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140 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC


Live and Local Series in downtown Chapel Hill, featuring live music and arts performances, on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin, in downtown Chapel Hill. Downtown Begins Here. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street is a Place for Everyone! A visit to Chapel Hill means world-class performances, indie music and top-notch opportunities to stimulate your senses with visual and performing arts.The Plaza @ 140 West Franklin Street is downtown Chapel Hill's newest music and arts venue

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Festivals 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.

Presented by the Jaycees

Viewing Location on the Plaza
at 140 West Franklin

Saturday, December 13, 2015
10 am - 12 noon

Give the gift of giving and bring an unwrapped Toy to the Plaza to help support Orange County’s Toys for Tots campaign. 

This is the sixth year that Orange County DSS will serve as the coordinator. All toys and donations stay right here in our community and are used to support the Toy Chest program.

Santa’s elves and other costumed characters will on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street to say thanks and enter you in a drawing for great prizes from Downtown merchants.

The event will be broadcast by The People's Channel. Music, live interviews, and commentators will be broadcast both on television and by live public address on the street. Don't miss the elves, reindeer, candy canes and of course, Santa Claus riding his sleigh!

Holiday season parking will be FREE at all municipal lots on Saturdays. For more information about parking locations visit the Downtown Partnership’s website

Festifall Arts Festival
a Day of Artful Discovery

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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.


Saturday June 21, 2pm - 6pm

Full Schedule available here

Bring the family downtown to the Plaza at 140 West Franklin to welcome in the summer with SummerFest, The Town of Chapel Hill’s first Family Fun Day. The plaza will be bustling with free fun activities and a live stage on Church Street will feature local music from the Waterlillies children’s oriented band and the popular R & B outfit, Lo K Shun. DSI Comedy Theater will also perform and serve as the stage emcee for the afternoon!

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In exploring the rest of the Plaza, families will discover a variety of other fun activities. Create a pin-wheel with Kidzu Children Museum, have your face painted, learn some moves from United TaeKwonDo, be amazed by Nate the Magician and craft with the Ackland Art Museum. Readers of all ages can learn more about the many wonders of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Round out an exciting afternoon in downtown Chapel Hill with a scoop or two from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cart. All this and more will help you ring in the summer solstice right! 

This will be a family friendly, fun filled day! Bring the kids and your lawn chairs and enjoy the official first day of summer!

Get Up and Dance Festival
Saturday, April 26th, 3pm-7pm

Celebrate National Dance Week!
You'll Literally be dancing in the streets!


This first of three festivals this spring will feature our new "Stage Line" Mobile Stage on Church Street.

Power-pop band, I Was Totally Destroying It, will literally have you dancing in the streets!

To top it off, live and local dance groups will perform dance demonstrations throughout the afternoon. So...Get up and Dance! may even find yourself in a flash mob performance!