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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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153rd Anniversary Surrender Commemoration

Experience the events that occurred inside the home of James and Nancy Bennett 153 years ago. Cavalry units that accompanied the generals will be represented this year by the 10th Illinois unit and …


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Art Market at Vega Metals

Weekly Arts & Crafts Market in Durham Central Park, on Hunt Street between Foster and Rigsbee. Music, food trucks, and local artists showcasing unique, handcrafted treasures for home, garden, a…


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Art Market at Vega Metals 10th Year Celebration

Free! Kid friendly!The Art Market at Vega Metals is kicking off its 10th year with art, crafts, music, food trucks, bouncy house and scavenger hunt for kids, Durham APS Adoptable Dogs, and more! R…


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Bull City Vegan Challenge

  • Various Locations

The Bull City Vegan Challenge (BC/VC) is a popular month-long contest challenging top local chefs at Durham restaurants to add a plant-based (vegan) dish to their menus. Customers try the dishes …


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DCRC Annual Charity Golf Classic

Enjoy a great day of golf, culminating with the Porchetta Dinner and Awards Ceremony! Each golf team will receive their golf outing, cart, goodies, snacks and drinks along the way. Golfers and non …


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DIY Fest

Celebrate Earth Day at The Scrap Exchange! DIY Fest celebrates Durham's innovative do-it-yourself spirit with local artists, makers, and zero waste organizations. The FREE day-long festival includes …


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Downtown Loft Progressive Dinner

  • Various lofts in Downtown

An exclusive Dinner a l' Art event through Downtown Durham's lively urban setting. Stops include homes of home of Daniel and Roxanne Nagy, Bill and Lucy Stokes, and Charlie Witzleben. Enjoy a …


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Duke Opera Workshop: Spring Performance

Arias, duos, trios, quartets, and opera excerpts for other vocal combinations sung in English with costumes and staging. Piano accompaniment by David Heid. Duke Opera Workshop is directed by Susan …


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Durham Academy Used Book Sale

  • Durham Academy Middle School
  • (919) 637-3328

The Durham Academy used book sale features books of all genres: fiction, non-fiction, kids books, travel, crafts, gardening - anything you can imagine! All books are $1 or $2


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Durham Bulls vs. Leigh Valley IronPigs

Negro League Night. Head to the DBAP as the Bulls celebrate former Negro League players.


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Durham Civil Rights History Walking Tour

Docents lead a 45 minute tour focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and '60s Civil Rights movement. WALKING TOURS AND THE WEATHER Walking tours may be c…


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Durham Public Schools Art Show

Works from DPS middle and high school students. Organized by the DPS K-12 arts education director and art teachers, the display will feature art panels with drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, …


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Durham Senior Games and SilverArts Program

  • Various locations
  • (919) 560-4355

An Olympic style competition designed to give mature adults the opportunity to compete in a host of athletic and artistic activities in various locations in Durham. Fitness, fun and community …


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Durham Symphony Orchestra Concert With Young Musicians from Kidznotes

  • Emily K Center

The Durham Symphony will be joined by the young musicians from Kidznotes, performing side-by-side. The free concert will feature the world premiere of a work by NC composer Noah Balamucki and the …


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Eco Faire at DIY Fest - Earth Day Event

Learn about topics related to the environment and about the numerous environmental projects currently underway in the Triangle! Co-hosted by The Scrap Exchange and Don't Waste Durham, the Eco F…


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Goat Yoga and Guided Meditation with Goats

  • Hux Family Farm
  • (919) 666-7258

Get your relaxation and goat cuddles on! Experience yoga and guided meditation classes with the farm's animals. They have trained therapy goats, a couple of sheep, and a sweet livestock guardian dog …


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Great Lakes Brewing Company Month of Service Creek Clean Up

  • Where Ellerbe Creek meets Falls Lake. Sign up at link below for more details.
  • (919) 698-9729

In honor of Earth Day, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) is leading a Great Lakes Brewing Company Month of Service/Little Sweep creek clean up! Head down to where Ellerbe Creek meets …


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Groundwater Workshop to Explore Racial Inequality [or Structural Racism]

Join Organizing Against Racism (OAR Durham) and local residents in exploring how race pervades life in the United States in ways that are often taken for granted but that have devastating impacts …


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Healing America - Durham Rally and Film Shoot

Healing America is a powerful new documentary film and grassroots movement organized around the far-reaching benefits of a plant-based diet. Mebane's own PlantPure Inc. founder Nelson Campbell and …


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Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

  • 212 W Main St
  • (919) 371-2653

Tobacco Road Tours takes you on a motorized, professionally guides tour to where Durham’s roots began & where the City has evolved today. North Carolina’s “Triangle”, …


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Jambalaya Soul Poetry Slam

Featuring the top scoring poets of the season, performing their hearts out for this great opportunity to compete regionally and nationally this summer. Plus, one of the poets will be crowned the …


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Kidcycle Children's Consignment Event

Kidcycle is a one-of-a-kind children's consignment sale, benefiting consignors, shoppers, and local families. Kidcycle sells clothes (newborn-juniors), toys, sports equipment, baby gear, kids …


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Liberty Arts Open Studio Sale

A community day of art and entertainment with work for sale to refresh your home and office with the latest offerings from the artists! Delectable delights will be available from Route Bistro, …


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LISA P Angels 5K Walk/Run for Diabetes

Lisa P Angels 5K Walk/Run for Diabetes and Bull City Play Street celebrates it's 5th year of hosting this event. It is a family fun day filled with a youthfest of entertainers, music, bounce house …


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Long Ball 2018 Registration

Assessment for new players and players moving up from the junior team to the senior teams. Please register online at longballdurham.com as a free agent if you are new to the program. Come dressed to …


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212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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