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Dream Up Downtown: Our Public Spaces 

Thursday, March 24 | 6:30 pm

Join fellow community members for a series of four walks, or ‘moving conversations’, designed to encourage discussion about, and exploration of, downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro, based on the principles of urban activist Jane Jacobs. Free and open to the public. All walks begin at 6.30pm outside the Chapel Hill Post Office/ Court House, 179 East Franklin St.

Music on the Porch

Thursday, March 24 | 5:30 pm

Look Homeward hails from the piedmont of North Carolina pairing the Appalachian drawls and passionate picking of venerated field recordings with the soul tones of Atlantic beaches and boggy bayous. Bring a picnic dinner from a downtown restaurant and sit on the lawn at the Love House& Hutchins Forum.

Reception at The Strowd

Thursday, March 24 | 6 pm

The Strowd hosts a reception for nationally acclaimed artist, Murry Handler and 20 of his abstract pieces. The Strowd is located at 159 ½ East Franklin Street above Sutton’s Drug Store off Amber Alley. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine available. 

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!

Arboretum Spring Tour

Wednesday, March 30 | 2 pm

Meet at the DeBerry Entrance to the Arboretum, near the west side of the Planetarium, and discover the treasures within. Margo MacIntyre, Curator, will show the wide range of native and introduced spring-flowering plants. Free. Preregistration required.

An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky

Tuesday, March 29 | 7:30 pm

Master storyteller and humorist Garrison Keillor will share hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.”  Pianist Rich Dworsky will accompany Garrison Keillor for this performance at Memorial Hall. Tickets start at $25.
Welcome to the Sweet Sixteen! The Tar Heels take on Indiana at 9:57pm on Friday, March 25. Head downtown for dinner and claim your spot at a restaurant or bar, while you enjoy drinks and food during the game. For a complete list of downtown bars and restaurants visit 

CHYP Networking at Carolina Ale House

Thursday, March 24 | 5:30 pm

Join Chapel Hill Young Professionals (CHYP) at Carolina Ale House on Franklin Street for drinks, light refreshments and networking! You could win a special prize, compliments of the Chamber of Commerce. Please register online to attend and learn more about CHYP.

Easter Brunch Downtown

Crossroads Chapel Hill:
Enjoy a spectacular brunch buffet featuring traditional brunch fare, carving stations, holiday entrees and more. Call for reservations at (919) 918-2777.
Kipos Greek Taverna:
Offering the full brunch menu as well as Easter specials like slow-roasted lamb, delicious Greek Easter meatloaf stuffed with egg, and tender lamb meatballs with pasta! Call for reservations (919) 425-0760. 
Offering a Chef’s Tasting Menu for lunch and dinner, along with their regular menu. Call 919-933-1177 for reservations.
A Bloody Great Musical. The brilliant tale of obsession and revenge, Sweeney Todd combines melodrama, murder – and “the worst pies in London” – with a sumptuous score by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. Join the murderous barber and his culinary accomplice Mrs. Lovett for a spellbinding evening of comic turns and thrilling drama. Tickets start at $15. 

Modern Dance Performance at Ackland 

Wed, March 30 | 2:30 pm

The public is invited to witness as students from “EXSS 290: Site-Specific Performance” perform pieces they have developed in response to works of art in the Ackland Museum's current exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann. Free and open to the public. 

Moroccan Cooking Class 

Wednesday, March 30 | 6pm

Midway Community Kitchen hosts chef Amanda Cushman to lead you in preparing a home-style Moroccan meal including chicken tagine with prunes and preserved lemons, couscous with currants and almonds, phyllo cheese pie with swiss chard and chermoula, and more. Register at 
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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