All The Best Things to Do in Durham in May
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All The Best Things to Do in Durham in May

Friday, Apr 26 2019

From QuirkCon to BBQ Fests to cultural festivals galore. 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!

(P.S. Did we miss a great event? Email your suggestions to editor@offlinemedia.net!)

Best Events This Month

NCMA Summer Concerts at North Carolina Museum of Art
Photo by @mbdurham

NCMA Summer Concerts

The summer concerts at NCMA represent one of the Triangle's longest-running and most selective outdoor music series. Grab a seat in the expansive stone amphitheater and soak up the energy.

Tue Jul 23, 7:30p
NCMA Summer Concerts
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

2019 BBQ Fest on the Neuse at Lenoir County Farmers Market
Photo by @bbqfestontheneuse

2019 BBQ Fest on the Neuse

Enjoy a day filled with delicious barbeque, food competitions, shopping, arts and crafts, and a wine garden!

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2019 BBQ Fest on the Neuse
Free   .  Lenoir County Farmers Market   .  Kinston
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Southern Fried Queer Pride at Durham
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Southern Fried Queer Pride

Three days packed with horns, Southern charm, and queer grit. Enjoy tons of live music, workshops, dance parties and more.

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Southern Fried Queer Pride
Pay Per Event   .  Durham   .  Durham
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Duke Energy Hoopla Hyperspace Party in the Park at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Duke Energy Hoopla Hyperspace Party in the Park

Celebrate the opening of NCMA's Museum Park season. There will be brand new art installations and an epic all-day outdoor Star Wars party.

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Duke Energy Hoopla Hyperspace Party in the Park
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Where This Flower Blooms at Golden Belt Campus
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Where This Flower Blooms

This is a pop-up installation art exhibition at the Golden Belt Campus. Check out this work that takes you to the toot of your experiences.

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Where This Flower Blooms
$5   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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International Jazz Festival at Durty Bull Brewing Company
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International Jazz Festival

Brand Africa Group will be at Durty Bul for the Inaugural Durham International Jazz Festival. Be sure to join in for this celebration of music and community.

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International Jazz Festival
$20   .  Durty Bull Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Picnic in the Park 2019 at The Frontier - Building 800
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Picnic in the Park 2019

Take your pick from 6 different food trucks and snack away as you jam out to live music in the park. There will also be some complimentary local ice cream to end this epic day.

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Picnic in the Park 2019
Free   .  The Frontier - Building 800   .  
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Durham Greek Festival 2019 at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox
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Durham Greek Festival 2019

Experience the fabulous flavors, sights, and sounds of Greece without leaving the Triangle. Snack on gyros, grilled chicken pita wraps, and more while enjoying live performances and tons of dancing.

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Durham Greek Festival 2019
Free   .  St. Barbara Greek Orthodox   .  Durham
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2019 CPSC Strawberry Festival at Old North Durham Park
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2019 CPSC Strawberry Festival

Head to Old Town Park for a day of family fun! There will be plenty of berries, sign painting, spearing of juicy lemons and tons of local artists for you to enjoy all day long.

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2019 CPSC Strawberry Festival
Free   .  Old North Durham Park   .  Durham
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Darkside feat Agent Orange by Subtek & Techno Live Sets at Durham Fruit Company
Photo by @subtekmusic

Darkside feat Agent Orange by Subtek & Techno Live Sets

Welcome to the dark side of techno. Head to Durham Fruit and Produce Co for a night of exclusive collaborations that will be delivering all the dark sound you crave.

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Darkside feat Agent Orange by Subtek & Techno Live Sets
$5+   .  Durham Fruit Company   .  Durham
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Canine Field Day at Rock Quarry Park
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Canine Field Day

Enjoy a day in the park with your furry friend. Your dog will have the opportunity to watch and participate in activities and competitions all morning long.

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Canine Field Day
Free   .  Rock Quarry Park   .  Durham
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Bimbé Community Block Party at Holton Career and Resource Center
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Bimbé Community Block Party

Enjoy free music, community performances, and games for all ages during the 50th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival.

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Bimbé Community Block Party
Free   .  Holton Career and Resource Center   .  Durham
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Durham Ride of Silence at CCB Plaza
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Durham Ride of Silence

Take part in this slow bike ride around downtown in honor and remembrance of those killed or injured while biking. All are welcome and encouraged to join.

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Durham Ride of Silence
Free   .  CCB Plaza   .  Durham
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Harvest Dinner at Perry Farms with Epiphany Craft Malt at Epiphany Craft Malt
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Harvest Dinner at Perry Farms with Epiphany Craft Malt

See where your beer is grown during this Harvest Dinner at Perry Farms. You will enjoy a special cocktail hour, Field tours, and a multi-course chef and beer pairings.

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Harvest Dinner at Perry Farms with Epiphany Craft Malt
$50+   .  Epiphany Craft Malt   .  Durham
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Barks & Brews at Hi Wire Brewing at Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt
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Barks & Brews at Hi Wire Brewing

Sip on amazing Hi Wire brews, learn about the Saving Grace organization and of course play with all the adoptable pups.

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Barks & Brews at Hi Wire Brewing
Purchase of Beer   .  Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt   .  Durham
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Bull City Witchcraft and Wizardry: A Very Potter Party at Bull City Ciderworks
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Bull City Witchcraft and Wizardry: A Very Potter Party

Celebrate your fandom at Ciderworks as you enjoy a day in the magical world of Harry Potter. There will be different "classes" and activities to explore and participate in all day long.

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Bull City Witchcraft and Wizardry: A Very Potter Party
Free   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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Hub Farm Spring Festival at The Hub Farm
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Hub Farm Spring Festival

Enjoy a day of free Spring fun out on the farm. There will be tons of delicious food, strawberries to taste, tree climbing, and any outdoor adventure you can imagine.

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Hub Farm Spring Festival
Free   .  The Hub Farm   .  Durham
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APS Walk for the Animals at Duke East Campus
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APS Walk for the Animals

Join the Walk for the Animals at Duke University's East Campus lawn and support the wonderful work of the Animal Protection Society of Durham and meet adoptable dogs while shopping from local vendors.

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APS Walk for the Animals
Free   .  Duke East Campus   .  Durham
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AfterHours: Dynamic Duos- Eat & Drink at Museum of Life and Science
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AfterHours: Dynamic Duos- Eat & Drink

Learn interesting food science facts and discover cool new food and beverage pairings while you enjoy food truck fare and explore the awesome exhibits at the Museum of Life & Sciences in Durham!

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AfterHours: Dynamic Duos- Eat & Drink
$32   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Bike Month Kick-Off Party at Durty Bull Brewing Company
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Bike Month Kick-Off Party

Celebrate the beginning of Bike Month! Hope on your bike and enjoy a casual ride followed by a fun, social event for bike enthusiasts.

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Bike Month Kick-Off Party
Free   .  Durty Bull Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Bird Bonanza at Museum of Life and Science
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Bird Bonanza

Flock to the Museum of a Bird Bonanza. Interact with local bird experts, join an NC State citizen science initiative, and meet some of the birds at the museum.

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Bird Bonanza
Free   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Sour Beer Sampling & Discussion at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
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Sour Beer Sampling & Discussion

Sample five different sours and discuss those flavors with team members from Brewery Bhavana and The Glass Jug Beer Lab.

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Sour Beer Sampling & Discussion
$15   .  The Glass Jug Beer Lab   .  Durham
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Engineers Day at Museum of Life and Science
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Engineers Day

Head to the Museum of Life and Science for a day of exploration into the world of engineering. Local scientists from all over the Triangle will be there to facilitate hands-on activities.

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Engineers Day
Free   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Glass Jug Summerfest & Can Release at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
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Glass Jug Summerfest & Can Release

Enjoy a full day of music, food, games, and good times at The Glass Jug. They will be celebrating the beginning of summer and the release of their first three canned beers.

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Glass Jug Summerfest & Can Release
Purchase of Beer   .  The Glass Jug Beer Lab   .  Durham
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Smoke, Wine and Brew Fest at Golden Belt Campus
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Smoke, Wine and Brew Fest

Head over to the first Smoke, Wine, and Brew Festival! You will enjoy cigars, wine, and local brews, food, and music all day long.

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Smoke, Wine and Brew Fest
$35+   .  Golden Belt Campus   .  Durham
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Expecto Bar Crawl at Durham
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Expecto Bar Crawl

Wizards and Witches, grab your robes and wants and get ready to get your bar crawl on. This night is sure to be an utterly magical mixture of wizardry and booze.

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Expecto Bar Crawl
$25+   .  Durham   .  Durham
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Quirkcon at Durham Convention Center
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Quirkcon

Quirktastic Inc presents QuirkCon in downtown Durham. This three-day conference was created for geeks, gamers, and nerds to get their quirk on.

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Quirkcon
$27+   .  Durham Convention Center   .  Durham
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All The Best Things to Do in Durham in May
All The Best Things to Do in Durham in May