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

Thursday, Jun 27 2019

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of July in 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!

Best Events This Month

Reggae on the Rooftop at Unscripted Durham
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Reggae on the Rooftop

DJ Algoriddim and Selector B Steady are going to be out on the Pool Patio Lounge for an afternoon of old school fun. Jam out to some reggae jams while basking in the sun.

Reggae on the Rooftop
Free   .  Unscripted Durham   .  Durham
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New Businesses to Check Out

NOW OPEN: The Oak House Durham at The Oak House Durham
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Downtown Durham has a new coffee shop and craft beverage lounge, which will have your drinking needs covered from morning to night. 

NOW OPEN: The Oak House Durham
$   .  The Oak House Durham   .  Durham
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COMING SOON: M Pocha at M Pocha
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M Pocha

Chef Mike Lee of all the M restaurants downtown is opening his fourth spot, inspired by Korean street food, global flavors, and dishes to eat while you're drinking.

COMING SOON: M Pocha
$$   .  M Pocha   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Sugarfish Ice Cream at Sugarfish
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Sugarfish Ice Cream

Try the Triangle's first koiyaki, a specialty Japanese dessert where soft serve is dished up in a fish-shaped cone and topped with all sorts of fun goodies. Find them in Brightleaf Square!

NOW OPEN: Sugarfish Ice Cream
$   .  Sugarfish   .  Durham
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Triangle Rock Club (Durham) at Triangle Rock Club - Durham
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Triangle Rock Club (Durham)

Check out the largest indoor bouldering space in a five-state area (and the first Triangle Rock Club in Durham!), where you can truly scale to new heights. 

Triangle Rock Club (Durham)
$15+   .  Triangle Rock Club - Durham   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Bull City Mini Pop-Up Mini Golf at American Tobacco Campus
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Bull City Mini Pop-Up Mini Golf

Bull City Mini is  a community-designed mini golf course around the theme "Durham Landmarks in Miniature"—plus a bar and patio!

NOW OPEN: Bull City Mini Pop-Up Mini Golf
$7   .  American Tobacco Campus   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: The Northern Spy Cider Bar at The Northern Spy
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The Northern Spy Cider Bar

Coming from Denver-based Stem Ciders, The Northern Spy is a cider bar, bottle shop, and restaurant offering elevated bar food, cider cocktails, and plenty of hard-to-find sippers.

NOW OPEN: The Northern Spy Cider Bar
$   .  The Northern Spy   .  Durham
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Old Faves to Revisit Now

Durham's Rock Quarry, a Daredevil's Dream  at Cabe Lands Access

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Dare to dip into the quarry and take a swim. This legendary spot attracts adventurers and daredevils for its secluded location and 40ft cliff.

Durham's Rock Quarry, a Daredevil's Dream
Free   .  Cabe Lands Access   .  Durham
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Get Frosted and Enjoy an Ice Cream Cone at The Parlour at The Parlour
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Enjoy an Ice Cream Cone at The Parlour

Honey chai, vanilla and espresso chip, oh my! Enjoy The Parlour's handcrafted, local ice cream while strolling through downtown Durham.

Get Frosted and Enjoy an Ice Cream Cone at The Parlour
$   .  The Parlour   .  Durham
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Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House at The Honeysuckle Tea House
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Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House

A local paradise for naturalists, Honeysuckle Tea House invites you to rediscover all the wonderful things nature can do for your body and mind.

Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House
$   .  The Honeysuckle Tea House   .  Chapel Hill
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Past Experiences

Festival for the Eno at West Point on the Eno
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Festival for the Eno

Relax, kick back and enjoy music by the river with over 70 different emerging and established artists for the 40th Annual Festival for the Eno.

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Festival for the Eno
$18+   .  West Point on the Eno   .  Durham
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Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts at Duke Homestead at Duke Homestead
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Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts at Duke Homestead

Explore, and celebrate the food culture and history from North Carolina while enjoying a variety of pork, pickles, and peanuts.

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Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts at Duke Homestead
Free   .  Duke Homestead   .  Durham
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Taste of Soul NC at Durham Central Park
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Taste of Soul NC

Tate of Soul is ultimate summer cookout goals! Grab the squad and stroll around Central Park for a variety of featured food trucks, vendors, and live DJ!

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Taste of Soul NC
Cost of Food   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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AfterHours: Adult Summer Camp at Museum of Life and Science
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AfterHours: Adult Summer Camp

Everyone's inner child will be out to play in this epic adult summer camp. The only thing that could make friendship bracelets, s'mores and a 28' climbing walls better is doing it all with a drink!

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AfterHours: Adult Summer Camp
$30+   .  Museum of Life and Science   .  Durham
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Ancestry of Necessity Art Exhibit at American Tobacco Campus
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Ancestry of Necessity Art Exhibit

Check out this female-centric contemporary collection at ATC! It celebrates local female artists' work made with materials significant to Durham's historical footprint within textile and craft.

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Ancestry of Necessity Art Exhibit
Free   .  American Tobacco Campus   .  Durham
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NCMA Summer Concerts at North Carolina Museum of Art
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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.

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NCMA Summer Concerts
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Durham's Early Jazz and Swing- Exhibit Grand Opening at Museum of Durham History
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Durham's Early Jazz and Swing - Exhibit Grand Opening

MoDH's fourth curated exhibit is almost here, and it's going to celebrate Durham's incredible history of jazz and swing. Meet us under the gazebo for a night of dancing and celebrating our city. 

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Durham's Early Jazz and Swing- Exhibit Grand Opening
Free   .  Museum of Durham History   .  Durham
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Dashi Omakase Dinner Series with Chef Satoshi Katakura at Dashi Ramen Shop & Izakaya
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Dashi Omakase Dinner Series with Chef Satoshi Katakura

Durham welcomes Satoshi Katakura back from Japan for the fourth Omakase dinner series at Dashi. The dinners feature five courses of chef-curated dishes crafted by Chef Bill Cotter and Chef Satoshi.

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Dashi Omakase Dinner Series with Chef Satoshi Katakura
$65   .  Dashi Ramen Shop & Izakaya   .  Durham
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Bastille Day Party With Tea Cup Gin at Arcana
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Bastille Day Party With Tea Cup Gin

Embrace your joie de vivre and celebrate French culture with a night of lively music, French-themed cocktails, and more revelry. 

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Bastille Day Party With Tea Cup Gin
Cost of Drinks   .  Arcana   .  Durham
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Bark in the Park with Durham Bulls at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
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Bark in the Park with Durham Bulls

Bring your good boy/girl for five very special games of the Durham Bulls season, or just enjoy all the pups running around the park!

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Bark in the Park with Durham Bulls
$9+   .  Durham Bulls Athletic Park   .  Durham
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July 4th Hip Hop BBQ at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
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July 4th Hip Hop BBQ

Turns out, beats and beef go together like charcoal and fire at this fam-friendly party. Enjoy free hot dogs while enjoying a collab IPA with Durty Bull and lots of music and summertime activities. 

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July 4th Hip Hop BBQ
Free   .  The Glass Jug Beer Lab   .  Durham
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Children's Independence Day Parade at Durham Central Park
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Children's Independence Day Parade

Bring the whole family to this celebratory parade! Decorate your bike, stroller, and more with items from the Scrap Exchange, then parade through the park and celebrate with music and free pops. 

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Children's Independence Day Parade
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Durham History Trolley Tour at St Philips Episcopal Church
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Durham History Trolley Tour

Hop on the trolley to follow Durham's historic streetcar line, hearing poetic storytelling and learning a ton along the way. 

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Durham History Trolley Tour
$15   .  St Philips Episcopal Church   .  Durham
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Views from The Durham at The Durham Hotel
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Views from The Durham

Join in for the final telescopic stargazing night of the season. Look through the telescope and gaze at all the stars, and planets out on the open-air balcony.

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Views from The Durham
Free   .  The Durham Hotel   .  Durham
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Passport to Italy Wine Tasting at Pine and Poplar
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Passport to Italy Wine Tasting

Travel around Italy right in your backyard with this wine tasting fest! You'll get to taste and compare wines from all over the region for just $20. 

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Passport to Italy Wine Tasting
$20   .  Pine and Poplar   .  Durham
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Bull City All-Stars Drumline w/ Caroline Brodie and K-Hill at Durham Central Park
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Bull City All-Stars Drumline w/ Caroline Brodie and K-Hill

Are you ready for the beat? This event combines TWO marching bands, a tap dancer, and a DJ for an unbeatable night fo rhythm. 

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Bull City All-Stars Drumline w/ Caroline Brodie and K-Hill
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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July Concert at Ciderworks at Bull City Ciderworks
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July Concert at Ciderworks

Bring your chair, your crew, and your pups for this night of free music, plus cider abound!  

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July Concert at Ciderworks
Free   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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The Beat Market at Locopops at Locopops
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The Beat Market at Locopops

Local makers, musicians, and vendors are gathering at Locopops for a one-stop-shop market. Fam-friendly, food, brews, music, and supporting local—need we say more?

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The Beat Market at Locopops
Free   .  Locopops   .  Durham
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Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook-Off at Durham Armory
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Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

Chow down on some unbelievable vegan mac and cheese or compete yourself for the title of best in the Triangle!

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Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook-Off
$20   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Tomato Day at Durham Farmers' Market at Durham Farmers' Market
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Tomato Day at Durham Farmers' Market

If you consider yourself a tomato connoisseur this event is calling your name! Local farmers will be dishing out their top tomatoes all morning long, try them all and pick your favorite.

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Tomato Day at Durham Farmers' Market
Free   .  Durham Farmers' Market   .  Durham
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PLAYlist Concert Series: An Evening With Van Hunt at Durham Central Park
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PLAYlist Concert Series: An Evening With Van Hunt

Get ready for a funky, soulful night of music with Van Hunt as part of Durham Central Park's outdoor summer concert series. 

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PLAYlist Concert Series: An Evening With Van Hunt
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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The Best Things to Do In Durham in July
The Best Things to Do In Durham in July