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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. 

Cookbook Sale 

Through August, cookbooks are on sale at The Bookshop at 400 W. Franklin St. International and regional cooking, southern and general cooking, Junior League community cookbooks--priced from $1.00 to $3.00. Books will be added to the sale as space allows. It's never too hot to cook. 

Art& Now OPEN

ART& at the Ackland Museum enables community gatherings and a wide range of art-centered activities, from film screenings and performances to talks and hands-on art making. PLUS site-specific art commissions, flexible space, and free coffee. The Ackland is extending its hours this fall too. It's a great space for meetings, co-working, and just relaxing with a friend.

Funny How? Open Mic 

Every 2nd Wednesday | 10 pm

Come spit some jokes, have some laughs,maybe win dinner, or even maybe get booked on the Funny How? showcase at Northside District. Hosted monthly by Kenyon Adamchik. Rolling sign-ups, 4 minute sets. Sign-up starts at 9:30, showtime at 10:00! Located at 403 West Rosemary Street.

Family & Friends Sunday

Sunday, August 28 | 1-5 pm

Spend an interactive, art-filled afternoon with family and friends at the Ackland Art Museum. All ages of art-lovers are invited. FREE. Play art games like Ackland Art Bingo, or challenge yourself and your friends to solving Ackland “Art in a Jar” puzzles. Conduct an “Art Interview” with your friend or family member. 
The annual poster and framed art sale is happening now in the Street Scene Teen Center; located under the Post Office & Courthouse at 179 East Franklin Street. 

Downtown Pop Up Market TODAY!

Beginning TODAY August 25 and running through October 27, the Downtown Pop Up Market will be held on the plaza at the intersection of Church Street and Franklin Street (140 W. Franklin Plaza). The market will be open on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm. With 15+ vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods & pastries, crafts, beer, cheese, coffee, and beauty care products. Enjoy FREE parking vouchers when you park in the 140 West Parking Deck. Don't have cash? Use your debit card and get Market Tokens to shop. /

Yoga in Forest Theatre

Sat, August 27 at 10- 11:15 am

Celebrate Franklin Street Yoga Center's 9th anniversary and connect with fellow yogis and nature while practicing sun salutations in the sun. Wear neon colors and let's create an unforgettable morning together. Bring your own mat. You may want to bring a towel to put under your mat because you will be practicing on the steps of the Forest Theatre. 

The Beautiful Beast

Paperhand Puppet Intervention's 17th annual summer show runs August 5 - September 5 in the Forest Theatre. Take a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales by peering through different lenses to explore the beauty, monstrousness and magic of these creatures. For details visit 
Uniquities, located at 452 West Franklin Street, is celebrating 24 years on Franklin Street. Stop by to see the newly renovated space and shop for a new look for you! 

Live Music at Imbibe

Saturday, August 27 | 8:30 pm

Local group Bellflower will be performing an acoustic set at Imbibe, located at 108 Henderson St. No cover.

Super Mario Cart Tournament

Sunday, August 28 | 2 pm

Beer Study hosts Sunday Fun Day action! They'll be using the Nintendo 64 versions of Super Mario Cart and time trials will start at 2 pm.  Free, must be 21 and up to enter. You are welcome to bring your own controller. Win gift certificates to Beer Study and other local businesses. 
Stop by Johnny T-shirt today! 

Cook Once, Eat all Week

Wed, September 7 | 11am-1pm

Midway Community Kitchen hosts Health Coach Marcey Clark to help you learn how to cook once for the entire week. This is the best way to ensure that you are eating healthy, wholesome food all week and not breaking the bank by purchasing prepared food. 
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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