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A guide to cultural events in Chapel Hill this summer

The Ackland Art Museum sits on Columbia Street in Chapel Hill on April 6, 2021.
Buy Photos The Ackland Art Museum sits on Columbia Street in Chapel Hill on April 6, 2021.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing up, spring and summer events are coming back in full force. From concerts to art exhibitions, there are plenty of opportunities to break routine and enjoy the season in Chapel Hill.

Here are some events residents can attend in the coming weeks.

Chapel Hill Farmers' Market

The Chapel Hill Farmers' Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with local vendors selling seasonal produce and artisanal products like baked goods and pastries.

As the pandemic winds down, manager Kate Underhill said she has noticed a decline in patronage. People are traveling more than they have for the past year, and restaurants in Chapel Hill are resuming indoor dining, which diverted customers away from the farmers market, Underhill said.

“It was such an unusual year for everybody," Underhill said. "It might be that we’re closer to what we were before, in 2019. We hope that things will balance out and that we’ll see them back after the abundance of summer produce reaches the market.”

Southern Village

Chapel Hill's Southern Village is organizing events that showcase talent and artisanship within the community. It will host a concert on May 30 with local musicians Barry Gray and Wes Collins. The concert is part of the Sundays at Sundown Music Series, which will continue throughout the summer.

Additionally, La Vita Dolce in Southern Village is hosting "Wine Down Wednesdays," a weekly event where guests can enjoy discounted wine and live music, and children can get free toppings for their gelato.

To find more information about Sundays at Sundown, Wine Down Wednesdays and other events planned, visit Chapel Hill Southern Village's website.

Gizmo Brew Works

Gizmo Brew Works, a brewery and taproom, is also hosting live music throughout the summer.

Stray Local, the husband-and-wife duo of Jamie Rowen and Hannah Lomas, will perform on May 29. The pair is set to tour the state throughout the summer, with another performance at Gizmo scheduled for July 9.

More information about this performance and others that are planned can be found on the brewery's website.

Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum is hosting events throughout the spring and summer, including a virtual Drawing in the Galleries event, where attendees can recreate and discuss a piece selected by instructor Amanda Hughes.

The museum will also host a virtual Museum Pictionary event, where guests will draw a painting based on descriptions alone. The event will feature works from "Drawing Attention," a collection of European and American works curated from over 570 pieces.

More events can be found on the Ackland's website.


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