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Homegrown Halloween in Chapel Hill!
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Homegrown Halloween in Chapel Hill is an effort to return Halloween on Franklin Street to its roots as a small town community gathering and reduce crowd sizes that have become unmanageable. The Town of Chapel Hill is committed to focusing on the safety of the downtown community. Thank you to the Chapel Hill Police Department and the many other town staff and departments who make extraordinary efforts to maintain a safe environment in Chapel Hill for Halloween visitors and everyone in our community!
Support Kidzu's Online Giving Challenge!
 Wednesday Oct. 28th (beginning at 3 pm) - Thursday Oct. 29th (ending at 2:59 pm)
America's Giving Challenge is a 30-day national competition that encourages people toTop of the Hill patio leverage their personal networks and online social media to help win cash awards from $500 to $50,000 that benefit their favorite non-profit organization. Participants compete for daily and overall cash awards based on the number of donations generated for a cause - not for the dollars raised. With 500 on-line donations in one day, Kidzu hopes to win a prize of $1,000 for the most donations in that 24-hour period. Please consider making a small donation on Kidzu's behalf and helping spread the word about this unique program.
CLICK HERE - to donate and spread the word!
"Scare-o-lina Skies" Shows at Morehead!
Thursday, October 29 - 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 1 - 3:30 pm - Family Edition!
"Scare-o-lina Skies: Madness and Mayhem in the Night,"  explores the dark legends behind the constellations. This special program is geared for adults and older teens.  Also back by popular demand, "Scare-o-lina Skies: Family Edition", a milder version of the show which is the perfect choice for elementary school-age children and their families. Visit for ticket information.  
UNC Football  - Tar Heels vs. Hokies! 
Thursday, October 29
Kick off at 7:30 pm (in Blacksburg, VA)
The Tar Heels take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in this Thursday night game which will be aired on ESPN. Many of the downtown bars, restaurants and businesses will be tuned into the game! For a listing  - click here! For information on Tar Heel sports visit  
Spooktacular Events at Kidzu!
Friday, October 30 pumpkin craft
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Even children celebrate Halloween on Franklin Street! Join Kidzu for Halloween themed stories, fun crafts, games and prizes too!  No registration required. Free with admission and for members. For more information visit
The Eve Ball at Carolina Inn!
Friday, October 30Eve Ball Logo
8:00 pm to 12:00am 
$20 in costume/$60 non costume
21 and over

Franklin Street Yoga Center hosts "The Eve Ball" a Halloween eve costume ball to benefit the Eve Carson Scholarship Foundation.  Dance to the beat of a fantastic  DJ, and enjoy the fabulous dessert bar. Costume contest begins at 11:00pm, so don't come as you are; come as you want to be and win a cash prize! Tickets can be purchased in advance.For more information call 919-929-0414 or visit  
It's Scary NOT to be a Tar Heel!
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In a town famous for it's Halloween celebration -Johnny T-shirt has the perfect t-shirt for all Tar Heel fans as well as many other UNC-themed Halloween items!
The 2009-10 Basketball Season is right around the corner! Check out some of the fantastic UNC Basketball items at Johnny T-shirt! Johnny T-shirt is located at 128 East Franklin Street. Visit them online at  
Things That Go Bump in The Night!
Saturday, October 31
haunted carolina inn
Join the Carolina Inn for Ghosts Tours and Special Halloween Packages!The staff of Haunted North Carolina will lead an evening of frighteningly spooky entertainment on Halloween Night, October 31, 2009. The special evening begins with dinner and a presentation by Jim Hall of Haunted North Carolina followed by a tour of the haunted areas of The Carolina Inn including the suite of Dr. Jacocks, for $59 per person. Carolina Inn is also offering special overnight packages! Call 919-918-2711 for reservations. The Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro St.  For more information please call 800-962-8519 or visit   
Laser Halloween at Morehead Planetarium!
Saturday, October 31bat moon
Shows starting at 10:30 am
Morehead visitors will have the opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 31 ONLY to celebrate Halloween with a special laser show! Remember the chills you feel when you hear scary organ music? This program amplifies that experience with a laser light show! Perfect for school-age children and older.  Please note: Laser Halloween shows will replace all planetarium day shows on Halloween. Morehead will close at 2:30 p.m. on Halloween Day. Visit  
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Sushi Special at Penang! 
Every Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
Buy One, Get One Free Sushi!

Penang Malaysian and Thai Cuisine is influenced by traditional culinary styles of Penang - one of 13 states of Malaysia. Penang offers daily specials, a full bar, patio seating, and vegetarian & vegan options! Penang is located at 431 West Franklin Street, at the Courtyard; with parking in the back. For more information visit
Walk This Way - Cemetery & Downtown Tours!
Saturdays and Sundays
 zombie walking
Join the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill during these weekly walking tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and Franklin Street. For the cemetery tour - meet at the gazebo on South Road at 10:00 am on Saturdays. For the Franklin Street tour- meet at the Horace Williams House at 2:00 pm on Sundays. Please call the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill at 919-942-7818 to reserve your space. Office hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm. Price is $5. For more information visit
Top of the Hill patioFranklin Sweets BOGO Specials!
BOGO = Buy One, Get One Free! At Franklin Sweets BOGO specials are sure to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth! Buy one gourmet cup cake, get one free! Buy one Smoothee Icee, get one free! Buy one ice cream, get one free! Free small coffee with any cake purchase!  Franklin Sweets offers many more delicious  baked goods and gourmet coffee drinks! Located at 143 B West Franklin Street, on the front side of University Square, next to Time Out and 35 Chinese Buffet. For more information please call 919-969-0064.                 
New Specials at Vespa Restaurant! 
Thirsty Thursdays featuring half price drinks from 10:30pm -2:00am
Sunday - Half price wine all day
Vespa features fine Italian cuisine and a beautiful dining experience. Vespa can also accommodate private parties and special events - perfect for the holiday season! Vespa  is located at 306 West Franklin Street. FREE VALET PARKING - Vespa participates in the West End Valet Parking  Service- Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. For more information visit  

Live Music and Dancing All Weekend!

LOCAL 506 Some Girls
Thursday, Oct 29- Chris Pureka, Catherine Feeny
Friday, Oct 30-Holy Ghost Tent Revival, House of Fools, Alcazar Hotel
Saturday, Oct 31-Halloween Party w/ Some Girls, The Julies, Southern Girls
Sunday, Nov 1-Herman Dune, Julie Doiron
Thursday, Oct 29- Lynn Williams, Triple Overhead Cam, mikingmihrab
Friday, Oct 30-12000 Armies solo, Pipe w/ Tinstar
Saturday, Oct 31-Taz Halloween's Halloween Spooktacular
NIGHTLIGHT CLUBBack to the future
Thursday, Oct 29-Calico Haunts, Mt. Moriah, Filthybird
Friday, Oct 30- Polynya, Veelee, Actual Persons Living or Dead
Saturday, Oct 31-Back to the Future Dance Party
Thursday, Oct 29 to Saturday,Oct 31
Eccentrik Festival VI - The Mariner's Revenge -An Evening of DeeJays to Amaze & Delight You.Hosted by Mistee Kantrip; featuring Fact.50, Kantrip, Emmett & Klaude Davenport.
Cuban Art, Cinema and Politics at Ackland!
Revolutionary Art or a Revolution in Art: The Legacy of the Cuban Revolution
-A lecture bycuban art exhibit David Craven

Sunday, November 1
4:00 PM
Hanes Art Center Auditorium
Eminent art historian, Carolina alumnus, and collector David Craven, Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico, discusses the political and artistic implications of the Cuban cinema posters on display in the current exhibition Almost Now: Cuban Art, Cinema, and Politics in the 1960s and 1970s. A reception will follow at the Ackland. Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 South Columbia Street. Admission is always free. More information available at 919.966.5736 or  
Opening Reception at Horace Williams House!
Sunday, November 1Hester painting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Nathaniel Hester - "Ship of Fools" Paintings & Prints Exhibit will be displayed at the Horace Williams House; 610 East Rosemary Street, from November 1 to December 1.  Please call the Preservation Society at 919-942-7818 or e-mail at to for more information. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information visit  
West End Valet Parking is FREE! West End Logo
Spend the evening on the West End and take advantage of FREE Valet Parking six nights a week! Monday through Saturday - 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Courtesy Valet Parking is provided to patrons of participating businesses with a validated parking receipt. Downtown visitors enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop cars off at the Valet Parking stand located in front of the UNC Information Technology building (440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar. Parking is always FREE in Downtown Chapel Hill every Sunday!
Participating Businesses:
411 West Italian Cafe                                 Bonne Soiree
Carolina Brewery                                        Elaine's on Franklin
Mediterranean Deli & Catering                    Lantern Restaurant
La Residence Restaurant & Bar                   Mansion 462
Talulla's Restaurant                                    Vespa Restaurant         
West End Wine Bar                                    Cypress on the Hill
Mint Restaurant
Visit the Downtown Calendar of Events to find out about all the exciting events going on in Downtown Chapel Hill everyday!  
Listings include: 
*Art & Culture                           *Meetings
*Food & Drinks                          *UNC Events                                                                          *Sales & Promotions                  *Lectures & Classes
*Special Events                         *LIVE Music & Entertainment
 Does your Downtown Chapel Hill business, agency or organization have something to include on the calendar or in the Weekend Event emails?  Send us an email or add our email to your listserv:
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