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

A Magical Mystery Tour of the Eleanor on Rigsbee

September 7
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of exploring one of Durham’s original condominium buildings. We’ll start with cocktails in Rigsbee Hall, then tour four of the 10 units in The Eleanor. Beatles inspired food and drinks in each unit. Wrap up your Magical Mystery Tour on the rooftop garden with more foods and drinks.


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Santa Fe Soiree in Trinity Park

September 14
6:30 p.m.

These seasoned hosts are on a roll! This will be their eighth dinner party to benefit Durham Central Park, each with a different theme. This year they will treat us to the tastes of the arid American West but in the lush garden setting of Chris & Dan’s backyard.


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Vegan International Sensual Feast

September 18
5:00 p.m. until sunset

An evening of feasts packed with drinks, vegan cuisine, and art in the historic Baldwin building. Start at the ground floor with a prohibition era cocktail and appetizer at Copa. Then, head upstairs to Rodney Derrick’s Art Loft where you’ll feast on local food and drink while you take in his distinguished collection of 200 paintings and a gorgeous sunset view of American Tobacco Campus. Featuring food from Taberna Tapas, Pompieri Pizza, LUNA, and Chocolaty Confections, wines provided Westgate Wine Store, and coffees from Caballo Rojo Coffee.


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“Conversation with Bill” Dinner

September 19
7:00 p.m.

A meal and conversation with North Carolina native and renowned Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith, featuring favorites from the restaurant and his cookbook “Seasoned in the South”. Hear about his longtime penchant for using locally sourced meat and vegetables, foraging wild ingredients and the influences of immigrant kitchen staff on his life’s work.

Limited to just sixteen guests, each attendee will also receive a signed copy of Bill’s cookbook!


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A Portuguese Night

September 21
6:30 p.m.

Anabela and Rune want to treat you to the sights, sounds and tastes of Portugal! We will see images from Portugal, listen to the different styles of Portuguese music and taste some Portuguese recipes, including tapas and finger foods, Portuguese wines, cheese and fruit, and espresso. The evening will end with a brief look at the life of Christopher Columbus presented by Portuguese historian, Manuel Rosa, author of COLUMBUS-The Untold Story.


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Durham Bakers United!

September 22
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Come spend your afternoon at the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community with Durham’s best bakers showing off for DCP‘s Parties for the Park series. Sweet and savory treats provided by: Loaf Bakery, East Durham Bake Shop, Scratch Baking, Strong Arm Baking, Don’t Tell Mother, Roses, and Monuts! Beverages supplied by: Piedmont Wine Imports, Fullsteam, Durty Bull, Proof, and Counter Culture Coffee. Silent auction of surprise items donated by the bakers to further benefit the park. Live music by Tea Cup Gin.


Esperanza’s Mexican Mole and More!

September 24
7:30 p.m.

Esperanza (we all know her as “Pela”) is generously opening her Trinity Park home for a Mexican dinner party. As a native of Mexico City, she is enthusiastic to share her specialties—traditional chicken mole served with a variety of Mexican beers and “Pastel Impossible” cake for dessert. What is an “impossible cake?” Come and find out!


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Trucks for the Park

September 29
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The good folks at Pie Pushers and Only Burger are bringing you this special opportunity to experience a private “mini Rodeo.” Each truck will prepare a sample of a special menu item, to provide a taste from each truck’s rolling kitchen! Vegetarian options available from most trucks. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and sample both savory and sweet cuisine from 15+ Triangle food trucks! Each ticket comes with two brews from Durham craft breweries. Cash bar available.

Tickets feed 1-3 people. Sharing is encouraged!


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

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.


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. Participate in an interactive drumming circle with the Oxente Brazilian Drumming group, led by Caique Vidal. Then 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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