What is Durham Refugee Day?

Durham Refugee Day is a day to celebrate and welcome refugees and immigrants in our community.  It is a fun afternoon for the whole family with plenty of food, music, activities and booths for everyone! See Schedule page for details.

Why is Durham hosting a day for refugees?

In a February 2017 resolution, the City Council unanimously declared that Durham is open and welcoming to immigrants and refugees and “that Durham’s immigrant and refugee communities are integral to the life our city.” This resolution May 6, 2017 “Durham Refugee Day” in Durham. Since then, Durham has hosted Durham Refugee Day every year to celebrate the contributions of refugees and immigrants to our community.

Learn more about local refugee resettlement trends in this Triangle Refugee Fact Sheet.

Check out coverage of the First Durham Refugee Day, May 6, 2017: News & Observer article; Durham celebrates ‘Refugee Day’ in a show of solidarity, Herald Sun; Durham establishes May 6 as ‘Durham Refugee Day’, WRAL with Video.

Who should attend Durham Refugee Day?

Durham Refugee Day is a celebratory event that anyone can attend! Come with friends and family to show your support and welcome for our refugee community. You never know who you will meet or what you will learn!

Note: Please be mindful of bringing pets to the celebration. People from different cultures have differing levels of comfort with animals, especially big dogs.

 Where is Durham Refugee Day taking place? 

Durham Refugee Day will take place at Durham Central Park (501 Foster Street, Durham NC). This is the same venue as the Durham Farmers’ Market. Booths and vendors will be under the covered pavilion.

Where can we park?

Street parking is available along Foster Street, Hunt Street, Rigsbee Street, Roney Street and Corporation. The Durham Centre Deck at 300 Morgan Street is two blocks away.

For more information, visit parkdurham.org.

How can I help? 

Volunteer: You can sign up to volunteer for Durham Refugee Day through our Volunteer Sign-up Form (closed for 2022 event). Please contact Nayo at CWS KNayo@CWSGlobal.org or Adam Clark at World Relief AClark@WR.org with questions or for group opportunities.

Financial support: If you would like to be a sponsor for Durham Refugee Day 2019, please contact Courtney McCurdy at CMcCurdy@cwsglobal.org for more information.

How can I become a vendor, speaker, or performer?

We would love to hear from you! Click here to apply! We have limited space available, so please apply as soon as possible

How can I support Durham Refugee Day?

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to the general event and help cover costs, or give to either or both of Durham’s designated refugee resettlement organizations online or at Durham Refugee Day.

Any contributions that exceed the costs of Durham Refugee Day event will be split equally between CWS and World Relief.  Contribute to CWS-Durham.  Contribute to World Relief Durham.

 Who is organizing and sponsoring Durham Refugee Day?

Durham Refugee Day is jointly organized by the City of Durham, CWS Durham and World Relief Durham.  As a City endorsed event, Durham Police will manage traffic and road blocks around Central Park.

Will water be provided?

Yes! Bring your own reusable water bottle and free water will be available courtesy of H2O 2 Go. Cups will also be provided. H2O 2 Go helps eliminate plastic waste and the use of disposable water bottles. For more information, email savewater@durhamnc.gov. Fill up, drink up!