Things to Do in Durham - Live, Work, and Play in the Bull City

Durham is known as a great city to live, work, and play, and a destination that offers celebrated arts, dining, sports, and more. World class facilities like the Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art blend with nearly 100 City-owned parks and recreation facilities to make Durham a great place to explore and play more! 

The City of Durham is proud to offer programs and work with community partners to provide great recreation and entertainment options for residents and visitors. Find some of the Bull City's highlights below, and visit Discover Durham to explore all the latest things to do in Durham.

Carolina Theatre

Carolina Theatre Exterior Sign

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

fireworks shoot up over Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham Parks & Recreation

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DPAC

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Annual Festivals

You will not be hard pressed to find unique events taking place in Durham most days of the year, including many popular annual events and festivals. The City of Durham is proud to sponsor and support many of these special events.

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Vibrant Visual & Performing Arts

Durham has a strong arts culture that can be seen through vibrant public art, arts venues, and organizations. The City of Durham is committed to expanding the city’s rich cultural heritage through implementation of the Cultural Master Plan and support of its arts community and partners. The Cultural & Public Art Program works to invest and create public art experiences – both downtown and in neighborhoods – that illuminate residents’ history, sparks reflection and dialogue, and enhances daily life.

Durham Civil Rights Mural

Explore the City of Durham Public Art Collection

The Durham Public Art Program includes a growing number of permanent and temporary displays throughout the city, including works by artists from Durham and around the country. Take a moment to explore Durham and get to know the Bull City’s sense of place through its public art collection. 

Additional Arts Resources

Sports and Recreation

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department keeps Durhamites moving and playing all year long with access to recreation facilities and activities, and many know Durham as the City of Champions with several national championship teams. Whatever your sport, there is high-level competition and fun in Durham for athletes and fans.

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Play More with Durham Parks and Recreation

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides opportunities for the Durham community to Play More through wellness, the outdoors, and lifelong learning. Check out all of DPR’s facilities and activities, including parks and trails, pools and lakes, camps, special events, and more. 

Additional Sports and Recreation Resources

Delicious Dining

Durham is well established as a foodie destination, with a growing list of celebrated chefs, restaurants, and dining experiences. Visit Discover Durham to explore the food scene and search restaurant options.

Getting Around

Transportation options in Durham are plentiful, efficient, and affordable. Learn more about the many ways to get in and around Durham as a resident, commuter, or visitor.

GoDurham bus

Way to Go Durham Transportation Portal

Visit the Way to Go Durham site to find efficient and cost-effective travel options to fit your individual needs, from public transit to biking to ridesharing, and more. 

Additional Transportation Resources