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Savor Summer Downtown

Make the most of long summer days in Downtown Chapel Hill!

Whether you are looking for a fun afternoon of shopping and dining or a relaxing evening of Movies Under the Stars, we have something for everyone to Savor Summer in Downtown Chapel Hill!

 Fill your long summer days by exploring downtown’s variety of wonderful events!


Free Parking on Saturdays in July

Enjoy easy access to downtown shops and events with 2 hours of FREE on-street, metered parking throughout downtown on Saturdays in July!




Stroll Down Rosemary Street

Wider sidewalks and updated lighting are just part of the improvements you can enjoy thanks to our Streetscape Project! 



Pop-Up Farmer’s Market

Discover fresh produce, bakery treats, cheese and more every Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street beginning in August!





Summer in Chapel Hill Photo Contest

Show us why you love Downtown Chapel Hill by posting pictures using #SummerInChapelHill for a chance to win a Downtown Prize Package!




Movies Under the Stars 

Free admission, free popcorn and sci-fi adventures make the Wallace Parking Deck the place to be on select Thursday nights!





11 Fantastic Family Events

Music, art, food and more! Check out the family fun events going on downtown this summer!



Fridays at the Front Porch

Kick-off the weekend with free live music, food trucks, and a perfect place to play under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Carolina Inn's front lawn.




Explore the Universe at Morehead Planetarium

Join millions of people, including 11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon, who have explored the universe through planetarium shows at Morehead.



Enjoy Downtown Green Spaces

Take a tranquil walk right in the heart of downtown where you can enjoy the quiet and shade at McCorkle Place or the Coker Arboretum on UNC Campus.



Paperhand’s 17th Annual Summer Show

The Beautiful Beast is coming for YOU! Aug. 5-Sept. 5 at Forest Theatre. A unique puppet show great for all ages!

By Liz Mainous

Liz Allen Mainous