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.
Storytime on the roof with Durham County Library
July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16
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. Pre-registration is required.
Register with Durham County Library.
Disco Brunch: Flash Car’s Bohannon Brunch
Sunday, July 16, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This month, Flash Car’s Funky Brunch brings an all-vinyl funk, disco, and soul set, primarily focused on the work of Hamilton Bohannon to Disco Brunch. Call 919-768-8831 for reservations, or stop in for a drink and a hang.
Brunch 11 a.m.
Music, Bloody Marys and punch bowls 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is free. Pay for food and drinks.
Jazz Night on the Roof: Donovan Cheatham
Tuesday, July 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jazz Night presented by The Art of Cool Project. AOC-approved local and visiting musicians play as the sun sets on the roof. Donovan Cheatham joins us Tuesday, July 18.
Every 3rd Tuesday, 6-9pm on the Roof.
Dusk til Durham: Jazz, Hip Hop & Sunsets with The Beast
Sunday, July 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Beast brings another season of jazz and hip hop to Sunday afternoons on the roof. No cover, open to the public.
Now in its tenth year, The Beast is an innovative and electrifying hip hop and jazz ensemble, known for pushing creative boundaries and dynamic collaborations. Straight outta Durham, the cultural and entrepreneurial nexus of a new south, The Beast is a home-grown artistic force, mixing tap-dancers, puppeteers, and spoken word artists into its repertoire. Comprised of professor, community organizer, and emcee Pierce Freelon, keyboardist Eric W Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and bassist Peter Kimosh, The Beast has thus far executed a Duke University-commissioned big band project, curated residencies at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and toured Panama as featured in a PBS web-series. The quartet is currently finishing its second full-length album with Philly-native producer/drummer Steve McKie (Bilal, Jill Scott, Musiq, et al).