So, you're ready to enjoy the sweet atmosphere of the Bull City with tickets to a Durham festival? Buckle up. The opportunities for fun in Durham while you get your festival on are nearly as plentiful as the music in the air. Read on to discover five reasons why choosing Durham as the backdrop to your festival adventures is the best choice you'll make.
1. The weather – need we say more?
Durham's outdoor spaces are prime for enjoying festivals from spring through autumn. Duke Gardens is the perfect place to decompress after a day of entertainment, but so are the city's numerous hidden gems you probably haven’t explored. Tag us on Twitter as you make memories in Durham’s outdoor spaces while you explore!
2. Durham is accessible, by foot or by spoke
Chances are you’ll have time between films or performances while in Durham. Why not take a stroll (or a ride) between venues? Two competing bike share programs are vying for you to pedal from one end of the city to the other, and the downtown area is extremely walkable.
3. You don't have to stop the party at the hotel
Staying close to the action could be a one-of-a-kind experience; you've got a variety of unique accommodations available to you in Downtown Durham. Many of the festivals taking place in Durham this spring are either in or incredibly close to the downtown area, meaning you have plenty of options for lodging within walking distance of your venues of choice.
4. The festival life requires sustenance and Durham delivers
From food truck forays to intermission brews, inexpensive meals and beverages are well within reach during your downtime. Fullsteam Brewery, Parts and Labor, and King’s Sandwich Shop are all located near Durham festival venues, and offer meals under $10 that’ll keep you energized throughout your busy days. Head to Five Points in the city center for a full dining experience that’ll satiate any palate.
5. Come for the entertainment – leave with a memory
We’ve been there too – long after the music has stopped and the credits roll, nostalgia sets in. (How could Full Frame, Moogfest, and the ACC Baseball Championship have flown by so quickly?) Not so in Durham. It’s easier than ever to keep that festival feeling here. Take some time to walk to a local business and pick up a piece of the city to bring home. You’ll spend just a few days in Durham, but with a bit of exploration (and a card that helps you shop local!), Durham will stay with you until you return.
Assets for this festival guide were provided by our partner Katelyn Belch, owner and content curator of Best of the Bull.
Featured image by Bill Russ