Alta Blu Open House @ Alta Blu Apartments
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Alta Blu presents the grand opening of the brand new luxury apartments. There will be live jazz music featuring Matt Bomer and his band. Nantucket Grill and Bar will be providing the food and alcohol.

Beer Dinner with The Dankery @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What better pairing is there than late night munchies and beer? On Friday, December 7th, try some curated pairings of Durty Bull’s craft beer selection alongside The Dankery’s shrimp burgers, chicken wings, tenders, and bacon queso fries. $35 gets you all courses and tasters, not to mention free admission to our weekly Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy show in the barrel-house from 8-9:30.

Durty Bull Brewery Tour @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the brewery. Tours are offered through Groupon, at 7 pm, on the first and third Friday of every month.

Revolutionaries in the Dark: ShaLeigh Dance Works @ Reality Ministries Ballroom
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm

ShaLeigh Dance Works is celebrating its 4th season in NC this year. Join us at our Annual Revolutionaries in the Dark Gala, a campaign for our future, accessible outreach programs, living wages and continued artistic innovation. We cordially invite you to join us December 7th, 2018 for our evening benefit Gala, Revolutionaries in the Dark!

The event will kick off with Inspiring Guest Speakers who are creating art with impact and the festive evening will feature powerful performances, delicious wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres, a wellness raffle and silent auction, and an artist after party!

This is a one of a kind fundraiser that reflects the innovative spirit that defines ShaLeigh Dance Works, and our success is driven by the dynamic arts community we serve. All proceeds will support the future of ShaLeigh Dance Works and our commitment to artistic innovation, social justice, and accessible outreach programs for the community.

Join us at Reality Ballroom for this immersive evening of revelry with special guests and more in support of ShaLeigh Dance Works’ 2018-19 Season.

A gathering of rebels, agitators, freedom fighters and frondeurs to support ShaLeigh Dance Works, a multi-cultural dance-theatre company that challenges the status quo and creates programming with impact.

Dress in all black. Venture into the darkness for a celebration of revolutionary performing artists, thinkers, doers, be-ers, and creators.

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.

Christmas at Stagville Open House @ Historic Stagville
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Historic Stagville invites you to a holiday open house from 12 noon to 4 p.m. How did the Bennehan and Cameron families celebrate Christmas? What was Christmas like for African American families enslaved in North Carolina? How did they celebrate? What were they afraid of? And how did they preserve the Afro-Caribbean tradition of Jonkonnu?

Explore Stagville and learn about holiday traditions for all families at one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. Visit the house of the Bennehan-Cameron slaveholders, the 1851 house of an enslaved family, and the house of a freed family after Emancipation. You can help decorate these houses for the coming Christmas season! The open house includes music, holiday crafts, and more. This event is free to all.

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.

“The Wish Tree” Puppet Show with Puppet Show Inc. @ Main Library
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a puppet show by Puppet Show Inc. Ages 4+ with a caregiver!

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.

Encounters: with the Music of Our Time presents “A Forest Unfolding” @ von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

“A Forest Unfolding,” a collaborative cantata by Stephen Jaffe, Melinda Wagner, Eric Moe and David Kirkland Garner, with texts by Richard Powers, Anne Labastille, and others. Guest artists include Ilana Davidson, soprano; Alexander Hurd, baritone; and Richard Powers, narrator; with a chamber ensemble under the direction of Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. The concert also features new works by graduate composition fellows Ryan Harrison and James Budinich. “A Forest Unfolding,” inspired by Richard Powers’ new novel, “The Overstory,” features excerpts from the novel as well as additional prose texts and poems in a nine-movement cantata. The work premiered at the Electric Earth Concert Series in August and was also performed at the Portland Chamber Music Festival.

Restorative Yoga with Sarah @ Studio School of Durham
Dec 9 all-day

Practicing self-care enriches the time you spend with your family. At Studio School, we want to serve our entire community, learners and parents alike. Please take some time out of your Sunday and join us for an adults-only, restorative yoga session taught by local yoga guru, Sarah Jeffries (bio below).

Sarah began practicing yoga at a young age with her mother. Though her introduction to yoga revolved around physical exercise, years of practice shifted her focus to the benefits of meditation and mindful movement. She aims to teach a class that allows all students, regardless of their level of experience, to enjoy a well-rounded session aimed a strengthening both the body and mind. Her focus on alignment and offering modifications and advancements makes her classes accessible to everyone. Her classes provide a relaxing space to slow down and decompress by spending time in several variations of each posture. Sarah has taught many style of yoga (restorative, vinyasa, kundalini, kids yoga) in a wide variety of environments (public schools, studios, and private/small group sessions) for a little over four years.

WHODUNNIT- Crime Mystery @ Movement Mortgage
Dec 9 all-day

Marc, a downtown Durham homeowner goes missing. His Realtor, Toni, knows her client wouldn’t abandon his home while it’s on the market. The painter, Ron was the last person to be seen at the home. Toni reports Marc missing and hires Don, a PI. There is no sign of a struggle in Marc’s home, and the police suspect he simply abandoned the home. That is until Don discovers Marc’s gym bag, keys and wallet in a trash can a few blocks from his home. Unfortunately, Ron is unavailable for questioning because he is also missing…
Please register on eventbrite.
Come out and enjoy games, trivia and a crime solving mystery with Real Estate professionals.

Woodlake Handmade Holiday Craft Show @ Woodlake Community Clubhouse
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join your Durham neighbors for the 3rd annual Woodlake Handmade Holiday Craft Show! 16 artists and bakers from South Durham will be offering their crafts for some fun, local holiday shopping! We’ll have everything from glass art to woodworking to soap to photography to jewelry and more! And be sure to check out our bakers’ wonderful goodies and grab some hot apple cider as you browse.

A percentage of all sales will be donated to the NC ALS Association in honor of Woodlake resident Kathryn Manginelli, who just lost her fight against the disease. We’ll also have a table to learn more and make additional donations if you’d like to start your holidays off feeling good by donating to a great cause.