Celebrating Durham and 150 Years of Innovation

Durham’s sesquicentennial, a yearlong celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary of incorporation in 2019, encourages Durhamites and visitors to explore themes of history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, as well as arts and leisure.

The year of celebration is supported by the City of Durham, Discover Durham, the Museum of Durham History, as well as the generous contributions of Durham residents, businesses, and organizations.

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Highlighted Events

4.20
African American Heritage Night
The Durham Bulls are proud to host an African American...
5.02
Larger Than Life Science
The first Thursday of every month, Launchbio hosts a networking...
5.03
Dance Durham Dance
Imagine the historic Hayti community during a time when 600...
5.05
Born at Duke Homestead
Duke Homestead is usually known as the birthplace of the...
5.18
50th Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival
This national award winning festival is a celebration of African...
6.01
The Bull City Benefit Gala
The Good Turn is a nonprofit organization who believes positive...
6.02
The Great Durham Odessey
Assemble your all-star team and join us for The Great...
6.26 - 30
Taste 2019
After 6 years in Durham, we are giving taste 2019...
7.20
Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts
“Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts” have been staples of North Carolina...
8.03
Duke Homestead Vintage Base Ball Game
The Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation will host its...
8.24
Harvest and Hornworm Festival
Our annual “Harvest & Hornworm” festival explores tobacco, from harvest...
9.27 - 30
Art of Cool Festival 2019
The Art of Cool Festival is a remix of a...
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Portraits

Of Durham

NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

More than 100 years ago, Durham’s Parrish Street evolved into one of the nation’s strongest African American entrepreneurial enclaves.

Durham 150

Durham, NC is unapologetically a city rich in history and a city on the move.

Durham is the ‘hippest city’ in North Carolina, the ‘Tastiest Town in the South,’ and leads the country in developing a creative community. It’s a beacon of the South built on innovation and regeneration, and it’s poised to take the bull by its horns and thrive for the next 150 years… and beyond.

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From Tobacco to Tech

Since its inception, Durham has served as a hub for innovation. From tobacco, to education, healthcare and technology, the people of Durham are used to finding creative solutions.