Chapel Hill Magazine recently published a list of things you must do in Chapel Hill, which we thought was worth posting. Please note we have made a few substitutions, based on our own experience of living in this part of the Triangle for the past 30 years.


- Attend a Carolina Performing Arts show at Memorial Hall

- Laugh at stand-up performers at DSI Comedy Theater

- Participate in the 2ndFriday Artwalk

- Get a book signed by an author at Flyleaf Books or McIntyre’s Books

- Listen to a great band at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw

- Catch a movie at The Varsity or Lumina theaters

- View the latest exhibition at Ackland Art Museum or FRANK Gallery

- Watch your favorite band perform at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro

- Visit local art studios during the annual Open Studio Tours (Nov.-Dec.)

- Attend an outdoor concert at Briar Chapel’s Summer Music Series (Jun.-Sept.)

- Catch a traveling Broadway show at Durham Performing Arts Center

- Take a walking tour of the colorful murals throughout town (download map)


- Attend a UNC Football, Soccer, Baseball or Basketball game (Go Heels!)

- Play a round of golf at UNC’s Finley Golf Course, or other nearby courses

- Catch the excitement at Tar Heel Town on a UNC football game day (Sept.-Nov.)

- Spend an afternoon among the memorabilia at the Carolina Basketball Museum

- See the caricatures of UNC icons on the walls at Spanky’s Restaurant and Bar

- Watch a game or Franklin Street celebrations from the balcony at Top of the Hill

- Rush Franklin Street after a UNC victory over Duke

- Hike the Occoneechee or Briar Chapel trails

- Go for a kayak adventure along the Haw River

- Go for a nature walk at the N.C. Botanical Garden

- Enjoy Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn (Apr.-Oct.)

- Have a picnic in the Coker Arboretum

- Check out the local farm scene on the annual Piedmont Farm Tour (April)

- Go for a walk in Jordan Lake’s Educational Forest, and lookout for bald eagles

- Relax on the lawn of Weaver Street Market in Carrboro

- Go fishing on the Eno River

- Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, an urban greenway in Hillsborough


- See Paperhand Puppet Intervention perform an outdoor show at Forest Theatre

- See the Beltie cows & goats and stroll the walkable Fearrington Village

- Pile a cone high with Carolina Crunch from Maple View Farm

- Catch an afternoon show at Morehead Planetarium

- Watch an outdoor movie while floating in the saltwater pool at Briar Chapel

- Learn and explore with the kids at Kidzu Children’s Museum

- Camp out for a good spot at the Fourth of July fireworks at Kenan Stadium

- Ring in the Christmas season with Ira David Wood’s A Christmas Carol

- Browse more than 100 artists’ booths during Festifall (Oct.)

- Take a tour of Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro


- Taste the Honeysuckle Sorbet at Crook’s Corner

- Order a Single, Double, or Triple BLT at Merritt’s Store & Grill

- Try a craft cocktail at The Crunkleton or the hidden Peccadillo.

- Shop local produce from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market

- Taste dishes by local chefs at the annual Pepper Festival in Briar Chapel (Oct.)

- Take a brewery or distillery tour of Carolina Brewery or Top of the Hill

- Wait in line on a weekend morning at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

- Finish a 33-ounce blue cup of beer at He’s Not Here

- Buy a cut of meat from Cliff’s Meat Market in Carrboro

- Pick out gourmet gifts at Southern Season


- Take a guided tour of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

- Drink from the Old Well

- Kiss your sweetheart below the Davie Poplar tree on UNC’s campus

- Get a milk shake and a hamburger at Sutton’s

- Celebrate Halloween in a big way on Franklin Street

- Dine at Carolina Coffee Shop, the town’s oldest restaurant

- Shop for a Carolina blue tie at (Alexander) Julian’s

- Walk around a historic neighborhood like Gimghoul to admire the architecture

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