The Best Things to Do in Durham in September
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The Best Things to Do in Durham in September

Friday, Aug 31 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of September in and around Durham. September is a huge month in the Triangle, and there are definitely some worth-the-drive events all over so get ready to pack your calendar. 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!

Can't-Miss Events

[CANCELLED] CenterFest Art Festival at Downtown
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CenterFest Art Festival

Hundreds of vendors swarm the streets of Downtown Durham for the 44th Annual CenterFest. Visual artists showcase their work while there are multiple stages filled with live music, dancing, and more.

[CANCELLED] CenterFest Art Festival
Free   .  Downtown   .  Durham
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[POSTPONED] Kingfisher Pop-Up at The Roof at The Durham at The Durham Hotel
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Kingfisher Pop-Up at The Roof at The Durham

Be one of the first to try the signature cocktails that Sean Umstead will be featuring at his upcoming Durham bar, Kingfisher. Expect cocktails with farm-to-table produce from nearby farms.

[POSTPONED] Kingfisher Pop-Up at The Roof at The Durham
$$   .  The Durham Hotel   .  Durham
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Goat Kid Festival at Prodigal Farm
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Prodigal Farm is hooking you up with some goat play time. Tour the gorgeous grounds of the 94-acre farm, taste the nationally award-winning cheeses, and play with some wee goats.

Sun Dec 16, 1:00p
Goat Kid Festival
$15   .  Prodigal Farm   .  Rougemont
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Trending & New Openings

Check Out Durham's First Thai Rolled Ice Cream Shop, Snow Factory at Snow Factory
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NOW OPEN: Durham's First Thai Rolled Ice Cream Shop: Snow Factory +263 fire icon

Trendy Thai rolled ice cream has finally come to Durham! Check out Snow Factory on 9th Street for 26 flavors and endless combinations.

Check Out Durham's First Thai Rolled Ice Cream Shop, Snow Factory
$   .  Snow Factory   .  Durham
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Sip On a Beer Slushie at Barrel Culture Brewery at Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending
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Beer Slushies at Barrel Culture

Durham's Barrel Culture is dishin' out beer slushies that would make the rainbow jealous.

Sip On a Beer Slushie at Barrel Culture Brewery
$7   .  Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending   .  Durham
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Always a Good Idea

Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno at Eno River State Park
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Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno +194 fire icon

Minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity and sounds of the river. Take a break from civilization and march into the wild.

Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno
Free   .  Eno River State Park   .  Durham
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Tour Duke Lemur Center & Ponder Animal Antiquities at Duke Lemur Center
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Tour Duke Lemur Center & Ponder Animal Antiquities +226 fire icon

Be amazed by over 10 different species of lemurs. Come out with your friends and be sure to bring a camera on your private tour. Don't forget you have to call ahead to reserve your spot!

Tour Duke Lemur Center & Ponder Animal Antiquities
$12   .  Duke Lemur Center   .  Durham
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Past Experiences

Catch the Art of Cool Festival in Downtown Durham at Durham
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Catch the Art of Cool Festival in Downtown Durham

Art of Cool Festival returns to downtown Durham for its fifth year, bringing world-class jazz, soul and hip hop over three days of concerts.

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Catch the Art of Cool Festival in Downtown Durham
$100+   .  Durham   .  Durham
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Curds & Crafts Festival at The Cloth Mill at Eno River
Photo by @boxcarrhandmadecheese

Curds & Crafts

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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Spice Things Up with 11th Annual Pepperfest at Briar Chapel's Great Meadow Park
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Spice Things Up with 11th Annual Pepperfest

Brewers and chefs and peppers, oh my! This festival celebrates all the Piedmont has to offer. Did we mention there are 500 lbs of peppers involved?

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Spice Things Up with 11th Annual Pepperfest
$30   .  Briar Chapel's Great Meadow Park   .  Chapel Hill
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Pride Parade and Festival at 1304 Campus Dr
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Pride Parade and Festival

Spend the afternoon celebrating all things LGBTQ! The parade and festival kicks off at 11am with live performances starting at 2pm.

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Pride Parade and Festival
Free   .  1304 Campus Dr   .  Durham
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Oktoberfest 2018 at Bull McCabe's at Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
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Oktoberfest 2018 at Bull McCabe's

Join Bull McCabe's as they turn their outdoor lawn area into an epic biergarten! Break out the lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest the way it was meant to be celebrated.

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Oktoberfest 2018 at Bull McCabe's
Free   .  Bull McCabe's Irish Pub   .  Durham
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Nacho Festival at Durham Central Park
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Nacho Festival

The Triangle's top food trucks are competing for the best nachos and you're invited to eat (and vote)!

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Nacho Festival
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Bull City Boxer Bash 2018 at Durty Bull Brewing Company
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Bull City Boxer Bash 2018

Play with (and maybe even adopt...) adorable boxers while enjoying food trucks, vendors, and beer. 

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Bull City Boxer Bash 2018
Free   .  Durty Bull Brewing Company   .  Durham
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NC Jerk Food Festival at West Point on the Eno
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NC Jerk Food Festival

Eat up the delicious food and the time outdoors at the 5th annual North Carolina Jerk Food Festival.

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NC Jerk Food Festival
Free   .  West Point on the Eno   .  Durham
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Bull City CiderJAM at Bull City Ciderworks
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Bull City CiderJAM

Listen to some amazing local artists while sipping on delicious local craft cider—a perfect way to ease into fall. 

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Bull City CiderJAM
Free   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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Wicked Weed Beer Fest at County Fare
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Wicked Weed Beer Fest

Enjoy one of Asheville's fave breweries in Durham, along with all the food trucks you've come to know and love at County Fare.

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Wicked Weed Beer Fest
Free   .  County Fare   .  Durham
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Fullsteam's Eighth Anniversary at Fullsteam Brewery
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Fullsteam's Eighth Anniversary

Join Fullsteam as they celebrate eight years of beer brewing excellence! Indulge in food specials, music, mystery prizes and more.

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Fullsteam's Eighth Anniversary
Free   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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Hopscotch Music Festival at Red Hat Amphitheater
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Hopscotch Music Festival

Hopscotch hosts over 130 acts performing within Raleigh's highly walkable downtown over three days. It has been described as "America's (secretly) best festival!"

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Hopscotch Music Festival
$35+   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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SPARKcon 2.0 at SPARKcon
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SPARKcon XIII

SPARKcon comes back to the streets of Raleigh for year number 13! This year will feature over 200 showcases and events within the world of art, dance, design, music, comedy, circus, and more.

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SPARKcon 2.0
Free   .  SPARKcon   .  Raleigh
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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival at Red Hat Amphitheater
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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Get ready for a foot-stompin' good time! Snag a ticket to a main stage event or head to the the free street fest to enjoy 100 bluegrass artists across downtown Raleigh. 

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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
Free / $50+   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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Lemurpalooza at Duke Lemur Center
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Lemurpalooza

Experience Lemurs in their natural habitat! Stroll through the forests during a guided tour and see them swinging through the trees, then enjoy dinner from a variety of local food trucks.

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Lemurpalooza
$75   .  Duke Lemur Center   .  Durham
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The Best Things to Do in Durham in September
The Best Things to Do in Durham in September