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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Teen Science Cafe
Friday, November 13 at 5:30 pm: Have you ever walked on a beach and found a sea shell or a sea creature you wanted to know more about? Did you wonder if you could find a pearl in the oysters you were eating? Host Whit McMillan will answer these questions and more at November's Teen Science Café at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Bring your own shells or explore the shells and other sea creature parts provided. Free for all teens!
Studio Saturdays 
Saturday, November 14: Studio Saturdays offer a variety of hands-on classes and activities for all ages at Ackland Art Museum. Make art inspired by works in the Ackland's collections! Studio Saturday Classes include Drawing for Tweens, Drawing in the Galleries, and Art Adventures for kids. Some fees may apply.
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.
Movember Month
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to raising funding  for over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. In Chapel Hill Movember is a philanthropy led by the entire Greek community with local businesses contributing:
Friday, November 20: Country Fried Duck Bar Night (18+) Ride the mechanical bull; every dollar spent on the bull is donated.
Monday, November 23: Top of the Hill Bar Night (21+) TOPO is making a donation for every beer that is bought the entire day from 11 am to 2 am
Nerd Trivia Night
Tuesday, November 17 at 8:30 pm: Baxter Arcade brings host Jim Hall for four great rounds of nerdtastic trivia. Win rounds of beer' win the night and get a $50 gift certificate to the Baxter. Only four members or less per team.
Fix Your Bike Workshops
As an environmentally-conscious community group, The ReCYCLEry works to help local citizens repair their own bicycles. The first Saturday of the month is dedicated to children, while the first and third Sundays (9am to noon) and the third Saturday (11am to 4pm) of each month are dedicated to the entire community. Bring your bike along and ReCYCLEry members help you to fix any problems by teaching you the basics of bicycle maintenance. 

14 Venues: 2nd Friday ArtWalk!

Enjoy the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, November 13 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, and studios, throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore local businesses, and socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, and more. For a list of venues participating this month and a map; visit
Friday, November 13 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Join FRANK Gallery to explore pieces from three odd, quirky, variegated worlds created by three very different artists. This is a show of the work of mixed media artist Sudie Rakusin, painter Michele Maynard, and potter Erik Haagensen - taking you on a journey through their respective worlds as they cross, clash, and overlap with one another. 
Go Heels! Game Day Info

Saturday, November 14, Kick off at 3:30 pm for the UNC vs. Miami game. 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!  Find parking at
Curated Market at Ackland Museum Store
Opening Reception, Friday, November 13 from 6 pm to 9 pm: The fourth in a series of curated specialty markets for the Holiday Season. This year, Ackland Museum Store brings you a Scandinavian Market, including goods from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Also partnering with local furniture store Palette & Parlor; a treasure trove of modern furniture-much of it of Scandinavian design. The Market will continue through Sunday, December 31. For more information, please contact the Ackland Museum Store at 919.962.0216. 
Primetime Comedy at DSI 
Saturday, November 14 at 8:30 pm: 3...2...1... Comedy! Meet five of the top local comics in North Carolina. They've got the material, the laughs, and now they've got Primetime. Hosted by Zo Meyers; Featuring Kathleen McDonald, Zack Levine, and Brad Schnurr; with Headliner Andy Forrester. Tickets are $10. More info and to buy tickets online; 

Local 506 is happy to announce a new Sunday music series: 3@3. They'll be hosting 3 bands at 3pm every Sunday - the bar will be open and good music will be playing. For Sunday, November 15: Tom Sowders (of Miracles), Tegucigulpan (Clarque from Waumiss/Spider Bags) and Nathan Arizona and the New Mexicans. 
The Music of Woody Guthrie
Saturday, November 14 from 8 pm to 10 pm:  With Del McCoury and David Grisman at Memorial Hall on UNC campus. Del McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made in honky tonks and schoolhouse shows. Mandolinist/composer David Grisman has a wide musical range embracing jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors to create his own distinctive idiom. Del and David celebrate a 50-year musical friendship in this concert featuring previously unheard lyrics by America's folk poet Woody Guthrie, set to music by Del himself. Tickets start at $19. 
Dylan Goes Electric! Author Talk
Monday, November 16 from 5 pm to 9 pm: The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC's Wilson Library invites you to join them for an author talk with Elijah Wald. In Wald's book Dylan Goes Electric! Music, Myth, and History, he explores the cultural, political, and historical context of Bob Dylan's 1965 performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Free. 
$50 Off a Service at Bicycle Chain

From November 1 to November 15, bring in your bike and THIS COUPON and get $50 off a Service Package 3 or higher at Bicycle Chain. *Discount cannot be combined with other offers, including, but not limited to, the $30 service discount normally applied for bikes purchased at the stores. 
Peter and the Starcatcher at PlayMakers
A grownup's prequel to Peter Pan! An apprentice Starcatcher and an orphan boy take to the high seas in this whimsical and hilarious origin story of The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Join PlayMakers for a wildly theatrical holiday treat with a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters to bring you a story that will delight adults and children alike. Running November 18, 2015 - December 12, 2015 www.playmakersrep.or
Downtown Walking Food Tour
Saturday, December: Led by Triangle Food Tour, on this leisurely walk through downtown streets, you will be pausing numerous times for sample tastings & personal insights from a cross-section of the areas finest and most unique establishments. With this tour you get to experience both Chapel Hill and Carrboro for the price of one and see why Bon Appetit refers to this area as America's Foodiest Small Town. Meet at The Franklin Hotel. For tickets visit: 
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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 /