Parties for the Park
What could be more fun and refreshing on a summer night than the opening splash of Parties for the Park on the pool deck of Unscripted? The DJ will be keeping it lively for drinks and dinner around the pool. Delicious summer grill fare will be served up by Unscripted and Neomonde, complemented by spirits and brews from Bedlam Vodka/GraybeardDurham Distillery. Each ticket includes the first 2 drinks. Powered by progressive energy and sleek design, Unscripted is the perfect place to launch and celebrate the inclusive sense of community found at Durham Central Park. You just may want to take a dip, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!
Two seatings: 5:30 and 6:30 pm
Enjoy an evening under the market lights at the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. beer garden! With brats and veggie burgers and flames fully prepped by Grill Master Isaac Martin, you will commandeer one of twelve grills to prepare your own picnic. Each grill will accommodate 8 guests so friends and family can join in the fun! After the meal join the closing night of the Summer Movie Series featuring the cult classic film “Time Bandits.”
Cost: $35 (includes meal and one $5 bar token), or $250 for table of 8
5:00 pm until sunset
Start with a welcome cocktail from Prohibition-Era Havana and a small appetizer in the newly-opened COPA Cuban restaurant on the first floor. Then it is up to Rodney’s Art Loft on the third floor with its panoramic view of DPAC and the American Tobacco campus, and if lucky, a great sunset from the community roof.
All the while the hallways and stairwells of all four floors of the Baldwin provide a visual feast of color and passion. Including Rodney’s loft, they are filled with some 200 paintings: a third are by artists from South America, half are by international artists, 40 percent by women, and 10 percent have been exhibited in major international museums.
SOLD OUT! Veggie Extravaganza chez McRobinson
Join Bob and his sous-chef Marya for an evening of vegetarian treats, celebrating the current harvest with matching libations. The evening will also include Bob sharing a short reading from his upcoming book, The Farewell Party, a quirky and intense imagination of a time when death with dignity is more commonplace in our culture.
Over the past several years, Durham Central Park, Inc. has produced dozens of Food Truck Rodeos in the park that have been wildly successful. The good folks at Pie Pushers and Only Burger are teaming up to organize this special opportunity to experience a PRIVATE “mini-rodeo.” Each truck will prepare a sample of a special menu item they wish to share – to provide for a taste from each truck’s rolling kitchen! Plus, no long lines! Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this unique opportunity to sample cuisine from 15+ local Triangle food trucks in one evening! Fullsteam Brewery will be on hand offering two beers per ticket and a cash bar.
Cost: $50, (1 ticket can feed 1-3 people, depending on appetite and capacity!)
Esperanza—we all know her as “Pela”—is generously opening her Trinity Park home for a Mexican dinner party. As a native of Mexico City, she is enthusiastic to share her specialties. And just what is an “impossible cake?” Come and find out!
**This family-friendly event sold out last year, so get your tickets now!**
Multiple local bands will fill the fall air with cool tunes while you enjoy a bowl of freshly made, pipin’ hot Brunswick stew (yes, there will be a vegetarian option!) and an ice-cold pint of beer!
Cost: $15 in advance / $20 at the door
Durham favorite, Suman Bhatia, is bringing her Indian spices and delicious chutneys to the Durham Cohousing kitchen to prepare a fantastic meal to benefit the park. Famous for her “Bolly Mondays” at Fullsteam, and her booth at the Durham Farmers’ Market, Suman’s cooking will not disappoint! Those who have not visited the Durham Cohousing downtown high rise will also enjoy seeing their beautiful community spaces including a professionally appointed kitchen and dining room.
Lucy Stokes, general contractor and host extraordinaire, invites you to a dinner party inside one of her latest renovation projects! She has created her new home within the c.1900 warehouse that once housed Cary Lumber Company, Kimbrell’s Furniture and the Book Exchange. The formerly bricked-in front windows have been opened for large views from her cooking, living and dining space. And the original elevator assembly hangs from the 20 ft ceiling draped with lighting above the dining room table!
Cocktails will be on the roof, but dinner will be under the elevator twinkle lights.
What do you call an Octoberfest with a southern twist? It’s a southtoberfest!
Seasoned “Meals from the Market” party-plannersz—the Jewells, Wiehes and Wolffs—are back hosting a fun evening in Trinity Park. Once again, they will be combining their cooking, canning, brewing, and baking skills to produce a delicious meal in a festive residential setting. Their parties are known for amusing ice-breaker games and great conversation. Join in!
Come join us at the exciting new WineFeed, located at 307 South Roxboro for an evening of light appetizers and wine tasting from the four top producing wine regions, France, Spain, Italy and California.
*SOLD OUT* Catch of the Day, Meal of a Lifetime
Matt Kelly, and his incredible staff at St. James Seafood, will prepare an amazing meal of fresh offerings from the North Carolina coast. Of course, we can’t say exactly what that will be right now because who knows what seasonally fresh seafood will be coming off the boats in October! Rest assure whatever it is will be carefully chosen and expertly prepared. Additionally, Jim Stock, the Haw River Wine Man, will be supplying authentic wines to complement the dishes Matt prepares for us. This evening will be a night to remember….Matt’s meals always are!
With only 30 seats at the table, you best get your tickets today! Matt’s meals always sell out immediately and are talked about for years to come!
SOLD OUT! Treat Your Sweet Tooth on the Roof!
Enjoy a delicious array of sweets, dessert wines and coffees on the Church+Main Rooftop in the heart of downtown with its 360 views of Durham! After your Friday dinner at one of downtown’s finest, save room for mouthwatering desserts provided by Lucky’s Deli, Rose’s Noodle, Dumplings & Sweets and Sweet Little Something. It promises to be a sweet fall evening!
SOLD OUT! Under the Stars atop the Kress
Dine Under the Stars atop the iconic Kress building in Downtown Durham. Come at 6 to enjoy drinks and the glow from the 6:23 sunset. Marvel at all the new buildings sprouting up in a ring around the town, especially the 27, count it, 27, story building at the other end of the block.
Cosmopolite “Meals from the Market “ hostess, Amanda Smith is her own chef this year, offering a delectable five course meal from five continents featuring her world-famous Indonesian peanut chicken!
5:00 –7:00 pm
Please join DCP’s neighbor, THE BRANNAN, whose residents are hosting dinner with an international tapas and wine flair. We’ll gather at THE BRANNAN and browse several units to taste a delightful selection of small plates from the Mediterranean, Europe, South America, and the American South! Each tapas dish will be paired with an appropriate wine. We’ll wander between two units on each floor for our small plates, and then all move together to another floor for more tastes and views of DCP. Directions where we will start, where to park, and how to enter THE BRANNAN will be provided along with your ticket.
6:30, music at 7:00pm
Shout your love of Durham Central Park from the rooftops! The agents of Urban Durham Realty share their love of Durham every day from their offices just a few doors down from the park. A former garage, and half art gallery, their colorful space on Foster Street will be the setting for a fun evening of food and music.
Chef Aaron Benjamin is generously preparing a cocktail party for us! Appealing cocktails and food stations for scrumptious small plates will be presented in the latest renovation of this award winning restaurant.
Join in for good food, good conversations – and the most interesting folks – in a “new” version of a solid “Meals from the Market” favorite, we promise you a lively Sunday evening in support of Durham Central Park.
Limited to 60 so act quickly!
Parties for the Park Sponsors
Special thanks to our Parties for the Park sponsors! Their generous support helps make everything we do in the park possible.