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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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Darius Quarles

Darius’s solo show of paintings is on display, along with “Some Assembly Required: Can You Build It?” by all Pleaides artists. Artists explore the concept of …


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Dog Days at Beer Durham

APS of Durham will be onsite 2-3:30pm with dogs currently available for adoption. Bring your own pups for a fun dog party and/or just come for a beer or two. Be sure to bring your growlers to t…


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Dusk til Durham: Jazz, Hip Hop and Sunsets on the Roof with The Beast

The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Straight out of Durham, the cultural and entrepreneurial n…


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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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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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Paint Your Pet

Arrive 30 minutes early to order your drinks! Wine & Design will have everything ready for you to create your very own masterpiece. Event is NOT BYOB.


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Pop-up Costume Shop for The Carrack's Muse Masquerade Fundraiser

Join Ponysaurus for a costume sale with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, art activities for the whole family with Happymess Art Studios, classes and supplies, and a mini-market featuring local …


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Shakori Hills Presents: N'Kogniito, Africa Unplugged, Ages of Sages

On September 24, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance presents a night full of eclectic soulful jams from friends of the grassroots festival family. As a part of our 'Shakori …


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SplatterFlix Film Series

The 1970s and 80s were a phenomenal era for horror films, with some of the greatest, scariest, and in some cases, campiest films ever made. Retro is proud to present this unique series which …


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Belle Game

Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, Belle Game weaves ethereal soundscapes into, blown-out, crush-pop confessions.  Sonically, Belle Game exists somewhere between new-age visions and …


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Flash Chorus: “Enjoy The Silence” by Depeche Mode and “Die Young” by Sylvan Esso

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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Be Connected: Google’s Code2040 QTNA with American Underground

Save the dates and stay tuned for details!


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Circus 1903

Step right up! Step right up! The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of …


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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

“I wanted to make an album of great American roots music, and the end result is something that I'm really pleased with." Kenny Wayne Shepherd says of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's …


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Kristi Dixon - Live at the Bullpen

Kristi Dixon is a Piedmont-based singer-songwriter whose soaring voice and guitar drive her music. From a young age, Dixon remembers her family encouraging her passion for writing songs. When asked …


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Wine Dinner - Marsuret & Bisceglia Wineries

A 5-course meal with wine pairings for each course. Reservations required.


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Big Ups: Maple Stave

Big Ups' second LP, Before A Million Universes, is at once a fist in the face of complacency and a sonic affirmation to, in Walt Whitman's words, "let your soul stand cool and composed before a …


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Brett's Open Mic

  • Beyu Caffe
  • (919) 683-1058

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Charley Crockett with Rissi Palmer Band

Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the …


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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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Downtown Stormwater Project Design Workshop

The workshop will be an opportunity for residents to provide input on the project design concept that will occupy the site of the former Duke Diet and Fitness Center, located at 808 W. Trinity …


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Durham Mayoral Forum

The topic of this forum will be 'Affordable Housing'. The public is invited to submit questions online, and will also be able to question the candidates directly.


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September Mix & Mingle with Ellevate

Held on the rooftop of the new The Durham Hotel in downtown Durham, this event is a great way to socialize in a casual setting.


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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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David Childers - Live at the Bullpen

The last time David Childers played the Bullpen, we had to pry our jaws off the floor. He’s a rocking good guitarist with a true-grit storytelling style that speaks to the good and the bad in …


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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