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Old Fashioned 4th of July
Jul
4
1:00 PM13:00

Old Fashioned 4th of July

Join Preservation Chapel Hill for an  OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION on the lawn at Horace Williams House on Wednesday, July 4 from 1-3 pm .

Enjoy free lemonade, ice cream and flags and Patriotic tunes performed by The Village Band. Bring lawn chairs and all your family and friends! http://www.preservationchapelhill.org/

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Movies Under the Stars: Wonder Woman!
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Movies Under the Stars: Wonder Woman!

Arrive early to this summer's Movies Under the Stars to get the best spot on the Wallace Plaza. Take in the summer breeze and try your hand at outdoor games, or check out interactive activities from the Circulator - all part of the fun at Movies Under the Stars!

For more information: downtownchapelhill.com/movies

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Night Bazaar at 140 West Plaza
May
12
6:00 PM18:00

Night Bazaar at 140 West Plaza

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IT'S ALL HAPPENING at the May 12th Bazaar from 6-10 p.m. at the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza, our first evening Bazaar in Chapel Hill! Shop handmade crafts and creations from our 20+ talented local makers and awesome eats and drinks from Merry FrankstersBaoziBoro Beverage,Carrboro Coffee Roasters, and the surrounding Chapel Hill eateries, all while you enjoy the vinyl sounds of Selector B Steady. The Bazaar is family-friendly and free!

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Fridays on the Front Porch
May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Fridays on the Front Porch


The summertime Chapel Hill staple is back! Fridays on the Front Porch (#FOFP) at Carolina Inn, is every Friday starting at 5pm! Relax on a shady front porch while listening to live music  enjoying delicious fare provided by your favorite food trucks. https://www.carolinainn.com/fridays-on-the-front-porch

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Park on the Hill Kick-Off Party!
Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

Park on the Hill Kick-Off Party!

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The Chapel Hill Police Department (CHPD) is launching the long-awaited Lots to Love parking campaign with a party downtown on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St.

The Lots to Love campaign gives the local community an opportunity to engage with Chapel Hill parking and learn about the latest changes to parking downtown. The upcoming event celebrates the new campaign with live music, free food, artwork promoting the Lots to Love campaign, games and yes – a raffle for free parking in downtown Chapel Hill for an entire year!

A key component of the new campaign is the hashtag, #LotstoLove. Using the hashtag, people can capture their love for Park On The Hill on social media outlets.

The celebration will include a live local band, family friendly outdoor games and free food! One Way Back Band, a local, six-piece party cover band, is excited to headline the party. The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is graciously providing snacks from Mediterranean Deli, a Chapel Hill restaurant serving fresh, authentic Mediterranean and Greek food. The CHPD team has even thought to have giant Jenga, blow-up bowling, bouncy houses and other fun activities! There will also be another big reveal to the Lots to Love campaign that will take place during the party. 

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Rodeo on Rosemary
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Rodeo on Rosemary

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Rodeo on Rosemary returns to Downtown Chapel Hill on Sunday, April 22nd from 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. This lively street celebration featuring a variety of area food trucks will again be on East Rosemary Street between Henderson and North Columbia Streets. 

For the first time, Rodeo on Rosemary trucks will be offering a tasting menu so that visitors can try many delights in one day! 

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Jan
22
to Mar 31

Frederick Douglas at 200

Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the Chapel Hill Chapter of the NAACP are planning a series of events throughout the county to commemorate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Most events will be free and open to the public. Please check back as more events are added to the calendar. Calendar of Events Link

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New Year's Eve the GREEK WAY at Kipos
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve the GREEK WAY at Kipos

Join us at Kipos for a New Year's celebration, the Greek way! On Sunday, December 31st we’ll be seating parties for dinner service between 5:00PM and 10:30PM, but you can enjoy an evening bursting with laughter, dancing, and robust flavors all night long! In addition to our traditional champagne toasts and decadent specials, we will set the mood from 6pm-10:30pm with live bouzouki and musical duets, and then break out the DJ table from 10:30 to midnight to party the night away! Partake in some of the Bakatsias family NYE traditions like our Vasillopita. Menu details and specials coming soon so stay tuned. For further information or to reserve a table you must contact the restaurant at (919) 425 – 0760 or email us at info @kiposchapelhill.com

Due to the popularity of New Year's Eve bookings, we will be requiring credit cards (placed into our secure vault) for all reservations for the evening.

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Night Lights at Morehead Planetarium
Dec
31
2:00 PM14:00

Night Lights at Morehead Planetarium

Celebrating and early, family-friendly, New Year’s Eve with Chapel Hill partners at the Morehead Planetarium on Franklin Street. Enjoy a variety of activities including a countdown under the stars!

2016 Night Lights event at Morehead included: 

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Christmas Eve Service at Kipos
Dec
24
10:30 AM10:30

Christmas Eve Service at Kipos

Looking to skip the holiday clean-up, menu coordination, and
pesky table preparation? Let the Kipos family take care of your family this season and remove the stressful bits so you can enjoy your Christmas Eve meal with loved ones! On Sunday, December 24th Kipos will be open for regular brunch & dinner hours (10:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:00pm). Gather round a delicious Greek breakfast spread for the perfect midday meal or feast on our rotisserie meats and savory taverna dishes. To book your Christmas Eve brunch or dinner call (919)425-0760 or reserve online at kiposchapelhill.com/make-a-reservation.

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Brunch with Santa at The Carolina Inn
Dec
22
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch with Santa at The Carolina Inn

Santa is coming to The Carolina Inn. A festive Carolina Inn breakfast will undoubtedly usher in the Christmas magic for young and old alike. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone. Children are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat.

Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult. Reservations Required. Reserved Seating. If you wish to sit with another family and/or need a high chair, you must indicate this in the note section during checkout.

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NYE Dinner at Lantern
Dec
21
3:00 PM15:00

NYE Dinner at Lantern

Come ring in the New Year with Lantern!

This year, Lantern is offering a 3-course dinner featuring Red Poll Beef, High Rock Farms chestnuts, Louisiana citrus and an option to add wine pairings to each course.

5:00-10:00pm
$75* per person
$27 wine pairing
See the menu

Please call Lantern at 919-969-8846 with any questions or to make your reservation.

Cheers!

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Annual Holiday Tea at La Residence with The Blakemere Company
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Annual Holiday Tea at La Residence with The Blakemere Company

Enjoy Holiday Tea at La Res on December 17th in Downtown Chapel Hill! 

La Residence and The Blakemere Company announce their Annual Holiday Tea on December 17 at 3pm at La Residence (202 West Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC)

Free Parking in Public Lots on Sunday
contact:  info@laresidencedining.com
Seating is Limited!

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A Very Get Sad Y'll Christmas at Local 506
Dec
16
to Dec 17

A Very Get Sad Y'll Christmas at Local 506

HO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS EMO KIDZ

We're making the trek up I-40 for the Christmas edition of Emo Raleigh's Get Sad Y'all on December 16th at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.

Y'all have been VERY good this year, so we got you something nice... 

DJ SETS FROM:
- Craig Owens (ChiodosbadXchannels)
Shane Crump (AlesanaThe Ivory)
Zach Dawson (akissforjersey).

Also, pizza. You'll get free pizza.

Munjo Munjo will be setting up shop to sell you pizza shirts and emo swoop pins.

We'll have Get Sad Y'all shirts for sale, courtesy of Black Cardinal Printing.

Kevin DeJong will be back to snap pics of your gorgeous faces.

10 PM - 2 AM | $12 adv, $15 day of

Post your requests in the comments and as always, prepare to #getsadyall.

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Holiday Market at The Carolina Inn
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Holiday Market at The Carolina Inn

Enjoy the holiday season with The Carolina Inn for three magical Saturdays between December 2nd and December 16th. Don your Santa hat, bundle up your kids, and get into the festive spirit because it is going to snow every Saturday in December at The Carolina Inn. With vendors from all over the state, our market will be a wonderful place to shop for hand crafted yuletide gifts from chocolates, to jewelry, to garlands and ornaments.

If you get hungry there will be plenty of goodies to choose from. We have an outstanding lineup of local food trucks and exceptional offerings from our own culinary team. You’ll be able to feast on everything from soft pretzels to pulled pork. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either. Dig into some fried dough, donuts, or caramel apples. Better yet, cuddle up to the fire and enjoy some s’mores.

Whether you want to relax with a hot chocolate or opt for something a little stronger like a mulled wine or a craft beer, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the season…and who knows…with all that snow, we’re sure Santa and Frosty just might drop in for a visit.

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Breakfast with Santa at Carolina Inn
Dec
16
8:30 AM08:30

Breakfast with Santa at Carolina Inn

Santa is coming to The Carolina Inn. A festive Carolina Inn breakfast will undoubtedly usher in the Christmas magic for young and old alike. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone. Children are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat.

Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult. Reservations Required. Reserved Seating. If you wish to sit with another family and/or need a high chair, you must indicate this in the note section during checkout.

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Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" by PlayMakers Repertory Company
Dec
12
to Dec 23

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" by PlayMakers Repertory Company

Bring the family to an intimate evening of storytelling with PlayMakers legend Ray Dooley.  

Ray embodies Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and a lifetime of Christmas memories in Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, charity, and love.

Tue Dec 12 - 7:30 PM

Wed Dec 13 - 7:30 PM

Thu Dec 14 - 7:30 PM

Fri Dec 15 - 7:30 PM

Sat Dec 16 - 7:30 PM

Sun Dec 17 - 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Tue Dec 19 - 7:30 PM

Wed Dec 20 - 7:30 PM

Thu Dec 21 - 7:30 PM

Fri Dec 22 - 7:30 PM

Sat Dec 23 - 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Carolina Performing Arts
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Carolina Performing Arts

“The world’s pre-eminent large jazz ensemble.” – Chicago Tribune

In this much-anticipated annual tradition, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis spreads holiday cheer with swinging renditions of your favorite music. Joined by special guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington, they perform sacred and secular holiday classics such as Count Basie’s “Jingle Bells,” Billie Holiday’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

More information: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/ros_perf_series/jazz-at-lincoln-center-orchestra-with-wynton-marsalis-3/

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Holiday Market at The Carolina Inn
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Holiday Market at The Carolina Inn

Enjoy the holiday season with The Carolina Inn for three magical Saturdays between December 2nd and December 16th. Don your Santa hat, bundle up your kids, and get into the festive spirit because it is going to snow every Saturday in December at The Carolina Inn. With vendors from all over the state, our market will be a wonderful place to shop for hand crafted yuletide gifts from chocolates, to jewelry, to garlands and ornaments.

If you get hungry there will be plenty of goodies to choose from. We have an outstanding lineup of local food trucks and exceptional offerings from our own culinary team. You’ll be able to feast on everything from soft pretzels to pulled pork. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either. Dig into some fried dough, donuts, or caramel apples. Better yet, cuddle up to the fire and enjoy some s’mores.

Whether you want to relax with a hot chocolate or opt for something a little stronger like a mulled wine or a craft beer, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the season…and who knows…with all that snow, we’re sure Santa and Frosty just might drop in for a visit.

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Preservation Chapel Hill Holiday Stroll
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Preservation Chapel Hill Holiday Stroll

The annual Holiday House Tour offers the opportunity to personally experience historic places in our community. Last year's tour was so popular we decided to have another unique tour. Guests will stroll on a candlelight tour of four distinctive private homes in the East Franklin-Rosemary Historic District enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres at each stop. The tour will culminate at the Horace Williams House for a festive Dessert Party for all attendants.

Visit http://www.preservationchapelhill.org/holiday-house-tour for details. 

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Jingle Bell Jog by UNC Campus Recreation
Dec
8
11:30 AM11:30

Jingle Bell Jog by UNC Campus Recreation

The Campus Recreation annual Jingle Bell Jog is a 2.7 mile fun run or 1.5 mile walk open to all UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff. In previous years, over 500 participants have completed the Jingle Bell Jog individually or as part of a departmental team. The event promotes physical activity, health and well-being and provides employees with the opportunity to contribute to the Glenwood Elementary Family Assistance Program by making a canned food donation. In addition, pet donations will be given to the Orange County Animal Shelter. Free refreshments will be provided for participants after the event. This event is rain, shine or snow!

Registration: Both individual and team registration forms can be found on the Campus Rec website or in SRC 101. INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION can be completed online while TEAM REGISTRATION must be printed out, signed by all team members, and turned back in to Campus Rec at SRC 101 or by fax at 962-3621

Registration Open: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Registration Close: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
On-Site registration: Accepted 11:30am until 12:00pm race day (individual only)
Registration Location: Student Rec Center Room 101 or campusrec.unc.edu

Check-In: 11:30am – 12:00pm event day
Participant Meeting: 12:00pm event day

Prizes: All participants will be eligible for prize drawings following the run/walk. An award will be given to the team with the MOST PARTICIPANTS. An award will also be given to the team with the MOST CREATIVE COSTUMES celebrating the holiday season.

Contact: Kyle Harmon; kyle.harmon@unc.edu

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Community Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Community Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Downtown Chapel Hill kicks off the holiday season with a Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church; 100 S. Columbia Street, on Sunday, December 3 at 6 p.m.. 

Enjoy caroling by the church choir.  Bring your camera too - children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and have their pictures taken! Free and open to all. 

Public parking is free in downtown on Sundays. Visit www.parkonthehill.com for information and a map. 

This event may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. We'll update our social media and website if that happens. For questions please call the Downtown Partnership at 919-967-9440. 

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The Nutcracker by Carolina Ballet at Carolina Performing Arts
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

The Nutcracker by Carolina Ballet at Carolina Performing Arts

Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic captures the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this gorgeous production featuring lavish scenery, live orchestra and more than 100 performers.

Garnering critical praise from around the world, Carolina Ballet has staged over 100 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet and principal dancer at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, programs traditional ballets by the masters and new works by contemporary choreographers.

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Holiday Crafts Bazaar on the 140 West Plaza
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Crafts Bazaar on the 140 West Plaza

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The Bazaar Craft and Art Market is making its debut on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street. A variety of artisans will set up shop on the plaza from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Shop handmade local crafts and creations from 20+ talented local makers and awesome eats and drinks from Yee Haw DoughnutsMerry FrankstersThai Box Zing CateringNapoli Wood-Fired PizzaSoul Cocina Triangle and Carrboro Coffee Roasters, all while you enjoy the vinyl spin of Selector B Steady. The Bazaar is family-friendly and free! 

Downtown starts here--don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite crafter! The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.

After the Bazaar, head across the street to the Downtown Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church; 100 S. Columbia St.

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