Join us at the JB Duke for unique and exciting events throughout the year!

Special Events for Guests and the Durham Community

We are thrilled to offer exciting pop-up events and workshops throughout the year for guests of the hotel and Durham locals to enjoy! 

"Step Into Summer" Dance Class series

Thursday evenings, May 23 to June 13, all classes are 6-8pm

We are delighted to share the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and JB Duke Hotel are hosting a weekly “Step into Summer” dance class series, led by visiting dance instructors from Move With Grace Ballroom and Ninth Street Dance. Each class will start with an hour of instruction for different styles of dance, followed by a Q&A session. The classes will alternate properties every Thursday evening from May 23 to June 13. 

The full class schedule:

“Rhythms of the Rumba” with Jordan Jewell of Move With Grace Ballroom - Thursday, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 

“Tango for Two” with Sadie Zimet of Ninth Street Dance - Thursday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the JB Duke Hotel 

“Swing in Style” with Sadie Zimet of Ninth Street Dance  - Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 

“Wonders of the Waltz” with Jordan Jewell of Move With Grace Ballroom - Thursday, June 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the JB Duke Hotel 

As part of this experience, we will serve, during the Q&A sessions, cocktail samples inspired by the unique culture and flavor profiles of the dance style taught that night. The specialty drinks for all four weeks will be available for order in our outlets. Each class ticket is $25 per person, and advanced registration is required by completing this registration form. Beginners are welcome, and dancers may register alone, as a couple, or as a group.


"An Artful Summer" Artist in Residence series

Tuesday evenings, May 28 to August 13, all artists will begin at 6pm

We have partnered with The Durham Art Guild for “An Artful Summer” Artist in Residence series to take place every Tuesday from May 28 to August 13 at the JB Duke Hotel. This live activation will feature a rotation of six local artists in the Lobby Lounge, where they will work on their art while engaging with guests. We will feature artists with different mediums for variety, and each artist will appear twice, so guests can see the progression of their art over the span of the summer.

Tuesday, May 28 and Tuesday, July 9 – Ann Harwell, fiber artist
Tuesday, June 4 and Tuesday, July 23 – Matt Tomko, painter
Tuesday, June 11 and Tuesday, July 16 – McKayla Walker, painter
Tuesday, June 18 and Tuesday, July 30 – Antonia Brown, painter
Tuesday, June 25 and Tuesday, August 6 – Soonja Cook, painter
Tuesday, July 2 and Tuesday, August 13 – Delayna Robbins, painter


"Flashback Flicks" Outdoor Movie series

Wednesday evenings, May 29 to August 28, all screenings begin at 8pm

Guests and the public are welcome every Wednesday evening for an intimate cinematic experience that is sure to make you laugh or cry beneath the summer stars. A different movie will be featured each week, including classics and more current family favorites, alternating locations between our two hotels. JB Duke Hotel guests will gather on the contemporary, cozy MarketPlace Terrace. The showings at the Washington Duke Inn will be at the Terrace on the Green, overlooking the scenic Duke University Golf Course. Guests may order food and beverages from the full Lobby Lounge menu or Bull Durham Bar menu before, during, and after the screenings. 

Screening Schedule: 

May 29 at Washington Duke Inn – Back to the Future

June 5 at JB Duke – Top Gun (1986)

June 12 at Washington Duke Inn – The Philadelphia Story

June 19 at JB Duke – Casablanca

June 26 at Washington Duke Inn – Kung Fu Panda

July 3 at JB Duke – Field of Dreams

July 10 at Washington Duke Inn – Rocky

July 17 at JB Duke – Apollo 13

July 24 at Washington Duke Inn – The Parent Trap (1998)

July 31 at JB Duke – Sleepless in Seattle

August 7 at Washington Duke Inn – True Grit

August 14 at JB Duke – Up

August 21 at Washington Duke Inn – Moonstruck

August 28 at JB Duke – Footloose (1984)