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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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A 200th Birthday Festival

  • Durham Bahá’í Center

Devotions and music will be followed by a party for the entire family, with children's activities, games, food, and birthday cake!


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Disney's The Little Mermaid

Broadway’s Under the Sea Spectacular! "One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage." - Time Magazine In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful …


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Duke University Family Weekend

Events will include academic lectures by distinguished faculty, cultural and arts highlights, tours across the university, and time to connect with other families and students. This year's schedule …


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Fred Hammond and Le'Andria Johnson Gospel Concert

  • McDouglad-McLendon Arena

The Ultimate Praise NCCU Gospel Concert.


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Goat Kid Festival

  • Prodigal Farm

Tour the 95-acre farm and milking parlor, play with the baby goats, meet the milking does, and taste Prodigal Farm's nationally award-winning cheeses. They'll have tasty homemade food available …


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Halloween Spooktacular with Paperhand Puppet Intervention

This popular family friendly Durham Sunday afternoon event offers something for everyone and includes a costume contest, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, local food trucks, beer and wine, additional …


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Homecoming Soul Food Dinner

  • W.G. Person Dining Hall

Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends are invited to join in for Sunday dinner. Meals will be available for purchase in the dining hall.


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Homecoming Worship Service

Kick off the Ultimate Homecoming Experience at the 2017 Homecoming Worship Service with praise, song and fellowship. Featuring Minister Kelontae Gavin and The NCCU WPI Mass Choir.


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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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MIMIC by Alyssa Miserendino

MIMIC is both an exhibition and book project of re-photographed original photographic prints with flash, and manipulated originals. All images are taken from the artist's family archive, spanning …


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MONK Songbook

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

Thelonious Monk contributed countless standards to the jazz canon. In a remarkable exposition of Monk's enduring genius, five top pianists will take turns playing sixty-one of Monk’s …


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Music In The Plaza: Sunday Family Fun

  • Pour Taproom
  • (919) 251-8985

Pour Taproom presents live music, games, and food for the family every Sunday in CCB Plaza, the heart of downtown Durham. Kids Eat FREE all day and live music presented by The Music Lab with …


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Pumpkin Patch Express

Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the Museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before …


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The Como Mamas

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

Remarkably little is known about the years Thelonious Monk spent on the road as a teenager, playing organ behind an evangelist and faith healer possibly called the Texas Warhorse. The influence of …


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Traveling Outpost

  • Falls and Jordan Lakes
  • (919) 416-1200

Explore some of the best flat water paddling locations in the area. Call or check the website for location.


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West Point on the Eno Outpost

As the name implies this Outpost is located at the West Point on the Eno Park, on the Eno River in Durham, NC. Kayak or Canoe on your own. Hourly self-guided trips are held on the small & …


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Wings of Freedom Tour

Tour, or even fly in, four World War II-era bomber and fighter planes. The N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority are proud to …


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Works from the Loop: 2013-2017, Peter Hoffman

  • SPECTRE Arts
  • (919) 213-1441

Photographs and Illuminated Digital Collage Untitled: Loop reflects an experience as a pedestrian in the urban landscape through two different mediums – digital photographs and illuminated …


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Yoga With Goats

  • Hux Family Farm

Instructors will lead you through a yoga flow while the goats and sheep are wandering around eating, cuddling, playing, and the babies may even "participate" with you (i.e. jump on you. …


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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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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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212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
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