Downtown Chapel Hill

Downtown Blog

What To Do & See Downtown This Week!

Follow Us

Enjoy free public parking every Sunday downtown! Visit and download the Park Mobile app to pay for parking by smartphone.

Family & Friends Sunday

Sunday, February 26 | 1-5 PM

Ackland Art Museum invites you explore and create with family and friends at an afternoon inspired by works of art in the museum. Free and open to all ages. 

Celebrate Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 28 | 8 PM

Zog's Pool Hall & Art Bar and Imbibe invite you to the 7th annual Mardi Gras Bash. Enjoy King Cake, Hurricanes, Abita Giveaways, a mask-crafting station, gumbo, muffalettas, and much more! More Info

Sale at Light Years

New styles are arriving at Light Years every day. To get ready, they are having a month-long sale to make room! All Amethyst Jewelry (February Birthstone)-20% off; All Winter Wear-50% off; All Purses & Wallets-50% off; Select Sterling Jewelry-50% off. The sales continue until the end of the month. 

What's Cooking at Crook's Corner

Here's what Crook's Corner is cooking up for you to celebrate Mardi Gras - Green Gumbo, Ray's Best O' Turtle Soup, Shrimp Calas, and more. Pair the dishes with a Sazerac or The French 75, or try two Crook's original drinks - Waking Up In Mexico or No. 9.
See the daily menu at

Sale at The Bookshop

Purchase $20 in books, get 20% off. Sale applies to any books purchased in store with cash, check or card. They will continue to buy books from the public through March. Buying hours are 11 to 5:30, Monday through Saturday. Store closes for good in July 2017.

Saturday, Feb 25 | 6 PM

Mixed Concrete is a fundraising art show which raises money for Orange County Habitat for Humanity. The show is hosted at Tru Deli + Wine and will feature donated art from both UNC students and artists in the Triangle area.

Uniquities Spring Break Shopping Event 

Sunday, Feb. 26 | 3 PM - 6 PM

Get ready for spring break season at Uniquities. Shop for swim, resortwear, and sunny-side vacation accessories while enjoying refreshments and light snacks. Designers featured: Mikoh, Seafolly, ViX, RYE, Solid and Striped, Sundress, Red Carter, Sun Bum & more. See you there! 

Crepe Traditions 

Crepes offer a healthy food choice and a great way to start your day or a filling lunch option! Crepe Traditions offers sweet & savory crepes, coffee, and bubble tea. Located at 140 West Franklin Street. 

Build Your Own Set of Wheels at Recyclery

Ever wanted to try your hand at building a bike?  The Recyclery hosts workshops on the first and third Saturday (10am to 2pm) or Sunday (10am to 2pm) of every month  to learn about bicycle repair and maintenance as well as to earn your own bike. No prior experience is necessary! 

Sat, March 4 | 4 PM - 11 PM

HARC Collective is hosting a pop up gallery at 128 East Franklin Street. Enjoy a night of art, live performances, and refreshments while you purchase art from UNC-Chapel Hill students! The pop up shop is in Suite 40 at the Franklin Center; below Cosmic Cantina. Support student artists and shop local art! More Info

Paella Master Class 

Friday, March 10 | 6:30 PM

Midway Community Kitchen hosts Ed Owen - veteran writer on Spanish gastronomy with 30 years as a Foreign Correspondent in Spain - for a cooking demonstration and master class the finer points of paella making!
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