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.
The Pour House Music Hall is a mid-size music venue located in downtown Raleigh across the street from Moore Square. The venue has a relaxed, rock-meets-grunge atmosphere, and is known as much for its calendar of national acts as it is for local talent showcases. The music hall’s upstairs bar serves a selection of more than two dozen draft beers, and offers concert views, two pool tables, and the hall’s only seating. The Pour House Music Hall is a great place to see live music in an unpretentious setting and enjoy a decent beer.
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.
This magnificent performing arts facility offers entertainment in five specialized venues. The Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, built in 1932, holds about 2277 and is the grand dame of Carolina theaters. The huge chandeliers, floating staircases and comfy, over-sized seats enhance the experience. The Meymandi Concert Hall is an acoustic titan and home to the North Carolina Symphony. It also plays host to renowned musicians and performers from around the globe. The Fletcher Opera Theater hosts performances by such groups as the Carolina Ballet and The National Opera Company. The Kennedy Theater seats 170 and offers a unique experience found in the venue's nontraditional performances. Finally the Lichtin Plaza is a two-acre (one-hectare) outdoor venue which hosts both public and private events.
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.
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.