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What to Do & See Downtown This Week! Summer Edition Vol. 5


THIS WEEK: July 14-21

2nd Friday ArtWalk

Friday, July 14th, 6-9 PM 

Have a romantic evening filled with art, shopping and fun as you stroll through the artsiest parts of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Prepare to see everything from a Paperhand Puppet show at the ArtsCenter to an artistic study of the elegant line at FRANK Gallery. See all the events and plan your night here.

Dine & Paint Party

Friday, July 14th, 7-9 PM

Paint Nite in Durham is partnering with the newest bar on Franklin, Might As Well, for a night where you can dine, drink and paint all at once. You'll be guided through step-by-step instruction, so sign up for the painting that inspires you, then tweak it to make it your own. Let loose and get creative! 

Yoga in the Galleries

Monday, July 17th, 12-1 PM

Take a break from your day and meet your other half at the Ackland to explore the world of yoga in the beautiful setting of the museum! The hour-long session offered by registered yoga teacher Joanne Marshall will provide an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by the art in the gallery. 

Cruiser Ride with Back Alley Bikes

Thursday, July 20th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Bring your own bikes or call Back Alley to rent one and cruise around town with folks at Beer Study as the sun sets and our beautiful town turns from a hot summer day to a cool summer night. The ride ends at Beer Study, so feel free to enjoy a drink or two to cool off afterwards!

Ron Fest at the Strowd

Sunday, July 16th, 3-7 PM

Party with WCHL as they thank Ron Stutts, their three-time winner of the NCAB Radio Personality of the Year Award, for 40 years of dedicated service to their station and community. Grab a ticket and come dance the day away to live music by Liquid Pleasure! Parking is free.

Movie Night at the Nightlight

Tuesday, July 18th, 7:30-11 PM

Be there to celebrate the return of Nightlight's movie nights featuring the 1984 classic Repo Man, starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez! Free for members and open to all ages. After the movie, enjoy a live performance by Karl Raymar.

Plan B Midway Event

Thursday, July 20th, 8-11 PM

Doors at 7, show at 8 and tickets only $10 for this benefit for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic at Local 506 hosted by Midway, a group of businesses between Chapel Hill and Carrboro such as IP3 and Rumors Boutique. Enjoy live stand-up comedy as you enter to win raffles from some of your favorite Midway spots, and don't miss the famous Dog Eat Dog contest sponsored by Al's Burger Shack!

Biscuits & Groovy at Linda's

Thursday, July 20th, 9 PM - 12 AM

Get down to Chapel Hill's finest live funk & soul music by the Biscuits & Groovy band at the last Linda's Downbar Breakdown of the summer! There's no cover, and you can get a delicious North Carolina barbeque sandwich and chips to get you into the spirit for $5.

Fridays on the Front Porch

Friday, July 14th, 5-8 PM

Relax, eat and enjoy live music at this ongoing summer end-of-week celebration Friday night. Chow down with fun twists on some of your favorite meals provided by a classic food truck, Barone Meatball, as the bluegrass group Counter Clockwise performs on the lawn of the Carolina Inn.

Ben & Jerry's Summer Music Series

Friday, July 14th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Name a more iconic duo for the summer than cold ice cream and good music, I'll wait. Bring your kids and help Ben & Jerry's kick off their summer music series by kicking back and listening to Nitrogen Tone's groovy music and enjoying sweet treats from one of your favorite Franklin Street spots.

The Bookshop Sale

July 14-17th

It's your last chance to get your summer reading on and grab a few great books for you and the kids at a discount! The Bookshop is offering 70% off any purchase of $20 or more and bookcases for $30 until their official close on the 15th. The 16th and 17th are free book days, where from 10 AM to 7 PM all remaining books and bookcases in the store will be free — so long as you have your own containers and transportation!

Sunday Brunch Spotlight

Top of the Hill

For the first Sunday under the Brunch Bill, come support the business owned by the man who helped make it happen, Scott Maitland with Top of the Hill! Satisfy your sweet tooth with their Bananas Foster French Toast or try the Cajun Pork Benedict with TOPO's famous beer cheese sauce, and top it all off with a mimosa or a bloody mary! Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM, prepare to spend around $12 on your food.

Bring out your inner photographer!

Try your hand at taking a picture in Chapel Hill that represents what downtown means to you. Come up with a caption for your photo, then share it with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a chance to be featured in the next newsletter!


Celebrate the first Sunday under the Brunch Bill this weekend with our customized food and cocktail guide here, and don't forget to look out for Carolina Square on West Franklin with a brand new Target open to the public on July 19th.

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