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The number of cool things to do in Durham increases this month as the temperates rise and Spring approaches. From the INDYpendent Local Craft Beer Festival to the Durham Art Walk Spring Market, and Feast from the Furnace to the Holi Festival, there’s something for everyone.

2020 INDYpendent Local Craft Beer Festival

Date & Time: March 1, 2020, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Durty Bull Brewing Company

Cost: $30 | Advance ticket sales only | Grab them here

Why you should go: Taste and vote on 24 local beers. Hear directly from the brewers below in this intimate setting and find out what’s on the tap horizon. Attendees will receive a voting card to rank their favorite beers. The top 6 beers will advance to the final round for additional tasting and voting. Including local breweries like Barrel Culture, Bond Brothers Beer Company, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Clouds Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery and more.


Take No Bull Women’s Conference

Date & Time: March 6, 2020, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Hilton Durham near Duke University

Why you should go: #NoBullCon20 is the premiere women’s conference in Durham attracting women from across the Triangle. The event features panel discussions, activations and exhibitors, networking opportunities, lunch, and two keynote addresses to inspire women to take action in every area of their lives.

Durham Art Walk Spring Market

Date & Time: March 7, 2020, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Durham Arts Council

Why you should go: The Durham Art Walk Spring Market is a festive fine arts and craft event that ushers in the spring season in downtown Durham! Art lovers are invited to experience a weekend featuring local artists, live music, world-class restaurants, and great shopping, at easily stroll-able venues in the Durham city center.

2020 Spring Fan Fest

Date & Time: March 7, 2020, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Why you should go: This FREE event provides fans a chance to take batting practice on the field, raffles. food trucks, photo ops with Wool E. Bull and his go-kart, and purchase single-game tickets for the 2020 season.

Additionally, National Anthem auditions will take place at the DBAP the morning of March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The Bull City Bridal Show

Date & Time: March 8, 2020, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Pine and Poplar

Why you should go: The expo will be completely FREE to the public and will feature a combination of vendor booths and complete wedding scapes. Live music, free tastes, beautiful experiences! Enjoy a discounted glass at the connected bar, The Wine Feed, following the event.

Feast from the Furnace

Date & Time: March 12, 2020, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Liberty Arts

Why you should go: This March Feast is sure to WOW you. While watching Elijah Leed blow another gorgeous glass vessel, you’ll be dining on a sumptuous array of inspired recipes from the kitchen of Rob Kinneen.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Date & Time: March 14, 2020, 5:00 pm to 1:00 am

Location: Bull McCabes

Why you should go: Irish Dancers, Live Music, followed by a DJ. Classic food, great drinks, amazing company. No cover, and family-friendly until 9 pm.

2nd Annual Bull City Lip Sync Battle

Date & Time: March 14, 2020, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Location: Motorco

Why you should go: Watch some of Durham’s finest elected officials shaking their shimmy and lip syncing their hearts out for our community. The lovely Vivica C. Coxx will be hosting again and DJ Gemynii will be spinning the tunes. The event will benefit the Durham LGBTQ+ History Project, a project sponsored by the LGBTQ Center of Durham. All ages show, bring the whole family.

AfterHours Up Close: Mystery at the Museum

Date & Time: March 20, 2020, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Museum of Life and Science

Cost: $22 for General Public, $20 for Museum Members | Grab tickets here

Why you should go: You’re invited to investigate and solve the mystery of the untimely death of (fictional) Museum exhibit curator, Chris Cobalt. Enjoy a cocktail hour with a complimentary glass of champagne and Hors d’oeuvres. Alongside a cast of characters, it’s up to you and your team to eliminate suspects until you know who dunnit! Was it Animal Keeper Kelly, in the Lab, with the deadly chemical compound? Or perhaps Entomologist Erin, in the Aerospace exhibit, with the Meteorite? Gather a team of 3-6 friends or get matched up when you arrive! A limited number of tickets are available for this.

Children’s Festival at Northgate Mall

Date & Time: March 21, 2020, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Durham Arts Council

Why you should go: Northgate Mall and the Durham Arts Council are teaming up again for a fun-filled family day for children and their families with food, entertainment, and vendors specializing in children’s activities. Free and open to the public, the annual Children’s Festival’s proceeds will support the Durham Arts Council.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Free Family Day: The Art of Science and the Science of Art

Date & Time: March 22, 2020, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Why you should go: Free entertainment for the kids? We’re in. The Nasher Museum partners with Duke science faculty and students to explore the crossover between arts and science to create artful chemical reactions, explore genetics through art making, investigate art materials with high powered microscopes and more!

Spring Food Truck Rodeo ft. DJ K-Hill

Date & Time: March 22, 2020, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: 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. 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 and enjoy DJ K-Hill. Free parking is available in nearby lots. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair so you can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable Durham afternoon with friends and family.

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4th Annual Holi Festival

Date & Time: March 28, 2020, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Durham Central Park

Why you should go: Viceroy Durham’s Holi Festival is one of the most awaited events Downtown Durham has been able to create in the last few years. This is absolutely an open invitation event and is super family/kid/pet friendly.

What is Holi? An ancient Hindu festival, which later became popular among non-Hindu communities as well, Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love.

Durham Sour Crawl 2020

Date & Time: March 28, 2020, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Location: Downtown Durham, North Carolina

Why you should go: Love sour Beer? Yeah, we do too! The 1st annual Durham Sour Crawl features some of the top sours NC can produce in some of the best spots the Bull City has to offer, including one-of-a-kind limited sour releases, unique food pairings, and Sour Cocktails.

This is a non-ticketed, “make-your-own-adventure” 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.

Spring Cider Fling

Date & Time: March 29, 2020, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: The Rickhouse

Cost: $35 includes glass, free samples of cider and food | Grab tickets here

Why you should go: There’s no denying that ciders are having a moment! The American cider industry is booming and imports of foreign ciders are on the rise, offering consumers the chance to experience a wide variety of cider styles from across the globe! This event will feature both domestic and international cider samples with Cider Cocktails, full glasses of cider and Porrons available to purchase. Food samples available with a heavy emphasis on gluten-free offerings. 

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