Events on the Plaza
Downtown Chapel Hill: Where the Town Comes to Life! Historic Franklin Street is considered the center of social life for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the Town of Chapel Hill. Downtown is notable for its festivals and events, nightlife, and arts culture.
Nationally regarded as one of America’s finest towns for quality of life, our vision is to enhance this pedestrian-friendly complex — the only one of its kind in Chapel Hill — creating an interactive experience where residents and visitors alike may relax, and enjoy the natural charm and blend of culture, unique to Downtown Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade
December 9, 2017
10 am to 12 pm
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade, presented by The Jaycees, starts at the Morehead Planetarium and runs the entire length of Franklin Street to Carrboro Town Hall. Stake out your curbside spot and enjoy a great community tradition! Free.
Tar Heel Downtown Brings the Spirit of Carolina!
2018 Date- TBD
140 West Franklin Street
Football season is here and it’s time to bring the Carolina game day spirit to the heart of downtown Chapel Hill!
Tar Heel Downtown is a pep rally atmosphere and fan experience on Franklin Street, featuring a live outdoor concert, interactive games for kids and families, face painting, and more. The UNC Marching Tar Heels, cheerleaders, and of course...Rameses will be there too!
Hosted by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Athletics and the Town of Chapel Hill, Tar Heel Downtown is a very special event to our community. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says “Tar Heel Downtown has evolved into a unique opportunity to champion downtown, all the while celebrating Carolina Football. Tar Heel spirit comes marching right down Franklin Street, and we celebrate together”.
As always, Chapel Hill is a bike and pedestrian friendly community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending our great events.
Festifall Arts Festival
a Day of Artful Discovery
2018 Date- October 7th
West Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill’s annual celebration of the arts transforms Historic West Franklin Street into an extraordinary opportunity for the community, art enthusiasts and artists to interact. A variety of performing arts and a vibrant market of handmade artworks present a day of discovery for the festival’s attendees as they engage with the local art community. Historic West Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill provides a beautiful backdrop to our celebration of arts and culture.