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

Friday, Sep 28 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of October in and around Durham. 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!


Trending & New Openings

NOW OPEN: DeeLuxe Chicken at DeeLuxe Chicken
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NOW OPEN: DeeLuxe Chicken

DeeLuxe Chicken is a fast-casual restaurant serving up quality takes on southern classics (plus a sauce bar for maximum tasting fun).

NOW OPEN: DeeLuxe Chicken
$   .  DeeLuxe Chicken   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Urban Axes at Urban Axes Durham
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COMING SOON: Urban Axes +291 fire icon

The Triangle is getting its first axe throwing bar—yes, you read that right. Think of it as darts on steroids. Throw down at Urban Axes starting October 9, where you can rent lanes or join a league.

NOW OPEN: Urban Axes
$$   .  Urban Axes Durham   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Neomonde Mediterranean at Neomonde Mediterranean Durham

COMING SOON: Neomonde Deli

Neomonde has been a longtime Raleigh staple for fresh, delicious Mediterranean food, and now Durham's going to get a taste of the goodness! Neomonde will open its Durham spot in the Unscripted Hotel.

NOW OPEN: Neomonde Mediterranean
$   .  Neomonde Mediterranean Durham   .  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 +279 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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Past Experiences

World Beer Festival at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
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World Beer Festival

The 23rd Annual World Beer Festival will feature unlimited pours, food trucks, yard games and more! This year they will be donating $10 from every ticket purchased to Hurricane Florence relief.

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World Beer Festival
$40+   .  Durham Bulls Athletic Park   .  Durham
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TEDxDurham 2018: No Filter. at Holton Career and Resource Center
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TEDxDurham 2018: No Filter.

Get ready for the epic realness that is TEDxDurham! Check out the incredible line up of speakers and listen while they discuss the different filters we put on the world around us.

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TEDxDurham 2018: No Filter.
$35   .  Holton Career and Resource Center   .  Durham
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Visit the NC State Fair at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Visit the NC State Fair

Eat something deep fried and ride the ferris wheel! The NC State Fair is bringing hometown lovin' to Raleigh.

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Visit the NC State Fair
$   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Take Your Morning Outside with Jazz Brunch at Weaver Street Market
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Take Your Morning Outside with Jazz Brunch

If the hottest brunch spots are too full, take the party outside. Weaver Street is famous for being a health-food haven for Chapel Hill and Carrboro alike. 

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Take Your Morning Outside with Jazz Brunch
Free   .  Weaver Street Market   .  Carrboro
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3rd SPLATTERFLIX Film Series at The Carolina Theatre
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3rd SPLATTERFLIX Film Series

Sixteen classic horror movies that hit the big screen between 1968 and 2002 are making their way back. Retro Film Series presents Splatterflix, so grab a friend and enjoy all the gory, ghoulish fun.

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3rd SPLATTERFLIX Film Series
$10   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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A Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball at The Carolina Theatre
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A Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

For over 20 years fans have been begging for it, and now finally Retro is going to give it to us. The Carolina Theater and Retro Film Series present a fully-interactive, theatrical extravaganza!

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A Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball
$12   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo at American Tobacco Campus
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Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo

There's nothing quite like a nice Fall morning run followed by some post-race food. Sign up for the half-marathon, five-mile, or one-mile distances then pig out on delicious local food trucks.

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Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo
$35+   .  American Tobacco Campus   .  Durham
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Bike-a-Bull City Festival at Durty Bull Brewing Company
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Bike-a-Bull City Festival

Choose from one of three epic bike trails that all end at Durty Bull. Socialize with community businesses, including local bike shops and more while sipping on brews and dining on food truck treats.

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Bike-a-Bull City Festival
Free   .  Durty Bull Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Sip + Savor: A Wine, Food, and Music Experience at DPAC
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Sip + Savor: A Wine, Food, and Music Experience

There will be wine, food, and music galore at DPAC's annual Sip + Savor event! Attendees will be treated to over 30 of the Triangle's finest restaurant dishes, paired with world-class wines.

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Sip + Savor: A Wine, Food, and Music Experience
$85   .  DPAC   .  Durham
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Phoenix Fest 2018 Parade at Durham
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Phoenix Fest 2018 Parade

Enjoy Durham NC's funkiest street music festival in celebration of the cultural legacy of the historic Hayti community. There will be live music and step teams to keep you grooving all day.

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Phoenix Fest 2018 Parade
Free   .  Durham   .  Durham
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Beaglefest 2018 at Sunny Acres Pet Resort
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Beaglefest 2018

Beagles compete for the titles of Softest Ears, Best Costume, Best Howl, and Longest Ears during this years Beaglefest! So grab your furry beagle friend and head out for the festivities.

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Beaglefest 2018
$10   .  Sunny Acres Pet Resort   .  Durham
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Zine Machine Printed Matter Festival 2018 at Durham Armory
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Zine Machine Printed Matter Festival 2018

Durham Armory is hosting an evening of anti-corporate, autonomous, alternative printed media for the fourth year in a row! Check out local zinesters, comic artists, indy book writers and more.

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Zine Machine Printed Matter Festival 2018
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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The Muse Masquerade at 21c Museum Hotel Durham
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The Muse Masquerade

The many various artists from 21c will be transforming the museum into a menagerie. Think dark, provocative, and inspiring. There will be acrobats, magicians, an interactive photo booth, and more.

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The Muse Masquerade
$75   .  21c Museum Hotel Durham   .  Durham
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Barktoberfest at Durham Central Park
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Barktoberfest

Dress up your furry friend in their Halloween costume and head down to Durham Central Park for a day of canine fun. Help promote a dog-friendly community and provide services to underserved areas.  

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Barktoberfest
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria at Duke Homestead
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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria

Experience Halloween Phantasmagoria, an event where real and imagined elements blur together. Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder.

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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria
$11   .  Duke Homestead   .  Durham
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Durham Vegan Bake Sale Benefiting Hope Animal Rescue at Fullsteam Brewery
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Durham Vegan Bake Sale Benefiting Hope Animal Rescue

Fullsteam will be dishing out sweet vegan treats until 4pm, or until they are gone, so get their early! All proceeds from cupcake sales go to Hope Animal Rescue and their adorable adoptable pups.

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Durham Vegan Bake Sale Benefiting Hope Animal Rescue
Free   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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October Drag Bingo at Durham Armory
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October Drag Bingo

Get ready for some fabulous bingo! Word on the street is there will be live entertainment from Cher, Madonna, Whitney, AND Rhianna! You won't want to miss out.

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October Drag Bingo
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Vintage Flea WOW Event at Pennies For Change Thrift Boutique
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Vintage Flea WOW Event

Get transported to an era of pure American sensibilities during this vintage flea market. Shop through vintage clothing, furniture and more. Proceeds from the event go to victims of domestic violence.

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Vintage Flea WOW Event
Free   .  Pennies For Change Thrift Boutique   .  Durham
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Annual Rothschild Lecture: Amy Sherald at Nasher Museum of Art
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Annual Rothschild Lecture: Amy Sherald

The woman who painted the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald, will deliver the Annual Rothschild Lecture. Grab a ticket and listen to her enthralling speech. 

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Annual Rothschild Lecture: Amy Sherald
Free   .  Nasher Museum of Art   .  Durham
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Don't Be Mean to People: A Festival for the ACLU of NC at Ponysaurus Brewing Company
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Don't Be Mean to People: A Festival for the ACLU of NC

Jam out with over 20 bands during this two day, epic music festival at Ponysaurus! All proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union of NC, and will feature all genres of music.

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Don't Be Mean to People: A Festival for the ACLU of NC
$40+   .  Ponysaurus Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Curds & Crafts Festival at The Cloth Mill at Eno River
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Curds & Crafts Festival

We're celebrating southern artisan cheese-makers and North Carolina craft brewers with the natural and delicious pairing of cheeses and beers.

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Curds & Crafts Festival
$35   .  The Cloth Mill at Eno River   .  Hillsborough
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YogaFest  at CCB Plaza
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YogaFest

You Call This Yoga is giving you eight free weeks of community yoga classes in Downtown Durham! Grab your mat and get ready to flow with Durham's diverse community of yoga teachers.

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YogaFest
Free   .  CCB Plaza   .  Durham
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NCFC Tailgate Party with SOCIAL HOUSE at WakeMed Soccer Park
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NCFC Tailgate Party with SOCIAL HOUSE

It's NCFC's final game of the season, which can only mean one thing: it's time to turn-up with legendary tailgate. And when we say 'legendary,' we mean it. (Hint: Free SOCIAL HOUSE cocktails.)

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NCFC Tailgate Party with SOCIAL HOUSE
Free   .  WakeMed Soccer Park   .  Cary
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The Best Things to Do In Durham in October
The Best Things to Do In Durham in October