There’s a lot to do this Memorial Day Weekend including Free Admission at MLS for Durham County residents, head to Walk for the Animals, free live music, outdoor movies, and more!

Free Admission for Durham County Residents at Museum of Life and Science

May 23, 2019 at Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science is a great interactive science park on 84 acres. It includes a two-story science center, a large butterfly conservatory, and 60 species of live animals in its outdoor exhibits. There are many unique spaces to learn from and to enjoy both indoors and outdoors. With hands on exhibits and some great learning and playing spaces, this museum offers a wide variety of experiences for the whole family. Durham Community Days is one of the ways we provide access for all families in our community. Admission is waived for Durham County residents with ID. Positive identification (preferably NC driver’s license) showing proof of Durham County residence for each adult is required to receive free admission. Limit 5 children per adult resident.

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Grand Opening Party at Northern Spy

May 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Northern Spy

Life is grand at The Northern Spy, and now it’s time to celebrate! Join us as we celebrate our official grand opening with a gathering of friends, family and community. Thursday, May 23rd – 4-8pm The Northern Spy, 2812 Erwin Road, Durham Come on by, say hello and enjoy: * Complimentary pulled pork sandwiches by pitmaster Wyatt at Picnic * Free cider floats and ice cream from The Parlour * $5 specialty draft cocktails * Collaboration release, Hopfengraf, with Fullsteam Brewery * Botanist and Barrel collaboration cider, Banjo & The Bees The bottle shop, restaurant, and bar will be open for guests to order from and peruse and we’re proud to be raising funds for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies program. Mark your calendar and come one, come all!


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Tamisha Waden: FREE Concert at ATC

May 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at American Tobacco Campus

Free Concert – Open to the Public The Down Under Patio area is adjacent to the Crowe Building – Interior Campus 406 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC

Tamisha Waden Jazz/Soul/R&B The soul evoking lyrics and musical accompaniment of Waden’s work uplifts and is reflective of the times we live in, creating a vibe you feel just as much as you hear.

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Wiley Fosters at Unscripted Poolside

May 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Unscripted Durham

The Wiley Fosters are excited to be playing in the heart of Durham on the rooftop of Unscripted Hotel! Come chill poolside and dig the music while you have a cocktail! Free Admission 7pm – 9pm

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Little Sprouts Growga: Durham

May 24, 2019 @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am at Community Power Yoga

Our Little Sprouts program is for ages 2-5. In these classes, our Little Sprouts enjoy movement and mindfulness. They learn basic mindfulness elements through age-appropriate breath-work techniques, yoga, games, story time, and creative visualization, all approached in a fun, exciting way. Pay for the whole session (May 3-June 14) or purchase a drop in or package. Parents welcome, but not required to participate.

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Star Wars Saga

May 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 12:00 am at The Carolina Theatre of Durham

See the Power of the Force this Memorial Day Weekend! May 24-30, 2019 TICKETS: $12.50 per film $9.50 per film for student/seniors (55+)/Military/Children Under 12 Carolina Theatre Box Office: 919.560.3030 ON-SALE DATE: Saturday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m.

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Night Swim

May 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Unscripted Durham

Make waves when the lights go down. Poolside DJs every Friday 6-10pm. Free and open to the public 21 and over.

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Fourth Friday Film Series

May 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Golden Belt Campus

Each Fourth Friday of the month join us for a night of art, film, food and fun. This is free and open to the public. This season’s lineup is curated by Lana Garland (Insibah Media), Artistic Director for the Annual Hayti Heritage Film Festival.

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Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy at Durty Bull

May 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Durty Bull Brewing Company

Friday night open mic stand-up comedy is back in 2019! Come out to the brewery from 8-9:30 pm each week to enjoy a free show put on by Rob Schneider Comedy – Not That One and some of our area’s own rising comedian talent. Arrive early for a good seat and to grab some food from the night’s truck before the show!

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Durham Craft Market

May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at Durham Craft Market

The Durham Craft Market is made up of a wide variety of high quality, affordable arts and crafts. Everything at the Market is handcrafted by and being sold by the person who made it! We are proud to provide a marketplace for local handmade arts and crafts that encourages creativity and design innovation and honors the art of craftsmanship.

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2019 Walk for the Animals

May 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Duke University East Campus

Grab a leash and join us Saturday, May 25, for the 2019 Walk for the Animals, at Duke University’s East Campus lawn. With your commitment to animal welfare, and involvement with the Walk, APS can give Durham animals the second chance they deserve – to live the lives they have always imagined!

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Free Yoga in the Park with Blue Point Yoga

May 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Durham Central Park

Join Blue Point Yoga experienced teachers for a fun morning of yoga and community in Durham Central Park! Durham Central Park and Blue Point Yoga’s have teamed up to offer another season of free Saturday morning yoga classes for students of all levels.

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Saturdays at the Foundry 8am-12pm

May 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Durham Central Park

EVERY SATURDAY WE OPEN OUR BEAUTIFUL GATES TO SHOW YOU AROUND THE INSIDE OF THE ONLY NON-PROFIT, ART-CENTERED FOUNDRY IN THE SOUTHEAST. We will share with you some of the metal casting process while giving you some inside scoops about Durham history. Come visit with us while the Durham Farmer’s Market and Craft Markets are open. Many of our artists will be selling beautiful, made in Durham Art from our Collective of 14 artists.

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Historic Architecture & Urban Landscapes Walking Tour

May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Durham Farmers’ Market

Explore Downtown Durham and learn how it has transformed itself from an industrial center to the City of Medicine. Docents describe the history of many of the landmark buildings that make up the Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. Featured on the tour are the 1915 First National Bank, the 1921 Mechanics and Farmers Bank Building, and Preservation Durham’s one-time home, the Snow Building, built in 1933.

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Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages

May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Bennett Place Historic Site

Following the American Civil War, a “Decoration Day” began in communities across America remembering soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Senator John A. Logan, a former Union officer on staff with Major General William T. Sherman, was instrumental in making this a formal national day honoring our fallen soldiers, which became Memorial Day. Join military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods throughout our nation’s history. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. Cost: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 5-16. Under 5 FREE

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Family Fun Series

May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Golden Belt Campus

One Saturday of the month join us for our family fun series. This is free and open to the public. Here is what you can expect: 10am-12pm: Come to the plaza for family friendly activities for kids and parents to enjoy.

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ACC Baseball Fan Fest

May 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Durham Bulls Athletic Park

ACC Baseball Fan Fest is a family-friendly, free event featuring live music, interactive games, student-athlete autographs, giveaways, sampling and more!

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Live Outdoor Music

May 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Boxcar Bar + Arcade

Catch Andy Lyle Hall Music performing live on our patio most Saturday afternoons from 2-8pm!

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Mead & (Bee)sign

May 25, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Honeygirl Meadery

Buddha Bee Apiary and Honey Girl Meadery have come together to add some honey & spice to a typical Wine & Design class… Mead & Beesign will be similar to Wine & Design, but with a honeybee hive as your canvas, and mead instead of wine. The class price ($35) will cover painting materials, a jar of honey, honey-inspired baked goods and 1 glass of mead. Instead of keeping your painting creation, it will be featured in the backyard of one of Buddha Bee’s Host-a-Hive members.

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Tha Get Down

May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at The Pinhook

Tha Get Down A hip hop dance party!!! We took tha vibe of an 80s hip hop get down and added a pinch of new school seasoning. We have DJs and Wordsmiths!! Crews ready to battle for Tha top spot and tha $300 prize!!! And dope music for you to dance to all night long!!

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Brunch at Barrel Culture

May 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending

We’re teaming up with UpZcale Chefs Food Truck for a special Sunday brunch series. We will be slinging mimosa beer slushies, and yes we will top it with prosecco. Brunch will run from 11am- 2pm! 

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May 26 Baby Goat Festival

May 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Prodigal Farm

***Please note – you just need 1 ticket per car or van – regardless of how many people are inside!*** Folks have been asking when we’re going to start posting tickets for our wildly popular festival days this year, so here goes, though I don’t yet have all the details as to who else will be participating. Our Baby Goat Festivals are family friendly, with fun for everyone. You can tour our 94-acre farm and milking parlor, play with the wee goats, meet the milking does, and taste our nationally award-winning cheeses.

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Brunches Brew

May 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Golden Belt Campus

Brunches Brew is our weekly jazz jam brunch hosted by Alan Thompson (Zoocru, sax). Each Sunday grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy good vibes, food trucks and a cold brew from Hi-Wire. This event is FREE. Please let us know you are coming by RSVP.

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Make Waves Not War

May 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Unscripted Durham

Get cool in the pool; enjoy small plates and cocktails on the Patio. Live DJs every Saturday from 12-5 and 6-10. Free and open to the public 21 and over. Food and beverage minimum spend may be required.

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Cats and Dogs at Barnes!

May 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Barnes Supply Company

Come out to Barnes Supply Co. for all of your outdoor and animal needs…AND ADOPTABLE APS CATS AND DOGS! Come by and bring your friends. You can meet your new best friend or just learn about APS. We can’t wait to see you there.

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Doggie Meet & Greet at Beer Durham!

May 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Beer Durham

Join APS Adoptable Dogs at Beer Durham’s monthly Dog Days party! Bring your own pups for a fun dog party and/or just come for a beer or two. Bring your growler to take some draft beer home, too! Beer Durham donates a portion of all draft sale proceeds to APS. APS will have reps there from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. with a few dogs. If you are interested in adopting, donating, or becoming a volunteer, please stop by and speak to us!

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Home Brewed

May 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Durty Bull Brewing Company

Home Brewed: Live Music + Live Art, For the Bull Join the rest of the city at one of the best music and arts performances you’ll see in Durham this year. The CNOTE Foundation is bringing together some of the most talented artists in the city and NC for sensational Memorial Day Weekend vibes in the Bull. As always, 100% of our proceeds go to scholarship endowments at Historically Black Colleges and/or Universities. What is Home Brewed? Home Brewed is our newest event series, showcasing “The Arts” across different breweries in Durham. Live Music + Live Art + Beer = Home Brewed What kind of Music/Art to expect?

  • We’ll have live music performances from some of the best Hip Hop, Soul, and Jazz talent in the area. In addition to live music, there will be a DJ, live digital art, cabaret performances, interactive plating art, and a live artist doing body painting.

What will the atmosphere be like?

  • Really good vibes. There will be amazing live music off of the dock outside, and you can grab a bite to eat and plenty of beer between sets. Inside, we’ll have live art experiences and games. All of this at a really cool brewery!

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Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Summer Movie Series

May 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm at Ponysaurus Brewing

You’re invited to our FREE Summer Movie Series! Join us on the patio EVERY Sunday for flicks on the big screen! There’s beer. There are $1 snacks. There’s a movie on the patio! Visit the Taproom Calendar for upcoming Big Screen showtimes:

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Poolside Yoga with Global Breath Studio

May 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am to 9:00 am at Unscripted Durham

We could all use a little more balance. Get grounded and flow with us at Unscripted Durham with poolside yoga taught by instructors from Global Breath Studio.   Broaden your horizons, soak up the sun, and awaken into your day with an accessible all-levels class   Bring your swimsuit! Post-yoga pool dips are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.   Classes are $10 at the door or via Global Breath class pass. Complimentary water and mats provided (or you can bring your own mat)   **Sunday Morning Flow yoga classes are free for all Unscripted Durham hotel guests. Provide your room number and show your room key upon arrival**   To sign up, visit, or call/email the studio at (919)645-7070 or   To get to the pool, take the elevator (in the downstairs lobby) up to the 3rd floor.   Classes are open for all ages 12 and above. In the event of rain, Sunday Morning Flow will be canceled.

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Opening Day at Triangle Rock Club

May 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 pm at Triangle Rock Club – Durham

We’re opening the doors to the largest indoor bouldering space in a five-state radius at 9am on Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day!). Join us at 9am for coffee, donuts, and other breakfast items. We’ll also be raffling off some sweet climbing gear to our first visitors! Become a member in May or June, and we’ll waive your $75 initiation fee. Opt for a paid-in-full annual membership on Monday, May 27th, to receive more than a 10% discount, as part of our One Day In May Sale.

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Vegan Memorial Day Cook Out

May 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Durty Bull Brewing Company

Join us at Durty Bull Brewing Company on Monday, May 27th for a fully vegan Memorial Day Cook-Out, featuring some of your favorite plant-based classics! Let us know how much food we’re making by reserving your tickets through our Eventbrite donation link – all funds will go directly to the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, and their mission to rescue farm animals in need and to provide resources to people about factory farming and the vegan lifestyle. Rain or shine!

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