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Speed Dating

Thursday, Feb 18 | 8 pm

Unlucky in love? Come flex those romance mucsles at The Baxter's first ever Speed Dating event as part of a Valentines Themed Month of February. Singles will go do speed dates in groups of eight with two minutes to get to know everyone. As matches are made, emails will be exchanged to start romantic correspondences! 

Priceless Gem Tour of UNC's Campus

Friday, Feb 19 | 3 pm 

UNC Visitor's Center is offering two tours: Black and Blue Tour and Native Narrative. The walking tours of UNC's campus highlight the diversity, stories, and people of the University's history.

Kids Cooking Class

Saturday, Feb 20 | 6-9 pm

Drop the kids off at Midway Community Kitchen, they'll learn some cooking skills and have fun with friends while you get time to enjoy a night out. The class is $40 per person; kids will cook and eat three courses.

Music in the Galleries

Sunday, Feb 21 | 2 pm

Experimental Music Study Group at the Ackland Art Museum. Hear avant-garde music of the mid-century in the first of two concerts that explore abstract expressionism in the musical world. Presented in connection with the Ackland Art Museum’s exhibition “Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.” 

Salsa Lessons & Dancing

Every Monday | 8:30 pm

Roots Bakery, Bistro & Bar hosts salsa dancing with DJ Abuelo Salsero Jack. Enjoy Salsa along with Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Kizomba. Salsa lessons start at 8:30 pm, open dancing until 11:30 pm. Cover is $5. /

Oscars Preview Event

Tuesday, Feb 23 | 6-8:30 pm

The UNC General Alumni Association is hosting an Oscar Preview at Varsity Theatre. Learn about the 2016 nominees, the snubs, the trends and outliers of the past year in film are all fair game for film experts Dana Coen and Scott Myers of UNC’s writing for the stage and screen program. More Info Here.

Artist & Venue Matchmaking III

Friday, Feb 19 | 6:30-9 pm

Are you an artist looking for places to perform at or exhibit your art?  Is your business looking for dynamic, local art to display or experience? We want to make a match! Join us for Artist & Venue Matchmaking III at The ArtsCenter. Artists bring 20 copies of your portfolio info. Venues RSVP HERE to reserve a spot. 

Eat Loud! at Sandwhich

Until February 21

Sandwhich Restaurant is partnering with Be Loud! Sophie Foundation and donating a percentage of sales to the organization to support adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families at UNC Hospitals. While you eat, enjoy Sophie's photos that are hanging on the restaurant walls. /

Uinta Brewing Cask Event at Mellow Mushroom

Friday, Feb 19 | 5-8 pm

This month's brewery spotlight will feature a limited edition firkin of Uinta's Baba Variance, a black lager from their organic line.  Be sure to get to Mellow early for some Uinta swag! More Info Here. 

Star Families Show

Saturday, Feb 20 |3:30 pm

Learn about stars, constellations and planets that are best seen this time of year and how they tell the tales of traditional African stories at Morehead Planetarium's Star Families program for ages 7-12. Register at 

Improv Wildcard at DSI Comedy Theater

Saturday, Feb 20 | 7 pm

Fun for Jokers of All Ages! Round up your friends and family for Improv Wildcard, a new and clean comedy show featuring high energy and interactive comedy. For tickets, visit

Doug Largent Trio Live

Sunday, Feb 21 | 7-9 pm

The Doug Largent Trio featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Dan Davis on drums plays organ make up the jazz trio at West End Wine Bar of Chapel Hill. 

Bubbles & Pearls Cooking Class and Dinner

Thursday, Feb 25 | 6 pm

Enjoy a five course dinner with special guests; acclaimed book author and food writer John Martin Taylor and oyster farmer Chris Matteo from Chadwick Creek Oysters from Bayboro, NC. The evening kicks off with a reception on the front porch followed by dinner in an intimate cooking class setting. 
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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