the Arts, Thought, and Culture
2021 Festivals of the Arts, Thought, and Culture
LOCAL BANDS AND ALL PLAY
Homegrown is always the sweetest. Enjoy the local talent that you know and follow. Some of the area’s best musicians sit in and collab in this space.
EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE
Underground and independent artists rock the stage here. Enjoy pop up exposes from some of the best up and coming bands and solo artists.
Enjoy your favorite indie performers and experience the artistry of local bands in an intimate environment. The mainstage offers premium, up close, and personal shows that are hard to come by.
Clean up your act with well-known comedians who drop in to share their humor and bring a healthy dose of levity to brighten up your weekend. Expect comedy, sprinkled with a little music, and a few surprises in between.
THE AMPBULL FASHION SEGMENT
Emerging designers exhibit their fashion-forward thinking by curating creative runway shows. Sneak a peek at exclusive collections from local designers.
THIRD FRIDAY DURHAM: ART WALK
Drop-in and experience the rotating collections of the area’s most prolific visual artists during Downtown Durham’s Third Friday Art Walk Series. Most of the artwork at our location is for sale. Support local artists by adding beautiful artwork to your collection. Culminate the evening by joining other art lovers for the Art Walk After Party.
Learn from the pros. Gain practical advice and guidance from the experts in the visual and performing arts community and in the fashion and textile industry. The cool kids hang out here.
CONCENERGY (CONNECTION SERIES)
Engage with entrepreneurs, artists, community advocates, and others from all walks of life at The Concenergy Networking and Connection Series. While connecting, be inspired by successful folks who share their views, ideas, and expertise on how to increase our collective potential in our ‘On 2nd Thought Series’. The evening escalates from icebreakers and power chats to live music and after-hour socials.
REUNIONS AND DAY PARTIES
Why wait for homecoming? Plan to meet up with old and new friends with the backdrop of nostalgic games at PartyPlay; listen to the artistry of emerging producers at the Triangle’s largest lo-fi basement party series; or get in on spoken word experience on the main stage. The daytime collective has a little something for everybody.
FRESCA AFTER DARK SERIES
After the evening shows, community-based and social organizations keep the festivities going by hosting purpose parties. Widely recognized DJs spin a variety of tunes from multiple genres and decades.
FOOD TRUCKS AND REFRESHMENT
Local food is the best food. Independently owned food trucks featuring diverse cuisines are on location and ready to serve you. Three cocktail lounges with a selection of traditional, festive, and mocktail drinks are on site.