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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Highlighted Events

Harvest and Hornworm Festival
Our annual “Harvest & Hornworm” festival explores tobacco, from harvest...
Durham 150 Grantee A day of fun and learning of the...
Appetites and Desires: Audio Under The Stars
Durham 150 Grantee We explore how our needs, both physical and...
Brazilian Day Festival NC
Durham is a city that is known for its cultural...
Mallarmé – Chamber Music of 1869
Durham 150 Grantee DURHAM @ 150 Mallarmé will present a concert of...
Tapestry Tours by Brown Hat Tours
Durham 150 Grantee Join Brown Hat Tours for a one-hour walking...
Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham
Join in for the opening reception of the Nuevo Espíritu de...
Foster Street Festival Arts for Entrepreneurship
Durham 150 Grantee Our event will display the wide variety of...
DOCTA Tennis Everyone – Durham 150
Durham 150 Grantee Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) together tennis -...
FIESTA!, a Durham 150 Signature Event, is presented by Durham Technical Community...
Tapestry Tours by Brown Hat Tours
Durham 150 Grantee Join Brown Hat Tours for a one-hour walking...
The Durham Art Council’s 45th Annual CenterFest
The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 45th Annual CenterFest...
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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.

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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.