4th of July: Festival for the Eno

Festival for the Eno

The Festival for the Eno is one of Durham’s most beloved events. Every year around the 4th of July, the festival brings together amazing music, gorgeous crafts, information on sustainability, and many Durham residents to celebrate the Eno River. More importantly, the proceeds from the festival benefit the Eno River Association, whose mission is to protect the lands and waters of the Eno River and its tributaries for future generations.

Now in its 35th year, the Festival for the Eno is a celebration that is not to be missed!


photo courtesy of Festival for the Eno
photo courtesy of Festival for the Eno

The Festival for the Eno always has something fun for the whole family. The music schedule this year includes many area favorites. Here are some performances that you’ll want to see, along with links to preview their music before you hit the festival:


6 String Drag photo by Michael Traister
photo by Michael Traister

6 String Drag

July 4th at 2:30pm on the Grove Stage

Listen to the band


photo courtesy of African American Dance Ensemble website
photo courtesy of African American Dance Ensemble

A Bull City Events favorite! African-American Dance Ensemble

July 4th at 1:15pm on the Meadow Stage

Watch the performers and learn more about the African-American Dance Ensemble!


The Holland Brothers
photo courtesy of The Holland Brothers

The Holland Brothers

July 4th at 10:45am on the River Stage and at 1:45pm on the Chimney Stage

Listen to the band


The Barefoot Movement
photo courtesy of The Barefoot Movement

The Barefoot Movement

July 4th at 3pm on the Meadow Stage and at 5pm on the River Stage

Listen to the band


the Duhks
photo courtesy of The Duhks

The Duhks

July 5th at 1pm on the Meadow Stage and at 4pm on the River Stage

Watch the band


Mandolin Orange
Photo courtesy of Mandolin Orange

A Bull City Events favorite! Mandolin Orange

July 5th at 2pm on the Meadow Stage

Watch the band


Music is not the only thing going on at the festival. There’s a juried craft show with some amazing artists! We’ve listed a few of our favorites below:


photo © Curtis Krueger
photo © Curtis Krueger

Curtis Krueger Photography

His project, Mrs. Davis’ Chair, is beautiful and inspiring.


beechwood metalworks peacock
photo courtesy of Beechwood Metalworks

Beechwood Metalworks

Look at this gorgeous metal peacock!


olivers collar

Oliver’s Collar Dog Treat Bakery

A Bull City Events favorite! Our pups love their treats (and they taste pretty great for humans, too!)


Easy Street Leather
photo courtesy of Easy Street Leather

Easy Street Leather

This leather bag is simply gorgeous!


And last but certainly not least, the whole reason for the festival: sustainability. The festival invites non-profit organizations from our community to talk to festivalgoers about their work. They also have home and garden exhibitors that focus on sustainability to show you how you can help the environment right in your own backyard. And the whole festival is 95% trash-free, thanks to the vision of the Trash Free program and its founders! The Trash Free program began in 1992 and works with vendors to reduce excess packaging and ensure most festival waste is recyclable or compostable.

For all these wonderful reasons, we can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to attend Festival for the Eno! If you attend, here are some helpful hints that might make your day a little easier:

  • Parking is only available on-site for performers and the disabled. However, you can park conveniently at the Durham County Stadium (2700 N. Duke Street) and ride a free (air-conditioned!) bus to the festival gate. Buses run from 9:30am to 6:30pm each day.
  • You can ride your bike to the festival! There are bike racks next to the ticket booth at the “Home” (North) parking lot at the stadium. You can also ride to the festival sire and lock your bike along the fence next to the Big Top tent.
  • You may bring a cooler, but NO ALCOHOL can be brought inside the festival. There will be a beer garden provided by Sweetwater Brewing, which is open 11am to 5pm each day.
  • Dogs on a 6′ leash are allowed at the festival, but they advise to leave the pooches at home. If you do bring your dogs, please bring along ample water and dish.
  • There is handicapped accessibility to all areas, but you may need assistance in some areas due to the gravel and dirt paths. There are several accessible restrooms at the festival.

Are you an ardent fan of the Festival for the Eno? Tell us your favorite thing about the festival in the comments!

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