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Free Downtown Parking Saturdays in July!

Summer is in full swing and there's no better time to Discover Downtown Chapel Hill!

Enjoy classy cocktails and fine dining after work on Franklin Street's West End, come downtown for lunch at Top of the Hill if you'd like a meal with a view, or beat the heat and bring the kids to a star show at Morehead Planetarium or a first-run movie at Varsity Theater. 

To make it easier on you and your wallet, the Town of Chapel Hill also offers free parking on Saturdays in July throughout Downtown Chapel Hill. 

So - what's stopping you?
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 The Carolina Inn
Friday, July 6 at 5:00 PM

This classic Carolina event returns with music from Hank Smith and food from Wandering Moose.
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Trifecta Improv at PIT Chapel Hill
Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 PM

Join some of North Carolina’s best improvisers in the ring for the best improv. Each week the PIT invites three of their favorite improv teams to perform the fastest, funniest, most ferocious improv in The Triangle.
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Sunday Cookout at La Residence
Sunday, July 8 at 5:30 PM

Head to La Residence for a Sunday cookout La Res-style! Enjoy good food, music, games, and drink specials.
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WCOM 's Imbibe!
Monday, July 9 at 5:00 PM

Imbibe celebrates our Chapel Hill-Carrboro radio community, and they are showing it with a special menu and activities. A portion of the proceeds from this event go to WCOM.
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The Outwin at Ackland Art Museum

Have you seen Ackland's exhibit The Outwin? It's not to miss - and you only have until August 26th to see it!
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Kee Avil at Nightlight
Wednesday, July 11 at 9:00 PM

Kee Avil is a solo song project based in Montreal, QC. It combines guitar, voice and electronics into weird song forms that stagger between structure and improvisation. (More info

Summer Challenge at Franklin Street Yoga
Thursday, July 5 at 6:00 PM

Franklin Street Yoga challenges you to advance your yoga practice this summer. Practice in-studio at least 45 days between the first day of summer (June 21) and the first day of fall (September 22) and receive a free FSY custom t-shirt plus a chance to win great raffle prizes including a FSY 3-Month Unlimited Class Pass!
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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.