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This Week Downtown: Farmers' Market, Movies Under the Stars, & Cirque du Plaza!

This Week Downtown: Farmers' Market, Movies Under the Stars, & Cirque du Plaza!

Downtown Chapel Hill is where our community gathers to enjoy the arts, special events, and family-friendly activities! Mark your calendars now for exciting events this week and into the fall. See you downtown!
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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Tar Heel Downtown

Go Heels! Tar Heel Downtown brings the Carolina game day spirit to Franklin Street on Friday, Sept 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street. Join us for a pep rally! Activites include live music from Transit Vocal Band, performances by UNC Marching Tar Heels and Cheerleaders, face painting, ticket give-aways, balloon artists, a Carolina photobooth, and more! Cheer on the Tar Heels before their first home game of the season. Free.
Festifall Arts Festival

Join thousands in downtown Chapel Hill for the 43rd annual Festifall Arts Festival on West Franklin Street on Sunday, October 4 from noon to 6 pm! Enjoy live music, comedy, and dancing on the entertainment stages. A vibrant market of handmade artworks will include sculpture, wood-crafts, musical instruments, pottery, basketry, printmaking, jewelry, glass art, fabric art, photography, and more!
Downtown Pop Up Farmers' Market

Only 3 weeks left to shop the farmers' market on the 140 West Plaza (ends Thurs, Sept 10)! Join us this Thursday, August 27 from 12 pm to 2pm. Get FREE parking vouchers when you park in the 140 West Parking Deck. Don't have cash? Use your debit card and get Market Tokens to shop. Now featuring live music while you shop, and arts & crafts vendors too. In addition to fresh produce, you'll also find cut flowers, baked goods, breads, cheeses, chocolate, tea and coffee, all produced within 60 miles of Chapel Hill. 

Join us on Thursday, August 27, movie starts 
at approx. 8:30 pm, for the last FREE Movies 
Under the Stars of the summer! We'll be showing Star Trek: Into Darkness 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. Free Bike Valet Service, plus bike giveaways too! For information visit 
Live & Local Series on the Plaza

The series kicks-off this Friday, August 28 with Cirque du Plaza from 6 pm to 9 pm; with a performance by Puppeteer Pipkins, Down to Earth Aerials, Hula Hooping, Face Painting, and Balloon Twisting. Live & Local will be every Friday until - November 6 from 6 pm to 9 pm. The Live & Local series showcases local musicians, hands-on-art demonstrations for all ages, performing arts, dance, and more! 
Chapel Hill is a bike & pedestrian friendly community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending great events. For a map of downtown bike racks & corral, visit easy at our events, we are smoke free
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 These events are brought to you by the Town of Chapel Hill's Parks & Recreation, Festivals and Special Events Division. As a supporter and partner and in these events, 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.