Free Weekend Parking for the Holiday Season
Shop and eat locally this holiday season in downtown Chapel Hill! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) and continue through the weekend including Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25) with free public parking downtown.
Festifall Arts Festival: A Day of Artful Discovery in Downtown Chapel Hill
On Sunday, Oct. 1, immerse yourself in the arts at Festifall, Chapel Hill’s premier arts event of the year. Spend the day and allow your senses to be stirred by the music, dance and performance art events along West Franklin Street. Stroll through the Handmade Artist Market and find your muse or your next perfect gift. This year's event will feature over 100 artisans from all over the south representing the finest in painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media artworks. And you might just find yourself dancing to an incredible line up of musical performances from noon to 6 p.m. Discover your new favorite downtown restaurant or food truck.
Bring the whole family and discover the many interactive activities for the young and young-at-heart. Come show off your artistic talents on the Chapel Hill Magazine’s MEGA Mural and get your picture taken in the Enormous Adirondack chair made possible by Fitch Lumber and Hardware! Make a kids craft with Kidzu or the Scrap Exchange. The air will be filled with the melodies and sounds of over 25 music, dance and comedy performances at three stages along West Franklin Street.
There will also be food trucks featuring a selection of culinary delights. This year’s attendees include Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Bam Pow Chow featuring their delicious sliders, Qspresso with their Latin fusion fare and hearty, healthy food from the Medley food truck. If you’re in the mood for something sweet you can try Dusty Donuts famous mini donuts dusted with cinnamon, chocolate, pumpkin spice and more or Belgian Waffle Crafters, a food truck owned by native Belgians, serving authentic Belgian Waffles with many topping options and creative variations. There will also be refreshing ice treats served by Kona Ice Kabana, Ben & Jerry’s, Loco Pops and Little Dipper’s Italian Ice.
Spend the day and take your time to savor all that Festifall has to offer. With over 15,000 attendees expected, there is no doubt that this is one of the biggest festivals of the year. Come to historic West Franklin Street on Oct. 1 for a day of artful discovery!
Event hours: Sunday Noon-6 p.m. Admission: Free
Stage Schedules and Events: www.chapelhillfestifall.com
Free parking is available throughout downtown on Sundays. Biking to Festifall is encouraged!
Park & Ride! A new dedicated Festifall shuttle will operate continuously every 15 minutes between the park and ride lot at 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Rosemary Street (two stops: at Breadman’s and Mama Dip’s).
Thank you to our Official Sponsors: 97.9 The Hill, Local 506, Chapel Hill Magazine, our Festival Sponsors INDY Week, WUNC, News & Observer, Berkshire Chapel Hill, and finally our Event Sponsors Champion Windows, Passanantes Home Foods, LulaRoeAlley, All American Gutter, Mr. Roof, and Grace Church.
For more information, visit www.chapelhillfestifall.com
No person, except those persons requiring the use of an assistance animal, shall bring any animal onto public sidewalks and streets which have been closed for the purpose of holding street fairs, races, or other community events. All animals are subject to the town animal control ordinance.