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Downtown Durham Events

Downtown Durham is a place filled with shops, galleries, nightlife, and restaurants, so it's no surprise that there is always something new going on. Whatever your interests, you're sure to find an event that will excite you. Check out the listings below to find something memorable to do.

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Devout Diamond Divas Women's Conference

An amazing women's conference hosted by Apostle Mary D. McKenzie of Faith Assembly Christian Center! Guest Speakers are Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole and Dr. Medina Pullings. Empowering classes lead by …


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Moogfest Posters and Synth Art from the American Tobacco Collection

American Tobacco Campus presents its collection of Moogfest art posters from 2010-2016. The posters were created for SYTH: A Group Art Show Inspired by Bob Moog. Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. …


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Session at the Shed w/ Ernest Turner

  • The Shed
  • (732) 570-2935

Weekly concert and jam session featuring the Ernest Turner Trio. Drop in and hear some of the best music in town - every Monday.


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Be Connected: Meet the Mayoral Candidates – Who is Shea Ramirez?

Who is Shea Ramirez? She’s a mother of 6. An entrepreneur. The anti-superwoman superwoman. Come meet Shea Ramirez and see what else she’s about at Beyu Be Connected. This is a k…


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John Palowitch

Triangle jazz scene regulars John Palowitch (sax), Russell Favret (guitar), Kenny Phelps-McKeown (bass), and Devin Fuller (drums) come together for an eclectic set of funk, rock, and hip-hop, …


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Sauerkraut: German Expressionism in Film And Music

The Mallarmé Chamber Players will close their 2016-17 Concert Series with Sauerkraut, a program inspired by German expressionism featuring the silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. …


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Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

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Chainmaille Jewelry – European 4 in 1 Bracelet Workshop

The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process …


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John T. Edge reading and book signing

James Beard award-winning author John T. Edge comes to Fullsteam Brewery for a reading and signing of his new book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. The Lantern's Andrea …


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The Orbiting Human Circus featuring The Music Tapes

The Orbiting Human Circus feat. The Music Tapes: Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and Night Vale Presents invite you into the world of popular new podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) …


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Wednesday Night Trivia

Wednesday night is Trivia Night at Bull McCabe's, winner of The Independent's 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 "Best Trivia in the Triangle"! On Tuesday afternoon each week's specific R…


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Exhibits & Recurring Events

"Fluid" - Paintings by MyLoan Dinh

On view in the Durham Convention Center’s Pre-Function Corridor, “Fluid,” features paintings by MyLoan Dinh. Dinh’s work explores the challenges of an immigrant living b…


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"Forecasts and Other Disturbances" - mixed media work by Julie Anne Greenberg

Julie Anne Greenberg’s “Forecasts and Other Disturbances” features mixed media interpretations of storm patterns, with a critical eye toward human attempts to control and predict …


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Art Exhibit - "Nothing's Black or White"

  • Golden Belt
  • (919) 560-2713

New mixed media works by DAG member artist Jill Eberle. "The people depicted in these images are also on the edge of control, silently confronting the complexities of life. They face dilemmas, …


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Art Exhibit - Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation

Featuring painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, 21c Durham's upcoming exhibition, Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation includes works by 25 artists from more than a dozen …


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Art Exhibit - Forms and Functions

Jina Valentine and Jaydan Moore investigate found materials and isolate the shapes and patterns within to reveal the meanings and metaphors embedded in seemingly random forms. Drawing with ink on …


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Durham Art Guild 2017 Members' Showcase

This is a submission-free non-juried exhibition to showcase the work of DAG members. AWARDS Peoples' Choice Award: All gallery attendees throughout the duration of the exhibition will be …


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Inferno Hot Pilates

  • Bikram Yoga
  • (919) 251-8763

Try the new fitness trend sweeping the nation! This hour long class combining Pilates principles with high intensity interval training. Be prepared to get a great workout, fast results, and listen t…


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Leah Sobsey Art Exhibition

Sobsey is an artist and educator from Chapel Hill, N.C. with a background in anthropology and studio art. Using both digital technologies and 19th century techniques, Sobsey’s art merges …


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Our House: Durham Arts Council School Student & Instructor Exhibition

In the Durham Arts Council's Semans Gallery, the Durham Arts Council School is in the spotlight with “Our House,” an exhibition of student and instructor visual artwork. An opening …


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Ugly Comedy Show

  • Skewers Bar and Grill
  • (919) 680-8048

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+Lunch

Join a guided docent tour of the current exhibitions, followed by lunch* and a complimentary sweet treat at Counting House – your reward for embarking on such a culture-filled excursion …


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Durham Spotlight

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604