The Durham Hotel, 315 East Chapel Hill Street in Durham, hosts a wide variety of events and many are free. Many are held on the rooftop.
Here are some of the upcoming free events. See more events, plus updates, on The Durham Hotel’s Facebook page. Food and drink will be available for purchase at many of the free events.
Lobby Call: The Great Durham Odyssey
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Assemble your all-star team and join us for The Great Durham Odyssey on Sunday, June 2nd, a celebration of the sesquicentennial hosted in partnership with Durham 150. Our multi-faceted series of challenges, set across the downtown landscape, will test your knowledge, creativity and comradery while promising to teach you a thing or two about the City of Durham’s 150-year history.
11am | Kickoff at the Coffee Shop
4pm | Reunite on the Roof
Teams sign-ups are now open: thedurham.com/durhamodyssey
We recommend bringing together a diverse group of individuals to improve your chances of fulfilling our wide range of challenges.
1 sign-up application per team.
Teams must comprise 4-6 members**
All ages encouraged to participate.
(Team members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)
This summer, kids and their grownups are invited to join the children’s librarians from Durham County’s North Regional Library for Storytime on the Roof. Bring a favorite pillow or blanket for sitting & don’t forget to stop by the coffee shop for coffee, juice, pastries, cookies, and lunch before or after storytime.
These Wednesdays starting at 10:30am
Apr 3 | May 1 | June 5 | Jul 3 | Aug 7 | Sep 4 | Oct 2 | Oct 30*
* Special Halloween end of the season party
Pre-registration is required here:
Views From the Durham 2019
9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Join us on the roof for our final telescopic stargazing night of the season hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the Innovate Your Cool Conference. Stop by for guided constellation tours, music from DJ Mic Check, and celestial cocktail creations from the bar.
Free and Family Friendly!
8-10pm | Music with DJ Mic Check
9-11pm | Stargazing with Morehead Planetarium
Views: Jupiter at opposition
The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Jupiter and its moons as the planet will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.
Views: Mercury (nearly) at greatest eastern elongation
Mercury’s orbit lies closer to the Sun than the Earth’s, meaning it always appears close to the Sun and is lost in the Sun’s glare much of the time. It is observable for only a few days each time it reaches greatest separation from the Sun – moments referred to as greatest elongation. When it lies to the east, it rises and sets a short time after the Sun and is visible in early evening twilight.
Views: Saturn (nearly) at opposition
Saturn will be well placed for observation, in the constellation Sagittarius. It will be visible for much of the night, angled to show its northern hemisphere at this opposition. The rings will inclined at an angle of 24° to our line of sight, which is almost the maximum inclination they can have. This means they will be very well presented.
Views: Perseid meteor shower
This annual meteor shower arises when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. As pebble-sized pieces of debris collide with the Earth, they burn up at an altitude of around 70 to 100 km, appearing as shooting stars. This meteor shower is named after the constellation from which the meteors appear to emanate, Perseus.