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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Live Music at FRANK
Live Music at FRANK GAllery
Thursday, June 4 from 6 pm to 8 pm: Enjoy live music from Holy Spirit Revival while surrounded by art. Holy Spirit Revival's music is a blend of psychedelic, progressive and folk genres; breaking the mold in an effort to revitalize the essence of rock 'n roll. 
Free Yoga Class
Saturday, June 6 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Franklin Street Yoga Center offers this class designed for beginners or students new to Vinyasa yoga. This is a perfect opportunity to learn the basic poses and get a solid foundation. No experience necessary. This class is offered monthly. 
Improv, Stand-up, Classes & Shows!
DSI Comedy Theater brings critically acclaimed performances of improv, sketch and standup comedy to downtown Chapel Hill. DSI is also offering kids Summer Camps for ages 8-17! Along with comedy shows this week, DSI features the West End Run Club and Game Night! For info and to buy tickets, visit 

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! 


Summertime Fun Starts at Old Chicago!

Wednesday, June 10 at 6 pm: Old Chicago Restaurant, located on the 140 West Plaza, will be hosting Sam Adams for an Extra Innings Mini Tour Kickoff Party. Enjoy games like cornhole and baseball bucket toss. Win prizes including Sam Adams gear, gift certificates, and Durham Bulls tickets. Great drink and food specials too! More Info.
36 Hours in Chapel Hill & Carrboro

The New York Times featured Chapel Hill & Carrboro in their Travel section this past Sunday; in the 36 Hours section. The concept being that if you only have 36 hours to get to know a city, here are the places and businesses not to miss. Have visitors coming this summer? Take the 36 Hour challenge and show them our town. Watch the video and read the article. You'll fall in love all over again with Chapel Hill! 
Casino Night Fundraiser
Thursday, June 4 from 7 pm to 10 pm: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce 2015 Leadership Class is hosting a casino night benefiting TABLE at The Franklin Hotel. The Casino Night event includes casino games such as blackjack and roulette, a silent auction and a raffle as well as live entertainment and food. Tickets to the event are $30. 
Bringin' The Twang Downtown
Friday, June 5 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Chapel Hill's own folk, blues, and country duo, The Holland Brothers, bring to the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza soaring vocal harmonies, blues harp, acoustic slide guitar and thumbpickin' that form the basis for a very memorable, entertaining show. Every Friday in the spring and fall, the Town of Chapel Hill hosts live music, dancing, hands-on-art, and more on the 140 West Plaza from 6pm-9pm. 
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.  
Planetarium Star Families Show
Saturday, June 6 at 3:30 pm: Learn how to navigate using just the night sky above you this summer! Explore astronomy themes as a family as the Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. For ticket information visit  
Last Look Tour at Ackland
Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 pm: Enjoy a "Last Look" Tour of the exhibit "The Land of No Things: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2015. Two experts offer different perspectives on works on view at the Ackland, inviting conversation during their tour. Meet in the Ackland lobby. Free and open to the public. Chris Vitiello, independent curator and arts writer, and Amanda Hughes, Ackland Director of External Affairs No RSVP required. 
Investors Title Summer Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 9 from 10 am to 2 pm: Investors Title, located at 121 N. Columbia Street is committed to making a difference in our community by hosting yearly blood drives. All donors will receive Chipotle Mexican Grill and 100 "Donate For Life" points. Open to all, you can reserve an appointment online at or contact Jennifer Jordan at 919-945-2593.
The Pool is OPEN - Come On In!
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. 
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! 
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