This June, we can see a Beaver Queen Pageant, a Cider Crawl, celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bull Durham, shoe some local businesses some love, a Cars & Cigars ‘Cruise In’, and a lot more. Here’s a roundup of what we are looking forward to doing in Durham this June 2018!

Free Teen-Only Impact Party at Nasher Museum

Date: June 1st

Location: Nasher Museum of Art

Cost: FREE

A great free event to drop your teenagers off at! All area teens are invited to Nasher Museum’s FREE Teen-Only IMPACT Party. Live bands, DJ, student performances, art making, Polaroid photo booth, food and so much more!

Check out the Facebook Event Here

Love Local Day

Date: June 2nd

Saturday, June 2nd, stop one of 1 of the 5 participating businesses and get a FREE Shop Durham card when you make a purchase. Participating businesses include Funny Girl Farm, Bull Street Market, Pour Taproom, Dolly’s, and Barley Labs. Cards will be limited so hurry out and show these local businesses some love!

Haven’t heard of Shop Durham? It’s a card program that gets you rewards and discounts at over 140 locally owned Durham businesses. Everything from free coffee at the Durham Co-Op Market to 50% off tours at the Durham Distillery to 10% off at Funny Girl Farm.

Click here to learn more and see a complete list of businesses

Durham Cider Crawl

Date: June 2nd

Locations: Black Twig Cider House, Durty Bull, Pour Taproom, Bull City Ciderworks, and more!

Love cider? Yeah, we do too!!! Durham Cider Crawl has put together an amazing crawl featuring the best restaurants, bars and bottle shops in downtown Durham, NC. Cider, Cider Cocktails & Food Pairings. A few days before the event they will release the full schedule and lineup of ciders including a downloadable map. Then you make up your own crawl! We’ll keep you up to date!

Link to Facebook Event Page

Beaver Queen Pageant – Saturday Night Beaver

Date: June 2nd

Location: Duke Park

Cost: FREE

The Beaver Queen Pageant is Durham’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion, talent, and personality. Enjoy the fun at this family-friendly and free event which raises funds for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Vote for your favorite contestants – or bribe a judge – at Emcee’d by WUNC’s Frank Stasio, this is a truly weird and delightful Durham experience.

FitCity Fest

Date: June 2nd

Location: American Tobacco, 300 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

Registration 7am

Event Time 8am-2pm

Cost: Free Admission

Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! Be a part of history and attend Durham’s 1st Fitness and Music Festival. Come out to the beautiful American Tobacco Campus, next to the Durham Bulls Stadium, and enjoy workouts led by the Triangle area’s top health & fitness professionals! You can also enjoy music form some of the area’s hottest DJ’s! This event was created to unite the active community and inspire the inactive with a fun-filled day of fitness, music, food, and DJs! We will have a schedule of over 25 fitness formats, 5 Workout Zones (see attached photo) with classes led by some of the areas top fitness professionals. Our 5 Workout Zones will allow the community to participate in a variety of formats while allowing us to offer workouts simultaneously throughout the American Tobacco Campus. One cool program feature of the FitCity Fest will be our Kid “Dance-Play-Fit” series of classes targeting kids ages 5-12 and our Senior Fitness Workout. Registration and Check-In (Clearance) will be open from 7am-1pm. All workout participants must wear the FitCity Fest arm-band issued at registration site.

Durham Symphony Orchestra Presents: FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK

Date: June 2nd

Location: Trinity Park, 400 Watts St, Durham, NC 27701

Time: 3pm

Cost: FREE

Enjoy popular classical favorites, hear music from STAR WARS and West Side Story.

Bull Durham 30th Anniversary Celebration

Date: June 8th and June 15th

Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

Cost: $7.99+

Friday, June 8 there will be a screening of the movie at Durham Athletic Park, the exact site of the picture’s filming. That evening fans will have the opportunity to watch the flick on a giant screen in the outfield, and will be able to watch the film from either the grandstand or the outfield grass. Ticket details will be released closer to the date of the event.

The team will honor the movie throughout its game one week later, on Friday, June 15. The celebration will come 30 years to the day of the film’s world premiere, and the Bulls will showcase numerous artifacts and props from the movie’s set. Additionally the stadium videoboard will showcase different features from the movie’s history, and Annie Savoy’s 1959 Volvo will be on display. The Bulls’ Bull Durham characters Nuke, Crash and Annie will be on-hand to greet fans and take pictures as they enter the stadium, and there will be a Friday Night Fireworks show following the game. That evening the Bulls will also reprise the throwback uniforms worn for the 25th anniversary celebration, which are inspired by the uniforms the team wore in the movie, and throughout the game the jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to charity.

Juneteenth at Stagville

Date: June 9th

Location: Historic Stagville

Cost: FREE

In April of 1865, at the end of the Civil War, over 900 people were freed from slavery at Stagville. How did Emancipation affect this massive plantation? How did these families’ lives change? Where did they go and what did they build in freedom? Juneteenth at Stagville includes historic cooking demonstrations, performances, and stories of life before and after Emancipation.

Check out the Facebook Event Page

Bark in the Park

Date: June 13th

Location: Durham Bulls Ballpark

Bring your pup along to a Durham Bulls game! There will pregame parades for owners and dogs on the field. Human tickets for the event are priced at just $7.99 + tax, and canine tickets are priced at $5 + tax. Proceeds from the canine tickets will be donated to our friends at Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

Please purchase one canine ticket for each dog that will be joining you at the game. This will also provide a seat/space for your dog.

The next Bark in the Park is July 25th.

Click here to purchase tickets

American Dance Festival Performance Season

Dates: June 14, 2018 – July 21, 2018

Locations: 7 Venues including DPAC

The world renowned dance festival kicks off this month for a week long event. It Featuring 53 performances by 26 companies and choreographers in 7 different venues. Performances will be held at various locations across Durham like DPAC and Carolina Theatre.

Music On the Lawn – Nikki Hill w/Emily Musolino

Date: June 14, 6pm – 9pm

Location: American Tobacco Campus

Cost: FREE

We love the concerts on the lawn at American Tobacco Campus! A great kid-friendly, FREE event! Nikki Hill is a remarkable singer fronting a band that will make you believe in rock and roll again. The NC-based band has played their grizzled, edgy songs for audiences across the US, Europe and Australia. Nikki Hill is a force.

Emily Musolino opens the show. Emily is a Durham, NC native who mixes soulful vocals with shredding blues rock guitar riffs. The depth of emotion in her voice is stunning and her songs have a classic sound and lyrics that tell compelling stories.

More Info Here

Third Friday

Date: June 15th

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Downtown Durham Historic District

Every month we’re excited about Third Fridays! If you haven’t been you need to check out this gallery crawl with live music and other performances. Maps available at the Visitor Info Center and at each participating location.

Driver Open Street Festival

Date: June 16th

Location: Between Taylor St and Hart St

Driver St, Durham, NC 27703

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

The Driver Open Street Festival is a community led Bull City Play Street in East Durham. Play Streets close neighborhood streets to traffic, and open that space to the community to encourage physical activity and healthy living. The festival will have fun activities for kids and families, organizations sharing resources and information with residents and a space for neighbors to get out and get to know each other.

NC Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 16th

Location: 330 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701

Time: 1-10pm

Cost: FREE

The 14th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration will be held in Durham, NC (city in which the Civil War and thus, slavery, ended 152 years ago). A fun filled, educational and uplifting event, with entertainment throughout day featuring national recording artists & local performers, food & merchandise vendors, health fair, kids zone, exhibitors & more!

Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo

Photo: Kaitlin Martin, BOTB

Date: June 17th

Location: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Time: 12-4pm

Cost: Music is free, food truck menu prices range from $3-10

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. You simply pay for what you decide to eat from the trucks’ menus–from savory and stick-to-your-ribs to sweet treats.

Live music from the Triangle’s Go-go band, Project 919 Band.

Durham Comics Fest

Dates: June 21 – June 27

Durham County Library’s annual celebration of comics readers and creators of all ages returns for its 8th year! Enjoy workshops, trivia night, local artist alley, comics creator networking and much more. This year’s special guests include Liz Prince (Tomboy, Clarence), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy, Strong Female Protagonist), Jenny Zervakis (Strange Growths) and Amy Godfrey (Durham Comics Project). Visit for the full schedule! The Durham Comics Fest is sponsored by the Friends of the Durham Library and the Durham Library Foundation.

North Carolina Hiphop Festival

Dates: June 22nd – June 24th

Location: Downtown Durham

The festival is the only large-scale event in the entire Southeastern continental US region that is specifically designated to Hiphop. We’re excited about seeing artists like Petey Pablo, Large Professor, and SA-ROC. Tickets start at $19 for 1 day or $49 for a 3 day pass!

Get more info and purchase tickets here

Cars & Cigars “Cruise-In”

Date: June 23rd

Location: American Tobacco, 300 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

Time: 10am-2pm

Featuring 100 cars and trucks on display, plus:

Live Music
Cigar Lounge
Food and Beverage
Kid Zone
Tween Zone

Beer, Blues and BBQ

Date: June 23rd

Location: Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Time: 10am-4pm

Cost: $40 per person, $35 in advance

Enjoy Mr. Al Myers’ famous BBQ, some great beer thanks to Harris Beverages, Inc. and enjoy the sounds of blues music provided by Harvey Arnold and his band.

Bennett Place’s visitor center electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems need to be up-graded and the center needs to expand to accommodate the increased number of visitors and their needs. Proceeds from this event will help make all this happen!

Music in the Gardens

The Sadies

Date: June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th

Location: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27705

Time: 7pm

Cost: $10, $5 Duke students & employees, Free ages 12 & under

This summer you can experience music concerts at Sarah P. Gardens at an affordable price! Concerts will take place on the lawn behind the Doris Duke Center on Wednesday evenings in June and July. They’re a great opportunity to gather with friends and family members in a relaxed setting.

To check out the performers and purchase tickets visit this page

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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.