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Return of Fall Dance Party at The Baxter

Saturday, Sept 24 | 10 pm

Today marks the first day of Fall! To celebrate Baxter Arcade is hosting the Return of Fall Dance Party! DJ Petey Green will spin autumn jams.

Go Heels! 

Saturday, Sept 24 at 3:30 pm

Carolina takes on the Pittsburgh Panthers in Kenan Stadium this weekend! Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys. Buy tickets to the game. Enjoy dining downtown before or after the game. Stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC fan gear shops that sell all things UNC-themed! Take the Tar Heel Express downtown and to the game! 

Oktober & Sausage Fest 

Sunday, Sept 25 | 4-8 pm

Beer Study is hosting Oktoberfest with a menu pairing traditional sausages and sides with beers. The menu includes Bratwürst, Knockwürst, Weisswürst, along with Warm German Potato Salad, Bacon Kraut, and more. Beers on tap include Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, and many more. Door prizes & glassware will be given away! 
Stop by Johnny T-shirt today! 

Silent Film Night With Live Piano #3

Wednesday, Sept 28 | 8:30 pm

Imbibe will be showing Buster Keaton's 1925 film, "GO WEST," with an original piano score played by Peter Estep. Along with special opening act Frank Doonan who will start off the evening with a musical pantomime performance! 

Star Families: Fall Skies

Saturday, October 1 | 3:30 pm

Explore astronomy themes as a family! The Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families to learn how to identify planets, constellations and bright stars visible in the current sky.  

A Special Evening at FRANK Gallery 

Thursday, October 6 | 6 pm

FRANK Gallery hosts Clyde Edgerton & John Rosenthal, also featuring former Red Clay Rambler, Mike Craver. Clyde and John will present stories, artwork, & music as a part of their featured exhibition: Paintings, Photographs, Friendship. This pair of versatile artists have blended photographs, paintings, and stories into an eye-catching, mind-stimulating event.

Downtown Pop Up Market TODAY!

Every Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm  until 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 boosts 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. /

Folk Exploration

Friday, September 23 | 6-9 pm

On the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street. Do you like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Tom Petty?  If so, you will love Eric Scholz. Enjoy an evening of free, live music on a cool fall evening! 

Family & Friends Sunday

Sunday, Sept 25 | 1-5 pm

Ackland Art Museum invites you explore and create with family and friends at an afternoon inspired by geometric shapes in works of art. Make your own circle art inspired by Derek Toomes mural installation in ART&. Search the museum for hidden shapes in a special self-guided art hunt. Build and play games in a pop-up, art-play zone. Free and open to all ages. 


Friday, Sept 29 - Sunday, Oct 2

The 140 West Plaza will offer chairs & tables, free wi-fi & charging stations, benches in the shade, local food carts, and more - all waiting for you to enjoy. Come down and check it out and let us know what you think!  Tweet us your thoughts using #chapelhillplaces.  

Youth Community Project Benefit Dinner at Kipos

Tuesday, Sept 27 | 5-9 pm

Kipos Greek Taverna & Youth Community Project invites you to a fantastic benefit feast to support youth programming. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu for $35 per guest and a children's menu (for age 10 & under) is available for $15. To make a reservation please call (919)425-0760. 
Compelled to counter the divisiveness and negativity of our country’s national political conversation, University United Methodist Church will host an interactive art project, UNITY, designed by Nancy Belmont. A circular arrangement of 32 poles, each labeled with an identifier. With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something. All are invited to participate.  For details visit

Pottery Show at the Ackland Museum Store

Now on Exhibit

The Tiny Gallery at the Ackland Museum Store is proud to present Studio Touya, the pottery of Hitomi and Takuro Shibata. “Touya” literally means “potteryhouse” in Japanese. The lovely and understated pottery of Studio Touya reflects Hitomi and Takuro’s deep cultural connection to nature and their desire to make simple and functional pottery using local wild clay.

Compass Center Fundraiser at Crunkleton

Wednesday, Oct 5 | 4-7 pm

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Wednesday, October 5 The Compass Center will host a Kick Off Happy Hour event at The Crunkleton. 100% of sales from a special DVAM drink will go to Compass Center. Compass Center will host events throughout the month to show support for domestic violence survivors. 
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