ARTS & CULTURE
From the bright lights of DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, to intimate downtown galleries like the Durham Arts Council, Durham celebrates creativity and artists of all kinds. You’ll find the developing 12-acre Reuse Arts District in Durham’s Lakewood neighborhood, dozens of galleries between city center and the Golden Belt district, and state of the art performing arts spaces at Duke University’s Rubenstein Arts Center. See Broadway shows and national headliners at the Carolina Theatre, or catch an indie dance performance at a local venue like Motorco, Pinhook, or Durham Fruit Company. What’s the common denominator? A community that supports the arts and values creativity.
Any day in Durham is an exceptional day.
Donuts, artisanal cheeses, jams, and trinkets?
... old tobacco warehouse districts gussied up into offices and new retail while sipping on local tea and treats from Cocoa Cinnamon and taking in the Historic Durham Athletic Park, home of the iconic movie, Bull Durham.
History abounds in Durham, with depictions of civil rights activists adorning our buildings and clear, proud markers of Durham’s entrepreneurial roots on Black Wall Street.
Head over to Brightleaf Square District where tobacco warehouses have been transformed into restaurants and retail. Try Ethiopian fare at Goorsha, barbecue at Mavericks Smokehouse & Taproom, or an early dinner at St. James Seafood. Don’t worry – you’ll have delicious leftovers.
Pop into one-of-a-kind boutiques like Hamilton Hill, Indio, Details, Morgan Imports, Parker and Otis. You name it, they’ve got it – either for yourself, or a delightful, locally sourced gift for family and friends.
Save room for dessert!
... at a local ice cream shop or bakery, like The Parlour or Roses Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets. If cocktails are more your thing, sip an artisan beverage at either The Durham Hotel or Unscripted Durham rooftop overlooking the cityscape, or lounge at Alley Twenty Six or Bar Virgile before heading out to stargaze from an American Tobacco Campus rocking chair beneath the Lucky Strike Water Tower.