The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is North Carolina’s center for live entertainment and the performing arts. Opened in 2008 as one of the largest centers of its kind in the Carolinas, DPAC hosts hundreds of performances a year, ranging from high profile concerts to Broadway productions, stand-up comedy routines, and festivals. The center is recognized for its contemporary steel and glass design, and features 2,700 seats with intimate sightlines. DPAC’s “Heart of the Arts” community outreach program runs master theater classes for local students, and invites the students to backstage tours, orchestra rehearsals, and post-performance discussions.
A long-time favorite for its eclectic lineups and embrace of local talent and premiere musical acts, Cat’s Cradle is 750-seat concert venue located in downtown Carrboro. The mid-sized venue has a full-service bar that serves cocktails and liquor, and another serving bottled and draft beer. Acoustic and more intimate performances are held at the Back Room stage. The Cradle is within walking distance of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the crowds here are often from campus.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, or DPAB, is a 10,000-seat baseball stadium in downtown Raleigh. Opened in 1995, the park is home to the Durham Bulls, a minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, and the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Central Eagles college baseball teams. The park’s fully brick exterior, giant “Blue Monster” wall, and mechanical snorting bull in left field make the stadium a local point of pride, and a place where watching baseball is a pleasure. The stadium is in part a reinvention of the original Athletic Park, which was made famous in the film, Bull Durham.
The Carolina Theatre is a cinema and performing arts complex, and the only building in downtown Durham designed in the Beaux Arts style. The theater is home to Fletcher Hall–a 1,032-seat auditorium–two screening rooms, and the Connie Moses Ballroom. The seat of one of Durham’s most beloved arts organizations, the theater is known for its distinct architecture, and program of concerts, film screenings, festivals, plays, stand-up comedy, and educational performances.
The Pinhook is one of Durham’s favorite bars and concert venues. Known for fostering a sense of community, the bar hosts monthly events like open mic nights, karaoke parties, square dances, drag shows, and arcade game tournaments. Enjoy a beer, listen to an up and coming band, and head to the patio for fresh air. The bar is named after the settlement of Pinhook, famous for a grog shop of the same name and the rowdy, fun-loving crowd it attracted.
Formerly known as the RBC Center, PNC Arena is an indoor, multi-surface, 20,000-seat arena used primarily to host basketball and hockey matches, and concerts. Opened in 1999, the arena is home to the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes and the North Carolina State University men's basketball team. Amenities include 75 luxury suites, 2,000 club seats, and restaurants. The arena also hosts ice shows, circuses, corporate meetings, and trade shows.
Hill Hall served as one of the first libraries of the university and now functions as state of the art concert hall located inside the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. The interiors of the hall are a treat to your eyes with wood paneling and various musical instruments like piano and pipe organs arranged to add to the aura. The hall is used for recitals and concerts and can accommodate up to 455 guests for a single event.
Be ready for a newly renovated and completely refurbished Memorial Hall in the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's main campus. Watch one of the many spectacular shows and amazing performances Memorial Hall hosts throughout the year. Plush seats, modern lighting, and sound systems combine for an incredible experience. Check their website for the latest performance schedule.
Inaugurated in 1992, Local 506 is one of the popular live music venues in Chapel Hill, NC. It is a fully fledged bar equipped with state of the art sound technology and a hotspot among local musicians. The venue can accommodate a total of 225 spectators at a single time.
Initially, home to the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team, this auditorium now features women's gymnastics, volleyball and basketball matches, as well as men's wrestling matches. Since 1975, the auditorium has been a part of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The auditorium has a seating capacity of over 6800 people, so go ahead and book your tickets for the next event!
Built in 1927, Kenan Memorial Stadium is often hailed as "America's most beautiful stadium." This 60,000 capacity stadium hosts games for the University of North Carolina's football team. If you're planning on visiting during a game day, expect to be bombarded with the sight of cheering and chanting fans from all ages wearing light blue, the official color of the Tar Heels.
The Fetzer Field is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's soccer teams. Also a track and field venue, it serves as the home of the University's men's and women's track and field teams. The Fetzer Field has a seating capacity of 5025. If you're a sports fan, then a trip to Fetzer Field is recommended.