This month is packed with great events in Durham including a free fan fest at Durham Bulls Park, the Shop Durham market at Durty Bull, Take No Bull Women’s Conference, a beer festival, and a whole lot more.

Durham Bulls Free Fan Fest

Durham Bulls Game

March 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Get out to the DBAP to officially kick off the Durham Bulls season with this FREE Fan Fest! On March 2 there will be batting practice on the field, food trucks, discounted merchandise and much more. Plus, you’ll be able to grab your tickets to the season’s biggest games like Opening Night, Star Wars Night, Lollygagger Night and more.

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The Beat Market

March 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fullsteam Brewery

The Beat Market is an exclusively local art market with live local music, organized and curated by Durham Beat. Swing by Fullsteam from 1-4PM on Sunday, March 3rd with some friends to get beers and snacks and check out these great local artists and performers!

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Durham Mardi Gras 2019

March 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm at 723 Rigsbee Ave

Mardi Gras is back on Fat Tuesday, March 5. The area’s oldest Mardi Gras is still the biggest and still totally free and open to everyone! There will be 5 stages of great music, dancing, festivities, food and entertainment.

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Take No Bull Women’s Conference

March 8, 2019 @ 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce will host the Third Annual Take No Bull Women’s Conference. #NoBullCon19 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 a key note address to inspire women to take action in every area of their lives. 

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Love + Science

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March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Museum of Life and Science

See the Museum transformed into a spectacular event venue with the opportunity to connect with vendors from the Triangle and plan your picture perfect event. Experience the Museum like never before with food, beverages, and hands-on science fun! Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, anniversary party, corporate party, or meeting, this event is for you!

$20 per person | Use code LSFBK5 for $5 off until 3/7/19

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2019 Craft Cider Tasting Experience

March 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The Glass Jug Beer Lab

Sample and learn about all of the various ciders that are available in our area in a fun and relaxed atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon! Buy a punchcard and get 5 small pours for $8 or 10 small pours for $12 (each sample is 2-3 oz). There will also have 3 ciders available for purchase on draft, plus you can add a pour of a Botanist & Barrel cider and drink it from a TXOTX in the beer garden 

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Downtown Durham Food Tour with Bites of Bull City

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March 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Neomonde Mediterranean – Durham, NC

Join Bites of Bull City as they explore and dine at four of downtown’s hottest new eateries: Neomonde, Jack Tar Diner, M Tempura, and COPA! Guests are in for a fun behind-the-scenes experience and adventurous bites that range from Mediterranean to Asian to Cuban (and likely a couple drink samples, too) at these four unique restaurants located in the heart of downtown Durham. 

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Inflatable Day at the Park

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March 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Durham Central Park

Help save history by coming and having some family fun! There will be many unique inflatables, zorb balls, live music, raffles, food trucks and much more! Admission is free, all access fun passes start at $5 and family passes for $20. Sales of the passes go 100% towards the Northgate Carousel.

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Lobby Call: The Durham Book Social

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March 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Durham Hotel

You could call it a community book club, or an ice cream social recast for grownups who like books and wine. At the inaugural gathering of The Durham Book Social, co-produced with Piedmont Wine Imports, you can swap cookbooks, drink wine, share cooking tips, discover books that inspire local food professionals, and celebrate our love of food. Dust off that old cookbook, drop it at the swap table, and pick up a glass of wine before mingling with fellow swappers, and browsing a vintage cookbook collection curated by Jennings Brody of Parker and Otis. 

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Children’s Festival at Northgate Mall

March 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Northgate Mall

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. 

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Shop Durham Market | Discover Local Businesses

March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Durty Bull Brewing Company

Discover, get connected with and shop at 26 locally-owned Durham businesses like Durham Garden Center, Papermill Creative, The Durham Originals, Bullpin Apparel, Honeygirl Meadery, and more!

Shop Durham supports locally-owned Durham businesses through our card program. Use a Shop Durham card to get discounts and freebies at hundreds of spots around town. The program also assists with fundraising efforts for nonprofits like Duke Homestead, Scrap Exchange, Church World Service, Hope Animal Rescue, and more! 

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Cotopaxi Questival

March 22 @ Rock Quarry Park

The Cotopaxi Questival is a 24-hour adventure scavenger hunt where teams of 2-6 friends explore the unknown in their city and the wild spaces around it, do things they never thought possible, and share the stoke with a fun and supportive community… and compete to win $6000 in prizes.

Tickets start at $35 and go up until race day. Sign up today and get ready for an adventure like no other.

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Pauli’s Durham: History of Racial Segregation in the West End Neighborhood

March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

Pauli’s Durham Tour is a 75-min walk into Durham’s history of racial segregation in the West End Neighborhood. Aya Shabu and friends share stories about the significance of Black Civil War soldiers, the Freedman Schools movement, unsung shero Pauli Murray – her multi-racial ancestry and heritage, and Pauli’s long history of relentless activism. 

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Asheville Comes East Beer Festival

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March 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt

Hi-Wire is bringing 20+ Western North Carolina breweries that see limited to no distribution to the triangle. These beers will be rare, specialties, or one-offs that are hard to find in the market. Entry is $10 and includes two beer tokens and commemorative tasting glass. 

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

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

March 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Nasher partners with Duke science departments and students to explore the crossover between art and science as you create artful chemical reactions and investigate beautiful designs found in nature. Get wowed by Nasher Family Day favorite Magician Joshua Lozoff! Get immersed in onomatopoeia in our newest exhibition “Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds.”

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Spring Food Truck Rodeo ft. dreamRoot

March 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Durham Central Park

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. DreamRoot, from right here in Durham, is the featured band.

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Bull City Food & Beer Experience

March 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at DPAC

Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop will be hosting the 6th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The event features restaurants paired with breweries spread throughout all three DPAC floors featuring unlimited samplings and the Harris Onstage Experience showcasing live music & local food trucks. 

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Spring Patchwork Market

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March 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Durham Armory

FREE! & INDOORS! Shop over 60+ Handmade Makers at the Spring Patchwork Market! Are you interested in the identity and story behind the things you own or give as gifts, support your local maker by shopping at the Spring Patchwork Market. Small batch and one-of-a-kind goods meticulously crafted or found with thoughtfulness and care are available for purchase.  

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