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2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, September 9 | 6-9 pm

Explore our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers at 17 venues this month! Shop for local art in all mediums; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.

Art Adventures 

Sat, Sept 10 | 10:30 am & 1 pm

Designed for 6- to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures at Ackland Art Museum sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly-learned art-making techniques. Materials are provided. Free for Members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited.

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, September 9 | 5:30 pm

Calling all teens who want to talk with scientists about their work. Meet other teens who like science as much as you do at the Open Minds: Teen Science Café. This program is just for young adults, ages 13-18, and it's free!
Stop by Johnny T-shirt today! 

Simple Suppers at Midway Kitchen

Wednesday, Sept 14 | 6:30 pm

Midway Community Kitchen is offering an ongoing series of classes aimed specifically at busy people who want to have a home cooked, healthy meal. Learn to stock the pantry and fridge with basic items, time your cooking, make a great vinaigrette dressing, how to saute like a boss, and more. Class details at

Open Mic at the Cave

Tuesday, September 13 | 7 pm

The Cave Open Mic encourages not only songwriters with original songs, but all original content - comedy, poetry, spoken word, etc. Any and all are welcome. FREE. The Cave is a safe space and encourages you to come as you are and share your talents and/or support those who choose to do so. 

Nerd Trivia at The Baxter

Tuesday, Sept 20 at 9 pm

It's that time of the year when the air becomes crisp, pumpkin spice everything is everywhere, and the days grow a little shorter. So your trivia host Jim Hall is back to give you all the autumn feels and categories in five rounds of trivia. 

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. /

Fundraiser at IP3

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on September 3, hundreds died and thousands of people are left with nothing. The owners of Italian Pizzeria 3, Vinny and Angelo, are dedicating proceeds from their sales from the next two weeks to the disaster relief efforts of the Italian Red Cross. Watch their video here! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy a delicious meal at IP3, but stop by today to enjoy lunch or dinner! 

Tar Heel Downtown

Friday, September 16 | 6-9 pm

Football season is here and the Carolina game day spirit is coming back to the heart of downtown Chapel Hill! Come out and rev-up the season and party on the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. The pep rally will include live music from Big Fat Gap, face painting, games, a Carolina photo booth, performances by UNC Marching Tar Heels & Cheerleaders, and of course....Rameses! FREE. 

Storewide 30% Off Sale

September 1-18

Start your fall off right, and ramp up your music collection with this storewide 30% off sale that includes new and used LPs and CDs, box sets, and even items that are already on-sale with a few exclusions. Located at 405-C West Franklin Street. 

Opening Reception: Process Series

Friday, September 9 | 5:30 pm

The Process Series is dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts. Join The Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS) for the opening reception of the 2016-2017 series with live music by Nicholas DiEugenio & Mimi Solomon. You'll also enjoy a sneak preview of an upcoming performance. CSAS is located in the Love House & Hutchins Forum at 410 E. Franklin St. (photo credit to CSAS)

September Wine Dinner

Wednesday, Sept 21 | 6:30 pm

Kipos Greek Taverna's next dinner in the "Vineyards of Greece" seasonal series will feature a decadent four-course meal paired with four exquisite wines that will take you on a journey through the autumn vineyards of Greece. Seating is limited, make your reservation now! 
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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