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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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A Trailer Park Christmas

"A Trailer Park Christmas" follows the Dodson/Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes and a holiday tornado. A letter from Loraine Dodson- Whispering Pines …


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Afro///Strings - VSPRTN & Dr. Violisto with DJ Rem.e

DJ set with live violinist. Be part of a unique performance/dance party. VSPRTN will be spinning Afrobeat/Nigerian Disco/Soul. DJ Rem.e will also be providing some dope tunes.  Must be …


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Cool

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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DISHOOM Bollywood/Bhangra Dance Party

9pm: Doors open. 10pm: Dance lessons by Ameer. 10:30pm: DJ Rang starts spinning, dance party begins. 12am: Live Visuals by KidEthnic and Live Dhol by G2 Singh Music Must be …


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Durham Cinematheque's Greatest Hits Vol. 1

  • Durham Cinematheque

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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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Intuitive Writing: Writing Beyond What You Know

  • Gridworks

Appropriate for all skill and experience levels, this workshop will explore practices which engage intuition as a guide for our writing. Focused on skills applicable to short stories, poems, novels, …


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Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol

Ira David Wood III’s beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this year. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the …


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Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz, "Let it Snow"

Celebrated Jazz Vocalist, Kate McGarry performs classic jazz and holiday favorites with the great guitarist, Keith Ganz and saxophonist, Dave Finucane


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Marcus Anderson's Annual Christmas Concert

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

Celebrate the most joyous time of the year with delicious drinks, incredible food, and a great jazz show. Hailing from South Carolina, Marcus Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over …


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Mel Melton and The Wicked Mojos

For those not in the know: the band is fronted by singer/harmonicist Mel Melton, who logged a lot of road time with both Cheniers Clifton and C.J., and most notably Sonny Landreth. He is backed by …


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Monthly Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam sponsored by PineCone

PineCone is teaming up with The Blue Note Grill to host a monthly bluegrass/Americana/old time jam in Durham! The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which …


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REAL Durham Pop-Up Market

  • The Mothership
  • (919) 593-8387

The REAL Durham Pop-Up Market will feature budding entrepreneurs of color and necessity-driven entrepreneurs that will be showcasing and selling their products. Peruse some beautiful handmade i…


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ShaLeigh Dance Works presents I Promise

  • The Fruit

ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of I Promise, the company’s newest evening-length work with excerpts already described as “Rousing group work!” by Indy Week and …


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ShaLeigh Dance Works presents I Promise

  • The Fruit

As part of the 2017-2018 Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA) season, ShaLeigh Dance Works unveils the world premiere of I Promise, the company’s newest evening-length work with excerpts …


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Winter Studio Sale - Haand Pottery, Shibui South

  • Elijah Leed Studios - Brian Allen Letterpress

Two days of discounted handcrafted ceramics, furniture, textiles, and home goods at Elijah Leed Studio in Downtown. Also, Letterpress Studio Liquidation sale- Art & Printing Supplies + Design …


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Beer Brunch

  • Geer Street Garden
  • (919) 294-8555

Brunch is finally more than a sad, late breakfast. Start the day at Geer Street Garden with a 3-beer sampler and a classic Southern brunch buffet, then hit Durham's brewery trifecta: Fullsteam, D…


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Film Screening: "A Chorus of Versus"

A Chorus of Versus is a rough cut of footage from the last year or so of resistance to white supremacy, patriarchy, state, and capitalism in the so-called "United States." A chronological …


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MovesMoves Somatic Research Series

  • Living Arts Collective

This class is a deep exploration of the ways the body works and how our minds- intention, desire, distraction, impulse- affect how we move. The class will investigate the relationships and tensions …


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Music In The Plaza: Sunday Family Fun

  • Pour Taproom
  • (919) 251-8985

Pour Taproom presents live music, games, and food for the family every Sunday in CCB Plaza, the heart of downtown Durham. Kids Eat FREE all day and live music presented by The Music Lab with …


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Rhett & Link: The Mythically Tour

Rhett & Link, best friends since the first grade, are a comedic duo known for hosting the most-watched daily show on the Internet, Good Mythical Morning, their narrative series Rhett & L…


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Sip Afternoon Tea at The Parlour: Holiday Edition

Enjoy a sophisticated array of scones, pie, sandwiches, and (obviously) tea-holiday style. Two lucky attendees will win a handmade gingerbread house. Menu: 1. Traditional Cornish scones with …


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T.A. James Road to Memphis + James, Pace & Preslar

T.A. James won himself a spot in the IBC in Memphis, so he's asking for your help in getting there. He'll play a short set to raise some funds to defray travel costs. Then he'll welcome his …


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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