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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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Blue Wednesday: Clark Stern & Chuck Cotton

Bluesman Clark Stern has played piano alongside genre notables such as Lurrie Bell, Anson Funderburgh and Billy Boy Arnold, but he's joined tonight by local drum veteran Chuck Cotton ( Bob M…


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Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

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Clark Stern & Chuck Cotton

Bluesman Clark Stern has played piano alongside genre notables such as Lurrie Bell, Anson Funderburgh and Billy Boy Arnold, but he's joined tonight by local drum veteran Chuck Cotton ( Bob M…


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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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Tinkering & Drinkering

Bring a friend, grab a beer, and start making stuff at the Museum of Life and Science's tinkering happy hour! Whether you're an amateur engineer or a master maker, they'll have tools and t…


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Topics in Anesthesia

Anesthesia providers, earn your continuing education CME/CEC. This course is designed for physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered …


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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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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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Nasher Teen Council: Impact

A group exhibition of the Nasher Teen Council, a diverse group of 17 socially engaged teens from across Durham. The goal of IMPACT is to create a dynamic space where the teens can engage with the …


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School's Out, Beer's In- May Dinner

Kick off the summer with our one of a kind beer dinner. Bull City Burger and Brewery's chef and brewer have teamed up to put together a 4 course dinner complimented with perfect beer pairings from …


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Tellico - Back Porch Music on the Lawn

Skylar Gudasz will open. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please no glass, nor exotic animals like emus or llamas.


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CRITTERS & Fred Dekker’s NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

Part of the Retrofantasma Film Series.


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Killiam Shakespeare (jazz, hip hop)

 Killiam Shakespeare is a critically acclaimed music collective based in Philadelphia. The band is led by Steve McKie and Corey Bernhard - both seasoned musicians and producers whose …


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May Arts Night at the Durham Arts Council

Featuring new exhibits in the Allenton and Semans Gallery, a pop-up gallery of work from the current Durham Convention Center exhibit, crafts for kids, and performances by Durham Arts Council m…


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Yarn

Americana/Alt-Country band. With Me and Molly.


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Bashiri Asad (soul/r&b)

 Acknowledging that each of us has a priceless gift that we must harness and share with the world, Bashiri has come to define his sound as "Indy-Soul". From shoo-wop style singing …


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Cool John Ferguson - Live at The Bullpen

Self-taught electric guitarist Cool John Ferguson was born in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, and his Gullah heritage and the gospel music of his upbringing inform his approach to the blues. A …


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DocSwiner's Self-Publishing 102 Workshop Intensive

  • American Underground @ Main

Workshop by 2-time best selling author and 3-time best selling publishing consultant, DocSwiner, which includes:-teaching and direction by DocSwiner -free take home booklet -free …


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Durham Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour

Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers lead a 90 minute tour through downtown highlighting the many architectural styles popular in the 20th century. WALKING TOURS AND THE W…


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Durham Craft Market

The Durham Craft Market is a weekly, open-air market displaying one-of-a-kind, handmade, local arts and crafts. Celebrate the uniqueness of craft, be part of the flourishing Durham arts and crafts …


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Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

  • 212 W Main St
  • (919) 371-2653

Tobacco Road Tours takes you on a motorized, professionally guides tour to where Durham’s roots began & where the City has evolved today. North Carolina’s “Triangle”, …


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M. E. Henderson's Beginner Soul Line Dance Social

  • The CAARE
  • (252) 767-2780

Over 90 dances for Beginners to Advance Beginners! Food, Fun & Fellowship!


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Pop Up Market

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

It's Durty Bull's first pop-up market! They'll be pouring their creations inside the taproom while the fine folks show of theirs, inside and outside. Vendors: Alex Gates – …


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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