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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The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 7:30-10 p.m. at DPAC. This will be a culminating event of Durham 150, and will explore the history of Durham through narration, video, live performance and music.

Tickets are now on sale. Purchase Durham 150 Closing Ceremony tickets here.

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9.20
Tapestry Tours by Brown Hat Tours
Durham 150 Grantee Join Brown Hat Tours for a one-hour walking...
9.21
The Durham Arts Council’s 45th Annual CenterFest
The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 45th Annual CenterFest...
9.21
Worship Under The Heavens
The vision for Worship Under The Heavens is to bring...
9.22
The Durham Arts Council’s 45th Annual CenterFest
The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 45th Annual CenterFest...
9.27 - 29
Art of Cool Festival 2019
The Art of Cool Festival is a remix of a...
9.27
Tapestry Tours by Brown Hat Tours
Durham 150 Grantee Join Brown Hat Tours for a one-hour walking...
9.27 - 28
Gaspard&Dancers 10th Anniversary
Durham 150 Grantee Durham-based modern dance choreographer Gaspard Louis and his...
9.28
Gaspard&Dancers 10th Anniversary
Durham 150 Grantee Durham-based modern dance choreographer Gaspard Louis and his...
9.29
Viola Turner, A Woman of Hayti: In Her Own Words
Durham’s Hayti community was once known as America’s “Capital of...
9.29
Extravaganza Latinoamericana: 150+20
Durham 150 Grantee This cultural extravaganza will gather artists from several...
10.01
DurmTalks
DurmTalks w/ Jesse & Desmera As part of Durham's sesquicentennial, we...
10.02
The General Davie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Contributions to Durham
The General Davie Chapter of the Daughters of the American...
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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.