Events On & Around Campus

Residential Programs

In order to enhance the quality of student life, a varied cultural, educational, and recreational program is organized by the Central Campus Residence Life staff in conjunction with the Office of Summer Session. Activities include picnics, pizza nights, pool parties, intramural sports, dancing lessons, ice cream socials, and concerts, along with outings to recreational sites and shopping centers in the RDU Triangle area.

These opportunities enable you to get together with the Summer Session community in an informal way. In addition, study breaks and outings to special events in the surrounding area are organized (don't miss the annual 4th of July Eno River Festival).

Upcoming Events

Summer Festival of the Arts

To enrich your Summer Session experience, Duke Performances and the Office of Summer Session present special events throughout the summer, including North Carolina-based independent rock, jazz, and chamber music, while the Sarah P. Duke Gardens offers an outdoor and an indoor film series. All of these are offered for free or at a nominal fee to Duke students and at very low cost to others.

The Nasher Museum of Art has a permanent collection of over 10,000 works of art in four core areas: medieval art, art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian), classical antiquities, and modern and international contemporary art with a concentration in art from the African diaspora. Current and future exhibitions include the Odili Donald Odita Murals (through October 1, 2017); “Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush"  (February 16-July 16, 2017), and "All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection" (March 2-August 27, 2017).

The American Dance Festival is also at home on the Duke campus during the summer, offering workshops and many public performances.

Summer Days Nasher Nights

Summer is a great season for spending time at the Nasher Museum, whether exploring the pavilions, relaxing on the cafe patio, or enjoying the view from the cool comfort of the climate controlled atrium. In its sixth season, Summer Days Nasher Nights is a popular collection of summer programs, including live music, book discussions and hand-on activities, free films and guest chef nights. Duke students, faculty and staff enjoy free general admission to the museum.