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Music on the Front Porch Jonathan Byrd

Musicians Jonathan Byrd, Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas bring The Craft of Song in the South to the Love House and Hutchins Forum TONIGHT- Thursday, September 15 from 5PM to 7PM. The Love House is located at 410 East Franklin Street. Free and open to the public. There is limited seating on the porch, but lots of lawn. Bring a blanket, picnic and enjoy an early evening of wonderful music. Visit Like us on Facebook

New Exhibit and Salon at FRANFRANK Gallery

The latest, unique show - Dining With Frank- includes artists' take on tableware, furniture and 2-D art all about food and dining. Join cookbook author Diane Daniel on Thursday, September 15 at 6PM  to discuss her book Farm Fresh Carolina. FRANK will also be holding two special events with local award-winning chefs on Monday, September 26 and  Thursday, October 6. Tickets and reservations required for these two events. 

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Downtown This Week...
Plazapalooza with Kidzu
New Tour Series on UNC Campus
Carolina Football Information
Syd's Hair Shop Fundraiser
Game Day Grill out at 140 West
Half Way to St. Pat's at Kildare's
Music in the Galleries at Ackland
Cooking Class with Vimala
The T at Lantern
Dinner and a Movie for Date Night
Beauty Specials for a New You
Know Your Bar Trivia? Prove It!
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Kidzu Launches Plazapalooza Event Series Kidzu Logo

Join Kidzu Children's Museum throughout the month of September for this series of free programs including storytimes, crafts, and lots of fun family activities and games. You'll want to come out each week as Kidzu mixes things up by adding a new active game each week; bowling, mini golf, scooter mazes and so much more. Programs will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays throughout the month. This is an outdoor series so please dress for the weather and pack a water bottle to keep you cool. Consider stopping to get lunch from a downtown restaurant and enjoying an outdoor picnic atop the Wallace Plaza. For a list of activities and days/times please visit Like us on Facebook


Priceless GEM Tour Series at UNC Visitors' Center Cropped Old Well Azaleas

UNC Visitors' Center launches a series of new distinctive walking tours on unique topics of interest led by esteemed University experts starting on Friday, September 16 at 3PM with an architectural tour of campus led by UNC historic preservationist, Wendy Hillis.  Tours begin at UNC Visitors' Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Happening EVERY FRIDAY at 3PM, tours are FREE and open to the public with a range of information and perspectives - from archeology to the African-American experience to today's sustainability issues. Call 919-962-1630 or visit


Carolina Football Home Game - Go Heels! Marching Tar Heels

The third home football game in a row - we are some lucky Carolina fans! Carolina takes on the University of Virginia on Saturday, September 17 at 3:30PM. Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys- even if you don't have tickets to the game! In Tar Heel Town everyone in the family will enjoy the Old Well Walk, the Bell Tower Climb, face painting, meeting Rameses, bounce houses, food, and more. If you need more Carolina gear, stop by one of Downtown's five UNC Fan Gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed!

For information on Tar Heel Express, where to tailgate downtown, or FREE Valet Parking: CLICK HERE.

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FREE 'Go Heels' & 'Welcome Virginia Fans' Signs Go Heels Sign

Business Class Inc., a Chapel Hill business that provides resources for managers and business owners, has created ready-to-go signs that you can easily print and hang in your business or hold up during the game! Business Class, Inc. makes these signs available for all Carolina home football games - for FREE!


Glitter extensions - Syd's Hair Shop

Syd's Hair Shop Fundraiser 

Syd's Hair Shop culminates its 10-year anniversary celebration with a day-long charity event on Saturday, September 17 from 10AM until 5PM. Patrons can pick a variety of colors of glitter extensions, which last up to two weeks, with proceeds going to Rock Against Cancer! Pick your school colors or just have fun and help children with cancer. No appointment needed. Syd's has a history of sharing with the community with frequent fundraising events in which proceeds go to a local charity. Visit Like us on Facebook  


 Game Day Grill Out at 140 West 140 West Sales Gallery
Join 140 West Franklin this weekend on Saturday, September 17 from 10AM to 5PM for tailgating before the Carolina home football game on the Sales Center patio. Food provided by Meat House & free parking available. On Sunday, September 18 from 12PM to 5PM the Sales Office will be holding an Open House for the public to see what the new luxury condominiums will look like. 



Half Way to St. Patrick's at Kildare's Irish Pub St. Pats at Kildares

Why wait until March? Come to Kildare's and celebrate Half Way to St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, September 17. Irish bagpipers and dancers will perform all day long with specials on drinks and food. Every day of the week Kildare's offers music, trivia, food & drink specials - something for everyone including on Sunday's KIDS EAT FREE! And FREE valet parking every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Let Kildare's take care of it while you take care of your hunger cravings! Visit Like us on Facebook


Music in the Galleries: The Clef Hangers 

Clef Hangers

The Ackland Art Museum hosts the UNC Clef Hangers on Sunday, September 18 at 2PM.  UNC's oldest a cappella group, the Clef Hangers have traveled all around the U.S. and Europe in recent years. Come early to get a seat for this crowd-pleasing, free performance - it will be a wonderfully unique venue and atmosphere in which to hear them perform. While you are there take in the recently opened exhibit: Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. Visit Like us on Facebook 


Cooking Class at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe Logo
Join Vimala to learn gluten-free and vegan cooking on Sunday, September 18 from 2PM to 5PM. Space is limited to 12 people. Please reserve your space by emailing Cost is $65 payable at the time of the class. Work trade is available for a few who can not afford to pay the entire price. And coming up on Sunday, October 16 - Kerala cuisine cooking class! Visit Like us on Facebook


The T at Lantern Featuring Drink SpecialsLantern Restaurant

Lantern has joined the LGBT social circuit with a weekly Tuesday event starting at 10PM, that brings together an eclectic group of people and adds a new level of vibrancy to the area's nightlife. Lantern offers amazing, fresh cocktail specials and a small late-night menu for the event. The bar entrance is located behind through the alley beside the restaurant. The T is free and only for those who are 21 years old and up. Mix-N-Mingle is the Triangle's social switchboard for great live events for the LGBT community. Visit and  

Dinner and a Movie: Top of the Hill & Varsity Theatre

Dinner and a MovieDate night just got a lot easier with Top of the Hill and the Varsity on Franklin's partnership! Just $29 gets you two Top of the Hill entrees, two non-alcoholic beverages and two tickets to the early show at the Varsity Theater. Offered everyday between 5PM - 6:30PM .  Reservations at Top of the Hill welcome but not required! And enjoy the ease of FREE Valet ParkingVisit or  


Aveda Offer 8-18

Beauty Specials for a New You

As the season briskly changes why not change your look?  Aveda offers great specials to keep you and your wallet feeling great! Specials include: HAIR-$15 haircut (Valid Tues-Thurs); SPA- $30 Pure Focus Facial (Valid Tues-Thurs); for NAILS- Free OPI nail polish with a spa mani ($15) or spa pedi ($25). Until 9/30/2011; not valid with other offers.  Visit Like us on Facebook


Know Your Bar Trivia? Prove It! butterfly
What does a lepidopterist collect? Well, gather your friends (only the smart ones!) and head out to one of the many downtown venues that holds a trivia night. Win prizes, free food or drinks, or just great bragging rights. Check out more venues that offer open mic nights, dance parties, live bands, DJs, and comedy nights at:

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!
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership leads and manages the downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promotions; 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
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