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What To Do and See Downtown This Week!

Win #FreeParking at this weekend's
Park on the Hill Kick-Off Party! 

The Chapel Hill Police Department (CHPD) is celebrating the launch of the long-awaited Lots to Love parking campaign with a party downtown on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St.
The Lots to Love campaign gives the local community an opportunity to engage with Chapel Hill parking and learn about the latest changes to parking downtown. The upcoming event celebrates the new campaign with live music, free food, artwork promoting the Lots to Love campaign, games and yes – a raffle for free parking in downtown Chapel Hill for an entire year!

Lots to Love Kick-Off Party at 140 West Plaza 
Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Parking is easier than ever in Downtown Chapel Hill! 
Visit to find out where to park. Or, use our fare-free bus system for your next visit to Franklin Street.

Fridays on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn
Friday, April 27 at 5:00 PM

The summertime Chapel Hill staple is back! The first Fridays on the Front Porch (#FOFP) of the season is this Friday starting at 5pm! Relax on a shady front porch while listening to live music by Big Fat Gap and enjoying delicious fare provided by your favorite food trucks Bulkogi Truck and Bam Pow Chow.
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Northside: Say it Loud Say it Proud Festival
Saturday, April 28 at 12:00 PM

This festival celebrates the Northside community with oral histories, the CEF Spring Graduation, Northside musical talent, hot dogs on the grill, field games, face painting, a traditional May Pole Dance, cake walk, family crafts and more. Bring a chair or blanket to share!
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A-Train – by Anne Torsiglieri by PlayMakers Repertory Company
Sunday, April 29

When Amy learns that one of her young twins is autistic, she feels like her life is falling apart. She plunges into the world of autism, trying to piece together a new reality from the countless people she meets: parents, educators, teachers and especially other autistic individuals.
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Cha House Continues Soft Opening on Franklin Street's West End
Monday, April 30

Cha House's carefully selected loose leaf teas are brewed on the hour to maintain freshness, and the house-made, brown sugar boba is cooked to perfection throughout the day.
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Chinchorro / Nightspace / Bamban / Cerulean at Nightlight
Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00 PM

A lineup of dreamy music at Nightlight - with two acts from NYC. 
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Versus: Selected Works and Museum Tour at Ackland
Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00 PM

Responding to the prompt of “versus,” graduating Masters of Fine Arts students at UNC-Chapel Hill provide works that explore combative tensions. Enjoy a free, 30-minute docent-led tour every Wednesday at 2:00 PM.
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The Mallett Brothers Band / Texoma / Magnolia Collective at Local 506
Thursday, May 3 at 9:00 PM

The Mallett Brothers Band's busy tour schedule over the past seven years has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home.
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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.