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9 Things to do in Durham this Fall

Posted by DCVB Staff on Sep 7, 2017 2:19:48 PM

Fall in Durham brings seasonal festivals, college football, Broadway performances, and glorious weather. Here are 9 ways to enjoy autumn in the Bull City: 

1. Pick out an original work of art at CenterFest Arts Festival 

The 43rd annual festival on September 16-17 features visual arts vendors, local food, and performances. Imagine a street fair, but with gorgeous art everywhere – that’s CenterFest.


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2. Attend the Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge 

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, an excellent opportuntiy to attend the City of Durham's annual celebration of Durham's Latino community. Enjoy food and crafts, meet the Duke men's soccer team, and learn about Latino traditions on September 23.

3. Celebrate the LGBTQ community at Pride @ Night 

On September 30, attend the oldest Pride event in the Carolinas at Pride @ Night, a 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. celebration on Rigsbee Avenue. 


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4.  Go to the DBAP Gaming Challenge 

The inaugural DBAP Gaming Challenge will bring gamers of all ages and abilities to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a weekend of esports action on September 29 - October 1.

5. Cheer on the Blue Devils and Eagles 

Durham is home to both Duke and North Carolina Central University, which means lots of college football action this autumn. Don't miss key clashes between NCCU and South Carolina State on Sept. 21 and Duke and Florida State on Oct. 14.


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6. Sample craft brews at World Beer Festival 

Durham-based All About Beer Magazine hosts this annual celebration of beer at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park each fall. Join other beer enthusiasts  on October 14 for a hops-fueled party.

7. Don your costume for NC Comicon 

Cosplayers, comic fans, and all-around geeks should not miss Durham’s annual comicon event on November 10-12. Get merchandise signed by up-and-coming artists, attend cosplay workshops, and so much more.  


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8. See fall foliage

Leaf peepers will dig Durham's abundant outdoor spaces, including the 54-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens, one of the premier public gardens in the U.S., and Eno River State Park, featuring 4,200 acres of varied landscape and the park's namesake river.

9. Go to a Broadway performance at DPAC

Durham Performing Arts Center brings in big-name Broadway shows as part of the Suntrust Broadway series. Choose from Circus 1903, The Little Mermaid, and School of Rock this fall.


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