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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! 

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Lodge Bar and GrillNEW Business: The Lodge Bar and Grill

Located at 114 Henderson Street, The Lodge offers daily drink specials, a great outdoor patio, and friendly service - the perfect place to bring the family for an afternoon meal. Also, The Lodge has numerous HDTV's to watch and cheer on the Tar Heels! For information visit their Facebook page. 
Light Years

New Spring Arrivals at Light Years Jewelry

Stop by to accessorize your colorful, spring outfits with sunglasses, sun hats, fashion & sterling silver jewelry, and purses & wallets. Light Years Jewelry is located at 121 East Franklin Street. Sign up for the newsletter online and get great coupons! Visit 


Encounter Art: "Unlocking the Contemporary" 

Ackland Art Museum hosts Rachel Fesperman (UNC '12) Thursday, April 21 at 5:15PM for an interactive gallery talk on works by seven contemporary artists featured in the Ackland's exhibition "New Currents in Contemporary Art: MFA 2011."  The event is free. Visit  


Spring Trends at Uniquities 

Uniquities has new spring arrivals including Citizens of Humanity, Seven, Soludos, Theory, Alice + Olivia, and more! And be a trend setter with stackable bracelets this spring - Uniquities has them! Located at 452 West Franklin Street - look for the bright pink awning! Visit  


Cotton Patch Gospel Cotton Patch Gospel

On Friday, April 22 at 7:30PM the University United Methodist Church youth will perform Cotton Patch Gospel . Full of great Southern gospel music and beautiful storytelling, this play presented by 60 youth in grades 6-12 and a four-piece bluegrass band, tells the timeless story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.  Admission is free. Visit


Easter Egg Hunt at the Horace Williams House

Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM SHARP, join children under the age of 8 years old as they storm the grounds in search of hundreds of eggs filled with candy and a few special prizes. BYOBasket! Bertha Bunny will make an appearance too! Visit 


Masala Beat Club at Vespa 

Experience the best Bollywood+Bhangra in the Triangle on Saturday, April 23 at 10:30PM at Vespa Ristorante. DJs will spin Bollywood/Bhangra jams all night, alongside live dhol by the one and only G2.Vespa Ristorante is located at 306 West Franklin Street. Visit

Urban Egg Hunt & Family Picnic 

On Easter Sunday, April 24 at 12PM  bring the whole family for an egg hunt on Wallace Plaza, atop Wallace Parking Deck at 136. E Rosemary Street. Geared towards elementary school-aged children and younger. FREE & open to all! Stay for the 1st Annual Family Picnic. Bring your own picnic basket, and enjoy your lunch with music and games. Visit   


egg huntEaster Brunch at Carolina Inn

Enjoy a delicious Easter buffet brunch at The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant on Sunday, April 24 from 11AM to 2:30PM. The buffet features both traditional brunch fare as well as carving stations, holiday entrees and more. With a special visit from the Easter bunny. Make reservations online at or call 918-2777. 


Never Far From Flavor at Carolina Brewery

Carolina Brewery

Enjoy the tastes of spring this month at Carolina Brewery! The Spring Seasonal Menu is off to a great start with early favorites Baja Fish Tacos and the Spicy Cilantro Salad. Sky Blue Golden Ale is now available in 6 pack cans. Stop by and enjoy the wonderful sidewalk dining under the old oak tree! Visit


wild turkey siposiumWild Turkey Siposium at Crunkleton 

On Wednesday, April 27 from 7PM to 10PM join Master Distiller Jimmy Russell for a discussion of and tasting. Also enjoy signature bourbon cocktails, barbecue from the Original Q-Shack and bluegrass from Big Fat Gap.Tickets $50 in advance. Visit 


CSA Dinner at La Residence Restaurant

With Spring upon us, La Residence is anticipating the arrival of a wide variety of local produce and has partnered with Kenan McDonald at Hickory Mountain Farms in Pittsboro, N.C., to host their first C.S.A (Community Supported Agriculture) Dinner on Wednesday, April 27 at 7PM. The five course menu is $40 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $15 per person. Visit

4 Boutique Finale 

The 4 Boutique is heading into it's last few weeks! Shop before Saturday, May 4 to receive 35% off your entire purchase. 4 Boutique is open at 149 East Franklin Street, upstairs from The Princeton Review. The woman's accessories boutique is owned and operated by two UNC students. All profits go to four area nonprofit agencies. Visit 

FREE Valet Parking Downtown
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking Monday- Saturday at one of 19 participating downtown businesses. Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for $5.00.

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Carolina Coffee Shop,  Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, La Residence Restaurant & Bar, Lantern Restaurant, Talulla's Restaurant, Vespa Restaurant, West End Wine Bar, Cypress on the Hill , Mint Restaurant, FRANK: Franklin Street Arts Collective, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.


 CHDP Logo 2011The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership leads and manages the downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promotins improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Contact us at 967-9440 or