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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! Welcome Back UNC Students!

Welcome Back UNC Students!  Fall semester classes start on Tuesday, August 18  and Carolina students have started moving back to town. Downtown Chapel Hill and campus are bustling with activity as students and their families get ready for the new school year - and we are happy to have them back! 
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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Lobster Night at The Shack
Sunday, August 16 from 5 pm to 8 pm: The Root Cellar Cafe and Al's Burger Shack have teamed up to make dreams come true in Chapel Hill! They are brining brinking New England-style seafood to Franklin Street. The menu features Lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, fried oyster plates, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, slaw, french fries, and more!  /
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Shows
A Drop in the Bucket, The Big Dreams of Tiny Things; the 16th annual puppet pageant for all ages in Forest Theatre, runs from August 7 to September 7. With both matinee and night shows; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $15, $8 kids, suggested donation at the door.  
Star Families Show
Saturday, August 15 at 3:30 pm: Explore astronomy themes as a family! Learn about Greek myths, legends, and the constellations in the sky. The Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. This special program is also good for Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other groups that involve children and parents learning together. Tickets and information at
Summer Menu at Crook's
Summer in the south is hot, so cool down with the Cold Fried Chicken plate at Crook's Corner. These Picnic Plates of cold fried chicken, deviled eggs, red triangles of watermelon, and potato salad sail out of the kitchen and onto the table! Cool side dishes include the Tomato and Watermelon Salad and Local Succotash Salad w/ Celebrity Dairy goat cheese. And cold soups, one of which is Bill Smith's Mexican-rendition of gazpacho: Cóctel de Verano. 
Elaine's Prix-Fixe Menu
Perfect for a pre-theater or post-meeting meal, join Elaine's for this three course early menu. Pairing bold flavors with local ingredients; $35 per person or $50 per person with wine pairings. Offered 5:30-6:30PM; Tuesday through Saturday. 
ArtWalking & ArtShopping! 
Enjoy the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, August 14 from 6 pm to 9 pm! Featuring galleries, retail shops, and studios, throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. 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  
The Thrill at DSI Comedy
Friday, August 14 at 8:30 pm: A completely improvised and interactive comedy show, "The Thrill" features DSI Faculty Members and All-Stars from the DSI TourCo, North Carolina's Premier Corporate Theater and College Entertainment! The Thrill brings fast-paced games and interactive improv, all based on your suggestions.
More info and tickets at
Sunset Serenade on Polk Place
Monday, August 17 at 7:30 pm: Let some of Carolina's best a cappella groups entertain you on the eve of the new school year. Enjoy the sounds of the Clef Hangers, Loreleis, Achordants, Cadence, Harmonyx and Samaa in the beautiful setting of Polk Place. In case of rain, this event will be held in Memorial Hall at 8 pm. This event is presented by the Student Alumni Association. Free.
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.  
Town & Gown Walking Tour
Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 am: 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 begins at the Horace Williams House (610 E. Rosemary) $5 per person. 
Music & Trivia & Movies, Oh My!

All week long you can find live music of every different genre at Local 506. When there isn't a show, be sure to come out for a double-header movie nights, trivia, and pizza parties. There's something for everyone at Local 506. Check out and grab tickets for an upcoming show now!

Music in the Galleries at Ackland
Sunday, August 16 at 2 pm: Enjoy clarinet duets performed by Andrew Warwick and Ted Mansfield, professional clarinetists and UNC Music Department graduates. The concert will feature music by Mozart, Beethoven, Poulenc, and more. Free and open to the public. 
Fitness and Franklin St. with CHT
Chapel Hill Training (CHT) provides private personal training lessons as well as Boot Camp style group fitness classes. In addition to these, they are introducing two promotional boot camp classes sporadically, Fitness and Franklin and Dumbells and DJ's. Click here to sign up for Fitness and Franklin Street on Thursday, August 20th at 5:45 pm. This boot camp style class will feature a workout designed to exercise the entire body as well as a trip to Franklin Street for food and drinks afterwards! 
Weekly Specials at Kipos 
Tuesday: Bubbles and Olives (Glass of sparkling wine with in-house marinated Kalamata Olives) 
Wednesday: Specially priced Featured Wine Bottles
Thursday: Santorini Summer (Glass of Santorini wine with a light tomato appetizer) 
Sunday: $12 Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys 
Sunday: $6 Greek Yogurt Bar - Create your own yogurt with many toppings!

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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