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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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AOC Fest 17 Primer Party

  • Carolina Soul
  • (919) 908-6620

Art of Cool is teaming up with Durham's Carolina Soul Records to host a series of listening sessions paying homage to the AOCFEST headliners. Whether you are not yet familiar with the music or a…


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Counterclockwise String Band

Bridging the traditional and the progressive, Counterclockwise String Band puts forth a style of bluegrass that is both compellingly new and refreshingly familiar.


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ECHO: Heather Gordon and Justin Tornow Special Event

A collaboration between visual artist Heather Gordon and dancer and choreographer Justin Tornow, ECHO is part of Gordon's series The Algorithms for Intimacy, which maps interpersonal relationships …


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Film Screening - I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations o…


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Lowland Hum Record Release Show

Lowland Hum's songs have been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements minimal, hushed and dynamic. Lowland Hum is husband/wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans. Together they are a …


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Play - "Bright Half Life"

Erica and Vicky meet. Buy a mattress. Marry. Raise kids. Divorce. Meet again. And jump out of an airplane. Not necessarily in that order. With a fractured timeline and instantaneous transitions, …


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Robert Ellis

Singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Houston, Texas, United States, who blends country, pop music and jazz. With Courtney Hartman.


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Shakespeare's King Lear

An accessible production by Eno River Players


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Christie Dashiell (straight-ahead jazz, soul)

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, North Carolina, Christie Dashiell is a graduate of Howard University and the Manhattan School of Music. As a member of Afro-Blue, Howard's p…


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Dance - "What You Want"

  • Living Arts Collective

What You Want is about learning to navigate life with agency. In this collaboration, Durham dance artists Alyssa Noble and Allie Pfeffer work to recognize, fulfill, and maintain a sense of what …


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Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure

Do you believe in ghosts? The home of Liggett &Myers, Kress & Snow Buildings ghosts, oh, it’s a Pub Crawl! Guests spend approximately 25 minutes in three (3) of Durham’s …


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Empty Chair Town Hall for NC Senators

  • Durham County Bldg

Protecting Progress in Durham, a grassroots indivisible group of volunteers in Durham, North Carolina, is requesting the presence of Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to attend a town hall during the …


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FFAF: Tan and Sober Gentlemen

Hailing from Snow Camp, NC, the Tan and Sober Gentlemen pioneer a sound they call “Celtic punk-grass”. Raw and unfiltered, this style is a blend of hard-driving, danceable roots …


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Fresh Docs Film Screening: 'Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story'

A documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, black fiddler, Joe Thompson (1919-2012). The Chocolate Drops …


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Nevermore Horror and Gothic Film Festival

Nevermore is dedicated to screening brand new horror features from around the world, as well as some fan favorites. Many of these films will never receive a theatrical release in the United States. …


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Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen

  • The Bullpen Beer Garden

Electric blues vocalist.


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The Cat's Cradle Presents: Savoy Motel

The debut album by this Nashville four-piece comes from a pedigree of garage, punk, and power-pop groups. avoy Motel transposes the energy and hooks of those groups to an entirely different move: an …


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Calvin Edwards Trio (Soul jazz & Blues)

Beyu is excited to be bringing Calvin Edwards back to Beyu Caffe. Born in Kings Mountain N.C., Calvin is also a well-know international artist who has performed in Okinawa, Tokyo, and China as w…


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Encaustic Painting & Collage

Learn the fundamentals of Encaustic painting and collaging with hot wax in this 2day Weekend Workshop! Encaustic is an intoxicating beeswax-based medium that smells like honey and falls somewhere …


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Lightning Strikes III Amateur & Professional Kickboxing Event

Triangle Kickboxing Promotions presents "Lightning Strikes III" amateur and professional kickboxing event. Don't miss this exciting, non-stop, action-packed evening of competition with …


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Pop Up Nightclub at Bull McCabe's

With DJ 40 oz. No Cover! Great Drinks! ALL YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC!


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Samedi Gras

Samedi Gras: Fat Saturday, the Saturday before the big event! This year the party s at The Pinhook where you can test drive costumes, wear backup outfits or come as you are. The Chit Nasty Band and …


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Secret Stash CD Release Party w/Peter Bernstein and Steve Haines

  • The Sharp 9 Gallery Jazz Club
  • (919) 486-5299

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein (b. 1967, New York City) has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous …


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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