An always bustling street with people clad in the highly loved light blue greets you when you step onto the well-worn sidewalk adorning Franklin Street. Chapel Hill, home of the UNC Tarheels, makes sure its downtown appeals to not only college students, but people of all ages. The limitless food options make it possible to get basically any variety of food you want without ever having to stray from Franklin or Rosemary Street. Chapel Hill’s pride shines through from its buildings to the very people walking its streets.
The downtown offers new restaurants as well as fan-favorites that appeal to the diverse student population that flows from the adjacent campus onto Franklin Street each day. As well as dining, small shops and boutiques offer visitors clothing, groceries, and souvenirs. Franklin Street contains multiple coffee and tea shops, fast food, brunch options, and formal dining sure to please any customer. If you’re looking for somewhere to entertain a large group, date, or simply yourself, downtown Chapel Hill can definitely provide an atmosphere that will suit your needs.
Along with its permanent entertainment, Chapel Hill supplies a variety of one-time and annual events. From June to August, the town of Chapel Hill provides “Movies Under the Stars” on top of the Wallace Parking Deck downtown. Each October, Chapel Hill hosts the “Festifall Arts Festival” where local food, live entertainment, and other activities are provided to celebrate art. The 2nd Friday of every month from 6pm- 9pm provides the opportunity for more art exploration as the public can walk through galleries, studios, and shops and enjoy food and live music. From April to October, the Carolina Inn hosts live music that can be enjoyed for free at 5 pm every Friday in their "Fridays on the Front Porch" events. On the UNC campus, the Morehead Planetarium and Memorial Hall provide ample entertainment for all ages. The Planetarium offers children and families the opportunity to learn about science and space, while Memorial Hall hosts several different engaging shows throughout the year. Speakers, music, and plays (including the annual Nutcracker performance) are always available. Looking to catch the latest movies? Varsity Theater on Franklin Street shows new movies, as well as seasonal classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the cheapest price in Chapel Hill.
Several new condos and apartments are coming to the Chapel Hill market ready to be purchased . Greenbridge Condominiums, located with convenient access to both downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have some condos currently for sale. Environs Loft at East 54 offers luxury apartments with multiple floor-plans to choose from. 140 West Franklin Street, situated right in the center of downtown Chapel Hill, has several new condos coming to the market.
Throughout the school year, Franklin Street gets swarmed with college students. Game days at UNC cause loads of celebration from fans of all ages as they gather in restaurants and bars to enjoy a meal before, after, or during the games. Looking for gifts for a student or fan? Practically every shop on Franklin offers UNC merchandise. Large shady and grassy areas, including McCorkle place, lay adjacent to Franklin Street and are always dotted with students and families enjoying each other’s company and good weather. The expansive amount of pride within the town of Chapel Hill has only grown since the founding of the university. With its connection to the UNC campus, downtown Chapel Hill has plenty of entertainment for its visitors.