One of the reasons Durham, NC is such a great place to visit or call home is the fact that there are plenty of things to do in “Bull City,” as it’s affectionately known.
Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) has become the award-winning home to new and rising talents to superstars from around the world. Since their doors opened in 2008, DPAC has quickly grown into an established cultural landmark for popular entertainment in the Triangle, hosting both contemporary and legendary Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, and family shows.
Self-expression abounds in Durham, and the city boasts a vibrant and diverse arts community. The Golden Belt is a renovated historic textile mill, now home to artist studios, live/work spaces, restaurants, and more. It’s also the host of Durham’s popular Third Friday celebration, a showcase of local arts, music, and cuisine.
The Durham Art Walk and Center Fest also provide exposure for local artists and craftspeople. These community-supported events are great places to see and be seen, and are always well attended.
Music Is in the Air
On any given night, music is in the air in Bull City. Durham’s Duke Coffeehouse has long been a hotspot for experimental and independent artists. The Pinhook plays host to national experimental folk acts and regional rock stars.
Jazz aficionados will love Whiskey, where local and national virtuosos breathe new life into this uniquely American art form. Talk of the Town is the place to catch traditional R&B artists, and the Motorco Music Hall is where you go if you want to catch the hottest new national bands.
A Walk in the Park
Duke University is widely known for its educational excellence and storied history in the college sports arena. But locals know it’s also the site of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Called the “crown jewel” of the campus, the gardens are host to more than 4,500 different species of plants, and more than five miles of walkways.