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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Artist Talk at FRANK
Thursday, June 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Join FRANK Gallery for the evening to view and discuss works by the artists in one of the two featured summer exhibitions; Overtures: An Invitational. Also on exhibit, People and Places  Combined, these shows feature ten artists who represent the diversity of disciplines, skills, and talents embodied by the artists of FRANK Gallery. Stop in the gallery today and check out the exhibits. Shop local art! 
SIMMER DOWN: Roots & Culture Reggae Revival 
Saturday, June 27 at 10 pm: Journey back in time to the sound system vibes of 1970s Jamaica while you enjoy the relaxing vibes, pool, darts & fine cocktails at Zog's Art Bar & Pool Hall. DJ Ras J spins classic reggae lp cuts & Jamaican 45s to make you jump & twist! Roots reggae, early dancehall, rocksteady, ska and obscure version selections. Strictly positive vibes. 
Walk This Way!
Sunday, June 28 at 2:15 pm: Explore beautiful Franklin Street and learn about how the village of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina developed and grew together over the centuries. Tour is $5 per person, no reservation necessary. 
Family Day at Baxter
Every Sunday, The Baxter Bar & Arcade hosts Family Day from 12 pm to 5 pm. Kids (of all ages!) will enjoy the 40+ games and pinball machines. All arcade games are 
25 cents!
Girls Night at Local 506
Tuesday, June 30: Join Local 506 for a girls night (boys are allowed too) and watch Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink on the projector in the showroom. Get a manicure too! Come out strapped in ALL your shoulder pads & scrunchies.
Movies Under the Stars Tonight
TONIGHT- Thursday, June 25, movie starts at approx. 8:30 pm or when it's dark enough to see the screen! Let the stars be your guide all summer long! Free showing of Apollo 13 on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn and fun activities before the movie. For more information  on the Movies Under the Stars summer series, visit

Dinner & a Movie Special from Four Corners!
Four Corners Restaurant, located at 175 East Franklin Street just across the alley from Wallace Plaza, is offering 15% off meals for all Movies Under the Stars movie-goers! Just mention this deal, get dinner, and have a picnic under the stars while you enjoy the show! 
What's on Your Summer Reading List?
Before you hit the beach or the mountains this summer- stop by these Franklin Street spots to make sure you have enough books to get you through your relaxing vacation! Check out The Bookshop, Chapel Hill Comics, Morehead Planetarium Gift Shop, FRANK Gallery, and Ackland Museum Store. Or stop by one of the three branches of the Downtown Free Library and see what you can find! 

It's summertime in Chapel Hill! Shop Johnny T-shirt's Summer Fun Collection to get geared up! 
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.  
The Pool is OPEN! Come Swim!
The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is now open for the summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers. 
Carolina Science Cafe
How did the Universe begin? How do we know? Join the Carolina Science Cafe at BackBar on Wednesday, July 1 at 6 pm, as UNC theoretical cosmologist Dr. Adrienne Erickcek takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Universe, its origins and the ever-changing field of cosmology. You don't need to register,just show up! /
Martha's Day Fundraiser 
Wednesday, July 8 from 6 pm to 8 pm: The community is invited to celebrate Martha's Day, a fundraiser supporting Compass Center for Women and Families at DSI Comedy.
The event is named for Martha Pearson, a North Carolina native who lost her life to domestic violence in 1995. Tickets are $20 and include entertainment from DSI Comedy and a catered reception with food from Vimala's Curryblossom Café, Jersey Mike's of Chapel Hill, and Chapel Hill Restaurant Group. All proceeds benefit Compass Center. To purchase event and raffle tickets online, 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