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Downtown Durham Events

Downtown Durham is a place filled with shopsgalleriesnightlife, 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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Author Event: Christina Baker Kline

A special event featuring #1 New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline. Christina will talk about her bestselling book, Orphan Train, copies of which will be available for purchase …


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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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Fleet Feet Pony Run

FLEET FEET PONY RUN Beer and running, a pairing as old as time! Join the good people of Fleet Feet at Ponysaurus every Thursday for a 3-mile route or 5-mile route. Expect a good time and treat …


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FSP@PPG: The City and the Grid

Join a lunchtime discussion inspired by the exhibition, Reflections Within the Transitioning Grid: Merging Structure, Form and Design with Technology by Merrill Shatzman and libi rose, currently o…


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JD Allen Trio & Geri Allen

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

The pianist Geri Allen is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of her generation. A Guggenheim Fellow and University of Pittsburgh Director of Jazz Studies, she has worked with a Who’s W…


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Music In The Plaza: Thurs Local Live

  • CCB Plaza

Pour Taproom presents evening performances in CCB Plaza every Thursday featuring local artists and musicians. Pour Taproom Durham is a pay-by-the-ounce taproom where you can pour your own drink …


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North Carolina Lightweight Championship

Raging Babe and Hall of Fame Matchmaker Russell Peltz have assembled what could be the best professional boxing card North Carolina has seen this year. The event features a Durham vs. Charlotte …


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Oasis: Beer & Bellydance

A monthly third Thursday event, this month honoring all things spooky! Enjoy a short, laid-back show of local bellydance and and 20 cold beers on tap. (Some wine and cider, too!)


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Steinfest: Present Day Interpretations

  • Claymakers Studio & Gallery
  • (919) 530-8355

Claymakers’ "5th Annual Steinfest" will showcase over 200 modern interpretations of the German stein, and feature 60 ceramic artists from across the US and Canada. Curated by Gillian …


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The Sol Kitchen Presents: DALEY - The Spectrum Tour

Daley is a singer, songwriter and recording artist hailing from Manchester, UK.  A British boy who grew up to the sounds of Prince, Chaka Khan, D'Angelo, Radiohead and Oasis - Daley first b…


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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious o…


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Conference Against the Use of Drones in Warfare

  • Trinity United Methodist Church & Duke Divinity School
  • (919) 613-5323

Military operations using drones are not heralded as victories, or covered widely in the mainstream press. As a result, the use of drones in warfare is largely invisible to people in the U.S. Unless …


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Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

America's Hottest Accordion" winner, Dwayne Dopsie plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by …


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Happy Hour with special guest Harrison Haynes

Haynes is a Durham-born visual artist, drummer, and photography teacher. He was a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship grant, and his work has been exhibited at The Nasher …


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Harvey Dalton Arnold Birthday Bash & BDBC Oktoberfest Beer Release Party

Music Maker, the Bullpen, and Bull Durham Beer Co. are throwing a party for two of their favorite things: blues and brews. Harvey Dalton Arnold is a southern-rock legend, blues guitar maestro, …


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Hawt Sauce: A Queer Dance Party!

Your favorite deep fried dance party is back just in time for Southern Fried Queer Pride Durham 2017! | #SFQP!Come out to The Pinhook on Friday, Oct 20th at 10PM for a night sure to move your feet t…


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Honeygirl Meadery Third Anniversary Party

Enjoy mead tastings, sample test batches- did someone say mango habanero?They will have all your favorite Fall meads available by the glass and by the bottle -- including Ginger, Vanilla and more! …


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Motorco and Carolina Theatre Present An Evening With Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as one of Scotland's premier fiddle ambassadors, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an …


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Opening Reception, Works from the Loop: 2013-2017, Peter Hoffman

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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Play - "Twin Lights"

A one-act play by local playwright Mark Perry, written especially for the Bicentenary celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the …


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Public Reception for Member Artists' Exhibit - "Selfie"

Pleiades member artists present works in response to the concept of "Selfie." Image shown: "Selfie2," gouache on board by Tom Dunne. 


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Third Friday

Gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at the Visitor Info Center and at each participating location.


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Third Friday Pop-Up Block Party

  • Durham Visitor Info Center
  • (919) 687-0288

This month, we're celebrating with live music from Kidznotes and DJ Shahzad, and an exhibit by artist Ian Griffin (http://ianthegriffin.com/). Food and beverage will be provided by Bull City …


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Tyshawn Sorey & Jason Moran

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

In this dream collaboration, two of American music’s brightest and most adventurous modern minds, Tyshawn Sorey and Jason Moran, collaborate to pay tribute to their clear musical and …


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Underground: The Brothers Vilgalys

Visit 21c Durham's historic bank vault for unique themed-cocktails by Counting House. Space is limited and access will be granted on a first come, first served basis.


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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