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Moogfest Durham, USA - 18 May 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Durham Greyhound Bus Station

shuttle bus:
Bull City Connector

special festival bus:
Shuttles to RTP and Park-n-Ride lots

nearest airport:
Raleigh Durham International (RDU)

nearest train station:
Durham Amtrak (DNC)

Getting to Moogfest

  • Moogfest takes place in Downtown Durham.
  • Durham’s core is a walkable district of restaurants, galleries, parks & entertainment venues.

By Air

  • Raleigh-Durham Airport is about 20 km southeast of Durham’s downtown.
  • Daily flights arrive from 30+ domestic cities + London, Toronto & Paris.

By Car

  • Durham is between I-85 & I-40 of the Interstate system.
    Durham is about 40 km west of Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital. 
  • NC 147 connects I-40 with I-85 and traverses downtown Durham where Moogfest is held.

By Train

  • Amtrak services Durham station, with 3 daily eastbound/westbound trains.
  • The Carolinian has daily service to/from Durham and NYC, Washington, Richmond & Charlotte.
  • The PIedmont has rail service within North Carolina.
  • PIedmont stops at: Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point/Winston-Salem, Salisbury, Kannapolis & Charlotte. 

By Bus

  • Greyhound Durham Bus Station has service throughout the US.
  • GoDurham is the local bus service throughout Durham.
  • Triangle Transit has bus routes to/from Durham, Raleigh, Durham, Cary & Chapel Hill.
  • Triangle Transit also serves Raleigh-Durham International Airport & the Research Triangle Park. 

Free City Shuttle Bus

  • The Bull City Connector, a free shuttle bus, runs Mon. - Sat down Durham’s Main Street.
  • Bull City Connector serves the Downtown district, the Golden Belt arts district & Duke University.
  • Durham Amtrak Station is along its route, with the Durham Bus Station a short walk away. 

By Bike

  • Durham has a number of developed bike routes.
  • The American Tobacco Trail connects Downtown Durham with the Research Triangle Park & Wake County.



Free events, VIP options
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Prices in the table are quoted in USD
Full pass1000Engineer VIP Package.
Full pass499VIP Festival Pass.
Full pass249Festival Pass.
Moogfest Tickets
  • Engineer Package = hands-on 2-day synth-building workshop by Moog engineers + VIP access to all festival events.
  • VIP Pass = priority access to festival venues for performances, conferences & installations + VIP viewing areas, VIP/artist events + food & drink.
  • Festival Pass = entry to all performances, conferences, installations & workshops during the festival.
  • Free outdoor stage offers participatory programming for all ages.



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Durham, USA

Downtown Durham
35.997661, -78.903085
type of festival
electronic, pop, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, ambient & downtempo, avant-garde & experimental, trance & psychedelic, hip-hop & rap
other events
film: shorts, documentary; art: visual arts & installations, multimedia; science: technology
start Thu, 18 May 2017
end Tue, 23 May 2017

Moogfest: Synth-Tech-Art-Music

Moogfest, established in 2004, honors the genius of Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog analog synthesizer. The festival presents a unique combination of music and cutting-edge technology, attracting experimental composers, futurists, engineers & sonic artists from around the world. More than 7,000 fans experience nightly performances by electronic music pioneers & innovators in futuristic pop, jazz, reggae, trance, minimalist, ambient & techno + dance parties dj’d by top producers, experimental films & art installations. By day, conferences examine the future of creativity & workshops by Moog engineers demo the latest sound technology. Moogfest takes place at more than a dozen indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Durham North Carolina, USA.


Moogfest: Synth-Tech-Art-Music

Moogfest, since its founding in 2004, has showcased the most innovative electronic music on the planet. Experimental performances, many with unique formats, in a wide variety of music genres, from hip hop to trance, are performed by pioneers of electronic music, such as Keith Emerson, Tangerine Dream, Devo, Stanley Jordan, Massive Attack, Brian Eno & Gary Numan, as well as hot international acts including Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Moby & The Flaming Lips. More than 100 musical acts are matched by a faculty of futurists, computer scientists, robotics engineers and inventors drawn from major universities and technology companies, including Duke University and Google, both located in Durham. Demos of new electronic instruments and workshops where participants can build their own synth are regular features. A film festival features live original scores, shorts & docs. Site-specific art installations explore experimental sonic and visual art forms.

Public Programming at Moogfest

In addition to the festival’s ticketed events, free programming attracts tens of thousands to Moogfest in technology friendly Durham. A free outdoor stage offers music performances for all ages, while workshops introduce novices to the possibilities of synth. Performances and conferences take place throughout Historic Downtown Durham, outside in parks, at galleries, local hotels & theaters.

Moogfest is an Electronic Music+Art+Technology Fest for Geeks!

contributor: Renee Wright
published: 10 February 2016
updated: 17 October 2016
Age: Family, an adult oriented event, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian
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General: best in the world
Ambiance: urban
Features: djs & sound systems, live music & shows, ideas & technology, workshops & labs

Moogfest Features

  • FREE outdoor stage with music performances.
  • Synth workshops for newbies.
  • Conferences throughout Durham.
  • Venues include: parks, galleries, hotels & theaters.

Techie Location

  • Once a tobacco capital, Durham is now home to the Research Triangle Park.
  • Research Triangle Park is one of the largest research parks in the world.
  • Durham is known for high-tech industry, and Duke University, full of world-class researchers.
  • Downtown Durham houses a top US start-up incubator: American Underground - a Moogfest’s sponsor/venue.

Moogfest History

  • Durham is the third location for the festival.

  • Moogfest was first held in New York City from 2004 to 2008.

  • It moved to Asheville North Carolina - Moog Music Co. headquarters - from 2010 to 2013.

  • Dr. Robert Moog organized the first Moogfest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his invention of the analog synthesizer. The festival was a one-day affair, with a workshop conducted by Moog in the afternoon, followed by an evening concert starring Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the first musician to tour with a Minimoog.

  • Moog introduced his analog synthesizer at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival.

  • The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Sun Ra were among the first to use a Moog synthesizer in their music.

Moogfest Venues

  • Carolina Theatre: 309 West Morgan St.
  • 21c Museum Hotel: 111 N. Corcoran St.
  • Durham Arts Council: 120 Morris St.
  • Motorco Music Hall and parking lot: 723 Rigsbee Ave.
  • First Presbyterian Church: 305 E. Main St.
  • Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative Center: 277 Morris St.
  • American Underground: 201 W. Main St.
  • CCB Plaza: 201 N. Corcoran St. (outdoor stage)
  • Diamond View Park: 318 Blackwell St. (outdoor stage)



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Beds & Eats


Moogfest Accommodation

Hotels Near Moogfest Venues:


Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Wi-Fi Zone, VIP Zone
Accessibility: yes
Moogfest Amenities

All ticketholders have access to:

  • Free internet in designated areas
  • Toilets
  • 24-hour restaurants
Restaurants Near Moogfest Venues

Durham has been named the "Tastiest Town in the South" by Southern Living Magazine. Some 75 restaurants and pubs are located in the Downtown Durham district where Moogfest takes place.
Some favorites:



start Thu, 18 May 2017
end Tue, 23 May 2017
Moogfest Date Details
  • Moogfest is held every year in May.
  • The festival is organized to coincide as closely as possible with Moogfest founder Robert Moog’s birthday.
  • Robert Moog was born on May 23, 1934.

Season & Weather

Season: Spring
Temperature: 13 to 26 °C

Durham weather in May is pleasant, although hot, humid spells, and occasional thunderstorms, can occur.



Tel: +828 251 0090
Moogfest Contact

Durham North Carolina Contacts


Moog Music: 160 Broadway St. Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

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