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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Flash Chorus at DSI
Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 pm: Hosted at DSI Comedy Theater. If you've ever wanted to express yourself creatively through music but were too nervous, Flash Chorus is the community for you! Just show up and sing! Conductor Seamus Kenney will lead this 70's Throwback Thursday. Come dressed in your most disco outfit! Tickets $8 Pre-sale OR Costume Walk-up / $10 at the door. 

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:
Thurs, November 19: Boneless wings are $4 at Four Corners. With each order Four Corners will donate $1 to the Movember Foundation.
Fri, November 20: Country Fried Duck Bar Night (18+) Ride the mechanical bull; every dollar spent on the bull is donated.
Mon, November 23: Top of the Hill Bar Night (21+) TOPO is making a $1 donation from the sale of a select beer chosen by the brewmaster.
Karaoke Drag Night 
Monday, November 23 at 10 pm: Underground Chapel Hill, located at
157 East Rosemary St (downstairs), hosts Karaoke Drag Night! Who doesn't love karaoke? Who doesn't love a drag show? Why not combine the two? They welcome you to sing your heart out and live for the fantasy! Karaoke beginning at 10 pm, with a drag show featuring Chapel Hill's own Jackson Family starting at 12:30 am. Details Here. 
Music in the Galleries
Sunday, November 22 from 2 pm to 3 pm: Ackland Art Museum hosts "All For the Birds": Live Soundscape in Response to current exhibit Testing Testing. Sound-artist and composer MGL returns to the Ackland this month to present an immersive in-gallery performance. Installed with his thrifted pump organ in the midst of the exhibition, MGL will add a temporary, experimental, improvised soundscape to the galleries. Free and open to the public. 
Walking Food Tour
Saturday, December 2: 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: 
Downtown Holiday Events!
Holiday Tree Lights
Downtown Chapel Hill shines bright this holiday season with family-friendly activities and traditional holiday events. Holiday shopping and events in downtown are even more enjoyable in December when parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays. For a list of holiday events and parking information, please visit
Cooder-White-Skaggs Tour
Friday, November 20 at 8 pm: Carolina Performing Arts welcomes The Cooder-White-Skaggs Tour to Memorial Hall. Master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs, together with Sharon White, one of the most pristine voices in Southern music, come to Chapel Hill for a revelatory program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass. 
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 
Star Families Show at Planetarium
Saturday, November 21 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm: Morehead Planetarium's popular Star Families program (for ages 7-12 and their parents or caregivers) will explore the tales and legends told by Native Americans to describe constellations and planets best seen this season. Register in advance at
Holiday Market at Ackland Store
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. 
Travel Journal Workshop
Saturday, November 21 at 10 am: FRANK Gallery hosts artist Sudie Rashkin who will set up a drape and will do shading techniques, from lights to mid-tones to dark. Registration is required. To register for this session, or any upcoming Travel Journal Workshops visit 
Walk This Way! Tours
Saturday, November 21 at 11 am: Women on the Hill Walking Tour - Chapel Hill history is abundant with strong, influential women. Learn about the women who helped shape the history of the town and the University on this walking tour.
Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm: West End and Northside Community Walking Tour -Between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, African Americans created a large community during Reconstruction. The community was home to many successful educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. During the Civil Rights Movement, this community played an important role in the desegregation of Chapel Hill. 

Local 506 hosts 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 22: Colin Sneed, Orchid Sun, Dex Romweber & Sunday, November 29: Ozymandias, Barren Graves, Keelan 
Celebrate Thanksgiving Downtown
Enjoy Talulla's Turkish-Inspired Thanksgiving Feast from 12:30 pm to 10 pm. They will be offering a three course Pre-Fixe menu. Al la carte dining from the dinner menu also available. For more info call (919) 933-1177 or visit  
Thanksgiving Day Brunch at The Carolina Inn with prices $59.95 for adults, $55.95 for seniors (ages 60+), $25.95 for children (ages 6-12), Complimentary for children 5 and under. For more info call (919) 918-2735 or visit 
1st Annual Baxter-Giving from 7 pm to 2 am: Can't make it home this year to see your family for Thanksgiving or just wanna escape them? Let the Baxter Arcade be your home and your family. They will have food (feel free to contribute your signature dish as well), so come hang out, dance, play games and give thanks to delicious drink specials, arcade games, and food! 
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 /