Bull Fest

Join us Saturday June 14th from 10 am to 4 pm for the first of our 2nd Saturdays Summer Events.  

Bull Fest is a celebration of our wonderful home town of Durham. The Duke Family history is intertwined with Durham's history so we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the roots Durham puts down right here at Duke Homestead.

Throughout the day, visitors can browse and buy from local Durham arts and crafts persons.  All day long on stage we will feature local musicians thanks to the North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op.

Make sure you come hungry as this event will be featuring a mini Food Truck Rodeo with some of the Triangle's best food!

Enjoy a scavenger hunt through the Museum for hiding bulls and fun facts. Color and add your very own addition to our Washington Duke portrait gallery

In the Historic Area you can get a glimpse of how it all started. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the early life and humble beginnings of the Duke's manufacturing business, W. Duke & Sons, which was run on the property until 1874.

Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating flailing and sifting to create pipe tobacco in the Third Factory.  In the Duke's historic home, interpreters will be baking up historic recipes in the kitchen, and  teaching make and take crafts in the parlor and dining room.  In the yard, the historic area will come alive with 19th century games and toys and live fiddle and banjo music.

This event is FREE to the public.  


All Day in the Festival Area

Arts & Crafts Vendors

Local Business Booths

Make and Take Crafts

Mama Dukes Food Truck, Kona Ice Kabana, Chuck McClean Grill, Sweets by Alexandria

Welcome Booth and Raffle Table


All Day in the Museum

Find-A-Bull Scavenger Hunt

Washington Duke Portrait Gallery and Timeline

Site Orientation Film 15 minutes before and after each hour. 

Main Stage Music Schedule


10:15 am -10:35 am                Ken Cleary  

10:45 am - 11:15 am               Lang Baradell

11:25 am - 11:55 am               Jimmy Haggard

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm              Rob McHale  

12:50 pm - 1:20  pm               Kirk Ridge & Friends 

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm                  Dean Driver 

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm                  Joe Woodson 

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm                 Isabel Taylor & Cara Bonnett 




All Day in the Historic Area

Live Fiddle & Banjo Music

19th Century Games & Toys

Homestead Open House:

Dress Up Trunk

Make and Take Thaumatropes

Make and Taste Duke Homestead Jumble Cookies

Third Factory Open House:

Flailing and Sifting Tobacco Demonstrations 

Bull Fest is made possible thanks to a sponsorship from Leaf Filter Gutter Protection

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 477 - 5498
duke@ncdcr.gov 

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