Durham 150 Opening Celebration

After this week’s tragic event, with the utmost respect for those affected, Saturday will serve as a way for the community to be with one another in solidarity and commend the heroic actions of first responders.

The Opening Celebration will still take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on Saturday, April 13, rain or shine (umbrellas are allowed).

Mayor Steve Schewel will open programming at 10 a.m. with remarks about the resilience of Durham and outpouring of community support. We encourage everyone to arrive early to observe the moment.

Themed neighborhoods in the American Tobacco Campus (ATC) will highlight the four pillars of Durham 150: History & Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Social Equity & Robust Democracy, and Arts & Leisure. Each neighborhood will feature local experts, artists and community leaders hosting exhibits, crafts, and demonstrations. Visit all four to enter drawings for prizes that will include entertainment and staycation packages from Durham businesses.

… That’s not all.

Enjoy complimentary birthday cake, as well as other activities like live performances, a story kiosk, a photo mosaic mural, and a “Running of the Bulls” race of floatable bulls down the ATC river.

Parking is free at the North and South American Tobacco Campus parking decks. 2500 spaces are available.

Join us, family, friends, Durhamites, and visitors — Durham 150 is bound to be unforgettable.

Planning on being there? Let us know.


Apr 13 2019


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


American Tobacco Campus
318 Blackwell St, Durham, North Carolina 27701


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