Special Events

Performer on stage signing to a large crowd

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides a wide variety of special events that allow families to experience safe, exciting, and organized recreational activities in a beautiful setting, recreation center, or other locations throughout Durham. Most of these events/activities have a minimal cost or are free.

Take a moment to review DPR’s upcoming special events and discover ways that you, your family, and your friends can create memories in a positive atmosphere.

The Bullpen Social District

The Bullpen is downtown Durham’s social district, which allows people to purchase alcoholic drinks from ABC permittees in a designated cup and walk around outside within a defined area. The Bullpen went into effect on December 1, 2022

The Bullpen operates from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week.  

The Bullpen Map

For more information about the Bullpen Social District, visit Downtown Durham Inc's website.

2023 Special Events

Event Date
Earth Day Festival Sunday, April 23, 2023
Canine Field Day Saturday, April 29, 2023
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival Saturday, June 3, 2023
Rock the Park Concert & Movie Series Saturday, June 10; Saturday, June 24; Saturday, July 8; Saturday, July 22; Saturday, August 5; Saturday, August 19 
July 4th Celebration Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Barktoberfest Saturday, October 28, 2023
Santa Paws Friday, December 1, 2023
Senior Holiday Party Friday, December 1, 2023
Holiday Parade Saturday, December 9, 2023

All events are subject to change or cancellation. Please check back for updates.


Are you interested in volunteering for a special event? Visit our special event registration page through Ivolunteer.

Event Cancellation Information

Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather.

  • Call the weather line at 919-560-4636 and press Number 8 for the status of the event.
  • Visit Facebook and/or Twitter.

Event / Program Evaluation

If you have recently attended a DPR event or program please complete our Special Event Survey.


For questions about special events please email Rukea Womack or call 919-560-4355, ext. 27228.