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Nothing Scary About Early Voting!

Early voting has started and continues until Saturday, November 5th. And with a voting site downtown and close to campus - The Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street - it's easy for all to get out and vote! For more information about early voting locations and hours, please visit the Orange County Board of Elections website - click here.
Space suits on Franklin Street on Halloween? YES! Alien ray guns on Franklin Street on Halloween? NO! For a complete list of what you can and can't bring downtown on Halloween, visit: 

FREE Coffee with a Crepe

Free Cappuccino or Latte until 11:00 am when you buy a breakfast or savory Crepe at Crepe Traditions. Crepes offer a healthy food choice and a great way to start your day! Crepe Traditions is located at 140 West Franklin Street. 

Ceramics Trunk Show & Sale at FRANK Gallery

Saturday, Oct 22 | 10 am- 4 pm

Join FRANK Gallery artists for an afternoon of shopping! FRANK potters and ceramicists are offering a selection of work for this one-day-only sale. They will be available to answer questions, discuss their work, and hopefully send you home with a new favorite piece of artwork! 

Cookbook Author at Crook's Corner

Sun, Oct 23 | 10:30 am-2 pm

James Beard Award winning chef and restaurateur John Currence of City Grocery will be at Crook's Corner for the release of his newest cookbook, Big Bad Breakfast. Chef Currence’s book takes breakfast up a notch with a fun and highly caffeinated ode to the joys and rituals of the Southern breakfast. Join Chef Currence at Crook’s Corner for book signing. 

SCARE-olina Skies 

There are plenty of Halloween traditions, but Scare-olina Skies -- Morehead's "monsters, madness and mayhem" version of its Carolina Skies star show -- might be the most unique of all! Watch the original version for adults and older teens on Friday, October 28 at 8 pm. The family-friendly version is on Sunday, October 30 at 3:30 pm. Regular ticket prices apply.  

Baxter's Halloween Ball

Monday, October 31 | 9 pm

The Baxter Bar & Arcade invites you to come celebrate the best night of the year with a dance floor tricked out in its spooky finest. DJ Petey Green will be spinning the ghoulish hits. Halloween decor and $4 for all drafts. Come in costume too! 

Homegrown Halloween

Homegrown Halloween on Franklin Street is a local community gathering with enjoyable and safer crowd sizes. Enjoy the celebration and take care of each other. For complete details about Homegrown Halloween, visit: 

Pumpkins on the Plaza

Friday, October 21 | 6-9 pm

Enjoy haunting Halloween crafts and games on the 140 West Plaza! Come decked out in your costume finest for a costume contest, and enjoy trick or treating up and down Franklin Street with music by Spookcase. 

Family & Friends Sunday

Sunday, October 23 | 1-5 pm

Free and all ages! Spend an interactive, art-filled afternoon with family and friends at the Ackland Art Museum. All ages of art-lovers are invited. 

Halloween Comic Fest 

Friday, October 29 

It's the return of Halloween Comic Fest to Chapel Hill Comics! Get down to the shop to get free Halloween comics, discounts on horror comics, free candy, and more! Dress up in your Halloween costume best! 

Essential Knife Skills

Thursday, Oct 27 | 6:30 pm

Midway Community Kitchen is offering this interactive, hands-on class. Chef Brian Adornetto will teach essential knife skills, from basic cuts and methods to more advanced techniques and explain proper knife handling and care.  To register and more information visit 

Nosferatu w/ Live Music

Oct 27 & Oct 29 | 9 pm

For two nights Imbibe is showing Nosferatu with a live musical score by Vamplifire, a piano and theremin duet that was excommunicated from hell. Cover $3, all ages. Door prizes for those in costume! 

Halloween Movie Night

Sunday, October 30 | 8 pm

Curated by Ryan Martin, Nightlight Club is showing NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (1981). Paul Naschy, the world's greatest werewolf actor, perfected the role of El Hombre Lobo over the course of twelve films. This film is an over-the-top, gothic, fever dream. A full moon every night, fog, vampires, castle ruins, and the most beastly blood-slobberingly barrel-chested turbo wolfman in film history. 
Chapel Hill Training, the area's premier personal training studio, will be turning 6 on November 1st! To celebrate, they will be hosting a Boot Camp workout on Thursday, November 3rd at 5:45 pm followed by a community potluck dinner at 6:45 pm for all clients, friends, and anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle! You can register for the Boot Camp here and email Cody Johnson ( for more information. 
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Learn more at
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