Downtown Chapel Hill

Downtown Blog

What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Visit our blog    
Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Fridays on the Front Porch
Every Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm: The Carolina Inn hosts the popular end-of-the-work week celebration. Offering live music, a picnic menu with beer, wine and drink specials, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There's no cover charge or reservations needed for the event. 
Abita Cask & Craft Night
Friday, July 18 at 8 pm: Come try a pint of Oak Aged Abbey Ale ONE NIGHT ONLY! Cask kegs are a special thing. They sit on the counter and are oxygen-fed, so they're not as carbonated as kegs fed with CO2. They have to be tapped with a mallet and consumed all in one night. Plus the craft table will be set up and enjoy music from DJ Lady Fingers. $2 or FREE with canned good donation to TABLE. 
Thrill City Block Party 2
Saturday, July 19 from 12 pm to 7 pm: Featuring new clothes, good music, free food and drinks, giveaways, & your best friends. Thrill City is located at 422 West Franklin Street. 
Dog Casting Call 
Sunday, July 20 from 3 pm to 6 pm: Beer Study is putting together a Dogs of Beer Calendar and they need your precious pooch to be a monthly star! Bring your puppy dog(s) of choice to Beer Study to have it's picture taken. Costumes are optional yet encouraged. They'll have a prize for Best Dressed pooch as well!  

Music in the Galleries 
Sunday, July 20 from 2 pm to 3 pm: The Ackland Art Museum presents live jazz by the Knox Engler Quartet, with Scott Marks on keyboard, Lucas Tax on bass, Avery Logan on drums, and Knox Engler on guitar. Free and open to the public. 
Pool is OPEN - Come On In!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is now open for the summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. 
Join Solarize Chapel Hill
Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm at TRU Deli + Wine: Solarize Chapel Hill is a grassroots initiative that makes solar simple and affordable for the people of Chapel Hill. Come to TRU Deli + Wine and learn more about how you can solarize your home.
Hairspray at PlayMakers
Show running July 16 to July 20: PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory presents the deliriously tuneful Broadway Musical. It's 1962, Baltimore. Plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one desire - to dance on "The Corny Collins Show." After getting her big break, she quickly sees behind the TV dance party's glossy veneer. Tickets $15 general admission; $10 students (18 and under). 
Movie, Discussion at Varsity & FRANK 
Friday, July 18 from 7 pm to 10 pm: Bending Sticks: An Evening with Patrick Dougherty includes the screening of the film "Bending Sticks" which highlights extraordinary and monumental scale works built with live saplings.Shown at the Varsity Theater at 7 pm followed by a reception at FRANK Gallery at which the artist will be present. Tickets are $30, space is limited.  /   / 
Unbelievable Things Opening Night
Friday, July 18 from 6 pm to 9 pm: LIGHT: Art + Design, located at 601 W Rosemary St in Greenbridge, is celebrating the opening of Unbelievable Things: 25 years of Art on Merge Records. The original artwork from the albums you know and love will be on display with a special musical performance by Shark Quest. 
Sunny days and cool nights make dining outside in downtown Chapel Hill a moment of perfection! For a list of all your downtown dining options visit: 
Jackson Center Pancake Jamboree

Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am: Do you like pancakes? Do you like all you can eat pancakes? The Jackson Center is hosting a Pancake Jamboree with unlimited pancakes for $5; Children 12 & under for $2. Come eat scrumptious pancakes and support the work of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center. 

Walk This Way Tour
Saturday, July 19 at 3 pm: Explore the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and learn about the history of the grounds and the famous folks buried there. Starts under the Cemetery Gazebo. All walking tours are $5 per person and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. 
Join us for Downtown Imagined Sessions!
Rosemary Imagined is expanding to and we want you to join us. The newly named - "Downtown Imagined" - is the planning process that will build upon the work and community input from Rosemary Imagined to develop a plan for all of downtown! Check out this 2-minute VIDEO! 
Join us at two informal, drop-in sessions:
· Monday, July 21, noon-1:00pm at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, 140 W. Franklin Street
· Wednesday, July 23, 5:00-6:00pm at Tru Deli, 114 Henderson Street
What's on Your Summer Reading List?
Before you hit the beach or the mountains this summer- stop by these Franklin Street spots to make sure you have enough books to get you through your relaxing vacation! Check out The BookshopChapel Hill ComicsInternationalist Books & Community CenterMorehead Planetarium Gift Shop, and Ackland Museum Store. Or if you have some books to share - drop them off at one of the three branches of the Downtown Free Library! 
Open Office Hours with Lee Storrow
Thursday, July 24 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Join Town Council Member Lee Storrow at Industry Restaurant to talk about local issues in an informal setting. Since Lee has been on the Town Council he's hosted a series of open office hours throughout the community. At this session Lee is interested in hearing your feedback and thoughts about downtown Chapel Hill.
FREE Movies Under the Stars
Enjoy free screenings of two modern classics this summer on the roof of Wallace Parking Deck in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill. Each film will be shown at sunset (approx. 8:30 pm) on Wallace Plaza at 150 East Rosemary Street. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner from a downtown restaurant. Enjoy a fun night under the stars in downtown Chapel Hill! FREE popcorn too!  
Friday, July 25: Jurassic Park (1993 - PG-13) 
Friday, August 15: Raising Arizona (1993 - PG-13) 
CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or