Seasonal Best Bets

Don't let the cold weather keep you from going out and about! There are plenty of things to see and do!

The LIGHTUP Lantern Festival is coming! The festival is hosted by the Chinese School at Chapel Hill to celebrate cultural diversity and the Chinese New Year. The festival will feature 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 fashioned Chines games and authentic Chinese foods throughout the day. The climax of the festival occurs at dusk with a lantern light-up and a parade. The first Chapel Hill LIGHTUP Lantern Festival will be held from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 28, 2017 at University Place.

Skywatching with Morehead Planetarium every month. Morehead educators and CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society) members bring telescopes and guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects. You might event see a few meteors!

Attend performances at Memorial Hall and PlayMakers Repertory Co.

Tour the Carolina Basketball Museum and Ackland Art Museum.

Second Friday ArtWalk is a great way to experience the local art and music scene.

Shopping indoors at Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro and University Place in Chapel Hill.

Catch a blockbuster, live performance on screen or oldie but goodie movie at the Silverspot Cinema.

Drinks & Music in Hillsborough - Escape the cold and enjoy the cozy, communal atmosphere of Hillsborough's bars and restaurants. While sipping on delicious drinks enjoy live music, trivia nights, and more! Check out Mystery Brewing Pub, Nash Street Tavern, Hot Tin Roof, The Wooden Nickel Pub, and Antonia's online event listings!

Stop by any of our Farmers Markets open Saturdays during the winter for a taste of local flavor!

Check out our events calendar for more happenings.