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Fall is just around the corner (how is it already September?) which means that, along with cooler weather, so are everybody’s favorite Durham festivals, along with a few new ones. Here are the ten you can’t miss, sorted chronologically.

Brazilian Day Festival

September 15 | 1-8pm | Durham Central Park

We’re ready to experience and celebrate Brazilian arts, music, and culture! Don’t miss the musical performances, dance workshops and performances, capoeira workshops and roda, beer from Fullsteam and Ponysaurus, food trucks, Brazilian food vendors, a raffle with tons of great prizes from local donors, and Brazilian music being spun all day from DJ Chris Brazil.

CenterFest Arts Festival

September 15-16 | Downtown Durham | Free

CenterFest is back for its 44th annual art-focused festival! Attendees can expect the best visual artists from near and far, music, dance, and more from local performers. Kids will have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors will keep guests fueled for fun. It all takes place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown.

Time: Sat- 10-6, Sun 11-5

Nacho Festival

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September 23 | 1-4pm | Durham Central Park

Check out some of the Triangles Top Food Trucks compete for the best Nachos. The lineup includes The Bamboo Cookhouse, HOLY MOLE, Las gringastacos, Queso Monster, Spanglish. Vote for your favorites. Get a ticket with every nacho purchase.

Art of Cool

September 28-29 | Downtown | Tickets $0-275

If this festival’s lineup featuring Nas, Erykah Badu, Damien Escobar, Sons of Kemet, Durham’s own 9th Wonder aren’t enough to get you out to this festival, maybe even the Educational offerings like Innovate Your Cool and Start of Cool will.

Venues: Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), The Durham Armory, The Carolina Theater, The Motorco, The Pinhook, and more!

Black Wall Street: Homecoming

September 26-28 | Tickets $85-275

Black Wall Street: Homecoming brings together black founders, investors, industry experts and members of the startup community. It focuses on pitches, workshops, stories, art and culture at various venues in Downtown Durham. 

With everything from motivational talks led by speakers who live the entrepreneurial journey to deep-dives on business pain-points, with an option to personalize agendas. An awesome three-day event!

Bull City Yoga Festival

September 29 | 401 N Driver St | Tickets $32

Get your yoga on all day long in this festival. A celebration of the Durham and surrounding community, diversity and unity through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, music and mindbody workshops.

Pride: Durham, NC

September 29 | Duke University | Starts at 11am

To continue the legacy and grow toward inclusion of all peoples, The LGBTQ Center of Durham has taken the lead in the newly created Pride: Durham, NC in 2018. The parade will be happening in the early afternoon and the main stage will have live performances at 2pm. Prayer and opening ceremony will be at 11am.

Wicked Weed Beer Fest

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September 30 | 11-8pm | County Fare

County Fare will be hosting a Wicked Weed Beer Festival. The food truck venue will feature the North Carolina-based brewery’s beers. Don’t miss the music, beer tastings, magicians, outdoor fun, and food trucks. Each food truck at County Fare will be offering one of their menu items that was created especially to pair with a Wicked Weed beer.

Wicked Weed is a North Carolina brewery based in Ashville. County Fare, along with the generosity of Wicked Weed Brewing, will also be making a donation to Durham’s Emily K Center, based on beer sales from the event.

World Beer Festival

October 6 |Durham Bulls Athletic Park | Tickets $40-75

Get a tasting glass with unlimited 2oz tastings from over some of the finest beers and ciders! Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!

With VIP access, get a bonus selection of rare and unique beers, and a VIP lounge with air conditioning and real bathrooms.

Phoenix Fest

October 6 | 9am-6pm | Fayetteville St at Lakewood Ave

A street music festival and fun-filled day of family-friendly entertainment to celebrate the cultural legacy of Durham NC’s historic Hayti community.  Share in this age-old cultural tradition to commemorate the hard work, vision and enduring spirit of the elders who founded Hayti over 100 years ago.

After the 9 am opening parade with high-stepping bands, businesses and community groups, Fayetteville Street will be transformed into a bustling bazaar with all-day music, delicious food and dazzling vendor displays that will deliver a fun-filled day for thousands of festival goers.

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Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.