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

UNC Science Expo

Sat, April 22 | 11 AM - 4 PM

The 2017 UNC Science Expo is a free, family-friendly event offering more than 100 fascinating exhibits with hands-on experiments, riveting demonstrations, laboratory tours, stage entertainment and much more! Be sure to experience the wave pool, wind tunnel, cornstarch march, 3D printing, Google Glass, virtual reality, archeological artifacts and the chance to climb a rock wall and ride a Segway! www.ncsciencefestival.com

Off The Wall Gala

Saturday, April 22 | 6 PM

FRANK Gallery artists and other well-known area artists have donated works of art to the 7th Annual Gala Celebration, each valued between $350 to $3,000 (or more)! During the event, excitement builds as the evening’s MC randomly draws names, allowing each Art Ticket holder to take a turn to select a piece of his or her choosing. www.frankisart.com 

My Fair Lady

Now thru April 29, 2017

PlayMakers invite you to be transported by glorious music and cheer Eliza on as she grabs her chance for reinvention, breaking barriers and changing the lives of Henry Higgins and everyone she meets along the way. www.playmakersrep.org

Monster Movie Night

Sunday, April 23 | 9 PM 

The Baxter Arcade is showing the 80's kaiju classic Godzilla Vs. Biollante. Godzilla goes up against this nasty monster in an epic showdown.  Enjoy drink specials and free Italian Pizzeria III pizza. More Info 

UNC Baseball & Softball 

Wednesday, April 26 | 4 & 6 PM

At 4 PM UNC Women's Softball takes on JMU at Anderson Softball Stadium. Free. At 6 PM UNC Men's Baseball takes on Campbell at Boshamer Stadium. Tickets are $5-$7. For a complete schedule and to buy tickets for the men's game, visit www.goheels.com

Music on the Porch

Thursday, April 27 | 5:30 PM 

Center for the Study of the American South hosts this free concert by Atticus Reynolds Latin Jazz Quintet on the porch at 410 East Franklin St. Featuring original music inspired by folkloric Latin rhythms. south.unc.edu

Folk Music Medley

Friday, April 21 | 6-9 PM

Celebrate Earth Day weekend by enjoying local music, crafts, and games for the whole family on the 140 West Plaza downtown. Christiane Smedley will blow you away with her songwriting and soothing Americana tunes. Kids will enjoy the Pinwheel Creation Station to celebrate Earth Day in a crafty fashion!  www.140westfranklinplaza.com

Saturday, April 22 | 8 AM-9 PM

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, and stop into Schoolkids, to browse hundreds of exclusive releases from your favorite labels, plus deals on new/used CDs and vinyl. Shop local, and show your independents some love! More Info 

Family & Friends Sunday

Sunday, April 23 | 1-5 PM

Ackland Art Museum invites you to explore intersections of science and art all around the Museum! Build your own art-inspired kaleidoscope to take home with you. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition Color Across Asia and learn about the natural materials that artists use to create different pigments. www.ackland.org 

Paint Happy Little Trees

Saturday, April 22 | 12-6 PM

Come on down to Beer Study for a beautiful afternoon of beer drinking and painting happy little trees on the happy little patio. They'll have painting supplies, music, and Bob Ross on the TV. More Info 

Kids Cooking Classes

Midway Community Kitchen is committed to providing locals of all ages with opportunities to continue learning, meet other culinary enthusiasts, and give back. Check out the upcoming classes for ages 8+ like Cooking with Herbs and Sliders 'n Shakes. www.midwaycommunitykitchen.com

Coker Arboretum Tour

3rd Sat of Month | 11 AM

Led by an experienced tour guide, the monthly tour provides a relaxed, informative introduction to the Arboretum. Steeped in history, the majestic trees of the Arboretum are the backdrop to entertaining campus folklore and stories http://ncbg.unc.edu/coker-arboretum/

Opening Celebration: Time Will Tell

Thursday, April 27 | 5-9 PM

The most contemporary of contemporary art in the Triangle debuts at the Ackland Art Museum! Time Will Tell examines how the 2017 Master of Fine Arts candidates at UNC-Chapel Hill use their artworks to explore time as an indefinite period rather than as a measurement of specific durations. Curated by Jeff Bell. www.ackland.org
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 www.downtownchapelhill.com/about-chdp
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