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February kicks off with a Super Bowl party, Lip Sync Battles, a day of free sushi burritos, lots of Valentine’s themed events, and more. Here’s your list of the top events happening in Durham this month.

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Stagville Under the Stars

Feb. 1 | 6-8pm | Stagville Historic 

Hear African folktales about the sun, moon, and stars, and then peer through telescopes to take a tour of the stars. This event is perfect for kids and families. Meet in the Visitor Center at Historic Stagville and then head outside to use telescopes on the grounds after dark. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather!


17th Annual NC MLK Black History Month Parade & Block Party

Feb. 2 | 11am-4pm | Fayetteville St

Kick off black history month with this parade and block party on Fayetteville St. The parade starts at noon and there will be marching bands, floats, and step teams. From 11am – 4pm, the NCCU Student Union Parking Lot will have a DJ, step show, food trucks, bounce house, video games, vendors, exhibitors and more!

The Black Business Gala

Photo: The Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce

Feb. 2 | 6-11pm | Durham Armory

Celebrate the outstanding and continuous history of black business achievement in Durham. The Black Business Gala will honor individuals that have made a significant impact as leaders in the business community. The GDBCC also awards three businesses for their efforts at the Black Business Gala. 

Patchwork Market 

Photo: Anna Carson DeWitt

Feb. 2 | 12-4pm | Fullsteam Brewery

The Patchwork Market is a monthly market with makers and vintage vendors. Local makers come together to create a unique shopping experience with a diverse selection of high quality and original goods. Find them at Fullsteam the first Saturday of every month.

Bull City Lip Sync Battle at The Pinhook

Feb. 2 | 7-10 pm | The Pinhook

Check out some of Durham’s finest elected officials in an epic lip sync battle! Vivica C. Coxx will host and oversee the stage as Durham representatives get out of their comfort zones and put on a show. All proceeds to benefit the LGBTQ Center of Durham’s trans programming.

Triangle Super Bowl

Feb. 3 | Town Hall Burger & Beer

Watch the Superbowl this year at this event located at and catered by Town Hall Burger and Beer. Eight big screen televisions mean there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Proceeds will be donated to a North Carolina charity, the Heartest Yard. Groups of 4 of more can reserve an entire table at a reduced price. Grab tickets here.

Tinkering & Drinkering for a Cause

Photo: Hi-Wire Brewing

Feb. 5 | 6-10pm | Hi-Wire Brewing

Bring a friend, grab a beer, and start making stuff! Whether you’re an amateur engineer or a master maker, they’ll have tools and technology for you to tinker with, from circuit building to fiber arts.

Plus you’ll help send children to Museum of Life + Science for a week this summer! CockADoodleMoo will donate 10% of sales PLUS Hi-Wire will MATCH their donation!

Queer Prom for Grown-Ups

Feb. 9 | 7pm-2am | Arcana

Dust off your fancy shoes. Buy a corsage. Maybe even rent a limo with all your closest folks and head to the first Queer Prom… for Grown Ups. Get ready for a night of dancing, supporting queer youth, crowning the very first iNSIDEoUT 180 Gender Ambiguous Monarch, and bidding on an incredible selection of Silent Auction items.

All proceeds from the evening will support hiring a part-time director of iNSIDE oUT 180, as well as events organized by and for LGBTQIA+ youth in the Triangle. This is a 21+ only event.

Free Sushi Burrito Day

Feb. 12 | 11am-8pm | Sushioki 

Sushioki is celebrating their ONE YEAR by giving everyone a FREE SUSHI BURRITO! We’re in!

An Intimate Night With Zweli’s “Valentine’s Day Cooking Class”

Photo: Zweli’s Kitchen

Feb. 13-16 | Zweli’s Kitchen | 6:30-8:30pm

Set the standard with an intimate evening of fun and food, creating your own dinner experience with Chef Zwe. Enjoy engaging conversation, worldly cuisines, and the aromas of Zweli’s Flavors. Grab tickets here.

Looking for more Valentine’s events? Here’s your guide to Valentine’s Weekend including 18+ Events and Special Dinners plus Date Ideas

Hayti Heritage Film Festival

Feb. 14-16 | Hayti Heritage Center

The Hayti Heritage Film Festival is a signature event each year to keep Southern Black film alive. New and veteran artists screen films before a diverse crowd of film enthusiasts while vendors provide great food, beverages, arts and crafts.

The Center preserves and advances the heritage and culture of the historic Hayti community in Durham and the African American experience through programs that benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.

AfterHours: Science of Wine ’19

Photo: Museum of Life and Science

Feb. 21 | 6-9pm | Museum of Life and Science

Head to the Museum of Life and Science for an evening of fine wine as you examine the science behind your favorite vintages and varieties. There will be local wine sellers, cheese makers and chocolatiers. Researchers will be on hand to reveal how soil and sun affect color and flavor. Local vendors will hand out samples of cheese and chocolate to perfectly compliment your favorite Cabernet or Chardonnay.

Spaces limited. Tickets range from $20-$75. Grab tickets here.

Lobby Call: Seeing Science Fair

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Feb. 23 | 5-8pm | Durham Hotel

Calling all curious minds and life-long learners! Lobby Call is joining forces with artist Iris Gottlieb for a Seeing Science Fair—an evening of edible insects, erupting volcanoes and a wide-array of tri-fold displays.

Guests will step into an interactive pop-up playground of exhibits and experiments touching on all angles of our weird and wonderful universe. Dust off your lab set—this is an OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION. All ages and levels of science experience encouraged to apply.

FantasticRealm Film Series

Carolina Theatre

Feb. 22-24 | Carolina Theatre

There are SIXTEEN amazing films coming for the 2nd FantasticRealm Film Series on February 22-24, including Fight Club, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Indiana Jones, and more. Tickets are $9.50.

Wedding + Events Showcase

Photo: The Rickhouse

Feb. 24 | 1-4pm | The Rickhouse

Connect with vendors to plan your wedding. Food to savor, flowers to smell, photos to admire, and planners to inspire! Head to the Rickhouse for an afternoon curated wine tastings and delicious food. Wine samples available to taste! Best of all, this event is free to you! All you have to do is RSVP on this Facebook event.

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