This Wednesday marks the 150th anniversary of the city of Durham’s incorporation. So, this weekend, the city is having a birthday party, and all Durhamites are invited.
The Durham 150 Opening Celebration will be held at the American Tobacco Amphitheater on Blackwell Street from 10 a.m. 2 p.m on Saturday. It is free and open to the public.
Mayor Steve Schewel will start the celebration off with an official recognition at 10:30, followed by free birthday cake.
The American Tobacco Campus will feature exhibits, crafts, and demonstrations by different local experts and artists to highlight the four pillars of the year-long celebration of Durham’s founding: History & Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Social Equity & Robust Democracy, and Arts & Leisure.
The event will also have live performances, a story kiosk, a photo mosaic mural, and a “Running of the Bulls” race of inflatable bulls down the ATC river.
This Saturday’s festivities represent the opening of a year-long celebration of Durham’s sesquicentennial with events held across the city, like an exhibit featuring art by local African-American artists at the Hayti Heritage Center, the “Portraits of Durham” Exhibit at the Durham Arts Council, and a reading-themed photo exhibit at the Southwest Regional Library.
For more information about Durham’s Sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.durham150.org.