A monthlong celebration of local art, April Arts Downtown is sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Commission, Arts Carolina and local vendors. This year will mark the event's third anniversary.
"Spring is just such a big time, and there's so much going on in the arts," said Amy Brannock, director of Arts Carolina.
As a coordinator for the festival, Brannock said that besides introducing residents to the different arts in Chapel Hill, another benefit of the event is that it brings Chapel Hill together with UNC.
"It's a really good way for the University and downtown to work together and make sure our boundaries are very porous," Brannock said.
"We want people from the town to feel comfortable attending events at the University."
So far, the plan appears to be working. In the last two years, overall participation in the event has grown, and the trend is expected to continue.
The University is hosting the N.C. Literary Festival in conjunction with April Arts Downtown, which may result in an influx of attendees.
The Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour will be a featured part of the festival.
Beverly Carr, ticket chairwoman for the tour, said she is hoping to pull in some people from the N.C. Literary Festival to her organization's events on April 6 and 7.