There isn’t a bad time to take a trip to the Triangle. Each season has something unique and exciting to offer! From the weather to events to seasonal attractions, every season could arguably be the best time to visit Durham, NC. We’ve laid out the best parts of each season, so you can decide for yourself when to visit.
While you’re in the area, you won’t want to miss all the tasty bites and spots to shop you can only experience in the Triangle. Access our complimentary Durham, NC Vacation Guide to get a full scope of everything happening in our city!
When Is the Best Time to Visit Durham, NC?
Durham is a beautiful place to experience the blooming flowers and warming weather of spring. This colorful season brings Bulls baseball games, strawberry picking, and so much more. Get outside and enjoy some of the best outdoor activities in the area like picnicking and hiking. With temperatures in the 50s and 60s most days, many local festivals and events happen in the spring.
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
- Mid-Town Square Spring Festival
- Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
- French Market & Seafood Festival
Our Garden at the Inn is a relaxing place to enjoy the cool summer nights in Durham. Most evenings fall into the 60s, so you can get a rest from the sunny mid-to-upper-80s days. Swimming basins like Turtle Hole and Sennet Hole are locals’ favorites to cool down on those hot summer days. Many food festivals happen in the summer months making it a great time for foodies to visit.
- Peak City Pig Fest
- Festival for the Eno
- 4th of July Fireworks Display
- SunFest at Dorthea Dix Park
The changing colors of the leaves and the crisp air draw people to the Triangle every year. The stunning fall foliage in North Carolina definitely makes autumn a top contender for the best time to visit Durham. Enjoy hiking in nearby state parks like Eno River State Park and Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and drinking local ciders. There are also tons of festivals and events during the season, so you’ll never run out of things to do!
- Apex PeakFest
- NC Sugar Rush
- Meet in the Street Festival
- Bull City Rumble
- Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
- The Art of Cool Festival
- Black Wall Street: Homecoming
- Raleigh Greek Festival
- Hopscotch Music Festival
- World of Bluegrass
- Apex Music Festival
- CenterFest Art Festival
- African American Cultural Celebration
- Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week
- World Beer Festival
- NC Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival
- Triangle Oktoberfest
- PGA Tour SAS Championship
- NC State Fair
- Raleigh International Food Festival
- Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
- American Indian Heritage Celebration
- Raleigh Christmas Parade
The Inn is always beautifully decorated for Christmas, while the entire Triangle gets into the holiday spirit. If you’re a basketball fan, you get your pick between two of the country’s top college basketball programs: Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Get out of the cold and catch a show or musical at Carolina Theatre or the Durham Performing Arts Center. Although the weather is cold and even snows in the winter, there’s always something happening in the Triangle.
Stay at Arrowhead Inn
Now that you know when to visit Durham, it’s time to start planning that vacation you’ve been thinking about. Arrowhead Inn is the best place to stay no matter the season! We have a variety of elegant rooms as well as a spacious cabin and a private cottage. Whatever reason you visit Durham, fuel up each morning with gourmet breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Check our availability and start planning your Durham getaway today!