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American Dance Festival – Summer in Durham

The arts are a big part of life in Durham. No, we are not just a town of academics and sciences. Come June and July, you’ll see downtown Durham filled with modern dancers and dance enthusiast from all over the world. Why do they come? For the American Dance Festival (ADF), of course.


Shen Wei Dance Arts from Opening Night. Photo by Grant Halverson, used with permission by ADF.

The 82nd annual American Dance Festival has been held each summer in Durham, North Carolina since relocating to Duke University in 1978. What started on the campus of Duke University, has now expanded to multiple venues including the Carolinas largest performing arts center, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). You can sit in on one of the incredible dance performances and even take a few dance classes all while retreating to the Arrowhead Inn at the end of the day, the perfect place to stay for this phenomenal event.

The festival runs June 11th through July 26th this year. There is plenty of time to book a room at our Durham bed and breakfast. Enjoy the excitement of one of the most renowned dance festivals in the country. Then come relax in an idyllic country setting at the Arrowhead Inn, just a quick 15 minute drive from the dance venues. Stay two nights, show us your ADF ticket receipt, and receive a 10% discount on your room/night plus a complimentary dessert in your room after the show! Find out more about the American Dance Festival Special and other vacation packages at our North Carolina inn.

We look forward to having you stay with us at the Inn. You will not want to miss this amazing festival.

Gloria & Phil Teber Your Innkeeper and Chef at the Arrowhead Inn, Durham, NC