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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
2nd Friday ArtWalk 
Experience the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, April 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, and studios, throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The ArtWalk is a great opportunity to 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
Priceless Gem Tours
Friday, April 10: Learn about the UNC campus trees on the The Noble Grove, A Walking Tour. Tours are free and open to the public. Tours begin at UNC Visitors' Center; located in the West Wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. 
Studio Saturdays at Ackland Art Museum
Saturday, April 11 from 10:30 am to 5 pm: 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.
Slow Art Day 
Saturday, April 11 from 11 am to 1 pm: Celebrate Slow Art Day with the Ackland Museum as Ackland Docent Jack Hazerjian leads participants in slowly looking at a selected group of Ackland artworks. Afterwards, the group will engage in a discussion of their experience at nearby Spanky's Restaurant. Free + the cost of your own lunch. 
Join the Dog Parade! 

Sunday, April 12 at 3 pm: Beer Study invites dogs (and their people) for a Dog Parade in downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Meet at Beer Study, walk to Steel String Brewery, have a brew and walk back!
Summer Comedy Camp
DSI Comedy Theatre has been teaching improv Summer Camps across the Triangle for over 15 years. And this summer they are offering 8 camps based on age: COMEDY CAMP 101 (Ages 8-10), COMEDY CAMP 201 (Ages 10-13), and COMEDY CAMP 301 (Ages 14-17). For more information and to sign up: 
Free Cone Day!
Ben & Jerry's invites all to stop by the 102 West Franklin Street location on Tuesday, April 14 for a free ice cream cone! 

Three Music on the Porch Shows
It's Music on the Porch season again at the Center for the Study of the American South with Mary D. Williams (Thurs, April 9), Mipso (Tues, April 14), and Ellis Dyson and the Shambles (Thurs, April 16). Performances are from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and dinner from a downtown restaurant! Free and open to the public. Love House & Hutchins Forum is located at 410 E. Franklin Street. 
Blackbeard's Lost Weekender VI
April 10, 11, & 12: The Cave is bringing the Official Blackbeard's Lost Weekender complete with 38 bands, 6 DJs, and 3 nights of basement and garage-band rock.
Shows at The Cave and Nightlight Club. $25 per night or $60 for all three nights. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.
FREE UNC Science Expo 

Saturday, April 11 at 10 am to 3 pm: Celebrate science at the 5th annual free UNC Science Expo, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival! Don't miss the hands-on interactive experiments, riveting demonstrations, behind-the-sciences-lab tours, stage entertainment and much more! Talk to scientists about the latest research.  More than 100 fascinating activities for all ages at this one-of-a-kind science street fair on UNC's campus. 

Savory Sundays at Dead Mule Club
Sunday, April 12 at 6 pm & 8 pm: Big Sam and Tony are cooking a special southern dinner at the Dead Mule Club! The chefs will be serving Baby back beef ribs, pot roast, crabby mac & cheese, corn on the cob, Cajun coleslaw, wedge salad, cheese biscuits, garlic bread, and key lime pie for dessert. All for only $20! Limited seatings; come by the bar or call 969-7659 for reservations. 
Live & Local on the 140 West Plaza
Spring is here and we are all ready to get outside and enjoy ourselves! The spring series of Live & Local kicks-off on Friday, April 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm with music from Aslan Freeman and dance performances by Black Irish. The sculpture 'Breathe' will officially be turned back on too! Bring your own lawn chair to enjoy the performances. All Live & Local events are free and open to all. For a listing of all the events visit  
Carolina Baseball: Go Heels! 
The sun is shining and spring is here. You need to be in Boshamer Stadium watching the Diamond Heels! Get game information and tickets at
Fri, Apr 10 vs NC State at 7:30 pm
Sat, Apr 11 vs NC State at 6 pm
Sun, Apr 12 vs NC State at 2 pm
Spring Menu at Crook's Corner   
Make a reservation today at Crook's and try some of the new spring menu offerings like a Jalapeno Margarita, Nuevo Southern "Oxford" Tamales (ask about the chef's story behind the name!), Catfish Amandine, Crook's version of the Classic Caesar, and as always - plump, delicious Fried Oysters. For dessert enjoy Mt. Airy Chocolate Soufflé Cake or the Orange Red-Hot Sorbet. Call 919-929-7643 for reservations. 
Broadway Twisted at Local 506
Monday, April 13 from 8 pm to 10 pm: Broadway Twisted presents the 3rd annual evening of gender-swapped showtunes to benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and the NC AIDS Action Network. Performers include Broadway regulars and local celebrities singing your music theater favorites -- with a twist! Tickets $10. For more information visit  /
FRANK Gallery Autism Event
Wednesday, April 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm: FRANK Gallery is celebrating Autism Awareness Month with an exhibition, panel discussion, a musical performance, and reception with guest artists and musicians on the Autism Spectrum. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will be giving a proclamation to honor the event. 
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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