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2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, April 8 | 6-9 pm

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

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, April 8 | 5:30 pm

Nick Law, an assistant professor of astronomy at UNC, will describe his research on exoplanet detection at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Ages 13-18. Free.

Art Adventures for Kids

Saturday, April 9 | 10:30 am

Designed for 6- to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take- home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly-learned art-making techniques. 

UNC Spring Football Game at Kenan Stadium

Saturday, April 16 | 1:30-5 pm

The 2016 North Carolina Spring Football Game returns to Kenan Stadium. The Fan Fest
will be held prior to the game with food trucks, interactive games for the kids, Chapel Hill Sportswear with all the latest Carolina gear, music and the chance for kids to run onto the field prior to the Spring Game! Free. 

Thursday, April 7 | 8 pm

The League of Extraordinary Bellydancers hosts a "Game of Thrones" inspired event at Local 506 with bellydancing, burlesque, and more. Tickets $10-12. 18+ 

Live & Local: Spring Swing Kick-Off

Friday, April 8 | 6-9 pm

KICK-off, STOMP-off and DANCE-off Spring at the first Live & Local free event on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street. Thistledown Tinkers will perform live Celtic music and Studio A Dance Arts will perform an interpretive dance to get everyone in the swing of Spring! 

UNC Science Expo

Saturday, April 9 | 10 am-3 pm

Behind-the-scenes lab tours, hands-on activities, live demonstrations, a science-themed kids' play area, entertainment and exhibits -- you'll find it all at the UNC Science Expo on the UNC campus on Cameron Avenue.  Free, family-friendly.
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. 

Kids Cooking Class

Saturday, April 9 | 12 pm

Join Chef Mandi at Midway Community Kitchen as she teaches a fun class. It will be a hands-on with some fun deviled egg making activities. The rest will be a surprise...Ages 8-12 / $35. Lunch is included.Register at

Salsa Dancing & Lessons

Every Monday

Salsa dancing and music with DJ Abuelo Salsero Jack. Featuring Salsa along with
Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Kizomba. Basic Salsa lessons at 8:30, dancing from 9
-11:30. Cover is $5. Roots Bakery, Bistro & Bar has a great menu that features local
grown foods and serves, cocktails, beer and wine.  / 

Nerd Trivia: Kick-Ass Ladies of Sci-Fi

Tuesday, April 12 | 9 pm

Host Jim Hall will spin four nerd-drenched rounds of trivia celebrating women of
sci-fi, horror, comic books, and more. Rounds win free beer, teams who win the night
win a bar tab plus extra goodies. 
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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