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

The Pizza Boxes Are Ready!

Enjoy the APK Exam Delivery Special. Visit and save $4.99 when you order a pizza from Artisan Pizza Kitchen. Use promo code apkexamwk between now and May 8th.

Cycle De Mayo Night

Friday, May 5 | 6-9 PM

Go Chapel Hill hosts an evening of bike activities, education, and fun. On the 140 West Plaza you'll enjoy live music from Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Salsa Dance Lessons, Bike Decorating, a Bike Blender making smoothies, Bicycle Pinata, and more. Free and open to all.

Star Families Show

Saturday, May 6 |3:30 PM

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosts this star show where you can hear Moon stories from around the world, and learn what causes moon phases and eclipses. You’ll travel in time to see the total solar eclipse happening later this summer. 

Trivia at The Baxter

Tuesday, May 9 | 9 PM

The Baxter is going to outer space for this trivia. Jim Hall hosts 5 cosmic rounds of space movies, stars, nebulas, and everything in between. Come out and win rounds of beer and the almighty bar tab. 

Shows at Local 506

Sat, May 6: Cereus Bright
Tue, May 9: Crank it Loud Presents: A
Lot Like Birds
Household, Hearts Like Lions, Owel
Wed, May 10: The BellRays,Cosmic Punk
Fri, May 12: The Blotter presents Fredfin Wallaby with Trike and These Weak Lips.
For more info and to buy tickets, visit

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.

Art Adventures 

Sat, May 6 | Two Sessions

Designed for 6- to 9-year-olds, Art Adventures sessions at Ackland Art Museum provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures. Register at 

Drawing in the Galleries

Saturday, May 6 | 10 AM

Adults will be lead in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland Art Museum’s collection. Bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome. Free and open to the public. No reservation necessary.

Improv 101: Fundamentals of
Improv Comedy

IMPROV 101 explores the basics of comedy improvisation: team-building, trust, speed, status, active listening, and agreement. Students learn to be fearless and have fun on stage using the DSI Comedy approach to improv comedy. More Info

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.

Kids Cooking Camps

Midway Community Kitchen is offering cooking camps for elementary and middle school kids with lots of great options like European Favorites: A Taste of Middle East, Australia,  and Oceania; and The Flavors of Asia. Kids will walk away with real skills they can use at home.

Trunk Show Sale

Thursday, May 11 | 12-7 PM

Spring is arriving daily at the Gentlemen's Corner! Stop by for a Peter Millar Spring 2017 trunk show with James Blaikie on site. Enjoy refreshments and shop the latest spring looks from Peter Millar!

Juan Huevos Residency

May 10, 17, 24 & 31

Juan Huevos is the Artist in Residence at the West End Wine Bar for the month of May. Performing with special guests each night. 
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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