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Chinese New Year Lights Up Downtown

The 3rd Chapel Hill Lightup Chinese New Year Festival is coming to Downtown Chapel Hill for the first time ever! The annual Chapel Hill celebration will take place this Sunday, February 24th at the 140 West Plaza from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

If you haven't been to this popular community event before, LIGHTUP 2019 is an inclusive community celebration of the Chinese New Year. It celebrates diversity through sharing a variety of cultural arts programs, including interactive and mesmerizing spectacles! LIGHTUP is inspired by the Chinese tradition of red lanterns, which are lit during Chinese New Year to symbolize good wishes for the year to come.

Participants are invited to decorate and light up their lanterns with LED lights. The evening concludes with the community coming together for a parade of illuminated lanterns, ushering in an exciting New Year. Don't miss it! 

The 3rd Chapel Hill Lightup Chinese New Year Festival
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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.

Mixed Concrete Art Auction at TOPO Great Room
Friday, February 22 at 6:00 PM

Mixed Concrete is in its 9th year as a UNC student-run fundraising art show to raise money, awareness, and support for Habitat for Humanity Orange County.
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Good Morning Bedlam with Honey Magpie at The Cave
Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 PM

Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the folk scene with 11 national tours in over 42 states. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness.
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Wilson Caldwell Day at Stone Center
Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 PM

A former slave, a mentor to students, a justice of the peace, an elected official and educator: Wilson Caldwell’s 57 years were spent working tirelessly for the benefit of the community around him. 
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Stretch and Wine Down at AC Hotel Chapel Hill
Monday, February 25 at 6:00 PM

Enjoy an hour-long deep stretch class with a free glass of wine to follow at AC Chapel Hill Downtown. Led by Lauren McClerkin, owner of Chapel Hill Pilates, this class is a great option for anyone who is looking to create ease in their body and mind.
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Docs in the Dome at Morehead Planetarium
Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 PM

Ten uniquely Southern stories, portrayed by ten short documentaries, projected onto the Morehead Planetarium dome to transport you from Atlanta to New Orleans to Eastern North Carolina and beyond.
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Humanities Happy Hour at TOPO Back Bar
Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 PM

Dr. Michelle Robinson discusses Billy Graham Evangelical Association's invitation to organize revivals across the country and Billy Graham’s public image.
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Barker Road & Mattie and the Masters at The PIT Chapel Hill
Thursday, February 28 at 9:30 PM

Come see Mattie and the Masters and Barker Road play in this two-band show spectacular! This show will feature all types of rock music and two of the most talented student bands in the area! This is an event you can't miss.
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