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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. 

Cook Book Club

Wed, June 22 | 6:30 pm 

Midway Community Kitchen's Cook Book Club is featuring Prune, by Gabrielle Hamilton. You'll select 3-4 recipes from the book and cook together. Meal and two glasses of wine included in ticket price. Additional wine available for purchase.  All Midway Cookbook Club members receive 20% off any cook book at Fly Leaf Books! 

International Yoga Day

Tuesday, June 21 | all day

Franklin Street Yoga Center celebrates International Yoga Day by offering all of their classes for free with the belief that we are all connected. Donations will be accepted to the to provide funds to the families of victims in the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. 

Nerd Trivia at Baxter

Tuesday, June 21 | 9 pm

Nerd Trivia returns to Baxter Arcade with your question master, Jim Hall. Come out for a special nerd trivia on all those epic tv shows you love. Teams of 4 or less. Win rounds of beers, prizes, and the almighty bar tab!

Family and Friends Day

Sunday, June 26 | 1-5 pm

Spend an interactive, art-filled day with family and friends at the Ackland Art Museum. FREE. Create your own work of art to take home, inspired by works in All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle. Challenge a friend to Ackland Museum Bingo while exploring the collection! 

Movies Under the Stars

Thursday, June 23 | 8:30 pm

Let the stars be your guide all summer long! Free showing of Guardians of the Galaxy on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Enjoy free popcorn and fun activities before the movie. For more information on the Movies Under the Stars summer series, visit 

West End Film Series

Every Wednesday

West End Wine Bar hosts a weekly showcase for independent films aimed at connecting the public with local artists. Enjoy the films, drinks, and prizes! More Info 

Shop for Dad Downtown!

With Father’s Day this weekend on Sunday, June 19, we’ve compiled a list of places to shop in downtown for the perfect gift for any dad! 

Downtown Cruiser Ride

Thursday, June 16 | 7:30 pm

Meet at Back Alley Bikes and ride around town on a cool summer evening. The ride will end at Beer Study. Grab dinner nearby and a beer at Beer Study! More Info.

Star Families Show

Saturday, June 18 | 3:30 pm

Learn survival skills using the sky at Morehead Planetarium during this star show. Explore astronomy themes as a family! The Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. This special program is also good for Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other groups that involve children and parents learning together.

What's on Your Summer Reading List?

Before you hit the beach or the mountains this summer- stop by these Franklin Street spots to make sure you have enough books to get you through your relaxing vacation! Check out The BookshopChapel Hill ComicsMorehead Planetarium Gift ShopFRANK Gallery, and Ackland Museum Store. Or stop by one of the three branches of the  Downtown Free Library and see what you can find! 

Punk Cuts to End Rape

Saturday, June 18  |  8 pm 

Punk Cuts is back for the biggest and funkiest punkiest party yet! Join the brave souls of the Punk Cuts Crew for a head-shaving, booty-shaking, rage-against-rape-culture dance fest benefiting the Orange County Rape Crisis Center at Local 506. Getting through the door is free, but they’ll have an awesome merch table and live auction for raising funds! / 

Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona 

Sat, June 25 | 11 am & 3 pm
Sun, June 26 | 3 pm

Bare Theatre brings Shakespeare to the 140 West Plaza in this modern, urbanized take on one of the lesser-known romantic comedies, a fast-paced romp through love, friendship, and betrayal. This production will be presented free of charge to make Shakespeare accessible and fun to anyone and everyone. Rain or shine. (photo courtesy of Bare Theatre) 

The Pool is Now Open!

The A. D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., is now open for the summer season. The free outdoor swimming pool, operated by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is available for lap swimming and open swim time now through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers. 

Cooldown with FRANK 

Saturday June 25 | 6:30 pm

FRANK Gallery invites you to enjoy an evening guaranteed to cool you down during summer’s heat with drinks, food, Latin music, and tango dancers. All of this in an atmosphere of diverse art, with some of your best friends, and welcoming artists from FRANK’s award winning Gallery. Featuring music from Billy Stewart and a tango demonstration by Durham Tango's John Singletary, and Rachael Scheinman. Tickets can be purchased 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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