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Special Events in Research Triangle Park

January
Kwanzaa Celebration with the African American Ensemble (formerly KwanzaaFest)
919-683-1709
Durham Armory
Call for date and time.
Admission Free.
A full day of cultural festivities, entertainment, and educational activities, including an African style marketplace, a variety of live poetry readings, dance, music, and children's activities.

Nevermore Horror and Gothic Film Festival
Carolina Theatre
919-560-3030
Call for date, time and admission charges.
Created in 1999, the Nevermore Horror and Gothic Film Festival is dedicated to screening audience-requested horror flicks as well as brand-new films from around the world.

February
Native American Powwow
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
919-416-2730
Call for date, time and admission charges.
Full day of traditional Native American dancing, singing, crafts, food, and socializing.

North Carolina Jewish Film Festival
Carolina Theatre of Durham, Royall Center for the Arts
919-560-3030
Call for date, time and admission charges.
A celebration of Jewish history and culture through internationally acclaimed films and short features from around the globe, including motion pictures direct from theatrical release in Israel.

March
Annual Bike Show - Harley-Davidson
Durham Harley-Davidson, Inc.
919-682-6695
Call for date and time.
Admission Charged.
Events include a chili cook-off, Harley-Davidson motorcycle show, door prizes, and lots of food and fun for the whole family.

Annual Durham Spring Carnival
Durham County Stadium
Admission Charged.
Games, rides, prizes, music, food and entertainment for the entire family.

April
Annual Grady Tate Jazz Festival
B.N. Duke Auditorium, North Carolina Central University Campus
Two nights of Jazz greats featuring the NCCU Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Grady Tate, and various jazz vocalists.

May
May Day Music at Durham Central Park
Durham Central Park, Downtown
919-560-2788
Admission: donation suggested. Children and students free.
Classical Music is performed in the park. Also includes an orchestral instrument petting zoo, cake walk, May pole, instrument-making session, and other activities.

June
Alive After Five Concert Series (summer months)
Durham Bulls Athletic Ball Park
Admission Free.
FREE concerts and outdoor fun for the entire family. Concerts are normally held on the last Thursday of the month. Musical entertainment provided by various artists.

July
Children's Independence Day Parade & Family Fun Day
Durham Central Park, Corner of Hunt St. and Foster St.
919-682-2800
July 4
Admission Free.
This July 4 event has been expanded to include a family picnic and ice-cream social following the parade. Children decorate their bikes and scooters using patriotic colors and will then follow a police escort around the block. Afterwards, everyone can enjoy a tasty lunch and additional entertainment.

August
Bull City Chili Challenge
Durham Central Park
919-682-2800
Call for exact date and time.
Admission Charged.
The Bull City Chili Challenge is an annual event featuring sampling and judging of a wide selection of tasty chili showcasing local restaurants and produce. The area's first cook-off is sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International! Tasting kits will be sold and you will be able to sample chilies in 5 categories: Vegetarian, Youth, Restaurant, Free Style, and Texas Style. All proceeds will benefit Durham Special Olympics. Also features live music, a raffle and special activities for children.

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Carolina Theatre of Durham, Royall Center for the Arts
919-560-3030
One of the nation's premier gay and lesbian film festivals, with more than 100 films screened (including world-premiere showings) and more than 10,000 tickets sold each year.

September
Bull Durham Blues Festival
Historic Durham Athletic Park
919-683-1709
A celebration in the birthplace of the Piedmont Blues, featuring national, regional, and local blues, from the mournful sounds of the Mississippi Delta to the fine finger-picking and ragtime exuberance of the Piedmont Blues.

October
Broadway at Duke Series
Page Auditorium, Duke West Campus
Since 1968, Broadway at Duke has brought the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and major national and international repertory companies to Durham.

Oktoberfest
Main Quad, Duke University West Campus
Admission Free.
Oktoberfest is a day-long party on the main quad featuring craft and food vendors as well as a large variety of local artists.

November
Durham Art Guild's Annual Juried Art Show
Durham Arts Council, Royall Center for the Arts
Admission Charged.
Durham's more than 100 working artists join with regional artists to compete and display in a variety of media.

December
Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
Call for exact date and time.
Admission Free.
A celebration of an 1870 Christmas with evening candlelight tours of the Homestead featuring period decorations, caroling, hot apple cider, and other goodies.


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