The Best Things to Do In Durham in November
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The Best Things to Do In Durham in November

Tuesday, Oct 30 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of November in and around Durham. With Halloween events wrapping up and holiday ones kicking into action, there's plenty of festive fun to be had. Take your pick between can't-miss events, new places to explore and old favorites that are just too good to pass up this time of year! Don't just think about it, go do it!

Not-to-Miss Events

SmashFest 2018 at The Scrap Exchange
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SmashFest 2018 +377 fire icon

Work out all of your holiday angst by SMASHING THINGS. Support and celebrate this unique creative reuse center with music, fire pits, and plenty of smashable objects.

Fri Nov 23, 3:00p
SmashFest 2018
Free   .  The Scrap Exchange   .  Durham
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NCZoukFest 2018 at Living Arts Collective Dance Studio
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NCZoukFest 2018

Get ready to dance the weekend away with this upbeat music festival celebrating the Brazilian Zouk style. There will be music, dancing, alternative healing classes, and plenty of celebration.

Multiple Day Event
NCZoukFest 2018
$30+   .  Living Arts Collective Dance Studio   .  Durham
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Dubsgiving: YOUNG BULL / Breathers / Niito at Motorco
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Dubsgiving: YOUNG BULL / Breathers / Niito

Some local talents are hitting Motorco for a night of music and dancing. Dubsgiving is back and ready to serve up some post-Thanksgiving party vibes.

Sat Nov 24, 9:00p
Dubsgiving: YOUNG BULL / Breathers / Niito
$10   .  Motorco   .  Durham
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14th Annual Tower Lighting at American Tobacco Campus
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14th Annual Tower Lighting at American Tobacco

The iconic American Tobacco tower is getting LIT! Join in the annual celebration and feel all the holiday vibes. As always there will be a chance of snow, and sensational choral groups will sing.

Fri Nov 30, 6:00p
14th Annual Tower Lighting
Free   .  American Tobacco Campus   .  Durham
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ATC Pop-up Featuring East Durham Bake Shop at 359 Blackwell St
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ATC Pop-up Featuring East Durham Bake Shop +190 fire icon

Durham bake shop is getting you ready for Thanksgiving with this epic pop-up shop. This shop will feature their handmade pies, pastries, Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, and organic tea.

Weekly
ATC Pop-up Featuring East Durham Bake Shop
Free   .  359 Blackwell St   .  Durham
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2018 Tree of Bikes at American Tobacco Campus
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2018 Tree of Bikes +385 fire icon

Purchase a new, fully assembled bike for ages 4-13 and help build the Tree of Bikes! Get 250 new bikes to deserving kids in Durham this holiday season.

Multiple Day Event
2018 Tree of Bikes
Purchase of a Bike   .  American Tobacco Campus   .  Durham
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Trending and New Business Openings

NOW OPEN: Urban Axes at Urban Axes Durham
Photo by @urbanaxes

Throw Down at Urban Axes +330 fire icon

The Triangle is getting its first axe throwing bar—yes, you read that right. Think of it as darts on steroids.

NOW OPEN: Urban Axes
$$   .  Urban Axes Durham   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Saint & Co. at Saint & Co.
Photo by @saintandcodurham

Enjoy Local Pastries at Saint & Co. +477 fire icon

Saint & Co. is now open in Durham, serving up pastries, bread, and Neapolitan-style pizza lovingly crafted with local flour, natural fermentation, and more.

NOW OPEN: Saint & Co.
-   .  Saint & Co.   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Neomonde Mediterranean at Neomonde Mediterranean Durham
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Dine on Mediterranean Delights at Neomonde Mediterranean

Neomonde has been a longtime Raleigh staple for fresh, delicious Mediterranean food, and now it's Durham's turn! Neomonde is now open on the ground floor of the Unscripted hotel.

NOW OPEN: Neomonde Mediterranean
$   .  Neomonde Mediterranean Durham   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: People's Coffee at People's Coffee
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Sip Simply Good Coffee at People's Coffee +384 fire icon

Get ready for a simply delicious caffeine experience at this new coffee shop in Durham with coffee made with care and an artfully creative vibe.

NOW OPEN: People's Coffee
$   .  People's Coffee   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: M Tempura at M Tempura
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Get Crispy at M Tempura

Try a classic, crunchy tempura experience from the mind behind M Sushi and M Kokko.

NOW OPEN: M Tempura
-   .  M Tempura   .  Durham
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Always a Good Idea

Enjoy Crisp Sips at Bull City Ciderworks at Bull City Ciderworks
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Enjoy Crisp Sips at Durham's Only Cidery +251 fire icon

Handcrafted hard cider—is there really any drink that goes better with a crisp fall day (or any day)? Bull City Cidery is taking fermented apples to the next level. Beer, ya better watch out.

Enjoy Crisp Sips at Bull City Ciderworks
$   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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Catch a View That'll Take Your Breath Away at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
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Catch a View That'll Take Your Breath Away

High points, scenic views, and trails—oh my! Mt. Occoneechee has them all, plus rare and significant species in the many supported habitats. Nature awaits!

Catch a View That'll Take Your Breath Away
Free   .  Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area   .  Hillsborough
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Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue

This tour allows you to get so close to a tiger that you'll have to hold yourself back from trying to pet it.

Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue
$18+   .  Carolina Tiger Rescue   .  Pittsboro
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Past Experiences

WeWork One City Center Launch Party at WeWork
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WeWork One City Center Launch Party

You're cordially invited to WeWork One City Center's MASSIVE launch party. Bring a friend, check out their space, and toast to their newest location with free drinks, bites, DIY terrariums and more!

Past
WeWork One City Center Launch Party
Free   .  WeWork   .  Durham
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AfterHours: Zombie Prom at Museum of Life and Science
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AfterHours: Zombie Prom

Come dressed in glam and ghoul and enjoy a great dance party, food trucks, and local vendors. 

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AfterHours: Zombie Prom
$20+   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2018 at Durham Arts Council
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Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2018

Kick off the holiday season in downtown Durham with this art lovers experience. There will be festive fine arts and crafts, local artists, live music, and world-class restaurants.

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Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2018
Free   .  Durham Arts Council   .  Durham
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Tinkering & Drinkering at Motorco
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Tinkering & Drinkering

A night of drinking with a variety of tinkering tools available. Play around with conductive LEGOs, needle felting, and the 90s classic, shrinky dink!

Past
Tinkering & Drinkering
$10   .  Motorco   .  Durham
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Acme Presents: Salt & Smoke VI at Rock Quarry Farm
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Acme Presents: Salt & Smoke VI

Grab a heaping plate of whole heritage hog BBQ and southern sides. As you enjoy your dish there will be live music playing, local booze for enjoying, and so much more.

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Acme Presents: Salt & Smoke VI
$60+   .  Rock Quarry Farm   .  Chapel Hill
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Sausagefest at The Rickhouse
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Sausagefest

Meat-lovers welcome to come taste and stock your fridge with locally crafted sausages. Sausages of all kinds will be available to take home from the Triangle's best restaurants.

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Sausagefest
$10+   .  The Rickhouse   .  Durham
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2018 Chefs for Change Dessert Gala at The Rickhouse
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2018 Chefs for Change Dessert Gala

Local Chefs come together and create some delicious sweet treats for you to devour. Snag a ticket for this evening of community celebration, local desserts, and live entertainment.

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2018 Chefs for Change Dessert Gala
$50   .  The Rickhouse   .  Durham
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ComiQuest Film Festival at The Carolina Theatre
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ComiQuest Film Festival

The Carolina Theater and NC Comicon present their annual film festival, ComiQuest. This festival celebrates the best cinema pop-culture has to offer.

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ComiQuest Film Festival
$10   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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The Monti: Strangers at The Carolina Theatre
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The Monti: Strangers

You never know who you'll bump into on the street. Watch as 5 people from the community tell true and personal stories about important moments where a stranger tipped the balance of their life.

Past
The Monti: Strangers
$24   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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Disco Sweat XXXIX at Wheels Fun Park
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Disco Sweat XXXIX

Disco Sweat is back for the thirty-ninth time! Bring your booze and get ready to skate around the rink to some epic music. Leave your afro wigs and glass bottles at home.

Past
Disco Sweat XXXIX
$12   .  Wheels Fun Park   .  Durham
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NC Comic Con Bull City at 305 W Morgan St
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NC Comic Con Bull City

The greatest comic book pop-culture celebration is back in Bull City! Jump through this portal to the best and brightest creator superstars from around the globe!

Past
NC Comic Con Bull City
$31+   .  305 W Morgan St   .  Durham
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IVoted Concert at Motorco
Photo by @mikecutlip

IVoted Concert

Bring a photo of yourself outside your polling place for this epic night of music. The #iVoted initiative is meant to increase voter turnout in 2018 and beyond.

Past
IVoted Concert
Free   .  Motorco   .  Durham
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The Grandiloquent Adult Spelling Bee  at Motorco
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The Grandiloquent Adult Spelling Bee

Are you the master of spelling? Do your friends regard you as a lexical master? Well, then you should show off your skills in this epic Adult Spelling Bee Challenge.

Past
The Grandiloquent Adult Spelling Bee
$7   .  Motorco   .  Durham
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers 'ink' at Reynolds Industries Theater
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers 'ink'

Ink celebrates the expressive spirit and style of black men while while mourning the way that style has been misunderstood and maligned. Check out this vivid and evocative work of art.

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers 'ink'
$10 / $25   .  Reynolds Industries Theater   .  Durham
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Interactive Pixel Wall Mural Opening Ceremony at Durham Central Park
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Interactive Pixel Wall Mural Opening Ceremony

Enjoy the opening of this unique public art piece during the fall food truck rodeo.

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Interactive Pixel Wall Mural Opening Ceremony
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Liberty Arts Annual Iron Pour 2018 at Durham Central Park
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Liberty Arts Annual Iron Pour 2018

Watch the top metal artists in the Southeast melt 3000 lbs of iron at 3000 degrees right in the middle of Durham Central Park—or participate yourself. Are you ready for the heat?

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Liberty Arts Annual Iron Pour 2018
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Inaugural Black Farmers Market at NC Mutual Building Plaza
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Inaugural Black Farmers Market

Do you Thanksgiving food shopping while supporting local Black farmers with this inaugural market.

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Inaugural Black Farmers Market
Free   .  NC Mutual Building Plaza   .  Durham
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The Best Things to Do In Durham in November
The Best Things to Do In Durham in November