All the Free Events Happening This Summer at Durham's Golden Belt Campus
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All the Free Events Happening This Summer at Durham's Golden Belt Campus

By Erin Greenawald
Wednesday, Apr 10 2019

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.

Brunches Brew at Golden Belt Campus
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Brunches Brew

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.

Weekly
Brunches Brew
Free   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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Making Moves Fitness Series at Golden Belt Campus
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Making Moves Fitness Series

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

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Making Moves Fitness Series
Free   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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Third Friday Art Walk & Concert Series at Golden Belt Campus
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Third Friday Art Walk & Concert Series

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)

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Third Friday Art Walk & Concert Series
Free   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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Fourth Friday Film Series at Golden Belt Campus
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Fourth Friday Film Series

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.

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Fourth Friday Film Series
Free   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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SuperJam Wednesday at Golden Belt Campus
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SuperJam Wednesday

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.

Multiple Day Event
SuperJam Wednesday
Free   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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Family Fun Series at Golden Belt Campus
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Family Fun Series

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

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Free   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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Past Experiences

SummerStage Block Party at Golden Belt
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SummerStage Block Party

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.

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SummerStage Block Party
Free   .  Golden Belt   .  Durham
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Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
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