About Durham

What to Know
What to See
Where to Eat

QUICK FACTS

“The Bull City”
Incorporated 1869 April 10
Named after Dr. Bartlett Snipes Durham
4th largest city in North Carolina
Home to Duke University
Part of the Research Triangle
Y’all means all

Durham is a diverse, progressive, and LGBTQ+ friendly city. Currently, Durham has no ethnic majority; as of 2016 the population was about 42% white (non-Hispanic), 37% African-American, 13% Hispanic, and 8% Asian, Native American or multi-racial.

Historically, Durham was a tobacco and a textile mill town. During the era of segregation, Durham was known for its prosperous African-American middle class and was the home of “the Black Wall Street.” Durham is also the home of Duke University, with its beautiful neo-Gothic and Georgian campuses. Durham is now known as the City of Medicine because of the importance of Duke University Medical Center and the adjacent VA Hospital to the city’s economy.

In recent years downtown Durham has seen a revitalization. Former tobacco warehouses, factories, and mill buildings have been repurposed as apartments and condominiums, artist studios, retail space, and the city’s new Amtrak station. Durham has a growing restaurant and bar scene. In the last five years, dozens of new restaurants have opened in the downtown area. Downtown Durham is home to four craft breweries, one ciderworks, and one meadery. Durham has entertainment venues as diverse as a branch of Urban Axes, a place where you can eat, drink, and throw axes at a target. Durham is also a food-truck city, with food truck rodeos regularly scheduled at various locations around town.

The Durham Farmer’s Market (Wednesday evenings & Saturday mornings) is located just 4 blocks from the Convention Center. The Market is near the newly developed Durham Central Park.

Among the city’s landmarks is the historic Durham Athletic Park, where the Durham Bulls (minor league baseball) played. Convention attendees may want to attend a Bulls game at the new Durham Bulls Athletic Park before or after the convention.

Durham hosts several signature cultural events throughout the year. These include the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April), the OutSouth Queer Film Festival (2nd largest LGBTQ film festival in the Southeast, in August), North Carolina Pride Festival and Parade (September), and the unique Durham Beaver Queen Pageant (June). In July, two major events will be happening at the same time as our convention. The American Dance Festival (ADF) is a festival of modern dance, with dance performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center, on the Duke University campus and other locations. The Festival for the Eno is held each 4th of July Weekend. It is a folk/acoustic music festival with 4 outdoor stages, craft venders, food trucks, and a beer garden. Funds raised at the Festival for the Eno are used to purchase land for the Eno River State Park in northern Durham. Plans will be made to facilitate conventioneers attending the Festival for the Eno and/or ADF performances.

Durham has a compact, walkable downtown. For those who want to explore more of the city, Durham has a good bus system. By bus, one can visit the Duke University Campus with its impressive chapel, the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Or one might visit the artists’ studios at Golden Belt or the 9th Street shopping and restaurant district. All bus routes converge at Durham Station, a 10 min walk from the Convention Center. The local GoDurham bus fare (2020) is $1 one-way or $2 for an all-day pass. All buses are free for those 65 and older.

🏳️‍🌈 = LGBTQ+ friendly, owned, or operated
Ⓥ = vegetarian/vegan options
♀ = women-owned

What to See

American Dance Festival

721 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Drive: 6 minutes
Walk: 30 minutes

#Dance

Bennett Place

4409 Bennett Memorial Road
Durham, NC 27705

Drive: 15 minutes

#History

Black Wall Street

Intersection of North Magnum and West Parrish Streets
Durham, NC

Walk: 3 minutes

#History

Carolina Theater

309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 2 minutes

#Theater

Civil & Human Rights Map

various

#History

Duke University Chapel

401 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Drive: 9 minutes

#Community

Durham Bulls

409 Blackwell Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 8 minutes

#Sports

Durham Farmers Market

501 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Community

Durham Lemur Center

3705 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705

Drive: 15 minutes

#Nature

Festival for the Eno

5028 North Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704

Drive: 15 minutes

#Community

Fuchsia Penguin

111 Corcoran Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 2 minutes

#Art

Historic Stagville

5828 Old Oxford, Highway
Durham, NC 27712

Drive: 25 minutes

#History

love + liberation 🏳️‍🌈 

online exhibit

#History

“Major the Bull” 

211 West Parrish Street
Durham, NC

Walk: 2 minutes

#Art

Mural Durham

various

#Art

Museum of Durham History

500 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 6 minutes

#History

Nasher Museum of Art

650 Alexander Avenue
Durham, NC 27705

Drive: 8 minutes
Walk: 32 minutes

#Art

Pauli Murray Home 🏳️‍🌈

906 Carroll Street
Durham, NC

Drive: 6 minutes
Walk: 25 minutes

#History

Pauli Murray Murals 🏳️‍🌈

various

#Art

Public Art Collection

various

#Art

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

420 Anderson Street
Durham, NC 27705

Drive: 8 minutes

#Community

Urban Axes

619 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 8 minutes

#Sports

V& E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection

1825 Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707

Drive: 7 minutes

#Music

Where to Eat

Arcana 🏳️‍🌈 ♀

331 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Drinks

Bull City Burger and Brewery 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

107 East Parrish Street #105
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Eats / Drinks

Bull City Ciderworks 🏳️‍🌈

305 South Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701

Drive: 3 minutes
Walk: 13 minutes

#Drinks

Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub 🏳️‍🌈

427 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Eats / Drinks

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

530 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 5 minutes

#Eats

Dashi 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ ♀

415 East Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 3 minutes

#Eats

Durham Distillery 🏳️‍🌈

711 Washington Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 3 minutes

#Drinks

GRUB Durham 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

1200 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

Drive: 5 minutes
Walk: 20 minutes

#Eats

Happy + Hale 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

703B 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705

Drive: 6 minutes
Walk: 30 minutes

#Eats

Honeygirl Meadery 🏳️‍🌈 ♀

105 Hood Street
Durham, NC 27701

Drive: 4 minutes
Walk: 16 minutes

#Drinks

M Sushi

311 Holland Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 1 minute

#Eats

Parts & Labor 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701

Drive: 5 minutes
Walk: 17 minutes

#Eats

Pompieri Pizza 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

102 City Hall Plaza
Durham NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Eats

Queeny’s 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ ♀

21 East Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 1 minute

#Eats

Spanglish 🏳️‍🌈

104 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 5 minutes

#Eats

The Federal 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

914 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 12 minutes

#Eats / Drinks

The Pinhook 🏳️‍🌈

117 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 3 minutes

#Drinks / Live Music

Toast

345 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Eats

Viceroy 🏳️‍🌈 Ⓥ

335 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Walk: 4 minutes

#Eats

More to Come

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Durham, NC 27701

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