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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Exhibit Tour at Ackland
Sunday, July 27 at 2 pm: Led by Timothy Riggs, Curator of Collections, and Sara Berkowitz, Research Assistant, this FREE tour explores the current exhibit "Favorite Treasures in An Eye for the Unexpected". 
Family Night Every Tuesday
Every Tuesday after 5 pm: Mellow Mushroom offers one free kid's meal, per adult entree of $7.99 or more. Mellow Mushroom is located at 310 West Franklin Street.  
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. 
Weekly Wine Tastings 
Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 8 pm: The West End Wine Bar invites you to experience some cool new wines, learn a bit about each of them, and after enjoy $1 off of wines by the glass. 
Tunes on Tuesday 
Every Tuesday from 6 pm to 9 pm: Tunes on Tuesday at La Residence Restaurant is back by popular demand. Featuring drink specials and a full dinner menu available all night. Enjoy drink specials and music fom lively, local bands. 
Goat Dinner at The Lantern
Wednesday, July 30 from 5:30 pm to 10 pm: Lantern Table will host Natasha McCurley and Simon Rose of Small Potatoes Farm for a dinner raised almost entirely on their 10 acre, highly diversified farm just west of Carrboro. The menu will be centered around young, milk-fed goat and prime summer produce. Dinner will be $75 a person, including cocktails and wine, but excluding tax and tip, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Kitchen Patrol, Lantern's project to improve children's access to local food through cooking and eating together. Call 919.969.8846 for reservations.

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.
Improv SLAM at DSI Comedy
Saturday, July 26 at 3 pm & 7 pm: A freestyle comedy battle that's fun for all ages! Two crews of improvisers fight for your laughs in this high energy, interactive show that'll have kids and parents laughing all night long. Get tickets online at
Kipos Summer Barbecue
Sunday, July 27 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm: Join Kipos out back in the Courtyard for a whole lamb on the Spit! All the spit-roasted lamb and Olga's famous handmade spanakopita you can eat, drinks on the terrace upstairs, maybe even some delicious karpouzi and feta salad. The bombastic Bouzouki band will be playing. Tickets gain you entry into the party, include all non-alcoholic beverages, and keep you well fed - $24. Children 6 and older are $10. Children under 6 are free.
Masterpiece Mondays at Zog's

Every Monday starting at 7 pm: Come draw from still life arrangements curated by local artist Johanan Gaddy and Mandey from Zog's. No experience needed. Materials and light snacks provided. If you have fancy paper or pencils you'd rather use, feel free to bring them! More Info. 

Paws4ever Benefit at Four Corners
Monday, July 28:  Four Corners will donate 100% of the day's profits to Paws4ever. Come support this great agency and the work they do for animals in our community. Also, meet  Board members and the new Operations Manager!  

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! 
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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