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.
Views from The Durham–Skywatching with Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
Monday, July 9th, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14th, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday, September 17th, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday, November 12th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Telescopic stargazing nights hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and 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. Go to the Facebook event (link above) and find the link to RSVP. Space is limited.
Views: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars
An array of planets will promenade across the night sky this evening, concluding with the magnified red glow of Mars.
Views: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Crescent Moon, Meteors
Lucky stargazers may catch the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower tonight alongside planets and deep sky objects.
Views: Moon, Mars, Saturn
Viewers will get a dark look at the skies over Durham including planets, nebulae, and galaxies.
Views: Moon, Mars, Saturn
Planets loom large in our solar neighborhood, but tonight we will extend our view to objects deep in the sky. Galaxies, nebulae and star clusters will be the focus of the night.
Jazz Jam Session feat. Al Strong & Friends
Thursdays (currently scheduled through July 26th)
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Every Thursday, Al Strong Music & friends meet on the roof for an open jam session from 7-10pm. Local musicians are invited to bring their instruments and sit in; everyone else is invited to stop by for a drink & check out the show. No cover.
Someday: a brunchy party for everyone
Sundays (scheduled through September 2nd)
Sundays all summer, there will be a brunch party on the roof with something for everyone. Any given Sunday could be a dance party and there will be punch bowls and bloody marys for brunch partyers, coffee and sodas for those in need of a boost, and spritzers and bubbles for the kids. Purchaseg homemade pastries, granola, fresh fruit, NC oysters, and shrimp cocktails.
The Beast: indie hip hop and jazz on the roof
Second Sunday of the month (scheduled through October 14th)
The Beast is back for their 2018 season on the roof! Starting March 11, stop by every second Sunday of the month for cocktails, and Pierce Freelon, Stephen Coffman, Peter Kimosh, and Eric Hirsh’s indie hip hop & jazz with special guests. No cover, no reservations needed.
Storytime on the Roof
First Wednesday of month, through October 3 (except on July, which will be second Wednesday)
Presented by Durham County Library. This is a special monthly summer & fall storytime on the roof. All ages welcome. Sign up online or by calling 919-560-0236.