Small businesses along North Graham Street in Chapel Hill hosted JAWSFest, a two-day celebration of the 1975 film Jaws, on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.
The Baxter Arcade, Rumors Boutique, Syd’s Hair Shop and the Beer Study hosted the mini block party which included an inflatable jousting arena, live music at Local 506, a flea market and food trucks. One of the most popular attractions was the dunk tank, as temperatures reached over 93 degrees during the day. Naturally, the festival also included a showing of Jaws inside The Baxter Arcade.
The festival was started by bartender Danny Miller, who wanted to create a festival to honor his favorite film. It has since blossomed into a community-based experience.
JAWSFest has been at its current location for the past four years, but it didn't start on North Graham Street.
“A bunch of bartenders who used to be at The Station in Carrboro got together and moved to this area,” said Rumors co-owner and JAWSFest organizer Casey Longyear.