Whatever you do, just do you!

Whether you're coming for work of for play, these itineraries offer plenty of ways to enrich you stay. Or contact the Visitors Bureau for ideas customized to you.


Follow Ophelia, an art instructor at J.F. Webb High School in Oxford, NC as she meets with local artists and checks out Orange County's arts scene.

The following locations were used in the taping of the Artful Escape video.

1. J.F. Webb High School 
Oxford, NC

2. Coffee Shop & The Coffee Plant Mural 
Open Eye Café
101 S Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC

3. Paint by Numbers Mural 
Pantana Bob's 
305 W Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC

4. Sea Turtles Mural 
PNC Bank Parking Lot and Adjacent Deck 
North Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC

5. Parade of Humanity Mural 
Carolina Coffee Shop 
138 E Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

6. FRANK Gallery 
University Place, 201 S Estes Drive B6, Chapel Hill, NC

7. Galerie Pied-a-Terre
205 W Weaver Street, Carrboro, NC

8. Blue Dogwood Public Market 
306 W Franklin Street, Suite G, Chapel Hill, NC

9. Ackland Art Museum 
101 S Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 


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Hop, Walk, or Crawl
With 2nd Friday Artwalks in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and Last Fridays in Hillsborough, you could get your fill of museum hopping and gallery crawling. But the “can’t miss” on any list is Ackland Art Museum. It houses over 18,000 works of art, including European masterworks, 20th century and contemporary art, African art, Asian art, North Carolina pottery, and works on paper.

Get the Kids Involved
If you’re visiting the area with kids, skip the galleries in favor of a walking tour of our vibrant downtown murals. If the weather isn’t cooperating, head to Kidzu Children’s Museum to explore the messier side of art (smocks provided) and let their creativity run free! 

Dim the Lights
No art lover’s retreat would be complete without a night at the theater. Choose from a mix of classics and new works at PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theatre in residence for UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art. Or choose among a wide variety of offerings, from theater to music to ballet, from Carolina Performing Arts at Memorial Hall. The ArtsCenter in Carrboro features two galleries with rotating monthly exhibits and has an exceptional performance program attracting regionally and nationally acclaimed talent year after year.

All of the Above and More
From visual arts to live performances to storytelling, Orange County is a magnet for artistic talent. Make a day of it and explore our vibrant arts scene - click on the interactive map and plan your personal art trail - will it be historic, whimsical, contemporary, lively? You decide.

Hillsborough Last Friday Art Walk

Art in the Garden Invitational

Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop