Holiday Parade @ Downtown Durham - Main Street
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Floats, bands and Mascots.

Parade Route & Maps
The parade will start at the Health Department (Main and Dillard Streets) and end near Duke University East Campus (Main Street and Buchanan Boulevard).

Seating will not be provided. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. The parade will happen rain or shine.

Parade Performance Areas
Designated performance areas will be located near the following intersections: Mangum and Main streets, Chapel Hill and Main streets, and Duke and Main streets.

Mini BioBlitz at Piedmont Wildlife Center @ Piedmont Wildlife Center
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us in our third mini BioBlitz! During this event we’ll have expert naturalists look for birds, fungus, and other wildlife that are out on a December day.

Don’t know anything about science? Don’t worry! At this FREE event, you can learn all about who and what lives in nature all around you, meet some of our native wildlife ambassadors, become a scientist in the great outdoors, make crafts, and more!

Join us and be amazed by the biodiversity that you can find in your own backyard.

Fun Fest @ Blackwell Street between Morehead Avenue and West Lakewood Avenue
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

At the Fun Fest, enjoy snow sledding, inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts activities, visits with Santa, train rides, music and more.

Eastcut & Hope Animal Rescue Adoption Event & Fundraiser @ Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

Hope Animal Rescue will be at Eastcut with some of their cuties that are up for adoption. The event will be held in Eastcut’s heated Garden space behind the main building.

Come hang in the Garden and meet these wonderful animals! $1 from every pint of beer sold will be donated to Hope Animal Rescue. Drinking beer was never a more important or noble pursuit!

Jonkonnu Lantern Tours @ Historic Stagville
Dec 8 @ 5:15 pm

Do you know the story of Jonkonnu? This Afro-Caribbean holiday tradition was celebrated by enslaved families on the Stagville plantation right here in Durham County, one of the few sites in the United States with a documented Jonkonnu tradition. Enslaved people used the music, dance, and costumes of Jonkonnu to preserve their ancestors’ West African heritage, and to resist the cultural erasure of slavery. Jonkonnu became a new tradition all its own, and a distinctive part of the African American culture of North Carolina. On December 8th you can see a performance, tour historic buildings, and learn more about the history of Stagville and the meanings of Christmas during slavery. After the performance, explore the Horton Grove slave quarters by lantern light, with tour guides telling stories about the African American history of Stagville. The Historic Stagville Foundation will serve holiday cookies and other treats.

Tickets are $5 per person, children 3 and under free, and the price includes holiday refreshments. Call 919-620-0120 to purchase tickets today! Tickets are NOT refundable– if you aren’t able to make it, or if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will have made a donation to support the education and future events at our local historic site!

ALL parking will be at Horton Grove and there will be no access to the Bennehan House. Dress warmly! This event will likely be chilly and dark, and there will be walking over uneven ground.

Oyster Garden Party | Eastcut + Ponysaurus + NC Coast @ Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm

Ponysaurus and the NC Coastal Federation are joining Eastcut for an Oyster, Beer, and Oyster-Adoption Party! The event will be held in Eastcut’s heated Garden, located behind their main building.

Shucking up fresh oysters to order – 2pm until we run out. The Nash Street Ramblers will be providing some sweet tunes from 4-7pm.

NC Coastal Federation will be fundraising onsite – you can actually adopt oysters and follow their growth on the NC Coast!

$1 from every pint of Ponysaurus Oyster Saison will go to NC Coastal Federation.

Come enjoy some delicious fare and support the health of the NC Coast!

12th Annual Run for Young 5K @ Christ Episcopal Church
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm

Christ Episcopal Church of Downtown Raleigh is excited to announce its annual Run for Young 5K race taking place Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. Run For Young is a family-friendly race for the young and young at heart with a mission to raise awareness for teen safety behind the wheel.

Those who register by Wednesday, Jan. 2 will receive a complimentary race t-shirt and bag. To register for the race now, visit

The course for the race is an out-and-back route throughout Edenton and Hillsborough Streets, which starts and ends at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 120 E Edenton Street. Triangle-area families and people of all ages are invited to run or walk in the race, and strollers are welcome.

All registered runners will be automatically entered for the chance to win variety of door prizes. Other race awards will be given to the top three male and female race finishers, as well as male and female age group division finishers.

The race began in 2008 in loving memory of Sadiki Young, a senior at Wakefield High School at the time and an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. Young lost his life as a passenger in an alcohol-related accident on Jan. 14, 2007. The 18-year-old was full of life, personality and character. Young was a successful student, gifted musician, and talented athlete. The congregation of the church comes together with the local community each year to host the 5K race in his memory.
All proceeds from race registration fees will go toward programs that raise awareness about safe driving practices for teens at local high schools, as well as support for the Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment Fund, which was created in honor of Young.

To commemorate Young’s love of music, the annual race includes music from local bands that volunteer their time to perform live along the sidewalks of the racecourse. Bands are still needed for the Jan. 13 race. Interested bands can contact to learn more about how to participate. There are also different levels of sponsorships still available. Businesses interested in becoming sponsors can visit

2019 Krispy Kreme Challenge @ NC State University
Feb 2 all-day

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a 5 mile charity race benefiting the UNC Children’s Hospital. Runners will begin the challenge at the NC State Memorial Belltower, race 2.5 miles to the local Krispy Kreme, eat 12 donuts, and race 2.5 miles back; all under one hour! BUT, everything mentioned is optional: participants can run, skip, hop the 5 miles, they do not have to eat all the donuts, and they do not have to finish under one hour. This is our 15th Anniversary and we would love to have you!

Bingo in the Garden! @ Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for Bingo Night in the Garden. Free to play! One card per player – enter and exit game play at any time (no need to be here for the whole time or to get here by 6pm).

Winning cards choose between free wings or brussels sprouts.

Bingo Night will be held the first Tuesday of every month.

RAW Run 5k @ Duke University's East Campus
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm

Join WRAL-TV Reporter Candace Sweat and Rasheed Wiggins’ Duke family as they kick off the inaugural RAW Run 5k as a way of bringing together old friends & family, and, hopefully, making new ones!

Rasheed A. Wiggins, a Duke University & Fuqua School of Business alum, strongly believed in physical fitness and the power of spending time with loved ones. Wiggins tragically passed away in 2016. A prize was launched in his name to be awarded annually during the Duke Startup Challenge.

Proceeds for the inaugural RAW Run 5k will benefit the Rasheed A. Wiggins Entrepreneurial Prize, which honors a unique emerging entrepreneur and/or startup team at Duke University each year. The winner(s) represents the persona of a man just as unique. It was created in honor of Rasheed A. Wiggins, a creative and talented marketing executive with an innate passion for entrepreneurship.

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