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What To Do & See Downtown This Week! Summer Edition

THIS WEEK: August 11-18

Crook's Picnic Plate

This is what summer in Chapel Hill is all about! The Crook’s Corner picnic plate from Chef Bill Smith brings you cold fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad, pickled peppers, and a delicious wedge of chilled watermelon. Call to make a reservation right now before the summer slips away from you! 

Improv at Varsity Theatre

Saturday, August 12 | 9:30 PM

The perfect beginning, middle, and/or end to your amazing Saturday night out! Come enjoy improv comedy from around the Triangle at the kick-off of a new, weekly Saturday night show! Featured teams include Black Ops, The Tami Taylors, with Josh Rowsey.

Live Jazz Quartet at Imbibe

Every Thursday | 8- 10 PM

Come to Imbibe, located at 108 Henderson Street, for the lovely sounds of a Jazz Quartet (+ special guests) weekly. Enjoy half off all wines as well as an inspiring and freshly-changing menu! 

UNC Faculty Art Show at LIGHT

Friday, August 18 | 6 PM

Light Art + Design hosts an opening reception of a group show featuring the work of UNC's Art Department. Participating artists include Joy Drury Cox, Beth Grabowski, Sabine Gruffat, Yun-Dong Nam, elin o’Hara slavick, Hồng-Ân Trương, Lien Truong, Jina Valentine, and Gesche Würfel. Through October 7th. 


Late Night Dance Party

Saturday, August 12 | 10 PM

Nightlight Bar & Club brings the 2nd edition of PRESSURE; including DJ sets from Primordial Puss (WXYC/Chapel Hill), Magicalbody (Disco Sweat/Carrboro), Lady Fingers (Trax Chitown/Sound Warrior Berlin/Chapel Hill), DJKB (Pressure/Washington DC/Chapel Hill). 

Luxury Open Mic at Zog's

Every Tuesday | 9 PM

Come to Zog’s for the weekly open mic and share your talent and skills. Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, Poetry, Dance, Magic, whatever you want. A different Tiki drink on special every week. Free billiards. Sign-up starts at 9 PM. Hosted by the illustrious, luxurious Josh Rosenstein.

Trivia at Downbar

Every Tuesday & Wednesday | 8 PM

Gather your friends - but only the smart ones - and come to the Downbar at Linda’s Bar & Grill for weekly trivia. First place gets a $25 Linda's gift card and the most excellent bragging rights... until next week. No cover and no group size limit.


2nd Friday ArtWalk

Friday, August 11 | 6-9 PM

Go ArtWalking and ArtShopping with your love and experience our community's creative arts scene and socialize with other art lovers! Or shop for all mediums of art; handmade jewelry, scarves, paper goods, ceramics, fine art, and more. Free and open to all.   

Fridays on the Front Porch

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; and space for the kids to run around. There's no cover charge or reservations needed for the event. 

Studio Saturday at Ackland Art Museum

Saturday, August 12

Studio Saturday is a chance for art-lovers of all ages to make art at the Ackland Art Museum. In addition to art-making classes, they’ll have new in-gallery journals for kids to use as they explore the galleries.

Movies Under the Stars

Thursday, August 17, 8:30 PM

Come watch Remember the Titans; the last movie of our summer series! Enjoy free popcorn and games on top of Wallace Parking Deck! All you need to bring is a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

Sunday Brunch Spotlight

411 West Italian Cafe

411 West is a bruncher’s dream come true! Menu items range from the traditional southern House Biscuits & Sausage Gravy to a spicy take on a Chorizo Omelet. Try items hot off the griddle like Chicken and Waffles and Beignets; or head right on in to a good summer BLT and Pimento Burger with a  Fahrenheit 411 cocktail! Hours on Sunday are 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.


The Purple Bowl at 306-B West Franklin Street: The Purple Bowl offers healthy, fresh, and real food. The menu is focused on acai bowls and toast.  

LOTSA Wood Fired Pizza at 100 West Franklin Street: LOTSA is a fast-casual pizza restaurant that specializes in offering customizable, fast pizzas and salads with freshness and ingredients to the customers’ satisfaction. 

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