus Beer Dinner at Local 22

  • Local 22
  • (919) 286-9755

Alrighty Locals, ready for another round of incredible beer dinners?! So far this year they've brought you breweries from the mountain to the coast, and now they're ready to bring it home. For the …


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Public Lecture: Educating Citizens and Reforming Generations with Alan Taylor

Join the National Humanities Center for a public lecture with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor. In the wake of the American Revolution, political leaders insisted that …


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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