Martin Luther King Jr. Events
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at Northgate Mall in Durham Jan. 15.
Photo courtesy of Northgate Mall
MLK Dreamfest: Songs of the Dream
Jan. 13 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 10 a.m. Free. Enjoy arts-and-crafts activities, and learn songs that animate the struggle for equality in a family-friendly singalong. Kids can sing the songs during a cultural performance titled “Music and the Dream” at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/dreamfest.
Durham Parks and Recreation MLK Jr. Event
Jan. 13 – W. D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St., Durham. 2-5 p.m. Free. Durham Parks and Recreation will host a program to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. featuring activities that include arts and crafts; music; dancing; community information; financial, physical and emotional wellness resources; and food vendors. durhamnc.gov/753/parks-recreation.
Town of Garner's MLK Celebration
Jan. 14 - Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd., Garner. 4-6 p.m. Free. The Town of Garner hosts its annual celebration of the life and teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker is state Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan. Enjoy special performances by Creech Road Elementary School Chorus, The Gifted Arts, Inc. and Wake Baptist Grove Youth Choir.
From King to Kaepernick: Progress Through Protest 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration
Jan. 14 – Duke Chapel, 401 Chapel Dr., Durham. 3 p.m. Free. Enjoy a keynote speaker, music and dance. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage on Science Drive. mlk.duke.edu.
Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration With NC MomsRising: The Power of Children
Jan. 15 – Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Free. Celebrate King’s birthday with cake, crafts, stories and kid-friendly activities. northgatemall.com.
Dream Big Book Drive
Jan. 15 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 1-4 p.m. Free. Inspired by Dr. King’s vision in which all children have the chance to realize their full potential, the Dream Big Book Drive is a community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy and books for all children. Donate new or gently used children’s books, volunteer to help sort and box donations, and enjoy live music, food trucks and family activities. bookharvestnc.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
Jan. 18 – Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 237 Friendship Chapel Rd., Wake Forest. 6 p.m. Free. Join local churches and community organizations for a public celebration honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. wakeforestnc.gov/mlk-community-celebration.aspx.
16th MLK Black History Month Parade and Block Party
Feb. 3 – Downtown Durham, Fayetteville St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Honor the legacy of Dr. King and celebrate Black History Month with a parade at noon that features marching bands, floats, and local dance and church groups. Food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and face painters highlight the block party from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. spectacularmag.com.