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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! Go Heels!

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Fitness and Franklin St

Thursday, March 17 | 5:45 pm

Looking for a fun way to spend your St. Patrick's Day? Looking for a cool place to work out? Want to meet more people in the area? Join Chapel Hill Training for a great workout followed by a trip to Old Chicago for food and drinks!

Cabaret & Pie Auction

Friday, March 18 | 7 pm

Internationalist Books & Community Center hosts their 4th Annual Cabaret & Pie Auction at Nighlight Club. Enjoy performances, skits, music, and a pie auction. $5-15 sliding scale. More Info.

Family Days at Baxter

Every Saturday & Sunday

The Baxter Bar & Arcade hosts Family Day from 12 pm to 5 pm. Kids (of all ages!) will enjoy the 40+ games and pinball machines. All arcade games are 25 cents!

Music in the Galleries

Sunday, March 20 | 2-3 pm

Ackland Art Museum hosts the Walsh-Warwick Wind Duo for a musical exploration of avant-garde mid-century music. Andrew Warwick and Ellye Walsh will perform the music of Andre Jolivet, Elliott Carter, and other twentieth-century composers. 

Sunday, March 20 | 3 pm

Local 506 hosts a new Sunday music series: 3@3. Three bands at 3 pm and the bar will be open. This week features Sound System Seven, Second Husband and D.O.T.R.
Congrats to the Tar Heel Men's basketball team on their ACC Championship! Hope you've filled out your NCAA Tournament brackets and picked the Heels to win it all. Their first game is at 7:20 pm tonight. Head downtown early to claim your spot at a restaurant, enjoy drinks and food while you watch the game. For a complete list of downtown bars and restaurants visit 

Star Families Show

Saturday, March 19 | 3:30 pm

Did you know that you can use the sky as a clock and a calendar? Learn how in Morehead Planetarium's Star Families program (for ages 7-12 and their parents or caregivers). Register in advance at

Mindful Living Retreat

Sunday, March 20 | 1-3 pm

Give yourself permission to rest, balance, and restore by attending a Mindful Living Retreat. Yoga instructor Kate Kryder will take you on a relaxation journey that will include intention setting, journaling, meditation, yin yoga, and yoga nidra at Franklin Street Yoga Centre. No prior yoga or meditation experience necessary. 

Wednesday, March 23 | 7 pm

The Compass Center hosts a screening of a film, at the Varsity Theatre, detailing the stories behind the women who founded the modern women's movement. The film will be followed by a panel on women's issues. This event is free, optional donations will be accepted!
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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