Discover Durham

212 W Main St #101 27701

Why Choose Durham?

Perhaps you’ve heard about Durham’s celebrated food scene, top-notch universities, and startup culture. Maybe you’ve heard that professionals and visitors alike partner with us to immerse themselves in Bull City culture – making each meeting and conference a unique opportunity to explore our distinctive grit and visionary atmosphere. We are barbecue and biscuits; locally-sourced small plates and craft cocktails at boutique, local hotels. We’re a gritty tobacco-grown town with international corporations. We’re a hub for activists, scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs. We’re passionate about our destination and your next event. We are that and more. We have over 8,000 guest rooms and 70 lodging properties, ranging from charming bed and breakfast inns, to full-service and luxury hotels. We’re minutes from an international airport, packed with iconic meeting locations (including two outstanding universities), and we welcome more than 3,500 conventions and meetings annually. Durham is a city brimming with world-class entertainment and leisure possibilities for over nine million annual visitors, making it simple to deliver a meeting with lasting impact. Join us; we are completely dedicated to accommodating your planning needs in the city we love. Come Discover Durham.

Need dates

  • 06/12/202408/31/2024
  • 01/01/202502/28/2025
  • 06/01/202508/31/2025

Distance from airport

  • RDU International Airport

    12 mi. from city center


Local Attractions

21c Museum

Museum
Standing tall and proud in the center of downtown Durham, 21c Museum Hotel is a multi-venue contemporary art museum offering more than 10,500 square feet of art-filled exhibition and event space, a full-service boutique hotel with luxurious guest rooms, and home to Counting House restaurant.
111 North Corcoran St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum

Historical landmark
Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Tobacco Museum encompasses the historic home, farm, and factory buildings of Washington Duke and his family as they lived on the property from 1852 until 1874. The site interprets the early farming life of the Duke family and the beginnings of their tobacco manufacturing business on the property after the Civil War. Guests can take one of the 45-minute guided tours through the historic area or explore on their own in the visitor's center and museum.
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, NC, US 27705

Hayti Heritage Center

Historical landmark
In the 1970’s when the St. Joseph’s AME Church congregation moved to a new church home, the original structure became the catalyst for the formation of the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF). The Foundation was incorporated in 1975 with the intention of preserving the embellished old sanctuary and adapting it for cultural and civic events. The church complex renamed the Hayti Heritage Center, is listed on the register of national historic landmarks and it aims to deliver the very best in quality cultural arts programs related to the African American experience, promote cross-cultural understanding between isolated communities, and foster intercultural support. They accomplish their mission by providing enlightening and enriching programs in cultural arts and education with a long-term commitment to utilizing the arts as a tool to bring communities together and establish common ground among diverse cultures.
804 Old Fayetteville St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Boxyard RTP

Recreation
Boxyard RTP is a 15,000-square-foot shipping container space and the first of its kind in North Carolina's bustling epicenter for startups and brainy talent. Boxyard RTP, is a place where coworkers and members of the surrounding Triangle communities can meet, eat, connect, and unwind. Central to RTP and the Triangle Region, Boxyard RTP provides a platform for emerging entrepreneurs in the food, hospitality, retail, and events industries. The venue includes an indoor-outdoor gathering space, dog park, and performance stage with a robust event program featuring music, fitness classes, comedy nights and more.
900 Park Offices Dr
Research Triangle, NC, US 27709

Museum of Durham History

Museum
The Museum of Durham History is a 21st-century museum that uses stories about people, places and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse perspectives about the Durham community and its history. The museum is putting its mission into action through a personal approach to history that sets this museum apart: an innovative, community model that engages with history through stories—the personal memories, experiences, and family lore of the Durham shared heritage. Admission is free.
500 W Main St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Park
More than 600,000 visitors from all over the world visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens annually, enjoying its 55 acres of specialized gardens in the heart of Duke University. Admission is free, and we are open from 8 a.m. to dusk 365 days a year.
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC, US 27708

Durham Arts Council

Recreation
Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham – it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience, and active support of the arts for all the people of the community. The Durham Arts Council building features four galleries, two theatres with support spaces, outdoor terraces and gardens, meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces, and studios for digital arts, dance, photography, clay, fiber arts, visual arts, and children’s art, and the offices of 9 arts organizations.
120 Morris St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Theater
Since its opening in 2008, DPAC has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines, and state-of-the-art sound and video. Ranked annually among the top-ten theaters in America by three leading national magazines that cover live entertainment events and venues, DPAC was recently nominated for Theatre of the Decade by Pollstar Magazine. With a mission of presenting one-of-a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone,” hosting 500,000 guests per year to its 200+ performances. Each season, the stage at DPAC comes alive with spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concerts, comedy events, and family shows. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), DPAC is consistently listed as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.
123 Vivian St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Convention Centers

  • Durham Convention Center

    Durham Convention Center Complex is ideally located in Durham, North Carolina. We offer multiple venues including a main corridor, ballrooms and distinct meeting spaces. Durham Convention Center is the ideal host for events of any size or type.

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