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.
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
Duke Homestead State Historic Site