Things to do in Chapel Hill

Apart from conference events, there’s plenty to keep you busy in and around Chapel Hill.  Some fun options are highlighted below, but you can explore all the area has to offer at


Events and Attractions

Live music at Cat’s Cradle and Local 506
Popular local music clubs, both of which offer an eclectic mix of musical genres.  Both venues have shows all nights of the conference.

Music on the Porch: Tut (Thursday, 5:30-7pm)
Free outdoor hip-hop concert, hosted by UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South.

Carolina Performing Arts: Brahms Piano Quartets (Thursday, 7:30-9pm)
Classical concert, part of Carolina Performing Arts’ world renowned series.

PlayMaker’s Repertory Company: Sweeney Todd
A (very) dark musical comedy, performed by a superb professional troupe.  Performances all three days of the conference.

Durham Bulls
Durham’s minor league (AAA) baseball team, of Bull Durham fame.  Games all three days of the conference.

Ackland Art Museum
UNC’s art museum, featuring fantastic collections and a variety of activities.

Bars and Restaurants

(a very short list of recommendations, with plenty of deserving establishments left off for brevity’s sake)


Linda’s: Simple, affordable, and a favorite of UNC graduate students.
ZogsExcellent drink specials and pool, decorated by local artists.
The Crunkleton: Generally regarded as the best whiskey bar in the state of North Carolina.
Weaver Street Market: Carrboro’s equivalent of the “village green”–enjoy a drink on the lawn.


Top of the Hill: A Chapel Hill institution whose balcony offers the best view in the city.  Good food and drinks from their own microbrewery and distillery.
Mama Dip’s: The best southern cooking in town.
Talullas: Upscale, delicious Turkish cuisine.
Gourmet Kingdom: Authentic Szechuan for the adventurous diner.  Ranked in the top 50 Chinese restaurants nationwide.


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