Summer Events

Summer Events in Durham
Enjoy a sizzling lineup of NC events this summer. Durham offers plenty of great things to do—from art exhibits and cultural performances, to concerts and family-friendly activities.

American Dance Festival
Called "the world's greatest dance festival" by the New York Post, the American Dance Festival (ADF) brings two months of modern dance to Durham every summer. The festival features over two dozen dance companies and hundreds of choreographers, writers, and students participating in classes, seminars, and performances. Throughout the year, the ADF organization also offers educational opportunities and community projects to promote modern dance.

Durham Bulls Baseball
Home of the nationally acclaimed Durham Bulls Triple A baseball club (made famous by the 1988 movie Bull Durham), the Durham Bulls Athletic Park includes a 32-foot high left field wall dubbed the Blue Monster, complete with a towering bull on top and terrific views from each of the 10,000 seats. Visit the Bulls online to purchase game tickets.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Duke University’s focal point for visual arts is the 65,000 square foot, Rafael Vinoly-designed Nasher Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes Medieval art, pre-Columbian American works, classical pieces, and an ever-growing list of modern and contemporary works. Now through July 15, visitors can enjoy the exhibit Solidary and Solitary which celebrates the critical contribution of post-war and contemporary artists of African descent have made to the evolution of abstract art.

Duke Lemur Center
Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur; just head to the Duke Lemur Center where there are 250 individuals from 21 different species – the largest collection of lemurs anywhere in the world outside of Madagascar.

Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame
The Blue Devils have won five NCAA championships and over 20 ACC tournaments, and produced dozens of All-Americans and nine national players of the year, all in additional to having a hall of fame coach in Mike Krzyzewski. You can see the trophies, the memorabilia, the videos and more behind this storied history at the Duke Basketball Museum.

Duke University Chapel
Duke Chapel is the most visible piece of Duke University’s architectural beauty. Its tower soars 210 feet above West Campus, making this neo-Gothic building an awe-inspiring sight.
 
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
The Sarah P. Duke Gardens consists of approximately 55 acres of landscaped and wooded areas at Duke University. There are 5 miles of allées, walks and pathways throughout the gardens.
 
American Tobacco Historic District
The former home of the Lucky Strike cigarette factory has been transformed into a one million square foot entertainment district, complete with apartments and offices, in addition to restaurants, a documentary theatre, basketball court, barber shop, plenty of open green space under the iconic Lucky Strike smokestack, and more. Visit the American Tabaco Historical District today.
 
Duke Homestead
See the early home, factories and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco at the Duke Homestead.
 
Bennett Place Historic State Site
Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1865 the Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General William T. Sherman decided to meet in Durham at Bennett Place, where General Johnston surrendered the Southern armies in the Carolinas, Florida and Georgia.
 
Eno River State Park
The Eno River flows through Durham for 33 miles before eventually ending in Falls Lake on the eastern edge of the county. The park, only 10 miles from downtown Durham, offers terrific access for those who wish to experience the natural beauty the region has to offer.
 
Museum of Life and Science
The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life and Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests.
 
Durham Performing Arts Center
Hosting over 180 performances each year, including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concerts and comedy shows – the Durham Performing Arts Center has something for everyone. 

Carolina Theatre
The Carolina Theatre presents over 60 concerts, daily film and film festivals each year. In addition, the theatre serves over 15,000 school children through its Arts Discovery Educational Series.
 
Retreat to Luxuriously Appointed Durham Accommodations
Nestled among the rolling hills of Duke Forest, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is a placid, countryside oasis on the Duke University campus.
Located near an array of top annual North Carolina events and only two miles from the downtown area, our hotel offers guests the ideal escape from the hustle of major events and large crowds.