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Carolina Brewery Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Carolina Brewery will raise awareness and funds in support of Susan G. Komen® Foundation by transforming its popular “Sky Blue Golden Ale” into “Sky Pink Golden Ale" during October. Sky Pink cans will be available  at participating retail locations and on draft at Carolina Brewery. On Thursday, October 13 from 5-8 pm, join the Brewery for Sky Pink Promo Night! Sky Pink stadium cups, koozies, and t-shirts will be available for sale throughout the month.

Go Heels! 

Saturday, October 8 at 3:30 pm

Carolina takes on the Virginia Tech Hokies in Kenan Stadium this weekend! Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys. Buy tickets to the game. Enjoy dining downtown before or after the game. Stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC fan gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed! Take the Tar Heel Express downtown and to the game! 

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. 
Stop by Johnny T-shirt today! 

Baroque & Beyond 

Sunday, October 9 | 3 pm

The Baroque & Beyond season opens with brilliant compositions for two harpsichords, from late baroque Handel to early-classical Haydn at the Chapel of the Cross. Tickets $18 (series of 3 concerts $50) Tickets are available online at, by phone.

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, October 14 | 5:30 pm

Calling all teens - In this Science Cafe you'll learn what meditation is, how to meditate (you'll practice together), the psychology behind why it is helpful, and the scientific evidence for its benefits. This program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.  

Arboretum Fall Tours

Mondays, Oct 10-24 | 2 pm

Join the Coker Arboretum staff on Monday  afternoons for a seasonal tour and learn the history and diversity of the Arboretum, the jewel of a beautiful campus and enjoy the “turning” of leaves as trees enter their dormant winter state. Price: $12 ($8 NCBG members). 

Manifest Music Festival

Manifest is a two-day music festival in downtown Chapel Hill featuring local and touring musicians at three venues: The Local 506, The Nightlight and The Cave.  It will be held on Oct 14 & 15. There is a strong, underlying, independent, and indomitable spirit of punk present in all the bands playing Manifest, whether you'd consider them rock, country, hardcore, electronic, you name it.

Movie Screening at Varsity Theatre 

Thursday, Oct 13 | 6:30 pm

Compass Center is hosting a showing of the movie "Behind Closed Doors" at the Varsity Theater co-sponsored with UNC Hospital's Beacon Program and the Carolina Women's Center. Followed by panel discussion. 

Face Time with Chamber & Downtown Partnership

Thursday, Oct 6 | 5:30-7:30 pm

Join the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the  Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at The Franklin Hotel for an evening of networking! Food and beverage will be provided by The Franklin Hotel. 
This is the Chamber's monthly networking event; free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members.  As The Downtown Partnership is the featured partner this month - the event is also free for employees of downtown businesses and organizations, and property owners.  
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Downtown Pop Up Market TODAY!

Every Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm  until October 27, the Downtown Pop Up Market will be held on the plaza at the intersection of Church Street and Franklin Street (140 W. Franklin Plaza). The market boosts 15+ vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods & pastries, crafts, beer, cheese, coffee, and beauty care products. Enjoy 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. /

Stories & Songs 

Friday, October 7 | 6-9 pm

On the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street. This evening kicks off with Rock & Roll storytelling by Mr. Erik for kids of all ages.  Followed by musical performances featuring Dissimilar South. Enjoy an evening of free, live music on a cool fall evening! 

Studio Saturdays at Ackland Art Museum

Saturday, October 8  

Studio Saturdays offer a variety of hands-on classes and activities for all ages including Drawing for Teens, Drawing in the Galleries, and Art Adventures for younger kids. Join the Ackland Art Museum and make art inspired by works in the Ackland’s collections! 


FRANK Gallery celebrates photography this month by presenting the 5th year of the FRANK:inFocus festival and exhibition. It's a month long photography festival includes exhibitions featuring student, professional, and amateur work; artist lectures, and workshops. For more information about FRANK:inFocus and the Triangle-wide Click! Photography Festival, visit

TETRIS Signing at Chapel Hill Comics

Thursday,  October 13 | 6-9 pm

Box Brown (Andre the Giant: Life & Legend) will be in the shop to talk about his new graphic novel TETRIS! It's a history of the game we all know and love! Local writer Rob Clough will also be on hand to lead the conversation portion of the evening. There will be an arcade version of the game on hand courtesy of the Baxter Bar & Arcade. And they will be hosting an after party at 8:00!
Compelled to counter the divisiveness and negativity of our country’s national political conversation, University United Methodist Church will host an interactive art project, UNITY, designed by Nancy Belmont. A circular arrangement of 32 poles, each labeled with an identifier. With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something. All are invited to participate.  For details visit

Southern Style Series Cooking Classes

Thursday, Oct 13 | 6:30 pm

In this next installment of Down & Dirty: Southern Style series, Midway Kitchen is looking at the swirling controversies around fried chicken. After this chicken frying intensive, you’ll be able to have deep discussions about the pros and cons of buttermilk vs. vinegar based brine, lard vs. peanut oil, and flour vs. breadcrumbs. 
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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