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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Walk This Way! Tours
On Friday, May 15 at 4:00 pm - The Rankest Rebel Town:The End of the Civil War in Chapel Hill, starts at the Horace Williams House. Sunday, May 17 at 2 pm - West End & Northside African American History, starts at Hargraves Center. All walking tours are $5 per person and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Reservations are not required. For more information visit 
Pun Derby at DSI
Tuesday, May 19 & Tuesday, June 16 at 8:30 pm: Step up to the plate for the ultimate pun derby at DSI Comedy Theater. 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. Buy tickets now at 

Lunafest Film Festival
Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 pm:LUNAFEST is a film festival comprised of award- winning, insightful, and engaging short films by, for, and about women. The evening also includes hors d'oeuvres and an extensive raffle. Purchase a VIP ticket and get reserved seating and a VIP bag. To benefit Girls on the Run Scholarship Program. This event is open to the community and held at Top of the Hill Great Room. More Info.
Summer Science Camps at Planetarium
Be sure that your child's summer includes a week or more of Morehead's Summer Science Camps for grades K-8 - the perfect way to keep your child happily learning throughout school vacation! Select weeks are still available in Chapel Hill and RTP. 
Fitzgerald's Paint Nite
Sunday, May 24 at 5 pm: Here's a chance to unleash your inner artist! At a Paint Nite event you can enjoy a cocktail while tapping into your inner artist-self.  
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Opening Reception at LIGHT
Friday, May 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Butterflies are Free: Women in Photography featuring Sarah Cioffoletti, Tama Hochbaum, Leah Sobsey, and Barbara Tyroler. LIGHT Art + Design is located at 601 West Rosemary Street, in Greenbridge. LIGHT promotes contemporary fine artists, designers, and other craftspeople and innovative , sustainable design.   

Time to Get Crafty!  

The Bookshop is having a sale on craft books! Just in time for summer projects too. Find books on quilting, scrapbooking, origami, jewelry and doll making, knitting, felting, embroidery, all types of paper crafts and more. Learn a new craft or perfect an old one. Stop by and check out the selection. Give resident cats Elmo and Red a pat on the head too! 
Savory Sunday at Dead Mule
Sunday, May 17: Enjoy a fantastic four course meal for only $20! The menu includes Asparagus Vichyssoise with strawberry & tuna tartar, Braised Pork Cheek over pea
salad with bacon,cornichon & pork jus drizzle, Southern Panzanella Salad of fried oysters & bacon, jalapeno cornbread & lima beans with cajun aioli, and for dessert
Peanut Butter Banana Pudding! Seatings are at 6 & 8 pm. Call 969-7659 or stop by the Dead Mule for reservations.
Spring Rocks on the Plaza!
Friday, May 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Authentic, soulful, and optimistic are just a few of the traits that Jared Place & Company will bring to the Plaza on Friday night.
Come day dream on a gorgeous spring evening! 
All Live & Local events are free and open to all.  
Nerd Trivia At The Baxter
Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 pm: Trivia has come to The Baxter! Winners get free drinks and a Baxter gift certificate. With 5 rounds of nerd and pop culture themed trivia. Teams of 4 people or less are required plus a silly team name. Come and test your trivia might! 
Light Years May Savings
New arrivals at Light Years! Spring and summer essentials such as sunglasses, sun hats, purses, spring scarves, and colorful jewelry for any occasion are in! The sale section is now 60% off. Be sure to come in and pick out something special for a gift or a little something for yourself. 
Fridays on the Front Porch

Every Friday at 5 pm: Join the Carolina Inn for the weekly Fridays on the Front Porch now until October. Relax on the shady front porch while enjoying live music and delicious fare. Enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere, bring a chair or a picnic blanket! No cover charge or reservations required.  
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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