Summer in Durham means a slight change in the vibe of the community as some of the university students head home, but it also means a season when the community celebrates! Summer is a fun, enticing time to enjoy life in an apartment in Durham, and those who live in an apartment at Van Alen are perfectly positioned to enjoy it all. Here are some of the best upcoming events around Durham that you will want to put on your calendar as these warmer months approach.
Experience the American Dance Festival
Lauded as the best dance festival in the world, the American Dance Festival spans the months of June and July in Durham. During the festival, dance companies, choreographers, writers, and students all converge on Durham to celebrate the love of dance. Performances are held throughout these months, and programs for youth to teach them more about dance are also available. Dance-related educational classes and dance film screenings area also part of this vibrant festival. Check the calendar to see which performances, classes, or events you want to see.
Beaver Queen Pageant
The Beaver Queen Pageant is unlike any traditional beauty pageant. Instead of coming in ball gowns, participants come dressed in beaver-themed costumes. In addition to the pageant, attendees can enjoy food trucks, a scrap exchange tent to make their own costumes, and plenty of shopping. The entire event is a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, and the event will take place June 1 at Duke Park Meadow.
Festival For The Eno
On July Fourth, head to the West Point of the Eno in Durham City Park for a fun celebration. The Festival for the Eno brings over 70 bands to five different stages for live performances all day long. You can also enjoy crafts and purchase work from local artisans while at the event. The event ends in ample time to get to your favorite spot for fireworks.
Bull City Rumble
In late summer, leave room on your calendar for the Bull City Rumble. This event brings vintage motorcycles and scooters to Downtown Durham over Labor Day weekend. You will enjoy plenty of live music, burlesque dancers, bike displays and, of course, food trucks selling their wares. This year, AMDC Wall of Death, America’s first extreme motorcycle thrill show, will be joining the festivities. If you live bikes, you will want to be part of this event.
As you can see, Durham has many exciting activities and events to keep you busy during the summer. Whether you love art, music, or simply love your community, you’ll find something to fit your tastes. Make plans to put some of these on your calendar, so you can enjoy all that the city has to offer when the temperatures start to go up.