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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

Glenn Jones

The Purple Bowl

The Purple Bowl, a locally-owned Franklin Street eatery, is serving up their new Flu fighter smoothie! #acaibowl (Learn more
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Art After Dark at Ackland Art Museum

Friday, December 1
6:00 P.M.

On the 1st of December, Student Friends of the Ackland are hosting Art After Dark, a free arts celebration with coffee, donuts, an artist's talk, and a graphite/watercolor workshop with a local artist! This event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of events:
6:00-7:00 - Museum store is open
6:00-6:45 - Performance and artist's talk by visiting artist Tim Youd
6:45 - Graphite and watercolor paper workshop by local artist Erin Canady (More info
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Holiday Market at Carolina Inn

Saturday, December 2
4:00 P.M. 

Enjoy the holiday season with The Carolina Inn for three magical Saturdays between December 2nd and December 16th. Don your Santa hat, bundle up your kids, and get into the festive spirit because it is going to snow every Saturday in December at The Carolina Inn. With vendors from all over the state, our market will be a wonderful place to shop for hand crafted yuletide gifts from chocolates, to jewelry, to garlands and ornaments. (More info)

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"Dot" by PlayMakers Repertory Company

Thursday, November 30 - Sunday, December 10

This laugh-out-loud, dysfunctional family comedy tosses us into the midst of a holiday family reunion in the West Philly home of aging matriarch Dot Shealy. As her grown children come home for Christmas, soul food will fly and tempers will flare, but love will always win out in the end. (More info)

Ernest Turner Jam Session at Imbibe

Thursday, December 7
8:00 P.M. 

Ernest Turner Trio hosts a weekly jam session at Imbibe. Hear the Trio every Thursday through December 28th at Imbibe in Chapel Hill!
(More info)
Enjoy our fare-free bus system. Visit and download the Park Mobile app to pay for parking by smartphone.
Free Weekend Parking for the holidays continues through New Year's Day! (More info)
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Chapel Hill Shines Bright Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, December 3
6:00 P.M. 

Downtown Chapel Hill kicks off the holiday season with a Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church; 100 S. Columbia Street, on Sunday, December 3 at 6 p.m.  (More info)
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The PIT Chapel Hill

Friday, December 1

The Broken Mic
8:00 P.M.

The PIT Chapel Hill's weekly stand-up open mic! (More info)

10:00 P.M.

The first weekly jam of the PIT Chapel Hill! (More info)
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The Nutcracker by Carolina Ballet

Sunday, December 3
2:00 P.M. 

The UNC Walk-Ons are up against a powerful, mysterious force this fall, and they need your help.... Find out what happened (and enjoy an evening of awesome a cappella featuring new and old hits) at the 2017 fall concert! Price: $8 at the door. (More info)
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Morehead's Carolina Science Cafe: The Chemicals All Around Us at Back Bar

Wednesday, December 6
5:30 P.M. 

This is a free event! The U.S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA) considers the possible risk from chemicals in different “environments,” including the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can detect some chemicals from household products within most Americans. EPA is working to understand these chemicals to help ensure public health. (More info)
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Carolina Vibe Sup Dogs Benefit Night

Tuesday, December 5
6:00 P.M.

Eat some dogs to support Carolina Vibe! 10% of proceeds made between 6 and 9 p.m. will go to UNC Carolina Vibe for future show costs. Invite your friends! (More info
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2nd Friday ArtWalk

Friday, December 8
6:00 P.M. 

Join us for December's 2nd Friday ArtWalk!
(More info)
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.