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Parking is always FREE on 
Sundays in downtown! 
Nothing Scary About Early Voting!
Early voting continues until  Saturday, October 31. And with a downtown and campus location - The Chapel of the Cross - it's easy for all to get out and vote! For more information about early voting locations and hours, please visit the Orange County Board of Elections website - click here.
Sing with Flash Chorus
Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 pm: If you've ever wanted to express yourself creatively through music but were too nervous, Flash Chorus is the
community for you! Come to DSI Comedy Theater and join others in song. And don't worry -no solos and no auditions!
HomePun Derby at DSI
Friday, October 30 at 7 pm: Step up to the plate for the ultimate pun derby. Forty All-Stars will face off in round after round of head-to-head punishment until  a HomePun Champion is crowned. It'll be an evening of spirited, fast-paced word play sure to amaze. 
Halloween Comic Fest
Saturday, October 31 from 10 am to 6 pm: Come on down to the Chapel Hill Comics all day on Halloween for free Halloween Comic Fest comics and candy! Artist Warren Wucinich (Princess Ugg, Courtney Crumrin) will also be on hand to do sketching requests. Come in costume to win gift certificates and a 3-day pass to NC Comic Con! Family-friendly too. 
FitzSCAREld's Party
Saturday, October 31 at 9 pm: Join FitzSCAREld's for their annual Halloween party! Come out dressed to impress, and you could win big in their costume contest! DJ late night and spooky specials too!
Halloween Dance Party 
Saturday, October 31  at 8 pm: The Baxter Bar & Arcade invites you to come celebrate the best night of the year at with a dance floor tricked out in its spooky finest! Come in costume too!
Scary-Oke at The Cave
Saturday, October 31 at 10 pm: The Cave hosts a karaoke Halloween party where they encourage you to get dressed up like a dinosaur and sing like Diana Ross! 
Shows at Local 506
Thurs, 10/29- Future Thieves, The Black Cadillacs, Travers Brothership
Fri, 10/30-SUPPORT CEF: Hudson & Haw, Baked Goods, and Left on Franklin
Sat, 10/31-Black Sabbath tribute band Hand Of Doom, Monsters in the Parasol
Sun, 11/01-Superheaven, Unifier, Lectures
For more information on the shows and to buy tickets,

Homegrown Halloween Info
Have Fun! Be safe! Homegrown Halloween, from 8:30 pm to 11 pm, on Franklin Street is a local community gathering with enjoyable and safer crowd sizes. Enjoy the celebration, but please take care of each other! For complete details about Homegrown Halloween,please visit: 
Twisted Measure at FRANK
Thursday, October 29 at 6 pm: Founded in 1999, Twisted Measure is Elon University's first co-ed a cappella group. As a tradition, the group has always performed barefoot. Why? Going shoeless seems to bring a little more "sole" to the music. Enjoy this live performance in the gorgeous FRANK Gallery.  / 
Chapel Hill Training Turns 5!
Thursday, October 29 at 5:45 pm: Chapel Hill Training is turning 5 years old and they are celebrating! Come for a FREE boot camp followed by a pot luck dinner. Chapel Hill Training is the premier private personal training studio in the Chapel Hill area. They also offer fantastic group classes multiple times per week, with special monthly classes such as Dumbbells and DJs or Fitness and Franklin Street. All are welcome to the birthday celebration, but a limited amount of spots are available so be sure to register at 
SCARE-olina Skies Star Shows
There are plenty of Halloween traditions, but Scare-olina Skies -- Morehead's "monsters, madness and mayhem" version of its Carolina Skies star show -- might be the most unique of all! Watch the original version for adults and older teens on Friday, October 30, at 7 pm or 8:30 pm. The family-friendly version is on Saturday, October 31 at 2:30 pm or Sunday, November 1, at 3:30 pm. Regular ticket prices apply. 

Space suits on Franklin Street on Halloween? YES! Alien ray guns on Franklin Street for Halloween? NO! For a complete list of what you can and can't bring downtown on Halloween, visit:
Live & Local on the 140 West Plaza
Friday, October 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm: The Jo Gore Trio brings heavy vibrato, improvisation, and interpretation of melody that is quite reminiscent of the great jazz stylists of the 50's and 60's. We're ALL about that JAZZ! All Live & Local events take place on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street and are free and open to all. 
The Chef and the Brewer Dinner
Friday, October 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Carolina Crossroads hosts this special dinner. Sip on local North Carolina craft brews by Carolina Brewery and talk directly to local brewers about the evening's offerings and other seasonal trends. Savor five stations of delicious cuisine by Executive Chef James Clark. Be the first this holiday season to enjoy the Carolina Brewery's limited release beer, "Santa's Secret Spiced Holiday Ale," plus an exclusive offering of a Czech-Style Pilsner. Click here for more details. 
Night of the Living Quiz at DSI
Saturday, October 31 at 7 pm: Test your team's knowledge of spirits and scary movies, music and monsters. There will be prizes and an especially chilling tombstone for best costume. Stay for the Halloween Jam at 9 pm; fast and furious improv action up on the stage. 
Voices from the Grave Tours
Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm: While this Tar Heel town boasts plenty of famous basketball players and politicians, some of Chapel Hill's most interesting residents now lie six feet under. Explore Chapel Hill's history and learn about the lives of those who once-were alive on this haunted tour of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. To reserve tickets and more information, visit 
How do you get to Franklin Street for Homegrown Halloween? Taking your own P2P Express (on foot!) is your best bet! Information on parking, bus routes, and street closures can be found at
CHDP Logo 2011
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together 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