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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

What to Do & See Downtown this Week!

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Locally Grown is a summer-long series of FREE live concerts and movies on THURSDAY evenings on the Wallace Plaza, atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Now in it's fourth year, this summer's lineup includes  three concerts of nationally-known but locally-based music acts as well as six family-friendly films.   

Locally Grown kicks off with a concert on Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 PM with Mandolin Orange and Big Fat Gap.  On Thursday, July 28 Holy Ghost Tent Revival performs with The Big Picture; and Future Islands with Motor Skills perform on Thursday, August 25. Concert nights feature a beer garden along with a selection of food from some of Franklin Street's favorite restaurants.

Movie nights provide entertainment for the whole family with free popcorn, crafts by Kidzu Children's Museum, trivia games, costume contests, and more! Movies include Pirates of the Caribbean, E.T., North by Northwest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I), Toy Story 3, and Megamind!

The FREE movies start at sundown (appx. 8PM) so bring a chair or blanket, grab food to-go from a downtown restaurant, and enjoy a picnic dinner under the stars!   



 is presented by the Town of Chapel Hill & the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.

This Week...
CH-Carrboro Bike Cruiser
Carolina Baseball Home Series
Fridays on the Front Porch
Star Show at Morehead Planetarium
Nightlight's Rowdy Square Dance
Sunday Brunch at R&R Grill
Sacred Arts Tour
Summer Specials at the Brewery
Chapel Hill Tire Discounts
Walking Food Tours
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Varsity Theatre
Arthur (PG-13)
Paul (R)
Rango (PG)
Coke Freestyle Machine at Bski's

[B]Ski's Celebrates 5 Years!

Celebrating five years on Franklin Street this week - [B]Ski's Tortilla Wrap Grill unveiled their new Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. Customers can choose from over 100+ flavors of Coca-Cola products, so mix and match flavors til your heart's content. (Hint: try the Raspberry Coke!) With only three of its kind in all of NC, this is a real treat for Franklin Street and [B]Ski's - stop by and try it out!  Visit us on Facebook 

Chapel Hill - Carrboro Bike Cruiser Event    Community Bike Cruiser Ride

Don't miss the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 8 Mile Cruiser Ride downtown! Meet at 5:30PM on Friday, May 20, at the Wallace Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. for a ride through town, followed by food, drinks, free entertainment and decorating contests. Two routes will be offered-a faster paced route for serious cyclists and a shorter, slower route for families and recreational cyclists. The event also includes live music, Gold Sprints and prize drawings. Dress extravagantly, and enjoy the evening!
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Carolina Baseball Home Series UNC Logo - NC Small
The UNC baseball team takes on the Virginia Cavaliers in the LAST home series of the season starting on Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21. If you haven't been out to Boshamer Stadium for a game yet this season - now is your last chance! To buy tickets online - click here. Visit
Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn
Live bluegrass music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing and getting a jump start on the weekend.  Mick Mixon and The Franklin Street Band will perform this Friday, May 20 beginning at 5PM. Enjoy a picnic menu with beer and wine. Complimentary. Visit  Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Star Families Show at Morehead Planetarium 

Plans to go camping this summer? Well don't miss Morehead Planetarium's interactive presentation on Saturday, May 21 at 9:30AM. Discover how the sky provides you with a compass, clock, and calendar. No GPS required!  Based on the same themes as Starry Nights, this engaging program series is designed for learners ages 7-12 and their families. General Public: $20/family; Morehead Members: $15/family. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter 

Rowdy Square Dance Throwdown at Nightlight Nightlight Logo
Lightspeed barn storming old time music + traditional square dance calling = the greatest time in the world on Saturday, May 21 at 9PM at Nightlight; $5. So put on your dancin' boots and get ready for a massive amount of calorie burning at the only punk rock square dance party in town. An open Old Time Jam session will follow after the dancing. Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Sunday Brunch at R&R Grill R&R Grill Logo
From 10AM to 3PM every Sunday enjoy a full menu of breakfast and brunch items at R&R Grill. Favorites include french toast, waffles, omelets, chicken & waffles, crab cake benedict, an amazing breakfast burger, and shrimp and grits . Also on Sundays R&R offers half-priced bottles of wine along with $3.50 mimosas and bloody marys.
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Sacred Arts Tour Comes to Chapel Hill   Monks

North Carolinians will be able to experience a bit of Tibetan dance and other performances by Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery with a week-long series of programming. The tour begins with an opening ceremony on Sunday, May 22 at 523 E. Franklin Street. The monks will complete their sacred sand mandala over the course of five days and will hold a deconstruction ceremony on Monday, May 30. The mandala construction site will be open to the public. There are many other events as well including painting and sculpture workshops,and cultural pageants. Visit or 
Summer Specials at Carolina Brewery 
Margarita Mondays are hot at Carolina Brewery with $5 margaritas and $18 margarita pitchers along with free chips and salsa and Mexican food specials! A great way to cool down on hot summer evenings. And Monday means kids 12 & under eat free off the Kid's Menu! Visit Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Discounts at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center  

Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center, a GreenPlus certified business, offers discounts on automotive services like oil changes and tire rotations to UNC employees & students as well as downtown merchants and employees. Take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to the surrounding area! They offer full service automotive repair, ASE certified technicians, and award winning service. Visit Find us on Facebook 

Walking Food Tours     

Explore and discover a culinary and historical perspective of downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro that only an insider might know! On Saturdays at 2:30PM take a leisurely walk and pause numerous times for sample tastings and personal insights from a cross-section of this area's finest and most unique establishments. Tours depart from the Franklin Hotel. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance.
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West End ValetFree 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. For details click here!
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