Special Events

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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 friends can create memories in a positive atmosphere.


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.
DisAble the Label Saturday, October 13
Barktoberfest Saturday, October 27
Santa Paws Friday, December 14
Holiday Parade and Fun Fest
Saturday, December 8
Senior Holiday Party Tuesday, December 11
Kwanzaa Celebration
Sunday, December 30

Durham Senior Games Monday, April 15-Friday, May 3, 2019
Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Canine Field Day Saturday, May 4, 2019
Bimbé Weekday Events Wednesday, May 15-Friday, May 17, 2019
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Rock the Park Concert & Movie Series June-August 2019
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Durham Latino Festival Saturday, August 10, 2019
Barktoberfest Saturday, October 26, 2019
Holiday Parade and Fun Fest
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Senior Holiday Party Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Event / Program Evaluation

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