‘The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence’ @ Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Sep 6 2017 – Jan 14 2018 all-day

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University opens a new exhibit – the first of its kind in the United States – dedicated to the works of Carlo Dolci, an important 17th-century Italian painter of the powerful Medici family. A devout Catholic, Dolci chose religious subjects most often in his work, and the exhibition – with major loans from the Louvre in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence and private Italian collections – features 30 paintings and works on paper, including a rare 17th- century Florentine still-life painting.

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day

Renowned for its mesmerizing musical score, the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will be screened while accompanied by a live North Carolina Symphony and Lost Bayou Ramblers performance: The first event of the Duke Performances’ 2017/18 season. (Don’t miss Lost Bayou Ramblers as they team up with local cajun dance music group Shamu Garcon at The Pinhook on September 7, too.)

Mike Birbiglia: The New One @ The Carolina Theatre
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

The comedian and storyteller–known for his movies “Sleepwalk with Me” and “Don’t Think Twice,” stand-up specials, roles on projects like “Orange is the New Black” and “Trainwreck” and guest appearances on WBEZ’s “This American Life” – brings the funny to The Carolina Theatre.

CenterFest Arts Festival @ Downtown Durham
Sep 16 – Sep 17 all-day

Presented by the Durham Arts Council, this signature arts event celebrates its 43rd year this September with live music, dancing, a kids’ zone and more than 140 visual artists. Held outdoors in central downtown, come celebrate the creativity that abounds in the Bull City.

Beats n Bars Festival @ The Pinhook
Sep 22 – Sep 23 all-day

Working to celebrate and promote the founding influences of hip-hop culture, this event acts as a platform to place North Carolina and Durham hip-hop in national conversations related to the genre. Performances at The Pinhook include Nick Grant, G Yamazawa, The Real Laww, Jooselord Magnus and Cyhi the Prynce – just a few of the more than 30 artists in this knock-out line-up. A music conference featuring the likes of Pierce Freelon and Stacy-Ann Ellis takes place at American Underground on Saturday.

North Carolina Jerk Fest @ West Point on the Eno
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Jerk, a Jamaican cooking style where meat is dry-rubbed and marinated in a hot spice mixture, is the focus of this fourth annual event at West Point on the Eno. Run in the 5K, compete in the jerk wing eating contest (or cook off) and kick back Caribbean-style at the post-race party with live music, drinks, giveaways, games and plenty of food.

Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge @ Rock Quarry Park
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The championship game of a weeks-long Durham Parks and Recreation’s soccer tournament is the main event for this festival at Rock Quarry Park, the city’s second celebration in observation of Hispanic Heritage Month. Other attractions include authentic foods, music, a family fun zone with face painting, arts, crafts and games, and a Duke Men’s Soccer meet and greet!

Circus 1903 @ Durham Performing Arts Center
Sep 26 – Oct 1 all-day

Travel back in time, and watch the “Golden Age of the Circus” come alive at Durham Performing Arts Center. Step right up as an amazing cast of performers – including contortionists, acrobats, musicians, knife-throwers and more – wow you in this turn-of-the- century spectacle.

Urbaniak-Sanders Fashion Show & Luncheon @ Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Featuring designs from Gentlemen’s Corner, Smitten Boutique and Tiny, this annual fashion show held at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club will be full of friends (like ABC11’s Amber Rupinta and Tisha Powell), fun, food and fashion. Proceeds benefit a great cause – the Center for Child & Family Health’s mission of addressing childhood trauma through evidence-based treatment and prevention.

Fall Plant Sale @ Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Sep 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Browse a variety of plants ideal for local conditions at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, including flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs, vines and bulbs, plus decorative plant pots. Ask the advice of staff and Durham County Extension Master Gardeners. Proceeds benefit the gardens’ summer internship program for aspiring horticultural professionals.

NC Pride Parade and Festival
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 4:00 am

The state’s 33rd annual festival celebrates the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of our community. The event will be held in the evening this year, with a street festival on Rigsbee Avenue beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting into the small hours of the morning.

New Work for Goldberg Variations @ Reynolds Industries Theater
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

In a bold new piece – making its world premiere at Duke PerformancesReynolds Industries Theater – pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs the Bach work while choreographer Pam Tanowitz and her dance crew reinvent classic dance motifs and add a whimsical touch to the score.