Photography by Beth Mann
1 Purchase local produce, meat and eggs from your nearest farmers market (see page 78 to find one by you) or at Perkins Orchard, a year-round farm stand.
3 Catch the latest exhibition at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and visit the new outdoor space and sculpture garden that connects it to the Rubenstein Arts Center, where you can also peruse exhibits, hear live music or see a dance troupe perform.
5 Go to a Broadway show at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
6 Meet local artisans and find beautifully crafted pottery, jewelry, illustrations, woodwork and more at the weekly Durham Craft Market, the monthly The Patchwork Market or any day at The Artisan Market at 305.
7 Take your rambunctious youngsters to Durham’s most central playground, Mount Merrill.
9 Have a locally brewed beer at Bull City Burger & Brewery, Ponysaurus, Fullsteam Brewery, Bull Durham Brewing Co., Clouds Brewing, Barrel Culture, Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Starpoint Brewing and/or Durty Bull Brewing Co.
10 Walk or bike the American Tobacco Trail.
11 Stop by the Museum of Durham History to learn more about the Bull City and its past.
13 Bring your little ones to child-friendly coffee shop Nolia: Family + Coffee for storytimes and family fun.
14 Take a workshop on how to build a terrarium, hang macrame planters and create floral arrangements at plant and gift shop The Zen Succulent.
17 Visit The Durham Hotel’s Rooftop Bar and watch the sunset, cocktail in hand.
18 Pour your own pint at Pour Taproom.
19 Check out work by African American artists at the art museum at N.C. Central University.
20 Discover Durham with locals and professionals by heading out on a gourmet culinary tour led by Taste Carolina; a Beltline Brew Tour; a free historic walking or bike tour; and/or a Mural Durham Bike Tour led by Preservation Durham that pedals past approximately 13 downtown murals.
21 Make movie night more interesting with the unique flavors of popcorn from The Mad Popper.
22 Play a game of pickup basketball on the refurbished and colorful courts at Hillside Park.
23 Attend a Third Friday art event at any of our incredible galleries and at Golden Belt, a renovated former textile factory.
24 Recycle your old technology with Triangle Ecycling, which handles computer refurbishing and has a strong youth education program with Durham Public Schools, teaching hands-on computer repair skills
25 Catch at least one performance during the American Dance Festival.
27 Attend a service at Duke Chapel.
28 Pick up your groceries at locally owned Bulldega Urban Market or the Durham Co-op Market.
29 Take a continuing education course at Duke University or walk the campus for its Gothic architecture.
30 Sign up for cooking and mixology classes like “Asian Appetizers or “Winter in the South” at Durham Spirits Company.
31 Come to regular performances of blues shows at The Blue Note Grill.
33 Take in a Durham Bulls game.
34 Visit Bennett Place, the site of the largest surrender in the Civil War.
35 Join foodies and families sampling our tastiest restaurants-on-wheels at the regular food truck rodeos in Durham Central Park. Bonus points for visiting more than three.
36 Spend some time at one of our local coffee roasters, Counter Culture. Come out to the training center and headquarters Fridays at 10 a.m. for free, educational cuppings.
38 In the middle of summer, find respite from the heat with an ice-cold, homemade Fahsyrah’s Lemonade.
39 Become a member of the Durham Bike Co-op, a nonprofit where you can pay $30 a year (and an extra $20 if you want a bike) or volunteer for three hours and do two more hours and pay $10 in exchange for a bike. The cost of membership offers you access to the shop, Co-op tools and assistance from volunteer mechanics.
40 Support local farmers by buying meat from Firsthand Foods – the business works as an intermediary to help farmers get their products directly to consumers and to local restaurants.
41 Get crafty at creative reuse center The Scrap Exchange, and visit its new thrift store while you’re there.
42 Enjoy a beer while you wait to get a haircut at Rock’s Bar and Hair Shop.
43 See a show at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater or Baldwin Auditorium.
44 Take a tour of the Duke Lemur Center, which houses the largest group of these endangered primates in the world.
45 Join the Fullsteam Ahead! Run Club with Bull City Running Co. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. – rain or shine – runners depart from Fullsteam Brewery to complete either a 3-, 4- or 6.4-mile route before heading back to the bar for a pint and food truck fare. Or join Fleet Feet at Ponysaurus every Thursday at 6 p.m. for a run 3- or 5-mile run that starts at 6:30 p.m.
46 Go canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, picnicking and swimming at Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, Lake Michie or the Eno River State Park.
47 Play a round of golf at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and/or the Hillandale Golf Course.
48 Get a season pass to the Museum of Life and Science and take the kiddos often. Adults, head to an AfterHours event: an opportunity for science lovers 21 and older to grab a beer, explore the museum and hang out with friends – without the kids.
49 Explore our burgeoning craft beverage scene: Try Bull City Ciderworks’ Smooth Hoperator cider, Durham Distillery’s Conniption gin, Graybeard Distillery’s Bedlam Vodka, The Brothers Vilgalys’ Krupnikas, Honeygirl Meadery and Mystic Bourbon Liqueur.
50 Trek around Duke’s East Campus with your dog while raising money for the Animal Protection Society (APS)
of Durham during the annual Walk for the Animals.
51 Better yet, adopt a shelter pet from APS of Durham.
52 Support artists from around the globe at Bull City Fair Trade.
53 Get a cocktail on tap – or a Miller High Life – and a Frito pie at The Accordion Club.
54 Take a picture with Major the Bull in CCB Plaza.
55 Take your pick of the day’s catch – delivered fresh from the Carolina coast every day – at one of Saltbox Seafood Joint’s two locations.
56 Visit North Star Church of the Arts for a performance, art exhibit, movie screening or Sunday service.
57 Spend a spring afternoon at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
59 Enjoy small bites and a rosé flight (or your own favorite style of wine) at The Wine Feed.
61 View exhibits or take a class in the documentary arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.
62 See a 3D IMAX movie at The Streets at Southpoint’s AMC theater.
63 Take the kiddos roller skating at Wheels Fun Park.
64 Spend a night at unique local hotels JB Duke Hotel, The King’s Daughters Inn, Washington Duke Inn, Durham Marriott, Unscripted Durham, 21c Museum Hotel, Morehead Manor, Arrowhead Inn or The Durham Hotel.
65 Take a selfie at the Duke Arts Annex’s Satellite Park, and attend a free arts workshop.
66 Hear ordinary people tell extraordinary stories at The Monti.
67 Get a library card at your closest Durham County Library branch. Visit the Main Library branch following its major expansion and renovation when it opens in April this year!
68 Attend a dance party and/or have your tarot read at basement bar Arcana.
69 Take a wine class – including topics like orange wine and island-cultivated wines – at Bar Brunello, led by the wine bar owner and wine director, Esteban Brunello.
70 Attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a renowned international event featuring more than 100 films, or catch one of its year-round events at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus.
71 See a concert, stand-up comedy or a retro movie at The Carolina Theatre.
72 Get creative at the Durham Pixel Wall at Durham Central Park– like we did for our cover shoot!
74 Take a dip in the pool at Unscripted Durham’s Patio Lounge.
75 Tour Duke Homestead State Historic Site, the early home, factories and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco.
76 Grab a cup of drinking chocolate and churros, or a coffee with black lava salt, at Cocoa Cinnamon’s Lakewood location.
79 Pick up a bottle of Alley Twenty Six’s homemade tonic, or try it in a cocktail at the bar.
80 Get a scoop (or two) of Vietnamese coffee or salted butter caramel ice cream from The Parlour.
81 Stop by Everyday Magic for crystals, candles and gifts.
82 Grab a sandwich at Toast and have lunch on the patio as you watch the hustle and bustle of Five Points.
83 Watch the movie “Bull Durham.”
84 Go to a Duke game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Wallace Wade Stadium.
85 See an outdoor concert at the American Tobacco Amphitheater, The Stage at Golden Belt and Durham Central Park.