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Artist Talk at FRANK

Thursday, June 30 | 6 pm

Every artist has a story. FRANK Gallery's June featured artists will be sharing theirs with you. Learn about their unique processes and share in the discussion of the artwork currently on display at the gallery. FEATURED ARTISTS: Alan Dehmer, Jessica Dupuis.

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. 

Watch Italy vs Germany

Saturday, July 2 | 3 pm

The two teams have made it to the Quarter-final of the UEFA Euro 2016! There's only one place to watch this match downtown - Italian Pizzeria III. Enjoy food and drink specials and cheer on your team. It's the place to be!

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!

Variety Show & Liquor Tasting at Zog's 

Friday, July 8 | 8 pm  

Hosted by Mandey Brown and Josh Rosenstein, enjoy five comedy performances and a free liquor tasting with Deep Eddy Vodka. Enjoy samples of their flavored vodkas and cocktail specials too! More Info 

Art Adventures 

Sat, July 9 | 10:30 am & 1 pm

Come make screen printed t-shirts at Ackland Art Museum! 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. Materials are provided. Free for Members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited. 

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 

July 4th Celebration 

Monday, July 4 | 7 pm

Celebrate America’s independence at the Town of Chapel Hill’s 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks display at UNC's Kenan Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 7 pm, fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and are only visible from inside the stadium. Before the fireworks enjoy balloon animals, face painting, inflatables, midway games, live music, and a watermelon eating contest, hosted by DSI Comedy. MORE INFO

Old Fashioned 4th of July

Monday, July 4 | 1-3 pm

Celebrate with Preservation Chapel Hill on the lawn of the Horace Williams House with free ice cream, lemonade, flags and patriotic music performed by the Village Band. All are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, sunscreen, blankets, and friends. 

Friday, July 1 | 6-8 pm

Imbibe is holding a free Independence Day-themed tasting celebrating Red, White, & Blue! Red: Epic Brewing Brainless on Raspberries Ale and Glenelly Cabernet Sauvignon, White: Weihenstephaner Hefe and Brunn Gruner White Wine, Blue: Gizmo Blueberry Saison and Blanc de Blue Sparkling wine. 

KLW Yoga Celebrates '4'

The yoga studio turns four months old on July 4th- so they have four events to celebrate! Each event is $5/person. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. More Info. 
JULY 1 -- BAR(RE) FIGHT @ 5:30 PM 

Carolina Science Cafe

Wednesday, July 6 | 6 pm

Are GMOs safe to eat? Join the scientist (and sometime GMO critic) NC State entomologist Fred Gould at BackBar at Top of the Hill Restaurant to learn more. How did his team research GMOs? What did they find? What's next? Carolina Science Cafe is a program of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. 

$35 Prix Fixe at Elaine's

For those of you who prefer dining early, join Elaine's on Franklin Street for a $35 prix fixe dinner from 5:30-6:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday-now with new delicious options! $35 per person or $50 per person w/ wine pairings. 
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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! 

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. 
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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