June is packed. From the Beaver Queen Pageant to TASTE the event, some of the year’s top events are going on this month. Here are our top picks.

2019 Running of the Bulls 8K

June 1, 2019 @ 7:15 am to 10:15 am at Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Why you should go: This scenic course will wind through the historic and revitalized neighborhoods of downtown Durham, American Tobacco Campus, Trinity Park and Old North Durham neighborhoods, and finish with a lap of the warning track inside the historic Old Durham Athletic Park!

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SEEDS 25th Birthday Celebration & Pie Social

June 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at SEEDS

Why you should go: Bring your whole family, play farm games and eat pie in celebration of 25 years of the awesome nonprofit SEEDS in Durham.

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Beaver Queen Pageant

15th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant – Damilton!

June 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Beaver Lodge Local 1504

Why you should go: Pageant contestants duel on stage to see who is crowned Beaver Queen 2019. Come hear the stories of Hair-n Furr, Alexander Damilton, Queen George, powdered tails… and the founding of a beaver-birthed nation as the lodge is turned upside down.

It all takes place across the banks of the Ellerbe in the Duke Park Meadow on June Furst with the pre-show at 4:00pm and the pageant firing off at 5:00pm.

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Lobby Call: The Great Durham Odyssey

June 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at The Durham Hotel

Why you should go: Assemble your all-star team and join us for The Great Durham Odyssey on Sunday, June 2nd, a celebration of the sesquicentennial hosted in partnership with Durham 150. It’s a multi-faceted series of challenges, set across the downtown landscape, will test your knowledge, creativity, and comradery while promising to teach you a thing or two about the City of Durham’s 150-year history.

We are super excited that we got to partner with the Durham Hotel for this event and help create some of the clues for this hunt!

Teams sign-ups are now open: Register here

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Patchwork Market

June 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fullsteam Brewery

Why you should go: Local makers and vintage vendors will come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high quality and original goods. This month’s line up includes Lady Pilot Letterpress, Cricket Vision Press, WunderkidsCo., Jillian Ohl Labrottie Creations, and more.

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The Beat Market at Locopops

June 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Locopops

Why you should go: Durham Beat and Locopops are launching a monthly live music and local art market at the Locopops Dessert Cafe. Bring a blanket, enjoy ice cream and pops, grab food at the Bull City Street Food truck, enter raffles and support local artists! Free and family friendly.

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Storytime on the Roof

June 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am to 11:15 am at The Durham Hotel

Why you should go: This summer, kids and their grownups are invited to join the children’s librarians from Durham County’s North Regional Library for Storytime on the Roof. Bring a favorite pillow or blanket for sitting & don’t forget to stop by the coffee shop for coffee, juice, pastries, cookies, and lunch before or after storytime.

Pre-registration is required here

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Sam’s Bottle Shop 5th Anniversary Weekend

June 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Sam’s Bottle Shop

Why you should go: It’s been five glorious years full of beer and good times since Sam’s Bottle Shop first opened to the public, and they are going to do it big for their fifth anniversary. There will be lots of live music and Sunday includes a FREE breakfast and mimosa hangover party.

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Rock the Park: Dwayne Jordan Quartet featuring Marvin Thorne

June 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 106 W Knox St, Durham, NC 27701

Why you should go: Durham Parks and Recreation will transform Durham’s parks into the perfect setting for an evening out full of music, movies, fellowship, and fun. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a summer-long succession of concerts and movies held in various parks around Durham. Both concerts and movies are FREE and open to the public.

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Durham Italian Food Festival

June 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Why you should go: Pasta and sweets, duh. Melina’s Fresh Pasta will be hosting an Italian Food Festival in Durham! Food vendors include Melina’s Fresh Pasta, Valentino’s Food Truck, Oak City Amaretto, Holy Moly Cannoli, Kono Pizza, Cone Truck, Sweet Cravings Cookie Company, and The Parlour.

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AfterHours: Adult Summer Camp

June 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Museum of Life and Science

Why you should go: Take a journey back to your childhood summer camp experience: make friendship bracelets, hit the target with archery, race your friends to the top of the 28′ climbing wall, make s’mores, and create a perler bead masterpiece all while enjoying your favorite adult beverage. Play in the treehouses or ride the train while sampling drinks and food that evoke your inner kid. Hideaway Woods, Farmyard, Butterfly House, and Train will be open.

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PLAYlist Concert Series: Alanna Royale

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Why you should go: Every year, we love Central Park’s free music series in the summer. Alanna Royale makes classic-minded R&B and soul music for the modern age. It’s a sound rooted in big melodies, blasts of brass, percussive punch, and old-school grooves, with songs that shine a light not only on frontwoman Alanna Quinn-Broadus’ larger-than-life voice but her songwriting chops, too.

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INDY Week Best of the Triangle Bash 2019

June 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt

Why you should go: Celebrate the 2019 winners at Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt from 12-4 Saturday June 15th. Free to the public and family & pet friendly! Come enjoy free samples, live music, get info from local businesses, and not to mention plenty of Hi-Wire beer as well as guest taps with some of your other favorite beers from around the Triangle.

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Summer Food Truck Rodeo ft. The Up and Up

June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Why you should go: A Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is an all-ages Sunday afternoon gathering of dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks, five times each year. The event is free to attend. Locally-brewed craft beer, cider, and a band or DJ are always on hand. Dogs are allowed at the Food Truck Rodeo on regular (not retractable) leashes.

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Farm Animal Festival

June 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Duke Homestead State Historic Site

Why you should go: Learn about the importance of animals, birds, and pollinators on farms and the local region, both historically and today. Bring the kids for a day of visiting with animals, interactive games, engaging crafts, imaginative face painting, and more! Tootie’s Mobile Kitchen food truck will be selling food throughout the event. Sparkle Body Arts will be offering face painting for a fee. Admission — $1

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DIY Fest

June 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Scrap Exchange

Why you should go: DIY Fest celebrates Durham’s innovative do-it-yourself spirit with local artists and makers. The FREE day-long festival includes kids’ activities, live demonstrations, handmade items, and music!

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Sour to the People Beer Festival

June 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt

Why you should go: Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt is back at it again with the first annual “Sour to the People” beer festival on Saturday, June 22 from 6-10pm at their Taproom in Durham, NC. The line-up will feature 20 kick-ass nationwide and local breweries bringing some of the rarest and sought after sour and wild ales to the Triangle. Live funk music by the CJ Baker Band plus a lot full of local Durham Food Trucks round out this sweet beer festival.

Entry Includes Commemorative Glassware & 2 Beer Tokens. Additional Beer Tokens $3 Each | 1 token = 4oz pour

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Rock the Park: The Peanuts Movie (G)

June 22, 2019 @ 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Durham Central Park

Why you should go: Durham Parks and Recreation will transform Durham’s parks into the perfect setting for an evening out full of music, movies, fellowship, and fun. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a summer-long succession of concerts and movies held in various parks around Durham. Both concerts and movies are FREE and open to the public.

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PickleFest Durham 2019

June 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Rickhouse

Why you should go: The Rickhouse hosts Durham’s 5th Annual PickleFest – a pickle-packed tasting event and marketplace! Triangle area restaurants sample their unique pickle dishes as well as pickle flavored beers and a Bloody Mary bar to quench your thirst and pucker your lips!

VIP $25 includes early bird entry from Noon – 1pm + Home Pickler’s Contest Tasting + (1) free drink ticket. General Admission $10 – Session 1 from 1 – 3pm | Session 2 from 2 – 4pm *Kids under 10 years old are FREE*

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Black Farmers Market/ Juneteenth Edition

June 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 411 W Chapel Hill St, Durham

Why you should go: Black Farmers Market is a space that centers Black people and their connection to local and regional Black food systems. The market is open to anyone who wants to support Black Farmers! There will be music, speakers and connection opportunities.

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Durham Refugee Day 2019

June 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Why you should go: Durham Refugee Day celebrates the contributions and cultures of our refugee and immigrant communities and provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with these neighbors. This is a family-friendly event with live music, activities for kids, and food vendors from around the world.

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Durham Night Market

June 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Durham Night Market

We are so excited for the first 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, and beer.

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Taste the Event 2019

June 26-20 | Durham Armory

Why you should go: It brings more than 30 local culinary professionals (ranging from chefs to distillers to chocolatiers) together for an unparalleled opportunity where local foodies can taste all the best dining options from across the Triangle under one roof. Guests also have the rare chance to meet the chefs and artisans who make our favorite culinary establishments possible.

This year’s events features a craft beer garden in addition to wine and spirits, a 6-Course Southern Feast Dinner, and a brunch event featuring 5 local chefs.

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Recurring weekly events this month

Saturdays

Free Yoga in the Park with Blue Point Yoga

Saturdays at the Foundry 8am-12pm

Durham Murals By Bike Tour

Sundays

Poolside Yoga with Global Breath Studio

Brunches Brew at Golden Belt Campus

Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Summer Movie Series

Tuesday

Storytime at Locopops

Wednesday

SuperJam Wednesday at Golden Belt Campus

Friday

Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy at Durty Bull


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