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What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

Experience 20+ light installations, projections, and performances as you walk around downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro on Friday, February 10 from 6-10 pm. SHIMMER is free! Visit for a map and guide.

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

2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, Feb 10 | 6-9 pm

Go ArtWalking and ArtShopping with your love and experience our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers! Or shop for your love in all mediums of art; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.

Welcome Home Community Meal

Sunday, February 12 | 1:30 pm

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe invites the public to the third Welcome Home Community Meal for local refugees and community residents. Co-hosted by the Refugee Community Partnership and Love Chapel Hill, the lunch is free and is designed to be a safe gathering place for recently arrived families and local residents to share a nourishing meal and connect with one another. All are welcome!

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. 

Elaine's Prixe Fix Meal

It's still the best deal in town! Enjoy an early dinner with the $35 prix fixe menu, the perfect way to enjoy all of your favorite Elaine's dishes at a great price.

Sale at The Bookshop

The Bookshop of Chapel Hill will be closing its doors for good in July 2017. Closeout sales have started this month: 20% discount on all book purchases of $20 or more. They will continue to purchase books through March.

Go Heels! Beat Duke!

#MeetDowntown to cheer on the UNC Tar Heel Men's Basketball team as they take on the Duke Blue Devils TONIGHT at  8:00 pm. Check out the list of downtown restaurants and bars and make it a night of celebration downtown!

Order Those Flowers 

Don't wait until the last minute to get flowers for your Valentine! Downtown Chapel Hill boasts two wonderful, locally-owned and operated shops to buy fresh flowers and gifts. 
Chapel Hill Florist /
University Florist  /

Love Is In The Stars

Feb. 10, 11, & 14 

It's the most unique Valentine's tradition you'll ever experience- the special star show "Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition" explores the legends of love told by ancient cultures through constellations at Morehead Planetarium.

Feb 15-26, 2017

North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival presents one of the largest independent comedy events in the country, showcasing improv, sketch and standup comedy acts from all across North America right here in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. NCCAF has comedy for everyone. Check the schedule, pick an act you like and buy tickets before they sell out.

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! 
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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