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Live & Local Series
Friday, October 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Singer/Songwriter, Jon Sebastian brings the power of the song to the Plaza stage. All Live & Local events take place on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street and are free and open to all. 
Late Night With Roy!
Join the UNC men's basketball team and celebrate the tipoff of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23. Hosted by Tar Heel Kenny Smith (UNC' 87), the annual celebration is the beginning of basketball season at Carolina. There will be a special recognition of longtime Late Night host Stuart Scott, who will be posthumously awarded a Tar Heel Trailblazer Award. Admission is free, and seating will be general admission. Dean Smith Center doors will open at 6:30 pm. Details Here. 

Baxter's Monster Ball
Saturday, October 24 at 8 pm: The Baxter is turning 1 year old and to celebrate they are throwing a costume bash and Monster Ball! Dress up as your favorite monster in a nice suit or dress; enjoy Halloween themed music, and dance the night away. 
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland
Monday, October 26: Take care of your mind, body, and soul at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being offered in the gallery as you are surrounded by art! Yoga at 12 pm and Tai Chi at 1 pm. Register online at
Seminar at PlayMakers
On stage until November 1: Seminar by Theresa Rebeck. Four aspiring young writers ante up big bucks to learn from a legendary novelist, but their fiction and their egos will be unsparingly dissected before he's through. Ray Dooley (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) leads the no-holds-barred master class on power, sex and the nature of art. Ferocious and fast-paced with sparkling wordplay, Seminar takes no prisoners. 
Ski & Snowboard Film 
Sunday, October 25 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm: Get psyched for winter with the Triangle premier of Teton Gravity Research's newest ski and snowboard movie Paradise Waits. This one-night only event at downtown Chapel Hill's Varsity Theatre will kick off your winter right. Details and tickets- click here.
Topo Distillery Tours
Top of the Hill Distillery crafts TOPO Organic Spirits in their facility right on West Franklin Street! The distillery takes time-honored distilling traditions and adds a unique and local twist. They are the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the deep South. And starting on October 1st, TOPP Distillery can now sell their spirits at the distillery! Tours of the distillery are available on most Thursdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 6 pm and 7:30 pm, as well as most Saturdays at 4 pm and 5:30 pm. Click here to book a tour.
Early Voting Kick-Off Downtown
Today - Thursday, October 22 at 5 pm: Campus and community leaders will gather at Chapel of the Cross to celebrate the first day of early voting. The public is invited to attend. Chapel of the Cross is located at 304 E. Franklin St. Early voting begins on Oct. 22 and concludes on Oct. 31. For more information about early voting locations and hours, visit the Orange County Board of Elections website.
Grand Opening at Crepe Traditions
Friday, October 23 from 11 am to 2 pm: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of Crêpe Traditions at 140 W. Franklin St at 1 pm. Stop by for a delicious lunch special too! 
Weekend Specials at SANDWHICH
On Saturday, October 24 watch the UNC vs UVA game and enjoy $4 drafts all day! SANDWHICH is open 11 am - 9 pm; kick-off is at 3:30 pm. If you're going to the game, pick up your tailgate food ahead of time (think: homemade potato chips and Outrageous BLT...).
On Sunday, October 25 from noon to 3 pm enjoy live acoustic music on the front patio. Try the new Moroccan Tacos on homemade tortillas, their famous Whichburger or homemade soup and a salad. And remember, SANDWHICH has great coffee made with freshly ground Counter Culture beans. The weather will be perfect this weekend! 
Wampum Bead Trunk Show
Friday, October 23 from 4 pm to 7 pm: Julian's will host Kate Taylor -sister of James Taylor - as she presents a trunk show of her hand-made Wampum Beads and Shell Articles in a special presentation. This show is hosted by her and her brothers' high school mate, Alexander Julian! 
Pipe Screams in the Sanctuary
Friday, October 23 at 7:30 pm: University United Methodist Church will transform into a spooky sanctuary and feature organ music played by church organist Tim Baker, along with other area organists and a GHOST! This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume! A collection will be taken to support Habitat for Humanity. 
Cawling Ahl Egsellant Spelrs!
Friday, October 23 at 7 pm, DSI Comedy Theater: Were you T-O-P of your C-L-A-S-S when it came to spelling? Do you keep a dictionary on your bedside table in case of emergencies? Then you don't want to miss The Spelling Bee, sponsored by Flyleaf Books & UNC Humanities Program. Beer will be swilled and words will be spelled and a champion will be named! Buy tickets now at 
Pop Up Izakaya at Ms. Mong
Every Friday & Saturday at 10 pm: Starting this week on Friday, October 23, Ms. Mong will turn it's space over to Chef Patrick Kim of the celebrated Hanu Truck as he and his staff take over and turn the space into an izakaya; a Japanese pub. They will be bringing their signature fusion flare to Franklin Street in this incredibly unique atmosphere! 
Go Heels! Football Game Day 
Carolina takes on the University of Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, October 24 at 3:30 pm in Kenan Stadium! Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys. Buy tickets to the game. Enjoy dining downtown before or after the game. Stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC fan gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed! Take the Tar Heel Express downtown and to the game! 
Charity Pinball Tournament 
Sunday, October 25 from 1 pm to 6 pm: Pinball enthusiasts from all over North Carolina will converge at The Baxter Arcade to compete in a tournament to raise money for a pinball machine for the North Carolina Children's Hospital. This charity tournament event is open to adults and children of all ages and abilities with a $25 donation to Project Pinball. Starting at noon, a free pinball clinic will happen to teach novice players some pinball wizard skills.   / 
Pop Up Brunch on Graham St
Sunday, October 25 from 12 pm to 3 pm: Al's Burger Shack, Beer Study, and Baxter Arcade have teamed up to jointly host a Pop Up Brunch with an outstanding menu! Order at Al's Burger Shack and then you have the choice to sit and enjoy beverages with your food at all three businesses. Each location will have beers and cocktails specifically paired to match the brunch menu items as well as plenty of coffee. Click Here for the Menu. / /   
Halloween Treats Concert
Sunday, October 25 at 3 pm: The Chapel Hill Philharmonia will present a classical music concert designed for children and parents. Guest conductor Evan Feldman will lead the orchestra in musical depictions of both fantastic holiday characters, like goblins, and skeletons; and the sounds of a carnival, thunderstorms - even a lowly typewriter! Composers include Beethoven, Berlioz, Saint-Saens and Strauss, and more. Audience participation is included. Held at the Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall on UNC's campus. Admission is free. 
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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