Parties for the Park is a series of dinner, cocktail, and dance parties to support Durham Central Park. 

Our incredible hosts offer a wide selection of parties – from artsy to adventurous, from the park to the rooftops, from September to November. Parties sell out fast, so don’t wait to get your tickets and get in on the fun!

Tickets on sale Aug. 23!

The Parties

Sip & Putt Date Night at Bull City Mini

October 2
8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Put down your cell phone and pick up a putter! Turn your cell phone in for an interactive date night with your special someone. Play seven holes of mini golf and enjoy a mini beverage pairing at each hole. Plus, each hole will feature a question designed to spark conversation and help you get to know your date better, whether you’ve been married fifty years or dating five weeks.

$40 per couple

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4th Annual Live Music and Brunswick Stew

October 5
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Multiple local bands will fill the fall air with cool tunes while you enjoy a bowl of freshly made, pipin’ hot Brunswick stew (yes, there will be a vegetarian option!) and an ice-cold pint of beer in the yard at Bull McCabes.

Durham Public School Employees Free! (25 tickets available)

Adults: $15 ($20 at the door)
Children: Kids under 10 are free

Eclectic, Adventurous Comfort Food

October 12
6:30 p.m.

What do citrus-y rutabaga/asian pear/jicama slaw, rosemary-garbanzo bean stew, and Masala fish have in common? These are among Chef Bob’s matrix of Eclectic, Exotic Comfort Foods. This year, Bob will comfort guests with a variety of dishes that cohere not around a particular cuisine, but rather will massage your palate and soothe your soul. As usual, Bob can not detail the menu at the moment, but he promises that if you fancy Szechuan cucumbers, skillet cornbread, chipotle potato salad, and coconut curry shrimp with lemongrass over rice noodles, you’ll be satisfied to dine on Bob and M’s country-in-the-city screened-in deck.


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Small Plates, Park Views: Dinner at The Brannan

October 13
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Please join DCP’s neighbor, THE BRANNAN, whose residents are hosting dinner with an international tapas and wine flair. We’ll gather at THE BRANNAN and browse several units to taste a delightful selection of small plates from the Mediterranean, Europe, South America, and the American South! Each tapas dish will be paired with an appropriate wine. We’ll wander between multiple units for our small plates, and then all move together to a larger unit for dessert and views of the park.


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Local Vocal: An Evening of Food, Drink & A Cappella

October 17
6:30 p.m. (Music at 7:00 p.m.)

Shout your love of Durham Central Park from the rooftops! The agents of Urban Durham Realty share their love of Durham every day from their offices just a few doors down from the park. A former garage, and half art gallery, their colorful space on Foster Street will be the setting for a fun evening of food and music.


Treat Your Sweet Tooth on the Roof

October 18
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious array of sweets, dessert wines and coffees on the Church+Main Rooftop in the heart of downtown with its 360 views of Durham! After your Friday dinner at one of downtown’s finest, save room for mouthwatering desserts prepared by Loaf, Lucky’s Deli and Rose’s Noodle, Dumplings & Sweets. Dessert wines provided compliments of D B Sutton & Co Wine Shop and coffees served courtesy of 4th Dimension Coffee. It promises to be a sweet fall evening!


Hope Valley Social with Courtney and Vernetta

October 19
6:30 p.m.

Courtney and Vernetta are hosting a dinner party to benefit the park! Vernetta serves on our City Council and has recently joined the board of Durham Central Park, Inc. She and her wife Courtney invite you to celebrate community in a small group setting where the conversation will be as interesting as the food is good!


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Durham Trivia Night at Fullsteam Brewery

October 20
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Brush up on your Durham history (or find some knowledgeable friends) for a special themed trivia night at Fullsteam! Winners will get a private, guided beer-tasting featuring some brewery favorites. Teams should be no more than six players.


Brazilian Drums! African Fare! A Multi-Cultural Party in the Park

October 23
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us under the Pavilion for a lively evening of fun and fellowship.  The evening will start with a drumming lesson and an interactive drumming circle led by Caique Vidal with his Oxente Brazilian Drumming group. Then, together, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous African feast prepared by the Palace International with vegetarian options. Plus, wine and locally brewed beer to quench your thirst. Bring your friends and meet new ones!


Rebecca Brings on the Talent at the Blue Note

October 24
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Rebecca Newton — CEO & President of The Carolina Theatre of Durham, co-founder of the NC 30 year institution known as “Rebecca & the Hi–Tones,” “Pinky Wyoming and Duke LaCrosse” and most recently, co-founder of “the bennys” — invites us to join her at DCP’s hopping music venue, the Blue Note Grill, her musical home away from home, for a night of great musical talent to benefit the park. The Beauty Operators will be headlining the night with Rebecca as their special guest!

Food and drink not included.


Songs of Hope and Peace: A Sing-Along…with Tasty Nibbles

October 27
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Northstar Church of the Arts asks: “What if church was a place where poets were prophets and song was scripture?” This historic church, newly renovated as an arts venue in the Durham Central Park district, is the perfect setting for a sing-along with renowned vocalist Lois Deloatch. Her rich contralto voice, with Ernest Turner on piano, will invite us to join her in what is sure to be an inspired experience.


It’s a Family Affair! at Gocciolina

November 3
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

For the fifth year of dining at the BEST restaurant in the Triangle, we’re going family style! Vera, Aaron, and Alice are very excited about hosting what always is a great evening with old and new friends. While we’re the last of the Parties for the Park in 2019, don’t wait too long to put this one on your list. It’s always a sell out. We look forward to seeing you!

Cash bar available at the bar area from 5 – 6 p.m.


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All party proceeds go to Durham Central Park.

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