Bull City Top 5 :: Holiday Edition

December Events in Durham

Like an Andy Williams Christmas song, this month's Top 5 had our heads bobbing from the first entry to the last! Each month, we're highlighting our Top 5 favorite events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC. 

Popular concerts, theater, festivals, family events & more -- Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer! Here are your Top 5 events for December! 

American Tobacco Tower Lighting

December 1st, 2017 // American Tobacco Amphitheater

Come out and see the American Tobacco Tower light up Durham! The big man in red will be making an appearance along with performances from DPAC's School of Rock and more!


Durham Holiday Parade, Fun Fest and Tree Lighting

December 2, 2017 // Downtown Durham

Bring the whole family and watch as dynamic floats, bands, cheer and more make their way through Downtown Durham. You'll leave singing Christmas carols and in the holiday spirit!


Brown Sugar Holiday Market "Sip and Shop"

December 3, 2017 // The Rickhouse

Have a cocktail or a glass of wine as you sip and shop! Visit with local artisans and crafters and get an early jump on some unique holiday gifts, all while enjoying friends and supporting local businesses.

Click here for more info!


Chefs for a Change - Series Finale Gala

December 8th, 2017 // The Rickhouse // $50

Come out for an evening of community celebration, local desserts, auction/ raffle, live entertainment, and the unveiling of the 2018 Chefs for Change Series chef line-up! 


Carolina Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

December 10th, 2017 // DPAC

Tis' the season with DPAC! A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, Carolina Ballet’s is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. 


Small Business Saturday

Shop Small in Bull City

Do something big this Saturday and shop small in Durham! Local vendors and businesses are what help to make Bull City so unique. Can't decide where to go?  We've come up with some of our favorites that will all be featured in The Holiday Patchwork Market on December 10th!



Good Juju Herbal

Good JuJu Herbal focuses on five driving factors: naturally effective skin care, self care, giving back, sustainability and local community. Good JuJu Herbal focuses on using only high quality ingredients with a concentration on using ingredients that are plant-based, food-grade, organic and locally sourced when possible. 

Good Juju Herbal

EMJ Quilts

EMJ Quilts was born with the desire to place an heirloom worthy quilt in everyone's hands, so that they can be loved for generations to come. Taking modern fabrics and contrasts to put a fresh spin on traditional design, get your hands on these handmade quilts!

EMJ Quilts

Jamie Style

At Jamie Slye, their mission is to create distinct quality head wear that compliments unique personalities, and empowers individuals to express there own personal style. Using only 100% American made techniques from the 1800s, they focus on using quality materials while keeping your hat functional. The hats are packable, crushable, shape retaining and water repellent. They believe that every hat has a story, and your hat should be your story.

Jamie Style


Willowvane is a small batch ceramic studio founded by Erica Chan Tuomi in 2016. The idea of making something by hand is the simultaneous process of continual discovery through practice and observation rather than perfection, and results in unique and beautiful imperfection.


Vesta's Natural Apothecary

Vesta's Natural Apothecary is your place to find quality, handcrafted body care products. All of Vesta's products are free of synthetic fragrances, palm oil, preservatives, and judgement. Vesta's want you to feel as good about your soap as your soap makes you feel.


Bull City Top 5 :: November 2017

November Events in Durham

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC this November. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer... and Happy Thanksgiving!



Durham Brunch Tour With Bites of Bull City

November 4th, 2017 // Pie Pushers // 10am-12pm //$45

Who doesn't love brunch!? Join Durham food blog Bites of Bull City on a delicious and filling tasting tour of three restaurants with impressive brunch offerings: Piedmont, Pie Pushers, and Counting House where guests will meet the chefs and get a taste of the unique flavor and styles of each location.

Bull City Bites

Amos Lee

November 2nd, 2017 // Carolina Theatre 

Amos Lee is bringing his folk, rock, and soul sound to the Carolina Theatre! Lee has continued to evolve, develop, and challenge himself as a musician. With his new album SPIRIT, he makes his biggest creative leap yet, producing it himself. 

amos lee

Food Truck Rodeo ft. Phatlynx

November 5th, 2017 // Durham Central Park 

It's the final Food Truck Rodeo of 2017! Come with an appetite for good food and good music from the Triangle's own "Surfabilly" band, Phatlynx. 

For more info click here!

Durham Food Truck Rodeo

Bon Iver

November 13th-14th, 2017 // DPAC

Bon Iver is known to constantly and consistently push the boundaries of their sound, with a range of earthy folk songs, to lush orchestrations, to electronic fragments of song. Don't miss this dynamic band in an intimate live show at DPAC!

Bon Iver DPAC

DPAC Presents School of Rock

November 28th, 2017 // DPAC

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical is coming to DPAC! Don't miss it!

Click here to buy tickets!

School of Rock DPAC

Construction Update: October 2017

Glass continues to be installed throughout the podium as well as the residential tower – there is now glass all the way up to the 20th floor! Masonry installation is ongoing around the podium, including the reconstruction of the historic facades on Parrish and Main St, and is expected to be fully completed shortly. The future residential units are being framed as we speak; in addition subcontractors are installing the mechanical and electrical rough-ins throughout the tower.

Bull City Top 5 :: October 2017

October Events in Durham

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC this October. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer! Fall is finally here!



The 22nd Annual World Beer Festival Durham

October 14, 2017 // Durham Bulls Athletic Park // 2-4pm or 6-10pm 

The World Beer Festival is back in Bull City!  Unlimited 2oz. tastings of the finest beers and ciders! Get a jump on sampling your favorite beers by purchasing a VIP Pass and gain admission into the festival before anyone else.

Click here for more info!


Chefs For A Change- Chef John May

October 16, 2017 // The Rickhouse // $75

Chefs For Change is back! Enjoy a three-course meal from Chef John May at one of Durham's newest event venues, The Rickhouse for $75. All proceeds benefit Families Moving Forward! Come experience fine dining with a purpose!


Disney's Little Mermaid

October 17, 2017 - October 22, 2017 (Daily)  // DPAC

Disney's Little Mermaid is coming to DPAC! Time Magazine calls it "Broadway's Under the Sea Spectacular. One of the most ravishing things I've ever seen on a Broadway stage." Come experience this Disney Classic in Bull City. 

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Disney's Little Mermaid DPAC

Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo

October 22, 2017 // American Tobacco

The Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo is the perfect combination of a world class running and food experience! Choose from half-marathon-mile and one-mile distances and enjoy a fall morning of running and post-race food. 

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Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantasmagoria

October 27, 2017 // Duke Homestead State Historic Site // $15, $10 in advance

Duke Homestead's Halloween Phantasmagoria is unlike any other Halloween experience you will have! Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. Bring the whole family and get in the Halloween spirit!

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