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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Live Music at Vimala's
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe features live music every Wednesday at 8 pm with the Onyx Club Boys and every  Thursday at 7 pm with  Southern Routes Enjoy melodic music with your delicious meal of locally grown and sourced food.
And during the two weeks of the NC Comedy Arts Festival Vimala's Curryblossom Café will be open late until midnight for food and drinks including beer and wine.
Cheers to 20 Years! 

Baxter Arcade Tournament and Costume Contest
Friday, February 6 at 7 pm: Are you ready for a night of retro-cade fun with bracket tournaments of Mortal Kombat 2 and Street Fighter 2, with prizes for each arcade game? Costumes encouraged; dress as your favorite video game character, prizes and high-fives for the best costumes! Enjoy Slow Ride Session IPA and .50 cents of every beer will be donated to support Triangle Spokes Group and buy bikes for kids!
Baby It's Cold Outside!
So have some warm cookies delivered to you! Insomnia Cookies offers many varieties of fresh baked, delicious cookies delivered warm from the oven right to your door until 3 am. Menu options also include brownies, deluxe cookies, ice cream and cold milk too. Also offering a catering menu for businesses, parties and events. 
Pub Quiz at Fitzgerald's
Every Monday night at 8 pm Fitzgerald's Irish Pub hosts Geeks Who Drink! pub quiz. It's similar to trivia, but more exciting! There are 8 short rounds, which include a couple of multimedia rounds. Fitzgerald's has great food & drink specials and prizes. For more information visit   / 
Gentlemen's Corner Sale
On Sale Now: Stop by Gentlemen's Corner, located at 140 West, for their BIG Sale! Well-dressed and smartly-appointed men in Southern towns have come to know The Gentlemen's Corner as the place for the finest clothes, accessories and service. Get 40% off on select Vineyard Vines and Southern Tide button downs, on select ties, on quarter-zips, and on select t-shirts. 
Walk This Way! Tour
Saturday, February 7 at 3 pm: Preservation Chapel Hill invites you to tour the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and learn about the famous and rather infamous people buried there. Learn about the history of the cemetery and how it came to be in the heart of the UNC campus. $5 per person. 
15th Annual NC Comedy Arts Festival
The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival runs from February 3 - February 15; showcasing performances in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy. With acts coming in from all over the country, NCCAF is the largest festival of its kind in the southern United States. Acts perform, network and develop as the next generation of comedy talent. Brought to you by DSI COMEDY THEATER! Venues located in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham. Ticket, venue, and scheduling information at
Yoga Nidra and Meditation Class
Friday, February 6 at 7:30 pm: Yoga Nidra is a class built around facilitating deep relaxation and rest. The practice consists of pranayama (breathing exercises), and guided meditation while students recline in a restorative position. The Franklin Street Yoga Center welcomes those at all levels of yoga practice. 
Black & Blue Tours of UNC Campus
UNC Visitors' Center will be presenting the Black and Blue tours each Friday in February at 3 pm with Priceless Gem Guides Cecelia Moore, UNC historian, and/or Robert Porter, Lecturer in Department of African Afri-American Diaspora. The tour shows UNC's historical landmarks in context of UNC's racial history. The tours begin at UNC Visitors' Center, located in the West Entrance of the Morehead Planetarium Building at 250 East Franklin Street. UNC Visitors' Center also will host a display of photographs honoring Black History Month. 
Encounter Art Tour at Ackland
Sunday, February 8 from 3 to 4 pm: Encounter Art Tours enable visitors to gain a deeper understanding of selected works in the Ackland Art Museum's permanent collection. This month, Anthony Bowman leads visitors through the galleries in an exploration of images revealing travel and journeys. Meet in the Ackland lobby. Free and open to the public. 
Star Families Show: African Skies
Saturday, February 7 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm: Explore astronomy themes as a family! The engaging Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. This showing will bring you a closer look at stars, constellations and planets as they are described in traditional legends and folk tales from African cultures. Fees: $5 per person, $4 per Morehead member. 
LEGO-palooza Returns to Downtown!
Saturday, February 7 from 11 am to 4 pm & Sunday, February 8 from 1 pm to 4 pm: LEGO-palooza is back at the Morehead Planetarium! Experience amazing displays of unique LEGO scenes, from settlements in outer space to hometowns throughout America (including forts, amusement parks, city landmarks and more). FREE. Recommended for ages 6 and older. 
Linda's Trivia & Open Mic Nights
Opened in 1976, Linda's serves great American bar and grill food, along with a fantastic selection of wine, beer, and liquor. Stop by the Downbar for trivia on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 pm to 10:30 pm; and for open mic on Thursdays from 8 pm to 11 pm. And of early for all UNC Men's basketball and football games. 
Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland Museum 
Monday, February 9: Take care of your mind, body, and soul at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being in the gallery as you are surrounded by art! Yoga at 12 pm and Tai Chi at 1 pm. Register online at

Artist & Venue Matchmaking
Friday, February 20 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm: Are you an artist looking for places to perform at, or display your art? Is your venue, business, or event looking for dynamic, local art to display or experience? We want to make a match! Join us for the second annual Artist & Venue Matchmaking event at The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street in Carrboro. Venues may include businesses, restaurants, galleries, offices, and special events. Artists may include those from the visual arts such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, and film making; as well as writers, dancers, and musicians. 
For details 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