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Congratulations to the UNC Class of 2017

Downtown Chapel Hill welcomes graduates and their families as they celebrate under Carolina blue skies-of course! UNC's commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 14 at 9 AM at Kenan Stadium. No tickets needed, the public is welcome to attend. Ride the Tar Heel Express for free. More Info

2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, May 12 | 6-9 pm

With 21 events on the ArtWalk this week it's a great time to go ArtWalking and ArtShopping for Moms and Grads! Experience our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers! Or shop for art in all mediums; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.
Chapel Hill Training's Summer Fitness Challenge will help community members and clients create, adhere to, and accomplish their fitness goals for the summer! The challenge will start on June 3rd through July 1st. For more information contact Cody Johnson, or visit

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, May 12 | 5:30 PM

Calling all teens - let's explore current science! Morehead Planetarium and Science Center invites youth ages 13-18 to talk with scientists and learn about current science topics. This session will explore Our Vanishing Sky; light pollution around the world. 

Sale at Light Years

Light Years is stocked and ready for Mother's Day and graduation celebrations! With a wide selection of unique & eye-catching merchandise at prices that everyone loves; you're sure to find something! 

Savage Weekend 2017

May 12 & 13

Nightlight Club hosts the 7th annual Savage Weekend music festival. with 60+ performances of weird/noise/experimental music curated by Hot Releases label boss Ryan Martin. More Info /
Ackland Museum Store has a wonderful selection of cards and gifts for Mother's Day and Graduation Day. Stop by the store at 109 East Franklin Street, next door to the FRANK Gallery.

Cirque du Plaza

Friday, May 12 | 6-9 PM

Cirque du Plaza - a Live & Local favorite brings Down to Earth Aerials to the 140 West Plaza. They'll perform stunning aerial silk routines, along with a face painter, balloon artist, and local caricature artist. Make a square for the Community Quilt Pop-Up project. Come ready to dance to some music, gaze in awe, and play games - it's going to be an awesome night full of fun and adventure! 

Fridays on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn

Every Friday | 5-8 PM

The Carolina Inn hosts this popular end-of-the-work week celebration with live music, food trucks, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There's no cover charge or reservations needed for the event.

Mother's Day Giveaway from Uniquities

Do you know a mom who deserves the world and more? Share a picture using #UniquitiesMoms and why your mom or mother figure should win a $500 mother/daughter shopping spree at Uniquities. To enter, check Uniquities Facebook page for details. The winner will be announced on Friday 5/12 at 3:00 PM! 

Benefit Night at Al's Burger Shack

Monday, May 15 | 5-8 PM

Show your support for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro/UNC Crime Stoppers Organization and enjoy delicious food at  Al's Burger Shack! Tell them you are there to support Crime Stoppers, and 15% of the sales will benefit them.  More Info  

Flower Love for Mom

There are two locally-owned and operated florists downtown. With numerous beautiful arrangements to choose from, you are sure to brighten her day this year. Chapel Hill Florist-(919) 929-2903 or order online at University Florist-(919) 929-1119 or order online at

Liquidation sale at The Bookshop Continues

In the month of May, purchase $20+ get 20% off; $30+ get 30% off; $40+ get 40% off. Discounts apply to all books (new, used and rare), posters, prints, and postcards. Elmo and Red are still securing the premises--but not for long. Now's the time to stock up on your summer reading, enhance your book collection, and get one more cat fix. Store closes in July.

Brunch at The Franklin Hotel for Moms & Grads

Sunday, May 14 | 11 AM - 1 PM

Celebrate Graduation & Mother’s Day with brunch at The Franklin Hotel. Enjoy made-to-order omelets, assorted pastries, waffle station with toppings, carving station, salad bar, and much more. Reservations required. Contact 
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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