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Our Favorite Photos from 2015

The New Year is off to a busy start, but there's still time to reflect on the great things that happened in Durham in 2015. We went through our photo library to find our favorite shots from last year:


Dashi opened February 3. The ramen shop and Japanese pub earned plenty of press this year, including coverage in Saveur

Credit: Jessie Gladdek/DCVB

Bennett Place 150th

Re-enactors gather at Bennett Place to mark the 150-year anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The war's largest troop surrender took place in Durham in April 1865, effectively ending the Civil War.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

ACC Baseball Tournament

Blues skies and red shirts at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park during the final game of the ACC Baseball Tournament. Florida State beat North Carolina State 6-2 to become the 2015 champions on May 24.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

Duke Homestead Walk

Civil War re-enactor Philip Brown soaks his feet after retracing Washington Duke's 166 mile walk from New Bern to Duke Homestead. He walked an average of 16 miles per day beginning May 11 and reached his final destination 13 days later on May 23.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

Tour de Fat

Cyclists take to the street on June 20 for New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat, a traveling celebration of bicycles and beer. 

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

Food Truck Rodeo

Dozens of area food trucks gather at Durham's Central Park on June 19 for the Father's Day Food Truck Rodeo.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

Historic Stagville Freedom 150

Historic Stagville commemorates the end of the Civil War with Freedom 150. The May 30 event focused on the effect of the end of the war on African Americans, featuring historic interpreters, authentic food, and plantation tours.

Credit: Mel Brown/DCVB

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public garden open year round. Visit its website for information on tours and programs held throughout the year.

Credit: DCVB

Centerfest American Dance Ensemble

The African American Dance Ensemble commands the stage at CenterFest Arts Festival, September 19-20. The annual Downtown Durham festival includes live entertainment, a visual arts showcase, and hands-on crafts.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

NC Pride Parade

Participants didn't let the rain stop them from attending the 31st annual North Carolina Pride Parade and Festival, held in Durham on September 24-27.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

The Scrap Exchange

At The Scrap Exchange, a creative reuse arts center, you can take classes, purchase new and vintage materials, and craft in the community maker spaces.

Credit: DCVB

The Parlour

Patrons enjoy a cool treat at The Parlour. The ice cream shop features inventive flavors - think sweet potato, apple butter, coconut stracciatella - alongside old favorites like chocolate and vanilla.

Credit: Jessie Gladdek/DCVB

NCCU Loretta Lynch

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch hosts a civil rights roundtable discussion at North Carolina Central University School of Law on July 1. Lynch, a Durham native, is the first African-American woman to lead the U.S. Department of Justice.

Credit Mel Brown/DCVB

NC Comicon

Artist Afua Richardson at NC Comicon, November 13-15. The three-day convention featured panel discussions, vendors, and art and costume contests.

Credit: DCVB

Hideaway Woods

The Museum of Life + Science's newest permanent exhibit, Hideaway Woods, opened September 29. The two-acre outdoor playscape includes natural sculptures, a treehouse village, freshwater stream, and more.

Credit: Jessie Gladdek/DCVB

Liberty Arts

Artists stand watch as iron pours out of a furnace into molds and blocks during a Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry event in November.

Credit: Bill Russ

American Underground

At the start of 2015, American Underground in Durham established a goal to build the most diverse start-up hub in the country. By December, stats showed that the organization is leading the nation in entrepreneurial diversity.

Credit: Bill Russ/DCVB

Bar Virgile

Cocktails from The Atomic Fern in Downtown Durham. The bar opened on East Parrish Street in January 2015. Credit: Lissa Gotwals/DCVB

Want to see more Durham photos? Check our online image library at durhamncphotos.com.


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