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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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Flash Chorus

Anyone can show up and be a part of a rocking ad hoc chorus, regardless of any prior singing experience (or lack there-of). If you've ever wanted to express yourself creatively through music …


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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford, narrate …


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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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Priests

A band with lo-fi post-punk bona-fides, expanded with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. With Hand Grenade Job, Truthers.


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Secretary

With Big Spider's Back.


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Be Connected: Legal Sips with Mavis Gragg, Attorney at Law

Beyú Caffé is an all ages venue  


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Cajun and Zydeco Music by the Cajammers

Cajammers are a triangle-based jam band made of an energetic group of musicians who adore playing for dancers. Expect the unexpected plus a mix of Cajun, zydeco, and Louisiana-inspired tunes. From …


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D-Town Brass

D-Town Brass's name is only an indication of what you might expect to hear from this savory jazz outfit: The 14-piece ensemble indeed spouts a great deal of brass, along with drums, marimba, bass, …


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Durham Mardi Gras

  • Major the Bull on the Plaza
  • (919) 274-5576

The parade starts at 7pm, at Major the Bull on the Plaza at 201 Corcoran St, then live entertainment featuring The Sunday Special, Curtis Eller’s American Circus and Lakota John at the usual …


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Grants Research Workshop for Entrpreneurs

This workshop will provide information on how to search and identify grants for your business (profit and nonprofit) and to navigate the grant seeking process. Participants should have understanding …


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Historic Durham & Tobacco Empire Tour

  • Call for meeting location
  • (919) 371-2653

Motorized, professionally guided, who, what, where, when & why tour de force! Every Tuesday Tobacco Road Tours take you to where Durham's roots began & where the City has evolved today. Some …


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Mardi Gras Party

8:15pm: The Bulltown Strutters at 8:15 and Curtis Eller 9:45/10pm : Curtis Eller


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Rue Cler Wine Dinner

  • Rue Cler
  • (919) 682-8844

Enjoy 4 food courses and 5 wines from the catalog of Neal Rosenthal Wine Merchant. Nathan Vandergrift (of Rue Cler) and Joseph Frederick (regional representative of the importer) will be hosting. …


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State of the City Address

  • City Hall
  • (919) 560-1200

As Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell's term comes to an end, he will host his final State of the City Address with insights on the past, present, and future of Durham. This luncheon event w…


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Exhibits & Recurring Events

Art Exhibit - "Daily Bred"

  • Golden Belt
  • (919) 560-2713

Featuring new mixed media works by DAG member artist Stephen Hayes The Creator.


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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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Beginning Hot Yoga Class

  • Bikram Yoga
  • (919) 251-8763

Beginning hot yoga known for its health benefits. First timers welcome! The heat makes it easier to stretch, and everyone leaves feeling great.


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Durham Art Guild Exhibit - "Sense of Scene"

Featuring new works by DAG member artists Jenny Blazing, Laura Yi Zhen Chen, Melinda Fine and Rosie G. Thompson. Their bodies of work explore unique forms of scenery through differing techniques and …


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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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Photography Exhibits - “Sabungeros” (“Cockfighters”)

Douglas Vuncannon is a documentary photographer, composer, and writer who teaches documentary photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. From 2014 to 2016, Vuncannon …


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That's The Joint! Open Mic

  • The Pinhook
  • (919) 667-1100

Comedy, live music, MCs, producers, talent showcase presented by the Underground Collective.


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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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A-Z Exhibit - "I is for Innovation"

Have you ever had to open a childproof cap or press "control-alt-delete" on your keyboard? Are you familiar with the cochlear implant or Astroturf? These innovations came out of work and …


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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