MLK Birthday Celebration @ Northgate Mall
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join Northgate Mall and NC MomsRising at the 7th annual MLK Birthday Celebration.
Families are invited to Durham for a giant kid-focused birthday party to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day.
Event activities include free English/Spanish story times, arts and crafts, kids’ Zumba, drumming performance, interactive activities, service projects such as a food and clothes drive benefiting Urban Ministries, and birthday cake as we celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy in a way that kids can understand. This event is free and appropriate for ages 0-100.

Potters’ Penguin Project, opening reception @ Claymakers Gallery
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An exhibit of nearly 2000 clay penguins created by 400+ participants as a community art project intended to make the distant impacts of global warming tangible. Most penguins originated in the NC Triangle area, but contributions to the exhibit come from as far west as Arizona and as far east as Spain and Germany. The show runs through February 11.

Elodie Farms Dinner on the Porch (Farm Dinner) @ Elodie Farms
Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elodie Farms is a historic 1910s tobacco farm turned goat dairy located in the beautiful Piedmont region of North Carolina, about 25 minutes north of Durham. Our farm is home to a small herd of mixed-breed dairy goats that browse happily on 17+ acres of pasture amidst hundred-year old trees, old tobacco barns and a natural lake. We hold farm dinners on the second weekend of the every month. Our menu, prepared by our house chef and owner, Ted Domville, is locally-sourced and prepared on-site.

Come meet our goats, taste our delicious cheese, and enjoy a scrumptious locally-sourced menu on our beautiful farm.

Saturday, February 11th at 5PM
5-course menu, $70 per person. B.Y.O.B.
We will offer coffee and tea with dessert

Get your tickets at,
the Durham Farmer’s Market (Saturdays 10-noon),
or by phone at (919) 479-4606

Mark Gordon: Material of Invention @ Claymakers Gallery
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mark Gordon’s ceramic and mixed-media sculptures, shown in “Material of Invention,” echo ancient vessels, architectural fragments, bio morphology, or are composed of the simple, juxtaposition of three-dimensional geometries. In them, Gordon considers and develops his impressions of many modes of clay work – from brick making to primitive and contemporary pottery – that he gathered in places as disparate as the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Spain, Brazil and New Zealand. Through April 15.

A reception for the artist will be held on Third Friday.

6th Annual Children’s Festival at Northgate @ Northgate Mall
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Brightleaf Square Taste & Sip Restaurant Crawl @ Brightleaf Square
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bites of Bull City and Southern Food and Drink are teaming up to bring you a fun behind-the-scenes “Taste & Sip” tour of historic Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham. On this easy walking tour, guests will experience several Brightleaf Square/Main Street mainstays as well as get an introduction to several brand new restaurants and shops making a name for themselves in the area. Purchase tickets early for what’s sure to be a fun and delicious afternoon mingling and dining at EIGHT local stops!

Legal Sips: Sex at Work @ Beyu Caffe
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Have you been harassed at work? Could you possibly be creating a hostile work environment? Are you an employer who needs to know maintaining a non-hostile work environment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to attend the next Legal Sips.

Legal Sips offers a dynamic discussion about legal issues that allows attendees to interact with members of the legal community and pose questions while enjoying a signature cocktail.

Harassment in the workplace is the theme for the March 28th Legal Sips. Attorneys Valerie Johnson and Leto Copeley will sit down with host Mavis Gragg to discuss your rights when you are harassed in the workplace or if you have been accused of harassment at work.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gluten Free Pizza Demo & Tasting @ Treforni Pizza
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn about the ingredients that go into making an authentic Neapolitan pizza and why Treforni’s gluten-free dough tastes so good! A dedicated wood-fired oven means gluten doesn’t have to stop people from enjoying this delicious Durham pizzeria. See for yourself and grab a sample during this FREE drop-in event!

Dia de los Ninos @ Northgate Mall
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

To celebrate Día de Los Niño’s (Children’s Day-Books Day) Durham County Library is working together with Book Harvest to host a large book swap at the Northgate Mall on April 29th from 11am until 2pm.

We are asking families to bring the children and teen books they have already read and take home free ones. The kids and teens will be able to decorate a bag and then choose their own books to fill their bags.
Various performers and activities will be on site, see the following schedule below:
11am- Magic by David with face painting and balloon animals,
12pm- Latin American dance performance by Huepa,
11am to 2pm- Activities from Mad Science (slime) and The Scrap Exchange(recycled material crafts)

The Friends of the Library book sale is happening the same day at their store front beside Sears. They will be giving away a free book to each child or teen that comes down to their location with a coupon from the Día event.

Music on the Plaza: Cinco de Mayo Celebracion @ Northgate Mall
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Northgate as we kick off our free Summer Music on the Plaza. There will be live music, food trucks, Northgate food vendors, activities for kids and more! Don’t forget to BRING YOUR CHAIRS but leave your coolers and pets at home. Come enjoy another fun family night at Northgate!
Share your #MusicOnThePlaza photos with us on Instagram or Facebook.
Featured band: Los Plebes de Olancho bringing an exciting blend of traditional Mexican and Central American Party Music
Food trucks: Esmeralda’s Cafe, Baja Shack, El Rey del Taco and Morfa Empanadas
Arts and Crafts: Durham Arts Council Make a Maraca, God’s Eye or Cinco de Mayo coloring sheet
Sponsored by: Bull City Burger and Brewery and The Herald-Sun

Lambrusco Fest 2017 @ City Hall Plaza outside of Pompieri Pizza
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Take a quick trip to Emilia-Romagna, the “bread basket” of Italy. At Lambrusco Fest experience the joy of eating high quality, authentic cuisine along with wine, music and lots of family fun! The event is free to attend; tasting and wine punch cards available for purchase. There will also be glasses of wine, pizza by the slice and other meal options available. There will also be live a cappella music and kid friendly activities.

Annual Breakfast Celebration @ The Cotton Room
May 9 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join Housing for New Hope in celebrating 25 years of service to the Durham community at our 2017 Annual Breakfast. This year we will be honoring the past, present, and future of our wonderful organization and would love for you to be a part of it. You can participate in a number of ways:

1. Be our guest! This free event will give you a stronger understanding and appreciation of how we serve the homeless in Durham.
2. Be a Table Host! Bring yourself and 7 guests who are interested in homelessness prevention.
3. Be an Event Host! Varying sponsorship levels are available for you to contribute to our annual celebration.

We are looking forward to seeing you there. Seats are limited to 200 and we are expecting a full house. Make sure to RSVP today!

Walk For The Animals – Animal Protection Society of Durham’s Unleashed Fundraiser @ Duke University East Campus
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Grab a leash and join Animal Protection Society of Durham on May 20th for the 1.5 mile walk around Duke University East Campus to raise funds to help homeless animals in Durham. Every year, APS of Durham cares for approximately 5,000 animals who are homeless, abandoned, neglected or abused. We provide basic necessities, meet medical needs and give a voice for the animals in our care and those who will be with us tomorrow. Join us and help give Durham animals the second chance they deserve!

Periodic Tables: RAREFIED Documentary Screening @ Motorco Music Hall
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Periodic Tables explores the powers and limits of genome sequencing with a documentary film screening of “RAREFIED”.