The Best Things to Do in Durham in January
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The Best Things to Do in Durham in January

Thursday, Dec 20 2018

Now that we've all recovered (mostly) from the holiday madness, it's time for our complete guide to the best of January in and around Durham (a.k.a., how to pack a full month of goodness into just three weeks). 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!

Know of a great event we missed? Email editor@offlinemedia.net and let us know!

Not-to-Miss Events

Sunday Supper Fried Chicken & Bubbles at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter
Photo by @jacktar_durham

Sunday Supper Fried Chicken & Bubbles

Enjoy the most comforting comfort food with the bubbliest of bubbles at this new weekly Sunday Supper offering from Jack Tar. 

Weekly
Sunday Supper Fried Chicken & Bubbles
$25+   .  Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter   .  Durham
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Winter Wonderland at Bond Park at Bond Park Community Center
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Winter Wonderland at Bond Park

Snow or shine, you'll get to tube down a great snowy hill at the Bond Park Winter Wonderland. It's fun for the whole family, just make sure to register ahead of time!

Multiple Day Event
Winter Wonderland at Bond Park
$19+   .  Bond Park Community Center   .  Cary
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8th Annual NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting at Durham Athletic Park
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8th Annual NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting

Enjoy beers from 50+ different breweries that you have never, will never, or would never get to try elsewhere at this massive beer tasting festival featuring a variety sure to please any beer snob. 

Sat Jan 26, 2:00p
8th Annual NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting
$80+   .  Durham Athletic Park   .  Durham
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Disco Sweat XLI at Wheels Fun Park
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Disco Sweat XLI

Throwback to childhood skate parties and discos of yore at the biggest Disco Sweat event of the year! 

Sat Jan 26, 10:30p
Disco Sweat XLI
$15   .  Wheels Fun Park   .  Durham
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Winter Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park
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Winter Food Truck Rodeo

Taste a little of everything—from savory and stick-to-your-ribs to sweet treats—and get some summer vibes with reggae, roots and other records playing strong all day.

Sun Jan 27, 12:00p
Winter Food Truck Rodeo
Cost of food   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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The Triangle's Largest Chinese New Year Festival 2019 at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Photo by @Triangle Area Chinese American Society

The Triangle's Largest Chinese New Year Festival 2019 +903 fire icon

Join in on this massive traditional Chinese celebration of the Lunar New Year! There will be performances, tons of authentic Asian cuisine and more opportunities to learn about and enjoy the culture.

Sat Jan 26, 10:00a
The Triangle's Largest Chinese New Year Festival 2019
TBA   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Triangle Restaurant Week at Downtown
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Triangle Restaurant Week +580 fire icon

Taste your way around the Triangle with special 3-course lunch and dinner menus at the best of the best Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants.

Multiple Day Event
Triangle Restaurant Week
$15+   .  Downtown   .  Durham
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New Business Openings

NOW OPEN: Fount Coffee + Kitchen at Fount Coffee + Kitchen
Photo by @raleighwhatsup

NOW OPEN: Fount Coffee + Kitchen +535 fire icon

This chic new coffee shop is bringing craft coffee, a fully gluten-free menu and afternoon imbibing to the heart of Research Triangle Park.

NOW OPEN: Fount Coffee + Kitchen
$   .  Fount Coffee + Kitchen   .  Morrisville
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NOW OPEN: Sweet Charlie's at Sweet Charlie's
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NOW OPEN: Sweet Charlie's

This rolled ice cream chain is bringing more of the good stuff to Durham! Besides the standard treats, they also serve up rolls of ice cream nestled inside house-baked donuts.

NOW OPEN: Sweet Charlie's
$   .  Sweet Charlie's   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Namu Beer Hall at Namu Beer Hall
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NOW OPEN: Namu Beer Hall +373 fire icon

Your favorite coffee and Korean food spot just got even better with a new beer hall and bottle shop! Bring your friends, bring your pups and have a night full of brews and delicious snacks. 

NOW OPEN: Namu Beer Hall
$$   .  Namu Beer Hall   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Sofia's Pizza at Sofia's Pizza
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NOW OPEN: Sofia's Pizza +195 fire icon

Pizza and soft serve FTW! This casual neighborhood spot in a funky revitalized building in East Durham is serving up slices, pasta, sweet treats and local beers.

NOW OPEN: Sofia's Pizza
-   .  Sofia's Pizza   .  Durham
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COMING SOON: True Flavors Diner (Lakewood) at True Flavors Diner (Lakewood)
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COMING SOON: True Flavors Diner (Lakewood)

True Flavors Diner is opening a second location in the former location of The Lakewood, bringing a strong brunch game to the Lakewood neighborhood. 

COMING SOON: True Flavors Diner (Lakewood)
-   .  True Flavors Diner (Lakewood)   .  Durham
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COMING SOON: Rhythms Live Music Hall at Rhythm's Live Music Hall
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COMING SOON: Rhythms Live Music Hall

Rhythms Live Music Hall will bring an upscale performance venue to Durham's Lakewood neighborhood.

COMING SOON: Rhythms Live Music Hall
-   .  Rhythm's Live Music Hall   .  Durham
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Opening Sonn: Cat Tales Cat Cafe at 431 W Franklin St
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COMING SOON: Cat Tales Cat Cafe

There is a cat cafe coming soon to Chapel Hill, and we couldn't be more excited! This will be the first in the Triangle.

Opening Sonn: Cat Tales Cat Cafe
$   .  431 W Franklin St   .  Chapel Hill
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NOW OPEN: Boxcar Bar + Arcade Durham at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
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COMING SOON: Boxcar Bar + Arcade Durham +661 fire icon

Boxcar, Raleigh's favorite arcade, is opening a third location later this year in downtown Durham and for the first time, they're adding food to the mix with a new wood-fired pizza kitchen!

NOW OPEN: Boxcar Bar + Arcade Durham
$   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Durham
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Trendings & Old Favorites

Hearty Sandwiches and High Class Gifts at Parker and Otis
Photo by @Champagneandsuburbs

Hearty Sandwiches and High Class Gifts

Peruse a well-curated selection of gifts or settle down on the Parker & Otis's porch with a finely crafted sandwich.

Hearty Sandwiches and High Class Gifts
$$   .  Parker and Otis   .  Durham
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Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke Arts Annex
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Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art

Looking for a museum that makes fine art accessible to art novices? If so, then Nasher is the place to be! Oh, and don't worry if you aren't an art rookie, they have plenty to see.

Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art
$   .  Duke Arts Annex   .  Durham
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Demolish a Dessert Fondue at the Little Dipper at The Little Dipper: Fondue on Main
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Demolish a Dessert Fondue at the Little Dipper

Fondue is an experience meant to be shared with friends or family all around one pot. Sometimes it's tough to agree on a certain dish, but luckily the desserts will please the pickiest eater!

Demolish a Dessert Fondue at the Little Dipper
$   .  The Little Dipper: Fondue on Main   .  Durham
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Past Experiences

Dishoom 2019: An International Dance Party at Motorco
Photo by @DJ Rang

Dishoom 2019: An International Dance Party

Learn how to bhangra and bollywood dance like the pros, then show off your skills at this all-night dance party at Motorco.

Past
Dishoom 2019: An International Dance Party
$15+   .  Motorco   .  Durham
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New Year Food Swap at Durty Bull Brewing Company
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New Year Food Swap

Love bartering and beer? Feed your soul (and your stomach) with this unique food swap party, where you can trade homegrown, handmade, or foraged edible delights with like-minded food lovers.

Past
New Year Food Swap
Donations   .  Durty Bull Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Shred for Music Ed Metal Fest at Motorco Music Hall
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Shred for Music Ed Metal Fest

Get ready to headbang with some of the Carolinas' best metal bands all while raising money for kids to learn music. Rock on!

Past
Shred for Music Ed Metal Fest
$10   .  Motorco Music Hall   .  Durham
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The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at North Carolina Museum of Art
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[LAST CHANCE] The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art

Enormous flowers, luscious color, and desert landscapes. See this famous artists work and influence in new ways at this exhibit.

Past
The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art
$6+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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HopFest 2019 Music Festival at Fullsteam Brewery
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HopFest 2019 Music Festival

Enjoy the perfect leisurely afternoon filled with four hours of live music and even more beer. Expect acoustic covers, blues, indie rock, jazz—and all the hoppy (or non-hoppy) beer you can imagine. 

Past
HopFest 2019 Music Festival
Free   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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Anime-Magic Film Series at The Carolina Theatre
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Anime-Magic Film Series

Catch classic anime films on the big screen and learn a little more about the incredible art form during this weekend-long film festival at Carolina Theater. 

Past
Anime-Magic Film Series
$10   .  The Carolina Theatre   .  Durham
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Live from Here with Chris Thile at DPAC
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Live from Here with Chris Thile

Come be a part of radio being made. Live from Here with Chris Thile is a unique blend of live music, comedy and more. The Durham show will feature Death Cab for Cutie, Tank and the Bangas, Nore Davis.

Past
Live from Here with Chris Thile
$39+   .  DPAC   .  Durham
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NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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[LAST CHANCE] NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018

With 20 displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights, an evening stroll through the NC Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary might just blow your mind.

Past
NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018
$15   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Rhinestone Throwdown: Dolly Parton's Birthday Celebration at The Pinhook
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Rhinestone Throwdown: Dolly Parton's Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the queen with this community party for Dolly Parton. The Pinhook is scheming up some fun, but also wants you to submit your ideas!

Past
Rhinestone Throwdown: Dolly Parton's Birthday Celebration
$10   .  The Pinhook   .  Durham
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Past, Present, Future: A Musical Tribute to Dr. MLK Jr. at Motorco Music Hall
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Past, Present, Future: A Musical Tribute to Dr. MLK Jr.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the incredible musical offerings of Durham with three Bull City groups showing off black music of the past, present and future.

Past
Past, Present, Future: A Musical Tribute to Dr. MLK Jr.
-   .  Motorco Music Hall   .  Durham
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Employee Cider Fest at Bull City Ciderworks
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Employee Cider Fest

Sip your way through every single flavor and style of cider that the Bull City Ciderworks staff has created. This definitely counts as your apple a day...

Past
Employee Cider Fest
$25   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
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Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing

The Girl Scouts are growing up! Sample some your favorite cookies with choice beers from Glass Jug's taps. Cheers!

Past
Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing
$15   .  The Glass Jug Beer Lab   .  Durham
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The Best Things to Do in Durham in January
The Best Things to Do in Durham in January