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Fridays on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn

Every Friday | 5-8 pm

The Carolina Inn hosts this popular end-of-the-work week celebration with live music, food trucks, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. Free. 

Beer & Wine Tastings

Every Friday | 6-8 pm

This week Imbibe is featuring wines from Sileni and Storypoint Vineyards. Sileni is from New Zealand, and Storypoint is from California. Taste two wines from each winery and compare NZ style to CA styles!

Artist Talk at FRANK 

Thursday, May 19 | 6-8 pm

Three FRANK artists who use found materials – from bits and pieces to large, whole objects – in their art have come together for this very special show. Featuring artists from Charron Andrews, Susan Parrish, Carol Retsch-Bogart currently exhibited in Fragments: Found & Formed. 

Star Families Show

Saturday, May 21 | 3:30 pm

Morehead Planetarium's popular Star Families program (for ages 7-12 and their parents or caregivers) will help you identify the stars, constellations and other celestial objects best seen this season. Register at

Family & Friends Day 

Sunday, May 22 | 1 pm

Spend an interactive, art-filled afternoon with family and friends at the Ackland Art
Museum. Take a tour, create your own works of art, and explore the museum. All ages of art-lovers are invited. Free. 

JAWSFest 2016 at The Midway on Graham St

Sunday, May 29 

JAWSFest is a block-party with all the businesses on and near Graham Street, including Local 506, Al's Burger Shack, Beer Study, Syd's Hair Shop, Rumors Vintage, Chapel Hill Comics, KLW Yoga, and The Baxter! Special JAWSFest-themed menus, movie screenings, free live music shows, beer specials, dog costume contest, Punk Rock Flea Market, dj dance party, charity hair cuts, a yoga class choreographed to the chills and thrills of the movie, and so much more. 
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Cirque du Plaza

Friday, May 20 | 6-9 pm

Puppetry by Jeghetto, Down to Earth Aerials soaring in the sky, face painting, balloon twisting & more on the 140 West Plaza! Free and fun for the whole family! More 

FREE Coffee with a Crepe

Free Cappuccino or Latte until 11:00 am when you buy a breakfast or savory Crepe at Crepe Traditions. Crepes offer a healthy food choice and a great way to start your day! Crepe Traditions is located at 140 West Franklin Street. 

Monday, May 23 | 12 & 1 pm

Take care of your mind, body, and soul at the Ackland Art Museum. Yoga and Tai Chi classes are being offered in the gallery as you are surrounded by art! Register
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Musical Conversation & Art Exhibit

Friday, May 20 | 8 pm

LIGHT ART + DESIGN  presents Alison Weiner of mahaloArts, joined by musicians extraordinaire Robbie Link and Beverly Botsford, in a one-night only improvised performance inspired by current 4 Directions exhibit, featuring the work of Marguerite Jay Gignoux, A. Brooke Heuts, Harriet Hoover and Carolyn Nelson.Tickets at

Vox Virorum Men's Chorus Spring Concert

Sunday, May 22 | 3 pm 

Vox Virorum Men's Chorus and guest soloists Laura Jones and Ellie Simpson present a lively mix of choral works with a little something for everyone. Directed by Jeremy Nabors, accompanied by Deborah Coclanis. Free admission, $10 suggested donation. 

Soul Deep at Imbibe

Saturday, May 28 | 8 pm

Hosted by DJ Ras J, experience a classic soul vinyl party, with dusty 45s and original LPs on two turntables mixed live at Imbibe. Enjoy classic vinyl selections from some of the deepest record collections in the state. More Info

Salsa En La Calle Franklin 

Every Monday | 8:30 pm

Roots Bakery, Bistro & Bar hosts Salsa Dura with DJ Abuelo Salsero Jack. Playing at least 50% Salsa along with Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Kizomba; perfect for dancers. Salsa lesson at 8:30; all skill levels. Cover $5. /
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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