The Chronicle’s guide to summer activities in Durham

<p>The Eno River State Park in Durham features 30 miles of hiking trails and a shallow, winding stream.</p>

The Eno River State Park in Durham features 30 miles of hiking trails and a shallow, winding stream.

Taking classes, working or just relaxing in Durham this summer? The Chronicle has compiled a guide to spending your summer in Bull City, with options ranging from exploring Eno River State Park to sampling local street food.

See “1776” at the Durham Performing Arts Center

Don’t miss the official Broadway tour of “1776,” coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center between May 30 and June 4. The Tony Award-winning musical follows John Adams as he persuades the founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence, making it a must-see for history buffs and Broadway-lovers alike. Tickets start at $15 while they last.

Attend EnoFest or explore the Eno River

On July 1 and 4, EnoFest, an annual festival hosted by the Eno River Association, will return with over 60 bands, a slew of North Carolina food venders and a craft show. While tickets start at $25 for one-day admission, volunteers are granted free admission to the festival. 

For those who wish to explore Eno River State Park in a more peaceful setting, the Eno River Association offers guided hikes every Sunday through May as part of its spring hike series. The hikes showcase the wildflowers bordering the Eno River, such as the rhododendron and mountain laurel, which bloom in May. 

Watch your favorite drag queens at the DPAC

The Werq World Tour is coming to Durham for one night only on June 18. The show is known as the world’s largest drag production, featuring finalists from the 15th season of "Rupaul’s Drag Race." A VIP package is also available for attendees who want to enjoy a private meet and greet with the drag queens. 

Sample local street food at  Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo

Stop by Durham Central Park on June 11 for DCP’s Food Truck Rodeo, a longstanding Durham tradition featuring a wide range of food and drink vendors. A portion of the proceeds go towards maintaining and improving the Durham Central Park. Enjoy local street foods while passing through the park, or join their volunteer team to help keep the event running. 

See “SIX: The Musical” at the DPAC

Another Tony Award-winning musical is coming to Durham this summer. Don’t miss the Broadway national tour of “SIX: The Musical,” a musical comedy which tells the story of King Henry VIII’s six wives through a pop concert. The musical will play at the DPAC between June 20 and July 2, and tickets start at $35.

Indulge in a coffee tasting — for free!

Counter Culture Coffee opens its doors for a free coffee tasting every Friday morning for Tasting at Ten. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee while the Counter Culture Coffee team shares the story behind their favorite coffees from their sustainably sourced menu.  


Mia Penner | Associate News Editor

Mia Penner is a Trinity sophomore and an associate news editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.

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