Parties for the Park is a series of parties to support 

the work of Durham Central Park.

Our incredible hosts are planning unique and wonderful parties! This fall, raise a glass with friends to celebrate and support Durham Central Park. Tickets will go on sale in September. Parties sell out fast, so don’t wait to get your tickets and get in on the fun!

Tickets on Sale Now!

The Parties

More Parties To Be Announced!

September 25

We are still finalizing the details on a few more parties, so keep checking back for more party announcements. In the meantime, check out these fantastic parties!

The funds raised through Parties for the Park make up about 1/3 of DCP Inc.’s annual operating budget. The money pays for DCP staff, maintenance and improvements of park structures, free programming and special projects. Your support of the park helps to enhance and preserve this wonderful urban greenspace for everyone to enjoy!

Thank you so much for your support!

Oh, Mexico!

October 5
6:00 cocktails, 6:40 dinner

Come join us at Plum for an autumn fiesta! Chef Trenton Shank cut his culinary teeth working and eating at taco trucks around Dallas, his hometown.  The deep impression it made on him gets full expression in our dinner to benefit Durham Central Park.  

We will start the evening with cocktails: margaritas for sure; and some delicious sparkling wines from our local wine hero, Andre Tamers and his company; De Maison Selections.  We will pass chicharrones with lime and chili and arrange chips and salsa around the room for everyone to enjoy.  Then the feast begins with a favorite special here at Plum: aquachili, a delicious Mexican ceviche; albondigas, meatballs in a rich tomato sauce, and the addictive, delicious Mexican street corn, roasted ears of corn with queso and spices.  Read more…


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Hot-n-Spicy Hootenanny Swap Meet ft. Cajammers

October 16
5:30-8:00 p.m.

Close your Zoom app, turn off your pad! Join Tess in the big backyard of her 1923 farmhouse for gumbo, jalapeño cornbread, dirty rice and more NOLA-inspired fare to enjoy with two glasses of craft beer or wine. To DCP staffers Tess and Bryce, a hootenanny is where folk music can mean country, soul, Cajun or hip hop, so get ready for Cajammers, live! We’re talking Cajun waltzes, two steps, zydeco, blues, and other Louisiana-inspired tunes, including songs in Cajun French.  Throw in a swap meet and everyone goes home with unforgettable memories and a new treasure.

Each ticket holder should bring 1-2 sanitized personal items to swap and the story that goes with them. A zero waste event.  

Masks and vaccinations required.

$45, tips encouraged!

Trucks for the Park

October 17
4:00-6:00 p.m.

We’ve been missing DCP’s Food Truck Rodeos, so we are thrilled that Trucks for the Park is back! Trucks for the Park is a special private, mini food truck rodeo that gives you access to easily sample the flavors of each of the truck’s rolling kitchens. This year, 10+  local food trucks will roll up to the pavilion and prepare a sample of a special menu item they wish to share with you. Walk up to the truck with your ticket and pick up your food, no long lines! Vegetarian options will be available from most trucks. Along with the yummy menu items, each ticket comes with two beers from Durham craft breweries and a cash bar. So, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this unique opportunity to enjoy delicious food truck cuisine – both savory and sweet – in one lovely evening in the park! Check out the food truck line up…

Trucks for the Park is generously sponsored by Clancy & Theys Construction Company.

$50, tickets can feed 1-2 people

Treat Your Sweet Tooth on the Roof!

October 22
8:00-10:00 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious array of sweets, dessert wines and coffees on the Church+Main Rooftop in the heart of downtown with lots of room and its 360 views of Durham!  After your Friday dinner, save room for mouthwatering desserts prepared by Monuts, Sweets By Shayda and Ninth Street Bakery.  Dessert wines provided compliments of D B Sutton & Co Wine Shop and coffees served courtesy Little Waves Coffee Roasters. It promises to be a sweet fall evening!

(If by chance, we need to make this a ‘take-out’ event because of Covid, we are making this a ‘tickets for two’ event…that way we can send you home with a bottle of wine! Hopefully this won’t happen…but just in case.) Read more…

$100 (1 ticket is for 2 people)

“Sweetheart View” Vacation Home Getaway in Sugar Mountain Silent Auction

November 1
Silent Auction starts November 1 and ends November 5

Create your own personal pod party to benefit Durham Central Park by purchasing a week’s stay in a spectacular mountain setting! 

Imagine, you and a dozen of your closest friends and family, living the good life at Sweetheart View in Sugar Mountain. The winning bidder of this auction gets a week-long stay at this gorgeous house with a huge stone fireplace, six acres of seclusion and spectacular views of Grandfather, Banner Elk & Beech Mountain.  You’ll be a one minute drive or few minutes walk to Sugar Mountain Resort or stay in and play pool, ping pong, air-hockey or foosball. There’s plenty of parking in the circular drive or the oversized garage. 4800+ square feet of living space, wifi, 6 BR, 4 full & 2 half baths! Stunning wood beams & cherry ceilings provide a mountainous feel. More photos, amenities and availability here. Retail value: $3500.

Link to bidding site coming soon…

Starting Bid: $1500

Locopops Gives Back Week for DCP

November 8
Week of November 8-14

LocoPops is adored for their local, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free frozen desserts–flavors like Mango Chile Sorbet and Vietnamese Coffee. Sundries@Locopops is giving back 10% to Durham Central Park for all online and in person purchases* the week of November 8-14. Open for in-person shopping Tues-Sun, 1:00-7:00 p.m. at their location at 2618 Hillsborough Rd. Or shop online at for in-store pickup or delivery. Have a pop or treat the neighbors to benefit Durham Central Park! 

*gift certificate purchases not included in offer

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