We're letting you in on a big secret: Durham's Golden Belt Campus is about to takeover. In case you aren't familiar, Golden Belt Campus is the new mixed use development that recently opened in East Durham—think of it as American Tobacco's artsier sibling. You may already know and love the area after Hi-Wire Brewing unveiled their first Triangle taproom there last fall, but there are about to be SO MANY other reasons to go check out this up-and-coming arts and culture district.
In fact, there are 80+ reasons: Golden Belt recently announced that they'll be holding over 80 free community events as part of their SummerStage series this year. From April through October (aka the extended summer of our dreams), you can find something new to do at Golden Belt every week, from fitness classes to movie nights to the outdoor brunch and jazz series that we deserve.
Check out the full rundown below, and get ready for those *golden* days of summer.
Did someone say OUTDOOR BRUNCH? WITH FOOD TRUCKS? AND JAZZ?? Golden Belt Campus has delivered the brunch series of our dreams with this weekly event. Each Sunday grab a seat on the lawn and jazz stylings hosted by Alan Thompson, food trucks, and a cold brew from Hi-Wire.
Who doesn't love a good outdoor workout in the summer? Once a month, kick your Saturday off with an intense, free fitness class. Bring your own mat, water, and a towel and head over to the plaza lawn to get whipped into shape by some of the best instructors in the area. Here's the schedule so far:
April 20 - Alpha Boot Camp
May 18 – TBD
June 15 – Bikram Yoga
July 20 – Alpha Boot Camp
August 17 – Bikram Yoga
September 21 – The 360 Approach
October 19 – TBD
As if Third Fridays could get any better in Durham, head to the Golden Belt Campus for a night filled with art, food, and fun. While the open artist studios have already become a popular attraction, Golden Belt is upping the ante this summer with a free music series. Here is this season’s lineup:
April 19 – Orquesta Gardel (Latin)
May 17 – Caique Vidal (Brazilian)
June 21 – Jennah Bell (Traditional folk)
July 19 – Naughty Professor (NoLa Jam)
August 16 – Zoocru (Fusion)
September 20 – Shana Tucker (Chamber Soul)
October 18 – Butcher Brown including a Fela Kuti Tribute Set (Afro Beat)
Every Fourth Friday grab your spot on the lawn for some amazing movie screenings. Lana Garland, Artist Director for the Annual Hayti Documentary Film Festival has picked out some of her favs, so it's sure to be a cultural time.
Most of the films have yet to be announced, but the first on April 26 will be documentary film "Chavela," which follows the fascinating life of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas from 14-year-old rejected runaway from Costa Rica to world renowned, Grammy winning Mexican icon.
Wind down your Wednesdays with this weekly jam session, hosted by Stephen Munoz. All musicians and lovers of a good time are welcome. Bring your instruments if you're a musician—or just your good vibes for a night of beer drinking and music enjoyment.
Don't worry, they didn't forget about the kids. Grab the whole family and head to Golden Belt Campus once a month for a day of free family fun. From drum circles to puppet shows to live science demos, everyone in the family will be entertained. Here's the schedule:
April 27 – Kids Jam Session hosted by Notasium
May 25 – Jaghetto Puppet Show
June 29 – Drum Circle hosted by Diali Cissokho
July 27 – TBD
August 31 – Science on Stage (Grades K-2) hosted by Morehead Planetarium
September 28 – Science on Stage (Grades 3-5) hosted by Morehead Planetarium
October 26 – Bilingual Storytelling & Book Mobile hosted by the Durham County Library
The Golden Belt Campus is kicking off the fun with a giant block party in tandem with the Durham 150 celebrations. Come for tons of local jams, food trucks, open studios, and more to celebrate all the fun to come.