Annual Events

There is always something fun going on in Orange County. Plan your visit around these major events happening this winter!


January 15-21.  Martin Luther King Jr Day Weeklong Celebration, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Sponsor: UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at   (919) 962-6962.

January 28. Chapel Hill LIGHT UP Lantern Festival, University Place, 11 am – 6 pm. The First Annual Festival is hosted by the Chinese School at Chapel Hill to celebrate cultural diversity and the Chinese New Year with all communities in Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas.  The Festival features lantern decorating with local artists, highly interactive art and craft creations, a dragon dance workshop, Peking Opera, a Chinese orchestra and other live performances, old fashion Chinese games, and authentic Chinese foods throughout the day.  The climax of the Festival occurs at dusk with a lantern light-up and a parade. ,  (919) 619-6261


February 11.  Revolutionary War Living History Day, Revolutionary War Reenactment at the historic Alexander Dickson House.   Sponsored by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, 10 am – 4 pm. (919) 732-7741.

February 15-1840th Annual Carolina Jazz Festival, Locations on the UNC Campus, Chapel Hill; Sponsor UNC Department of Music (919) 962-1039

February 15-26.  17th Annual North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival,  Largest comedy festival in the South.  Comedy featuring improv, standup and sketch comedy.   Sponsored by DSI Comedy Theater, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill,  (919) 338-8150.


March 11.  North Carolina High School Basketball Championships, Dean Smith Center and Carmichael Arena,  Chapel Hill; North Carolina High School Athletic Association (919) 240-7401.   NCHSAA state championship basketball games (both men and women).  $10, $9 in advance

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