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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Artist Talk at FRANK Gallery
Thursday, August 27 at 6 pm: Join FRANK Gallery as the artists from "Natural Alliances", the newest show at the gallery, give a gallery walk & talk about their work, backgrounds, and inspiration. They are all inspired by the natural world; all work with a subtle, limited palate and their art requires a closer look to fully appreciate it. 
Soundbites Podcast Festival 
August 25-Aug 29 at DSI Comedy Theater: Soundbites is an all new podcast, improv, standup, and sketch festival produced and hosted by DSI Comedy Theater. Taking place over 5 days, the podcasts being featured will span a range of topics to include sports, movies, dating, and comedy. 
Women on the Hill Tour
Saturday, August 29 at 10:30 am: Chapel Hill history is abundant with strong, influential women. Learn about the women who helped shape the history of the town and the university on this walking tour. $5. 
Mac & Cheese Monday Bash
Monday, August 31 from 5 pm to 9 pm: Join Noodles and Company for a fun night filled with Macaroni and Cheese for everyone! All UNC Students can come and get a FREE (yes FREE!) small bowl of our famous Wisconsin Macaroni and Cheese!
Please RSVP for the event here.

Yoga & Tai Chi at Ackland 
Monday, August 31: Take care of your mind, body, and soul at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being offered in the gallery as you are surrounded by art! Yoga at 12 pm and Tai Chi at 1 pm. Register online at
Carolina Science Cafe
Wednesday, September 2 at 6 pm: Carolina Science Cafe, hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, is a free current science awareness program. Designed for adults, come explore science topics making national and international headlines and meet the experts behind the headlines. Held at Top of the Hill restaurant's Backbar. This month learn about NeuroNostix, a new treatment option for Schizophrenia. 
Sacrificial Poets Open Mic
Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 pm: Speak your peace. Sacrificial Poets aka Sac Poe is an award-winning spoken word poetry organization that serves middle, high school, and college-aged youth. Do not miss out on this exciting monthly event featuring community voices at DSI Comedy Theater. Make sure you get here early to sign up! Free. /
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 TODAY-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. 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. 
Movies Under the Stars Tonight
TONIGHT - Thursday, August 27movie starts 
at approx. 8:30 pm. This is the LAST 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. Enjoy free popcorn and fun activities before the movie. Free Bike Valet Service, plus bike giveaways too! 
Reception at LIGHT: Art + Design
Friday, August 28 at 6 pm: Enjoy an opening reception for IN VISIBLE LIGHT - a solo show featuring the meticulous work of Leigh Suggs exploring the experience of seeing through creations of light, permeability, and reflection. Through October 3. 
Line Dancing at Country Fried Duck
Every Friday night B93.9 radio station broadcasts live from 10 pm to 2 am at Country Fried Duck, a country-themed venue located at 157 East Rosemary Street. Featuring country music and drinks served in a boot-style mug. Free line dancing lessons from 9 pm to 11 pm. 21+ 
Downtown Yard Sale at UUMC
University United Methodist Church (UUMC), located at 150 E. Franklin Street, will hold its annual community yard sale from 7:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, August 29. The yard sale will feature items such as clothing, toys, books, collectibles, furniture and household items, all intentionally priced very low as a service to the community. The sale also raises money to support the poor, victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill. 
Sale at Ackland Museum Store
NEW fall merchandise is coming soon -- so help make space for it in the Ackland Museum Store! The sale runs now through Monday, August 31. Savings of 25-50% and more on select merchandise; books, pottery, linens, kids toys, and much more. 
Yoga in the Forest (Theater)
Saturday, August 29 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Franklin Street Yoga Center's annual Yoga in the Forest event is held in Forest Theater on the UNC campus. Connect with fellow yogis and nature while practicing sun salutations in the sun and savoring the inspiring vistas of the stone theater and surrounding forest. Wear your neon colors and create an unforgettable morning together. Bring your own mat. This is a donation class for the Compass Center. 
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 is every Friday until - November 6. The Live & Local series showcases local musicians, hands-on-art demonstrations for all ages, performing arts, dance, and more! 
Paperhand Puppet Intervention 
A Drop in the Bucket, The Big Dreams of Tiny Things; the 16th annual puppet pageant for all ages in Forest Theatre, runs until September 7 with both matinee and night shows; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $15, $8 kids, suggested donation at the door.  
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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