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Durham Farmers' Market

Durham Farmers’ Market (Photo courtesy of Stewart Waller / Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Find yourself rushing from work to home or school and back with little “you” time? What if this year you resolved to put more play in your life while exploring fun things to do and see right here in the Triangle?

Hopping on the Bull City Connector—a fare-free ride—offers a chance to see Durham like a tourist as the bus stops at major attractions, and many are free to visit.
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Stay up late with the BCC this NYE.

bcc-nyeAs a Durmite, I have to give props to Raleigh’s spirit of celebration. In addition to their holiday parade, Raleigh’s First Night® is a super big deal. Meanwhile, here in the Bull City, we haven’t even had a downtown Christmas parade since 2008 (though that might be changing). We also don’t drop a giant acorn from the sky.

Though that’s hard to compete with, I contend that we have a lot to offer. So, in honor of the Bull City Connector’s Inaugural NYE Service, I present to you, in no particular order, the BCC Best Bets by Bus – New Year’s Eve Edition:

Cabaret Arcana: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
One of downtown’s newest hangouts, Arcana invites revelers to drop by this informal cabaret from 5pm-2am.
Arcana – 31 W Main St, Back Entrance Durham, NC 27701

Cheap Date: A Queer NYE Dance party
Pinhook is having a dance party and everyone’s invited. Doors open at 9, the party starts at 10, and there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight. 21 and over only.
Pinhook –  117 W. Main St. Durham, NC 27701

New Year’s Eve at The Durham
Celebrate 2016 in mid-century style. Start in the lobby with the tasting menu and end up on the roof with blankets and a movie.
The Durham –  315 E Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701
$65 – Reservations available

Bull City Burger and Brewery Family Friendly New Year’s Eve BCCBB closes at 3pm on on Thursday and will reopen at 6pm for a special dinner. Get stuffed at this decidedly non-stuffy event where “proper attire is required – no ties, jackets, tuxedos or formal gowns”.
Reservations Required
BCBB – 107 East Parrish St, Durham NC 27701
Adults $38 plus tip, plus tax ($12 for beer pairing with each course)
Children (under 12 years) $12 plus tip, plus tax

16 Candles NYE Party
Slap on a sideways pony tail and a Members Only jacket and practice your 80s dance moves. There’s a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight.
Bull McCabe’s – 427 W Main St, Durham NC 27701
Free cover

Timeless: A NYE Event
The Art of Cool does it again with their Durham NYE bash. 
220 Foster St, Durham NC 27701
$50-$70, tickets required

From Twitter: @BullCityConnect we absolutely are, we’ll have a DJ, midnight toast and other specials to ring in 2016! #NYE2016
900 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701


The Bull City Connector is a fare-free bus route that runs from Duke to Golden Belt. On Thursday, December 31, 2015 the BCC will run from 6:30am until 2am on Friday, January 1, 2016, with service every 17 minutes. You can use Transloc to see where the bus is in real-time. Click here and look for the BCC under the GoDurham routes.

Think outside the (big) box and go for an art walk instead.

Shop, explore, and be inspired at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, Saturday, Nov. 22 & Sunday, Nov. 23 from  10:00am-5:00pm

Shop, explore, and be inspired at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market Saturday, Nov. 22 10am-5pm & Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10:00am-5:00pm

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you, too? I’m having  difficulty believing that at next week this time I’ll be recovering from massive amounts of pumpkin pie and family togetherness. Frankly, I am not in the mood. Luckily, I think there may be a cure for my grinchery.

This week’s TransitThursday post touched on the idea that there’s no better way to get to know a place than to get outside and go for a walk. Just in time for the weekend, here’s an idea to lift your holiday spirit and get inspired, all while getting acquainted (or falling in love again) with downtown Durham and supporting local businesses and artists.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market brings together an array of local artists and puts them all in Durham’s City Center for your shopping convenience. This year’s market happens Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1 to 5pm. In addition to the items that are available for purchase, there’s also live music, food, and other fun events, including chances to earn BullCityBuck$.

Check out their page for full event details, including a map showing the fare-free Bull City Connector route. Pro-tip: Why not plan your Saturday around the BCC’s route for a full day of fun? Click here to start planning. If you need help figuring out where to eat, check out the BCC Dining Guide. If you just need help figuring out the bus, take a look at the other links on that page or give us a call at 919-485-RIDE.

Speaking of the BCC Dining Guide, be on the lookout for a roundup of other holiday happenings that are along the Bull City Connector’s route, coming next week!

#TransitThursday: Sustainable Travel Heroes Needed!


I talk about the bus a lot, y’all. At public events where I’m repping DATA, Triangle Transit, or GoTriangle, sure, but I’ve been known to work in a plug for public transit in some pretty odd moments, i.e. while being sedated during a medical procedure.

You know what, though? I’m not the only one who has a lot to say about my chosen smart commute. I spoke to a woman at a National Night Out event on Tuesday who loves Triangle Transit, and there are lots more people like her who stop by my table at events around the Triangle to tell me how they’ve figured out how to save money and their sanity by using the bus, biking, walking, or sharing their ride via a vanpool or carpool. Do you know someone like that? Are you somebody like that? Tell us about it– the 2014 Golden Modes nominations are open!

Each year we reward those individuals, employers and organizations that are committed to promoting sustainable transportation, improving our environment and reducing tra­ffic. Please take a few minutes to nominate an individual or company to let them know their dedication to smart commuting is appreciated – you can even nominate yourself! Just use the links below to complete our short nomination form or visit Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Golden Modes Award Ceremony in RTP on November 13th.   Continue reading

Transit Thursday: Next stop… local veggies!

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Don’t you just love the Durham Farmers’ Market (DFM)? It’s got stellar Yelp reviews, inspired a Bon Appetit “postcard” write-up, and is probably the most happening spot downtown pre-10am on Saturdays. In fact, the only thing I don’t like about the market is that I have to get up early to score the best finds (consider yourself warned!).

The DFM is all about community and to help make sure that everyone could enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of our NC farmers, they began accepting EBT/SNAP (food stamps) this past spring. This Saturday they’re launching the Double Bucks Program, a new program that will match SNAP benefits up to $10 per person.

It just so happens that we’ll be launching a free shuttle to the Durham Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday, too! Look for the SPECIAL BCC at Durham Station to get a ride. Look for the signs and if you’re coming this Saturday, July 19, I’ll be there in the morning with our re-usable shopping bags, perfect for toting your market finds. If you miss me at the station, come look for me at the DFM’s info table.

Oh, one more thing. One of Charge Ahead Durham’s three weekly challenges is to ride the bull– no, not the one at Shooters, I’m talking about the Bull City Connector. If you’re going to go to the Durham Farmer’s Market, why not take the shuttle back and go ahead and get your charge done?




Transit Thursday: Bull City Dining Guide

Happy Friday! Er, Thursday, that is. Tomorrow’s 4th of July holiday marks our second long weekend this summer. Since many vacationers experienced high traffic and gas prices on Memorial Day, we’re again encouraging people not to hit the road and instead hit up their local scene. Staycations are an awesome opportunity to explore Triangle culture and save money, and this time, we’ve made it a little easier with our first-ever Bull City Connector Dining Guide!


The BCC offers free rides along Main Street in Durham, a route that passes by some of Durham’s best eats and treats. Now, 80+ local eateries have teamed up to offer discounts and deals to anyone who presents the Dining Guide at participating locations. From fresh baked donuts to drinks on the patio, you can enjoy all the perks of vacation without ever picking up your keys.

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To get your staycation started, click here to download the official Bull City Connector Dining Guide. Each eatery is labeled by stop number and price point, so for the next step, find the stop nearest you using the one of our transit apps. Finally, be sure to show us your favorite finds on Twitter and our Facebook page, or share your best #foodstagrams with us on Instagram.

Have a great holiday weekend!

– Grace