April 5-8:  Full Frame Film Festival features a four-day, morning to midnight doc fest of over 100 films, panel conversations, and southern hospitality. The festival landscape is extremely walkable. In fact, it’s only a 10-minute walk end to end. special programming change. Don’t miss the free parties, in addition to the screenings: the Speakeasy at the Durham Hotel on April 6 & &; the Late Night Bash at the Unscripted Hotel on Friday, April 6; the free outdoor screenings at Durham Central Park on April 6 & 7 and the Closing Night Party  at 21c Museum Hotel on Sunday, April 8.  For more information, go to http://www.fullframefest.org.

April 18-22:  TASTE is the largest annual culinary event in the Triangle area and includes a series of masterful culinary experiences.  TASTE invites and assembles more than 30 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. In 2018 TASTE will also include a gluten-free wine pairing dinner and Brews and Barbecue Bus Tour. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes.  For more information, go to http://tastetheevent.com

The 5th Annual Art of Cool Festival has been diligently working behind the scenes to curate a memorable 2018 AOCFEST. After all, it’s the fifth anniversary.
Be on the lookout Tuesday, March 27th for a very special announcement from AOC. The mission of Art of Cool is to present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music, presenting high-quality music concerts and events in unique venues throughout Durham to share our passion for music; our love of the Triangle’s vibrant arts scene; our desire to build and celebrate community; and our joy in providing each and every audience member with a great experience.  For more information, visit http://aocfestival.org

May 17 – 20: Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians.  By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.  This year’s Moogfest will debut a new Moog Music Inc. instrument, the Sub-Harmonicon. For more information, go to http://www.moogfest.com

May 22 – 27: The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Baseball Championship takes over the Durham Bulls Athletic Park with 15 tournament games, including the championship on Sunday. The 2018 ACC Baseball Championship will be the event’s second year under a new format, featuring 12 teams in a pool play format leading into a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine the league champion. Pool play will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with three games per day. The ACC Fanfest will be held on Saturday of the tournament during the semi-final games and will take place on Blackwell Street, extending from Jackie Robinson Lane to Diamond View Way. Fanfest includes interactive booths from regional sponsors, vendors, autograph sessions, inflatables and more.

June 14 – July 21: The American Dance Festival (ADF) celebrates its 85th season this year. The summer includes 53 performances by 26 companies and choreographers throughout Durham and Raleigh. The 2018 festival performances will take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Reynolds Industries Theater, the newly opened von der Heyden Studio Theater in the Rubenstein Arts Center, Baldwin Auditorium, North Carolina Museum of Art, The Carolina Theatre, and the Durham Fruit. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 1, and prices range from $12 to $60 with many savings options available. For more information visit americandancefestival.org.