Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention Center3,716 sq. m
Guest Rooms8,007
Guest Rooms at 1 Hotel331 Guest Rooms
Special Event Venues
Average Room Rate$91.00
Daily Food Cost$51.00
Occupancy Rate63.7%
Tax Rate6.75%

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau


Why Choose Our Destination?

Durham hosts more than 4000 association and corporate meetings each year. That shouldn't be a surprise given that Durham is an accessible location with the capacity to host 80-85% of the nation's meetings, and that it's a thriving, unique city filled with meeting and convention opportunities you won't find elsewhere. It's a place that includes convention facilities that are convenient to Durham's nationally acclaimed food scene, restored warehouses and historic buildings, and natural beauty, and it's a location that provides a one-of-a-kind setting with plenty of things to see and do.

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Distance from Airport

  • RDU International Airport

    19.31 km from City Center


Local Attractions

American Tobacco

The former home of the Lucky Strike cigarette factory has been transformed into a one-million-sq.-ft. entertainment district, complete with apartments and offices in addition to restaurants, a documentary theater, a barber shop, a basketball court, plenty of open green common space under the iconic Lucky Strike smokestack, and more. Restaurants include offerings of authentic sushi, Cuban tapas, and classic American, as well as craft beers and other libations to make a night out of a trip to DPAC or the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, both located across the street. American Tobacco also puts on many of their own events, like art shows, pop-up shops, and free concerts in the summer.
300 Blackwell St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Carolina Theatre

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, theater companies, and special series like the Arts Discovery Educational Series, which are stage performances designed to augment traditional classroom learning with presentations of dance, classic works like Charlotte’s Web, and other pieces. The building also includes two adjacent cinemas that screen newly released films and classic works from cinema history in the Retro Film Series. These screens are also home to annual film festivals like the nationally renowned Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Nevermore Film Festival of horror movies.
309 W Morgan St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Nationally acclaimed home of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball club, made famous by the 1988 movie Bull Durham. Designed by the same architects who created the historic Camden Yards in Baltimore, DBAP includes a 32-foot high left field wall dubbed the Blue Monster, complete with a towering bull on top, terrific views from each of the 10,000 seats in the park, and a brick design that both hearkens back to baseball’s storied fields (including the original Durham Bulls stadium) and matches the historic tobacco warehouses surrounding the stadium. Skyboxes, comfortable seats, a playground for children, many food options, and the year-round Ball Park Corner Store with Bulls' memorabilia mean that a AAA baseball game at DBAP is a memorable experience.
409 Blackwell St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Brightleaf District

The Brightleaf Square District is anchored by two tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Located in the west end of Downtown Durham, the district also includes a section along Main St. housing additional dining and retail. Built in the early 1900s to store and age the tobacco produced by the American Tobacco Company, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gregson St at Main St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Duke University

Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, including law, medicine, the humanities, and social sciences. It is also home to the Duke Lemur Center, the Duke Chapel, the Nasher Museum of Art, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Originally named Trinity College, it moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, the Duke family endowed the college with $40 million and it expanded to become Duke University, whose three campuses now frame Downtown Durham. The hub of the University is the Gothic-style West Campus, with richly detailed stonework and landscaped grounds, which was designed by African-American architect Julian Abele during the earlier half of the 20th century. Central Campus connects West to East and houses the Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, and student housing. East Campus is the Georgian-style Old Trinity College Campus of the 1800s. Campus tours conducted M-F at 11:30 am and 2 pm.
Durham, NC, US 27708

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Duke University’s focal point for visual arts is the 65,000-sqare-foot, Rafael Viñoly-designed Nasher Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes Medieval art, pre-Columbian American works, classical pieces, and an ever-growing list of modern and contemporary works. The striking building also houses an auditorium, two classrooms, and a café that host a wide variety of programs, including lectures, talks with artists, film series, social gatherings, and more. Revolving collections also include exhibits that travel around the world, ensuring that the Nasher is always an exciting and fascinating destination, and a great place to explore art in the region.
2001 Campus Dr
Durham, NC, US 27705

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has something for everyone, hosting over 180 performances a year, including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows, and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), DPAC has been listed three consecutive years as the number one performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal. Backstage tours are held on the first Monday of each Monday at 11am per availability. Must reserve in advance.
123 Vivian St
Durham, NC, US 27701

Museum of Life + Science

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, a dinosaur trail where guests can admire over a dozen life-size dinosaurs, and Hideaway Woods, a two-acre nature discovery environment featuring eight tree houses, a flowing stream, and fanciful nature sculptures. With indoor and outdoor exhibits designed to accommodate a range of interests and abilities, a day at the museum means hands-on learning fun for science lovers of all ages! The Museum of Life and Science is frequently ranked as one of the top family-friendly museums in the Southeast. Elements Museum Store and Coffee Bar offers unique solutions for holiday gift giving with a wide array of one-of-a-kind products for science lovers of all ages.
433 W Murray Ave
Durham, NC, US 27704

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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