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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.

Historical Marker Dedication on Franklin St

Saturday, May 27 | 10 AM

The first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy at general rating will be honored with the dedication of a permanent historical marker on the 75th anniversary of their enlisting. The marker, which will be installed at the intersection of West Franklin and South Roberson streets, commemorates U.S. Navy Band B-1. After the installation, a reception will be held at the Hargraves Center. Both events are free and open to the public. More Info

Explore the Ackland

Wednesday, May 31 | 2 PM

Every week enjoy a free, 30-minute docent-led tour to explore the Ackland Art Museum collection with a guide. Meet at the visitor services desk in the Ackland’s lobby and experience the Ackland in a new way! Free. No reservation needed. 

Thursday, June 1 | 7 PM

Can you name all the books in the “Anne of Green Gables” series? Celebrate the start of the summer reading season with a trivia night hosted by Chapel Hill Public Library at The Crunkleton. This grownups only (ages 21+) event will feature local bookish celebrities leading four rounds of reading-related trivia.Win prizes, enjoy nerdy drinks, and meet other readers in our community. More Info
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

#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 fromall over the country. No age restriction for comedy shows, but only some performances are guaranteed clean - like Family Improv! For a calendar of shows and classes, visit

Juan Huevos Residency

Wednesday, May 31 | 9 PM

Final performance of Juan Huevos, the Artist in Residence at The Cave for the month of May. Performing with special guests. Check out The Cave's full line up of live music at 

Sunday, May 28 | All Day

N. Graham Street businesses are throwing a block party! Join The Baxter, Local 506, Rumors Vintage, Beer Study, Syd's Hair Shop, Al's Burger Shack, and IP3 Pizza for a fun-filled day of music, food, art, a flea market, and of course JAWS! The Baxter - The hub for JAWSFest will have drink specials and a screeing JAWS on the big screen at 9:30 PM. And much more - details here. 

Cultural Fabric Reception at FRANK Gallery

Saturday, May 27 | 12:30 PM

FRANK Gallery and Volunteers for Youth host a reception for Cultural Fabric. The exhibit is filled with mixed-media portraits by middle school students attending The Corner Teen Center after school program. 

Yoga in the Forest 

Sundays in June | 11 AM

Franklin Street Yoga Center invites you to strike a yoga pose in the one of the most awe-inspiring venues in the Triangle. Connect with fellow yogis and nature while practicing sun salutations in the sun and savoring the inspiring vistas of the stone theater and surrounding forest. Bring your own mat and water. Ticketed event; visit

Movies Under the Stars

Enjoy FREE movies all summer long, held outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary Street.  Movie-goers of all ages will enjoy free popcorn, giant games, and activities. Bring your own chair or blanket. Movies start around 8:30 PM (or when it's dark enough). Movies include  Mighty Ducks, Karate Kid, Kicking & Screaming, CARS, Space Jam, & Remember the Titans. For dates and more info, visit
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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