Seven Things to Do in Chapel Hill This Fall

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Table's Empty Bowls event at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro
Each year at TABLE’s Empty Bowls event, guests enjoy a local meal and take home a bowl made by an artist. Photo by Rosario Vila

Hog Day
September 20-21
Join the Orange County Optimist Club for a barbecue-themed weekend as they throw the county’s oldest event benefiting multiple local nonprofits. There is something for everyone: a barbecue cook-off, live music, dessert contest, 5K and more.

Harvest Dinner 
September 26
Join Carrboro Farmers’ Market for its eighth annual dinner at the Carrboro Town Commons. Focused on locally sourced ingredients and the people who produce them, the dinner features hearty, potluck-style dishes and drinks.

Empty Bowls
October 6
Enjoy a tasty meal, take home a unique piece of pottery and support TABLE for the nonprofit’s annual event, which funded 15,000 meals to local kids last year. Hosted on the lawn at Weaver Street Market, there will also be live music and kids’ activities. 

A Tasteful Affair
October 6
Join 500 guests from across the area for a night of food, drink and philanthropy benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. The event takes place at The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium and also includes live music, a silent auction, and a food and beverage competition with celebrity judges.

Guardians of the Hill 5K
October 12
Support Special Olympics North Carolina with a 5K on a Saturday morning. The course starts at Southern Community Park and then winds along the Fan Branch Trail. The event also features a kids’ fun run and informational booths run by local public safety organizations.

UNC Relay for Life 5K Color Run
October 12
Remember to wear white for this vibrant 5K that supports the American Cancer Society. Start and finish the race at The Old Well as colored powder is thrown at participants, plus more chances to get covered in color at each mile marker. There will be food, drink and activities after the race.

Sip + Savor 
November 3
This third annual wine and food experience takes over three floors at the Durham Performing Arts Center and features North Carolina’s finest culinary talents and restaurants including elements, Crossroads Chapel Hill and ACME.

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