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.

2021 Special Events

 Event  Date
Rock the Lot  Saturday, June 5; Saturday, July 24 & Saturday, August 14
Bull City Reels on Wheels  Friday, June 18; Friday, July 16 & Friday, August 6
Barktoberfest  Saturday, October 23
Santa Paws  Friday, December 3
Bull City Holidayz  Saturday, December 11 & Saturday, December 18
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.