Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at one of these events in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and surrounding areas, in 2023. This list will grow significantly as MLK Day approaches.
Please follow each link for the necessary details, to register, and to check for any changes.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 16th, 2023, but not all the events take place on that day. Please scroll down for a day-by-day list of MLK Day events in the Triangle. In addition, visit Activate Good for a list of volunteer opportunities for MLK Day.
In addition, please keep reading for our complete calendar of events of all kinds this weekend.
Also, please check our (soon to be updated) list of what’s open and closed on MLK Day in the Triangle.
MLK Day events in the Triangle 2023
Dreamfest: Town of Cary's MLK celebration
Cary's annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Dreamfest, takes place from January 13th to 16th, 2023, and includes both in-person and virtual events, including films, performances, a day of service and an interfaith service.
Martin Luther King Commemoration Weekend in Apex
The Town of Apex is celebrating the legacy of Dr. King with a full weekend of events, including the Support Black Authors & Black Artists Exhibit at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, the MLK Unity March, Prayer Raleigh and Youth Summit, Social Justice Sunday and National Day of Service.
MLK Day: Celebrating the Legacy Through the Arts
Durham Parks and Recreation is hosting a MLK Day event on Saturday, January 14th, 2023, from 2 to 5 p.m., at W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville Street, Durham. It will feature visual art displays, open mic poetry, community discussions, live performances, arts and crafts projects and more. It's free and open to the public.
Geer Cemetery MLK Weekend Clean Up
Geer Cemetery, at 800 Colonial Street, Durham, is one of Durham's oldest African American burial grounds. Friends of Geer Cemetery is inviting the community to help out in two cemetery clean-up events on MLK Weekend. They'll take place Saturday, January 14th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Monday, January 16th, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Carrboro
The Town of Carrboro's MLK Day event will take place Saturday, January 14th, 2023, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro Street. Check back soon for details.
Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee MLK Day Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
The 43rd MLK Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast takes place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, from 7 to 9 a.m., with a free breakfast from 6 to 8 a.m.
Impact Series: Chamber Treasures -- Music by Black Composers
Faculty and students of the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute invite the public to join a celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King when they perform music of Black composers at a free concert. It takes place at Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh, on Monday, January 16th, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Celebration in Fuquay-Varina
The Cultural Arts Society of Fuquay-Varina, along with the faith community, will be hosting a MLK March and Celebration on Monday, January 16th, 2023. The march will start at St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church, 605 Bridge Street, and will end at the Falcon Park Shelter, where there will be a celebration featuring spoken word artists and vocalists.
MLK Day of Service with United Way of the Greater Triangle
This youth-focused event takes place at the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County's Teen Center, 721 N Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh. It's on Monday, January 16th, 2023, from 12 to 3 p.m., and includes conversation, an interactive learning experience, and a service project of packing winter kits.
Book Harvest Dream Big MLK Day Book Drive Celebration
Book Harvest is presenting the Dream Big MLK Day Book Drive Celebration on Monday, January 16th, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Golden Belt Campus, 800 Taylor Street, Durham. This is a book drive, but also a community celebration, with lots of fun for the whole family. Kids can take home free books.
King Day: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday at Chavis Park
This free event takes place at John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Raleigh, on Monday, January 16th, 2023, from 12 to 3 p.m. It's free to attend will include children's activities and a service project.
Northern Orange Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Car Parade and Commemoration Service
On the morning of Monday, January 16th, a car parade will be taking place in Hillsborough and Efland, followed by a commemorative service at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Hillsborough.
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Wilbert Stallings says
Hello to whom it may concern. The listing of historical MLK events within this web page are very educating for all especially, the new generation of whom were not born during the times of the MLK and Malcom X civil rights movement of the 60’s including Martin Luther Kings’ tragic death. We all as citizens of the United States have to continue to keep his dream alive within us because, we could not unite together in honor of his rememberance.
I appreciate your work. However, the “continue reading” links elevate appearance over function. You can’t press and hold the link to open in a new tab. Beyond frustrating. Fortunately, the standard blue links honor anticipated function.