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What to Do and See Downtown This Week!

April's ArtWalk is this Friday! 

It's impossible to make every stop on the ArtWalk in one night! There is so much to do along Franklin Street, at the Ackland, and in Carrboro that it's important to set priorities. 

If you're #ArtWalking and #ArtShopping on Franklin Street's west end, Tiki Madness is happening now at Lantern (yum!) and features "vacation-inspired" dishes and drinks. For something more low key, venture across the street to Carolina Brewery for a Vienna style lager that's perfect for a sunny spring day!

And - of course - don't forget to pencil in stops at any of the dozen local events on April's ArtWalk. The ArtWalk is always free and open to the public, so there's no reason to miss out on live music at the Ackland or a dynamic experience at VibeHouse 405! 

2nd Friday ArtWalk
Friday, April 13 
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Use our fare-free bus system for your next visit to Franklin Street.
If you're driving, visit for parking information.

Just Like Heaven - New Wave Dance Party at Local 506
Friday, April 13 at 9:00 PM

Are you hungry like the wolf for a night of back-to-back new wave hits for your dancing pleasure? Join DJ Twentieth Century Boy as he spins all your classic favorites, from A-ha to Yaz!
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Boot Camp & Brunch with Chapel Hill Training at 140 West Plaza
Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 AM

Join Chapel Hill Training for a free Boot Camp workout with expert trainers at 140 West Plaza on Saturday April 14th at 11 am. Stick around for Brunch at Might As Well! Just $8.99 for brunch and a Mimosa or Bloody Mary! All fitness levels and backgrounds are welcome.
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Charity Day at Beer Study
Sunday, April 15

A $1 from every pint sold goes to the Chapel Hill Carrboro Public School Foundation. Read more at:
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Broadway Twisted at Local 506
Monday, April 16 at 8:30 PM

The 6th Annual PlayMakers Repertory Company fundraiser for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and the North Carolina AIDS Action Network, Broadway Twisted is an evening of gender-swapped showtunes where your favorite local actors sing your favorite songs from your favorite musicals.
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Tell About the South at The Center for the Study of the
American South

Tuesday, April 17 at 12:30 PM

Mishio Yamanaka, a PhD candidate in UNC’s Department of History and the 2017-18 McColl Fellow, will show how Creoles of color in New Orleans achieved the partial desegregation of public schools during Reconstruction and resisted resegregation in 1877.
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2018 Earth Day Fair at Polk Place, UNC Chapel Hill
Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 AM 

UNC's Earth Day Fair recognizes the many campus programs, groups and departments as well as off-campus organizations and businesses that work to make Carolina a sustainable community. Exhibitors will present and table on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., outdoors on Polk Place.
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Opening Celebration for Versus: Selected Works by
the MFA Class of 2018
at Ackland
Thursday, April 19 at 5:00 PM

Responding to the prompt of “versus,” graduating Masters of Fine Arts students at UNC-Chapel Hill provide works that explore combative tensions.
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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.