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What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro on Friday, February 12 from 6-11 pm. SHIMMER light installations, performances, and projections will light up the night from Carrboro to Chapel Hill in more than 20 locations you can stroll along and experience. Visit for a map and guide.

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Enjoy free public parking every Sunday downtown! Visit and download the Park Mobile app to pay for parking by smartphone.

2nd Friday ArtWalk with Your Love!

Friday, Feb 12 | 6-9 pm

Together experience our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers! Or shop local art for your love in all mediums; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.

Red Carpet Event:
Gone with the Wind

February 13 & 14

The 1939 historical epic received 10 Academy Awards and is considered one of the greatest and most popular films of all time. The Varsity Theatre invites you to watch the movie and enjoy popcorn & fountain drinks,and an intermission small plates buffet. Champagne, wine and beer will also be available for purchase. Tickets $20.

Make Reservations Now!

Lantern Restaurant: Featuring a 3-course menu of local and regional delicacies for $65 per person, + tax, gratuity, or beverages.
Crossroads Chapel Hill at The Carolina Inn: Offering a four-course menu with champagne toast. Dinner includes a rose, $75 per person.
Elaine's on Franklin: Featuring a three course tasting menu for $69 with wine pairing for $99.
Kipos Greek Taverna: Offering exclusive menu specials and cocktails. When making a reservation you can purchase our special sweetheart token. For $5 your sweetheart will find a fresh rose and house-made Kipos chocolate at the table upon your arrival. 


Monday, Feb 15 | 8:30 pm

TRU Deli hosts UNC Professor Daniel Pomp for TRUtalks topic "Are your genes the reason your jeans don't fit?" Explore the link between genetics and obesity. Enjoy $4 beers and ask questions. 

Father-Daughter Valentine Dance

Saturday, Feb 13 | 2-4 pm

The Carolina Inn hosts this special event with DJ Doug Daffron Party Down Productions providing music for the special occasion. A Valentine Dessert Buffet will be specially created by Executive Pastry Chef Sara Thomas. Complete the afternoon with a memorable portraiture by Photo Specialties. Tickets can be purchased here. With proceeds benefitting the Triangle Youth Ballet.

Feb 1 - 14, 2016

The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival showcases performances in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy. With acts coming in from all over the country to Chapel Hill, this is the largest festival of its kind in the southern United States. Acts perform, network and develop as the next generation of comedy talent. Brought to you by DSI Comedy Theater!

Ticket, venue, and scheduling information at

Thursday, Feb 11 | 9 pm

The Baxter Arcade and host Nick Stroud will guide singles through zany questions and answers in this gameshow-style dating game. Come out for laughs and romance and be a member of the 'live studio audience'.

6th Annual Valenslimes Throwback Prom

Saturday, Feb 13 | 9 pm

Zog's Pool Hall & Artbar is doing it again! Whether you love the holiday or despise it, come wearing your awesomest formal garb and dance to some 80s and 90s jams. And do your best prom pose in front of a cheesy backdrop.

Order Those Flowers 

Don't wait until the last minute to get flowers for your Valentine! Downtown Chapel Hill boasts three wonderful, locally-owned and operated shops to buy fresh flowers and gifts. 
Chapel Hill Florist /
University Florist  /
Xenia /

Studio Saturdays at Ackland Art Museum

Saturday, Feb 13 | All Day

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

Sweet Valentine's Sale at Lightyears Jewelry

Valentine's Day is coming and this sale makes shopping for your love easy on the wallet! Fashion jewelry, novelties, housewares and more all at 50% off; winter scarves, hats & gloves are 50% off; and a selection of sterling silver rings at 25% off. 

Love Is In The Stars

Feb. 12, 13, & 14 | 8 pm

It's the most unique Valentine's tradition you'll ever experience- the special star show "Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition" explores the legends of love told by ancient cultures through constellations at Morehead Planetarium.
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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