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2nd Friday ArtWalk 

Friday, September 8 | 6-9 PM

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

Teen Science Cafe

Friday, September 8 | 5:30 PM

Morehead Planetarium hosts speaker Gulden Othamn with the topic of Mining for Dark Matter. She’ll discuss dark matter and other elusive particles in our universe.

Opening Reception

Sun, September 10 | 2-4 PM

Horace Williams House hosts photographer Heather Evans Smith. Her work reflects her southern roots, motherhood, womanhood and a whimsical imagination she relied on as an only child in a rural town.

Fridays on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn

Every Friday | 5-8 PM

The Carolina Inn hosts this popular end-of-the-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.

Storytelling Night

Wed, September 13 | 8:30 PM

What's in a Name? That’s the theme this month at The Northside District's monthly story telling event. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while you listen to three community members tell their stories. More Info.

Art Adventures 

Sat, Sept 9 | 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 
Listen Up NERDS! It's Chapel Hill's first Nerd Nite and the theme for September is Undercurrents: Music & the Masses. Join fellow dweebs/dorks/geeks/nerds at The Baxter Arcade & Bar this month on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 PM to hear three speakers give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. More Info and Speaker List.

The FriYAY Show

Friday, September 8 | 9 PM 

Imbibe hosts The FriYAY Show, a weekly comedy showcase hosted by Imbibe and produced by BLUSH factory. Featuring high energy, witty, short form improv, standup, and more. More Info. 

UNC Football Game

Sat, September 9 | 12 PM

Carolina takes on Louisville in Kenan Stadium this weekend! Enjoy  dining downtown before or after the game, stop by one of downtown's bustling UNC fan gear shops, and take the Tar Heel Express. 

Launch Expands to Offer Office Space, Hot Desks

Launch Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill’s hub of entrepreneurial activity, is now offering individual entrepreneurs and teams working on scalable startups the opportunity to join the Launch community! Hot desks, assigned desks and offices that accommodate from 2 - 10  people are available on flexible 3 month terms. Visit to learn more or email Stefano Rivera:

Drawing in the Galleries

Sat, September 9 | 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.

Live Music at The Cave

Saturday, September 9 | 8 PM

Tea Cup Gin and Bellflower have been looking to do a show together, and it's finally happening at The Cave!  Also appearing, the fantastic folk stylings of singer songwriter, Simone Finally.
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.