This month check out the Durham Cider Crawl, Vintage Baseball, the Tobacco Road Music Fest, Fullsteam’s Annual Point 262 Run, and a lot more. Here are our top picks for August.


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PopUp Durham Featuring Parker & Otis Paper

Dates and Times: August 1-28, Monday-Saturday 10 am – 3 pm, Closed Sunday

This month Parker & Otis Paper is taking over the PopUp at ATC. Pencils, pens, and all of the paper things… As an extension of the popular retail shop within Parker & Otis’ famed restaurant, P&O Paper will focus on those items dedicated to the tactile experience of putting pen (or pencil) to paper. The PopUp@ATC is located adjacent to Bull City Mini – a community-designed mini-golf course that will offer beer and wine.

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Durham Cider Crawl 2019

August 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Discover Durham

Love cider? Yeah, we do too! Check out the Durham cider crawl featuring the best restaurants, bars and bottle shops in Durham, NC. Cider, Cider Cocktails & Food Pairings. Drink cider, walk/crawl, repeat! This is a “make your own adventure” and it is a non-ticketed event. There are too many stops to do it all, so you get to pick and choose where you go and how you spend your time. A google map with all locations, hours and other info will be available a few days before the crawl.

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Vintage Baseball

August 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Durham Athletic Park

Join Duke Homestead State Historic Site at the historic Durham Athletic Park for a vintage base ball game on August 3 at 7pm. Enjoy a family-friendly evening out at the ball park complete with food trucks, “old fashioned” concessions, historic children’s games, and historic music! The iconic Durham Athletic Park has hosted baseball since 1926, even an iconic baseball film, but Durham’s baseball roots are even deeper. We’re thrilled to have Mayor Steve Schewel throw the first pitch! Players in this vintage game, including a team of local media members, will follow some of base ball’s earliest rules (the 1860s). Historic rules, uniforms, and equipment help to bring the past to life. The game is a fundraiser for the Duke Homestead State Historic Site.

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Black August in the Park 2019

August 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Black August in the Park is space designed specifically for Black people to create joy, connect and heal. ​Black August in the Park features food from black food vendors, live music, and installations from black lead social justice organizations. ​

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Tobacco Road Music Fest

August 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at American Tobacco Campus

The TRMF is a collaboration and a celebration of cultures to include musical entertainment and other artistic talents for the purpose of promoting diversity and community unity. This is a FREE event! Come out and enjoy local artists and entertainers on the lawn of the beautifully, revitalized American Tobacco Campus. Bring your lawn chair and blanket and sip on a glass of wine while you enjoy music of all genres. All residents, visitors and guests are welcome, TRMF is FREE and open to the public. Food and drinks available for purchase throughout the American Tobacco campus.

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NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

August 15-18

The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. Discover Durham named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization. The NCGLFF celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s gay, lesbian and transgender life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking. 

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Triangle Vegfest Festival Day

August 17-18, Downtown Durham

Triangle Vegfest is an organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. The VegFest is about bringing together the community and local vendors to share in health and knowledge. All of the vendors will offer vegan products, knowledge, and/or food.

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Durham Night Market

August 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Durham Night Market

We are so excited for our next Durham Night Market at Pine & Poplar at The Wine Feed. Over 40 local makers will be selling their handmade products. There will be food trucks, live music, wine, beer and so much more!

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Harvest & Hornworm Festival

August 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Duke Homestead State Historic Site

Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead with the Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Don’t miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race! This event will feature live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on history, and the last tobacco auction in Durham! Free of charge, but donations encouraged.

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The 6th Annual Point 262 Run

August 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fullsteam Brewery

Run for two minutes. Party all day. One of the most famous 1/100th marathons in the world. Fun run? Yes. Competitive race? Yes. Beer at the finish? Heck yes. The Point 262 is a race for everyone, complete with bragging rights that you finished. And it’s not just about running: our feats of strength test your limits — from sheer muscle power to your ability to hold your hand in a tub of ice. This year, Fullsteam is expanding The Point 262 to include a slew of easy-drinking, low-alcohol beers from North Carolina independent breweries.

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DUFFest II

August 25, 2019 @ 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Bull City Burger & Brewery

Worldwide, every year 1.3 billion tons of perfectly edible food is wasted because of cosmetic imperfections while 868 million people suffer from hunger. Join us for a meal made of “underappreciated/underutilized/ugly” foods and we’ll prove that it is what’s on the inside that counts. Menu items include: • Lamb Meatballs with Demi Glace • Spare Ribs Two Ways • Stuffed Bell Peppers • Squash Marinara Roulade • Cold Zoodle Salad • Quick Pickle Salad • Blueberry and Kale Push Pops • Blueberry Panettone Those who RSVP for this event will be entered in a raffle for various prizes. This event is sponsored by Bull City Burger & Brewery, Pompieri Pizza, Firsthand Foods, and Hungry Harvest.

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2019 Bull City Rumble

August 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at 1007 W Main St, Durham, NC

Get ready to rumble! The Bull City Rumble is a world-renowned vintage motorcycle and scooter rally hosted by Ton Up NC annually on Labor Day Weekend. Come check out the bikes, hear live music, and more!

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