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Spring Football Game 

Saturday, April 8 | 1:30 PM

The 2017 UNC Spring Football Game on Fetzer Field is free! The Fan Fest
will be held prior to the game with food trucks, interactive games for the kids, Chapel Hill Sportswear with all the latest Carolina gear, music and more. 

Star Families Show

Saturday, April 8 | 3:30 PM

Explore astronomy themes as a family! The Star Families series is designed for children (ages 7-12) accompanied by their families. Learn about the stars and constellations in the night sky during this time of the year. 

Monday, April 10 | 8 PM

Local 506 hosts the 5th Annual PlayMakers Repertory Company fundraiser for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids and the North Carolina Aids Action Network. Broadway Twisted is an evening of gender-swapped showtunes where your favorite local actors sing your favorite songs from your favorite musicals.

2nd Friday ArtWalk
Celebrates Poetry & Architecture Months 

Friday, April 14 | 6-9 pm

In addition to the ArtWalk venues hosting receptions for local artists, hands-on-art demonstrations, and live music; ArtWalkers will experience three special events. To celebrate Poetry Month and Architecture Month enjoy spoken word performances, make your own poems & perform them, and visit downtown architecture firms. Free and open to all.

Project Bucket First Look

Saturday, April 8 | 5 pm

Five years ago, five friends set out on a mission to attempt to complete the UNC Bucket List. Linda's Bar & Restaurant is hosting a sneak peek at the upcoming feature-length documentary, set to premiere this summer.
Eat Linda's cheese fries (Bucket List item #88) and other complementary appetizers all night, and enjoy a night in Linda's Downbar with a suggested $5 door cover to help fund the completion of the documentary in its final stages! More Info

Benefit Night at
Ben & Jerry's

Thursday, April 13 | 12-10 PM

Enjoy delicious ice cream this day and a portion of the proceeds will go to Prison Books Collective; a local, anti-prison group that sends hundreds of books to people in NC & AL prisons each month. More Info 

Liquidation Sale at The Bookshop of Chapel Hill

Purchase $20+ in books, get 20% off. Purchase $30+ in books, get 30% off. Purchase $40+ in books, get 40% off. (Sale applies to any books purchased in store with cash, check or card.) They are no longer buying books. Store closes for good in July 2017.

Spring Fling on the Plaza

Friday, April 7 | 6-9 PM

Come to the Plaza at 140 West Franklin St for games and activities. Kids will enjoy face painting, creative balloon twisting, a flowering stilt-walker, and even the Easter Bunny himself! Bring your inner-artist for some fun seasonal crafts and don't forget to pack your game-face for some cornhole, giant Jenga, tic-tac-toe and more!
Ackland Art Museum is hosting a colorful, musical, flavorful, all-ages celebration of Los Trompos at the Ackland! Food trucks + Live Performances + Art Making and Demonstrations. Free admission and limited free parking. 

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.

Earlyoke for All

Every Monday | 6 PM

Earlyoke (early karaoke) goes all night til 2am w/ Michael Wood. But it's an opportunity for all - young and old- to get together and sing some karaoke at a reasonable hour! Enjoy drink specials too.

#MeetDowntown for
Live Music

Chapel Hill is home to many famous live music venues.  On any given night you can catch local and national acts perform at a downtown venue. Check out the line ups at Nightlight, The Cave, Local 506, West End Wine Bar, and more!

My Fair Lady

April 5 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.

A Day of Peace 

Friday, April 14

Franklin Street Yoga Center is offering you a day of peace! You will learn the basics of sitting postures for meditation and settling the body, and step-by-step instructions on how to calm and settle the mind. Get tips for dealing with stress, quieting your inner critic, and ways to calm your nervous system.

#MeetDowntown for Laughs and Improv

DSI Comedy Theater brings the best improv, sketch comedy and standup comics in the Triangle to Franklin Street. Performers from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and guest comedians from all over North Carolina. No age restriction for comedy shows, but only some performances are guaranteed clean - like Family Improv! For a calendar of shows and classes, visit

Live Bluegrass at Imbibe

Wednesday, April 12 | 7 - 9 PM

Imbibe, 108 Henderson St, brings live bluegrass from Good Ole Boys for you to enjoy. No cover, drink specials, lots of fun! More Info
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