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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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Barriskill Dance Theatre School's Nutcracker Ballet

Enjoy a magical production of this family holiday classic! Barriskill Dance Theatre School is proud to present their annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet!


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Beer Brunch

  • Geer Street Garden
  • (919) 294-8555

Brunch is finally more than a sad, late breakfast. Start the day at Geer Street Garden with a 3-beer sampler and a classic Southern brunch buffet, then hit Durham's brewery trifecta: Fullsteam, D…


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Behind the Scenes with an Animal Keeper

  • Museum of Life + Science
  • (919) 220-5429

Ever wonder what ther veterinary room looks like or why they feed our animals frozen mice instead of live ones? Join an Animal Keeper for a behind-the-scenes peek into the Animal Department Support …


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Black Santa at Hayti

Visit Black Santa at the Hayti Heritage Center. Photographs available while you wait so bring the family and celebrate! Professional photography will be available in various sizes, with digital files.


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Durham Cinematheque's Greatest Hits Vol. 1

  • Durham Cinematheque

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Durham's Black Nativity

Durham's Black Nativity is an annual soulful celebration of the birth of Jesus. The cast features 100 talented singers, dancers and musicians.


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Durty Bull Chili Cook-Off

  • Durty Bull Brewing Company
  • (919) 688-2337

What goes better with cold weather, beer and football than chili? And who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Enjoy a chili cook-off while watching the Panthers take on the Packers! The …


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Film Screening: "A Chorus of Versus"

A Chorus of Versus is a rough cut of footage from the last year or so of resistance to white supremacy, patriarchy, state, and capitalism in the so-called "United States." A chronological …


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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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Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol

Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this year. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the …


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Marcus Anderson's Annual Christmas Concert

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Celebrate the most joyous time of the year with delicious drinks, incredible food, and a great jazz show. Hailing from South Carolina, Marcus Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over …


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MovesMoves Somatic Research Series

  • Living Arts Collective

This class is a deep exploration of the ways the body works and how our minds- intention, desire, distraction, impulse- affect how we move. The class will investigate the relationships and tensions …


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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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Organ Music for Advent and Christmas | Christopher Jacobson

Christopher Jacobson, FRCO, Chapel Organist and Divinity School Organist at Duke, has won prizes in several organ competitions. He has presented organ recitals throughout North America, Europe, and …


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Rhett & Link: The Mythically Tour

Rhett & Link, best friends since the first grade, are a comedic duo known for hosting the most-watched daily show on the Internet, Good Mythical Morning, their narrative series Rhett & L…


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ShaLeigh Dance Works presents I Promise

  • The Fruit

As part of the 2017-2018 Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) season, ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of I Promise, the company’s newest evening-length work with excerpts …


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ShaLeigh Dance Works presents I Promise

  • The Fruit

ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of I Promise, the company’s newest evening-length work with excerpts already described as “Rousing group work!” by Indy Week and …


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Sip Afternoon Tea at The Parlour: Holiday Edition

Enjoy a sophisticated array of scones, pie, sandwiches, and (obviously) tea-holiday style. Two lucky attendees will win a handmade gingerbread house. Menu: 1. Traditional Cornish scones with …


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T.A. James Road to Memphis + James, Pace & Preslar

T.A. James won himself a spot in the IBC in Memphis, so he's asking for your help in getting there. He'll play a short set to raise some funds to defray travel costs. Then he'll welcome his …


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The Russell Lacy School of Music Showcase

See what these kids can do!


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Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament

  • Sky Zone Durham
  • (919) 425-0800

Compete in fast, furious, high-flying matches on Sky Zone’s patented wall to wall trampoline courts. Early Bird Registration (up to 1 day in advance) : All early registrations will …


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Winter Studio Sale - Haand Pottery, Shibui South

  • Elijah Leed Studios - Brian Allen Letterpress

Two days of discounted handcrafted ceramics, furniture, textiles, and home goods at Elijah Leed Studio in Downtown. Also, Letterpress Studio Liquidation sale- Art & Printing Supplies + Design …


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Be Connected: The Professor and The DJ

School is back in session at Beyu Caffe on Monday, December 18, as they open their stage to The Guv’nor and The Professor — their resident authorities on music. Enjoy a night exploring …


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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