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Durham is where self-made synth beats are created alongside home-grown and international talent.
Where renowned hip hop artists come home to spit with our next generation of performers.
Where there’s no need to wait for Friday night; both large and small festivals and cultural events win the hearts of wandering souls from near and far — all week long.
Each year, 5,000 classes, tours, markets, competitions and performances await you here. The key to your next adventure lies in your own curiosity. Come taste, see, hear and discover.
While practicing social distancing, we know many folks are looking for things to do and ways to stay engaged with the Durham community. After all, at the stay-at-home orders' core, it's really about physically distancing ourselves from one another. That doesn't mean we can't find ways to be alone together.
During this time, we plan to publish virtual events and other safe, creative ways for you to remain connected to Durhamites, our local partners, and other Durham-based groups. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
The Photoville Fence - an Outdoor Art Exhibit
A year-round public photography project exhibited in major parks and downtowns across North America. The exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience. A jury of 50+ international arts and media leaders reviews every series submitted. Regional jurors: Molly Boarati, assistant Curator, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Roylee Duvall, Owner, Through This Lens Gallery and Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitons and Collections, City of...
Urban Bush Women
Celebrating a momentous 36th anniversary during an unprecedented year, Urban Bush Women (UBW), a Brooklyn-based performance ensemble and dance company under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis, will present the sole live performances during Duke Performances’ fall season: a new Artist Journal, the company’s virtual adaptation of its presentation format that mixes informal performance, audience interaction, conversation, and a dance party. Through the Artist Journal, the company shares its creative and research-driven...
Food Truck Flix — "Alien" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show'
A drive-in theater with food trucks. Enjoy local, made from scratch foods from NC Bulkogi, Gussy's and Dusty's Donuts for "Alien," and Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba and Buzzy Bakes for "Rocky Horror." Movie starts at 8:30 p.m.
From The Window — Kym Register of Loamlands
Enjoy live music when Kym Register of Loamlands performs live From The Window of the Carolina Theatre of Durham’s Connie Moses Ballroom during the venue’s takeout concessions hours. The artist will perform above and away from the concessions pick-up area and any guests.
Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk
A family-friendly 1.5-mile walking tour designed for adults and kids (children 8 years & older please) seeking a unique and different downtown Durham, North Carolina experience. The tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history as it takes you to six different Ghost & Paranormal sites including Bull Durham Factory, Kress Store Building, Devil’s Teacher, Hotel Malbourne Memory, Snow Building and the Liggett-Myers Factory stories are on the itinerary. Advanced purchase required. Note: Tour...
From The Window — Skylar Gudasz
Enjoy live music when Skylar Guadsz performs live From The Window of the Carolina Theatre of Durham’s Connie Moses Ballroom during the venue’s takeout concessions hours. The artist will perform above and away from the concessions pick-up area and any guests.
Full Moon Fever Bike Ride — Halloween/Blue Moon Ride
Experience the American Tobacco Trail at night with the Durham Community Trail Watch group. Please note: the ride has two starting times and locations. 7:30 p.m. - Early Start TimeThe early start is at 7:30 p.m. in front of Mellow Mushroom (410 Blackwell Street) in downtown Durham. That group will ride down the American Tobacco Trail and meet up with the late group that meets at 8:30 p.m. in front of Bean Traders. 8:30 p.m...
Family Saturday Series — Violet Bell
Violet Bell’s original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, rock and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.Based out of Durham, the pair have played more than 300 shows in just over two years, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident both in person and in videos of these live performances. The two share a mutual love...
OutSouth Queer Film Festival - Virtual Fest
OutSouth Queer Film Festival celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today's queer life and helps bring the community together through film. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. OutSouth celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today's gay and lesbian life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking. OutSouth was formerly know as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival...
"Behind the Mask" by Cornell Watson - Visual art exhibit at the Durham Arts Council!
DAC is excited to announce that their first in-person exhibit since March will be opening to the public by appointment only on September...
Holder Hill Farm
Pick up a pumpkin from the garden, walk the natural pathway, take a hayride, play on the mountain of hay, enjoy jumping, playing and...
Pumpkin Carving at Crafts & Drafts
They've brought back pumpkin carving as one of our craft options for the month of October! Walk in, pick your pumpkin, and carve away in...
The Photoville Fence - an Outdoor Art Exhibit
A year-round public photography project exhibited in major parks and downtowns across North America. The exhibition brings compelling...
Most-Festive South Durham Halloween Homes, Self-Guided Tour
Download the free app and buy the tour, then grab your pumpkin spice latte, jump in the car, play some spooky tunes, and enjoy the sites....
Online Film Screening — "The Planters"
A dark comedy about Martha, a recluse grieving dead parents, who finds unlikely friendship in Sadie, a vagrant with multiple personalities....
Duke University Carillon Livestream
Listen live online to the playing of the Duke Chapel carillon bells weekdays at 5 p.m.
90's Cardio Funk
This high-energy nonstop dance workout will have any level dancer (or dancer-to-be) gettin' their groove on! Repetitive but funky-fresh...
Between2Clouds to You
Live music, stand-up comedy, and art in an intimate setting, all live streamed to you, and produced with the best of intentions....