The Durham Craft Market is open on Saturdays at Durham Central Park.
Enjoy this weekly, open-air market displaying one-of-a-kind, handmade, local arts and crafts. Celebrate the uniqueness of craft and be part of the flourishing Durham arts and crafts scene.
To learn more, visit www.durhamcraftmarket.com
Learn more about the American Tobacco Amphitheater summer concert series! Free and open to the public, Back Porch Music on the Lawn offers evenings full of great music.
Held at the beautiful American Tobacco Campus located in Downtown Durham, concerts are from 6:00-9:00 pm. Dogs and children are welcome, and American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open and preparing quick grab items for concertgoers to enjoy picnic style. Beer and wine are available for purchase.
Durham is proud to be home to The Durham Bulls, a triple-A minor league baseball team.
The Bulls play their home games at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, conveniently located in Downtown Durham and within walking distance from The Brannan.
Plan to take in a game this summer! To learn more, click here.
Visit durhamcentralpark.org to get the information you need for your trip to the park and to discover all that this city gem has to offer.
The Brannan is proud to be a neighbor of Durham Central Park! Contact Molly Barnes at 919-973-1516 to learn about one remaining opportunity at The Brannan, Downtown Durham living at its finest.
Coffee is an essential component in many morning routines. If you lack the patience or time to brew your own, a coffee shop is also an important piece of the puzzle. Some of us turn to Starbucks, but often the best brews are found at your locally owned establishment.
Even if it’s not rush hour, your favorite coffee shop is a place to work, meet up and be productive. Writers and philosophers have depended on them for years. Why shouldn’t you?
In downtown Durham, there are plenty of great options for awesome coffee. Below we’ve gathered some of our favorites.
Joe Van Gogh, Broad Street
It’s one thing to get locally brewed coffee. Locally roasted coffee is a whole other thing; roasting is what makes coffee coffee, and that proximity between the roaster and your cup means you get it at peak flavor. Joe Van Gogh is just such a place.
Their simple menu reflects the focus on the main ingredient. Drip, espresso, and pour over are represented, but you can whet your sweet tooth with a frozen latte or a chai if you so desire (we also recommend the nitro cold brew; it’s like sipping coffee-flavored air.) The main draw for enthusiasts is the extensive choice of beans, sourced from around the world. It’s way more exciting than just saying “give me a coffee.”
Beyu Caffe, West Main Street
Like your coffee on the classier side? Beyu Caffee can probably help you out. More than a humble coffee shop, Beyu’s brunch options and regular jazz shows have you covered on the weekends and way after sundown.
You’ll find all your standard coffee options, but the specialty drinks are where it’s at: a peanut butter mocha, an almond joy latte (complete with coconut flavor.) They pair nicely with the weekend brunch options, including a yardbird sandwich with pesto and fried chicken and fresh beignets. And every night, you’ll find live music: usually jazz, with urban poetry, spoken word, and latin appearing occasionally.
Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer Street and Hillsborough Road
In addition to serving great coffee, Cocoa Cinnamon carries on the time-honored intersection of caffeine and high-quality art. Most of the furniture and décor in their shops is locally crafted, from the tables to the flooring to even the bathroom shelves. It gives each location a seriously unique feel.
Of course, the coffee is no slouch either. Beans are regularly rotated in from a selection of roasters. Specialty drinks reflect global coffee traditions in a wild variety of flavor combinations: black pepper, rosewater and cardamom, honey and date sugar. The menu celebrates coffee as a cultural artifact.
Summer is festival season for a reason: long days, great weather, roomier schedules. It’s the perfect time to get outside after a winter in hiding and a spring full of pollen and rain.
When you live at the Brannan, you’re right in the heart of Downtown Durham. Our city’s restaurants, arts scene, and big events are right outside your front door! This summer stick around downtown and see what you can get into.
Catch a Concert
Flowery festival goers flock to Coachella, Ultra, and Lollapalooza for their festival fix, but Durham has one of its own: Moogfest (May 18-21.) The stacked lineup attracts hip-hop and electronic outfits like Talib Kweli, Flying Lotus, and Animal Collective. But it’s not just music: lecturers have their own stage to discuss the intersection of art and science.
Electronic music not your thing? Looking for something a bit more laid back? Bring a towel or a lawn chair and kick it at a free outdoor concert. Durham Central Park is hosting a concert series from June 23rd – 25th, with a final lineup announced soon. The American Tobacco campus will not be outdone, with a host of singer/songwriter and acoustic-focused acts performing all summer. Beer and wine are on deck, and you can even bring the dog.
Dine Al Fresco
There’s something about sun, a breeze and a little shade that just makes food taste better. Downtown has plenty of opportunities to indulge! Chief among them is the summer installment of Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo, on June 18th. The Triangle has no shortage of food trucks – as we’ve covered before – and you will not leave disappointed. Or with an empty stomach.
If you’re looking for something more formal, downtown has you covered. Geer Street Garden has a great tap list, unique space, and a gorgeous patio. You can also grab Mexican and drinks at Gonza near Brightleaf Square (try the short rib tacos!), or head over to The Pit for some quality Carolinian ‘cue on the upstairs deck.
Summer is the perfect time to work off your extra energy – caloric or otherwise. If you’re the mindful type, kick off a Saturday morning with free yoga in Central Park.
Looking for something more intense? The Running of the Bulls happens downtown on June 3rd! Here the horned beasts are only metaphorical, but it’s still a great way to explore Durham neighborhoods and get fit while doing it.
Many downtown landmarks that help make The Brannan Downtown Durham’s most exciting new address are mentioned in the article, including The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and more.
Contact Molly Barnes at 919-973-1516 to learn about remaining opportunities at The Brannan!
Documentaries are a nice change of pace from your average movie-going experience. Instead of escaping reality, documentaries give us a chance to examine it, often from a fresh perspective. It’s why works as intimate as Jiro Dreams of Sushi to those as broad as The Civil War have found renewed interest on Netflix and Hulu.
This April, Durham celebrates the art of the documentary with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. This 20-year tradition runs from April 6-9, and is definitely worth checking out.
About the Festival
Full Frame hosts nearly 100 documentary films from back home and around the world. Films are complemented by Q&A panels and discussions, and run from “morning to midnight.”
In the four days it runs, Full Frame essentially takes over most downtown venues. Films will be screened at the Durham Convention Center, the Carolina Theatre, the Durham Arts Council, and the Power Plant at the ATC.
Full passes are sold out, but you can rush the last minute line or buy tickets to individual films online. There are also free screenings running in Durham Central Park – right next to us! – on the nights of the 7th and 8th, perfect for a Spring evening out.
Balloonfest: a darkly funny tale of misguided intentions, Balloonfest chronicles the 1986 release of 500,000 balloons above Cleveland. Originally a charity event, the balloons caused devastating environmental impact, traffic problems, and even death.
The Force: fresh from Sundance, The Force is a look inside the Oakland police department as it attempts to reform itself amidst increased police scrutiny and high crime rates.
One October: after a turbulent 2016 election, One October takes us back to 2008. Here, interviews on the streets of New York reveal the power and permanency of uncertainty. One October is making its world premiere at Full Frame.
Plastic China: somewhere in the Chinese countryside, two families live next to and work in a giant recycling plant. The film juxtaposes these images – nature and the refuse of civilization – with hardworking people who dream of a better life.
They Took Them Alive: in September 2014, 43 young men were kidnapped from a bus in rural Mexico, on its way to a protest. A tale of government cover-ups and conflicting narratives, They Took Them Alive makes its world premiere in Durham.
With the worst of the cold weather behind us, there’s no better way to enjoy the day than chowing down on an old-fashioned (or new-fashioned) cheeseburger. We’ve found the very best burgers Durham has to offer, whether it’s an American classic or a new-fangled foodie dream.
7830 Hwy NC 751, Ste 100
If you’re looking for a humongous burger to sate your beef craving, look no further. Town Hall Burger and Beer has a menu full of gigantic sandwiches, salads and sides sure to please everyone in your party. Looking for something truly unique? You’ll love their Mediterranean burger, made with lamb, cucumber tatziki sauce, tomatoes and onions – all served on tandoori naan.
3710 Shannon Road, Ste 118
What happens when a popular food truck becomes too popular for its own good? Go brick and mortar! This Durham favorite is home to the famous Fried Green Tomato burger, every bit as amazing as the street buzz would have you believe. Featuring pimento cheese, egg and of course, a fried green tomato, it’s a burger synonymous with Durham’s Southern palate. Treat yourself to a side of their Sriracha mayonnaise to give your fries a kick.
617 Hicks St
“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” That line made Mr. J. Wellington Wimpy famous for his burger addiction in old Popeye episodes, and he’s the namesake of this traditional Southern greasy spoon. With rock bottom prices, Wimpy’s Grill is the place to go for high quality, affordable – and most of all, delicious – food. You won’t find trendy ingredients here, just the simple pleasures of American cheese and Heinz ketchup. The simplicity pays off: fresh meat is ground daily on site, and the proof is in the pudding. Remember to bring cash though – Wimpy’s doesn’t take cards.
737 9th St, Ste 220
If Wimpy’s is an old-school stalwart, then Burger Bach is a contemporary vanguard. Their menu features all-natural grass-fed New Zealand beef and unique flavor combinations. Try the East Coast burger, with blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce, uncured bacon, brie, caramelized onions and garlic aioli. All of them go down great with Burger Bach’s famous fries, moreso when paired with one of their distinctive dipping sauces. Try the roasted jalapeno remoulade or the coconut curry sauce!