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.
NEAR & FAR
A local celebration of global cultures
April 8, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate Chapel Hill's global culture with a new fun and funky street party!
Near & Far is a new fun, family event in downtown Chapel Hill featuring global food, music, dance traditions and other displays of our town's diversity.
Community and campus cultural groups will share their heritage through crafts, activities and interactive experiences. Music, dance and spontaneous art performances will fill the stage and street. Taste flavors of the world from food trucks and in an international tasting tent featuring downtown's diverse restaurants. Bring the whole family!
SPRING CRAFT BAZAAR
May 12, 2018
The Bazaar Craft and Art Market is returning to the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street! On Saturday, May 12, 2018 a variety of artisans will set up shop on the plaza.
Shop handmade local crafts and creations from 20+ talented local makers and awesome eats and drinks, all while enjoying outdoor music! The Bazaar is family-friendly and free.
Downtown starts here; don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite crafter! The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.
tar heel downtown
bringing the spirit of carolina
September 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
When football season comes around, 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
October 7, 2018
West Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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.
Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade
2018 date TBD
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.