Fun Things to Do in Chapel Hill This Valentine’s Weekend

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Kick-start your Valentine’s weekend celebrations with live music, hand-rolled chocolate truffles and Oscar-nominated movie screenings

Valentine's weekend at Vecino Brewing
Come out for live music at Vecino Brewing this Friday. Photo by Beth Mann

Compiled by Caitlyn Yaede

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The Contender Series at the Drive-in at Carraway Village
Film Fest 919 presents its Contender Series at The Drive-In at Carraway Village with screenings of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, which includes “Being the Ricardos” on Thursday, “Dune” on Friday, “West Side Story” on Saturday and “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” on Sunday. 

Valentines with Goats 
Bring your Valentine to Spring Haven Farm to pet, feed and snuggle with the farm animals. Kids can ride on the tractor train, color pictures in the barn, and sit by the fire. Snacks like popcorn, hot cocoa and s’mores will also be available.

Thursday

Celebrating Black People in America
The Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition and the Town of Carrboro are jointly hosting this celebratory Black History Month event at Carrboro Century Center. Watch a re-enactment of a Frederick Douglass speech, followed by a panel discussion from 6 to 8 p.m.

G. Love & The Juice Pre-Show Pop Off
The three-member alternative blues/hip-hop band makes an appearance at Cat’s Cradle for both a live performance and an exclusive pre-show Q&A session. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the pre-show and 7 p.m. for general admission ticket holders.

Teen Science Cafe: Home Alone in the Universe?
NC State Professor Brand Fortner leads a discussion on the most profound philosophical issues that humans deal with, including the existence of other intelligent species, at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m for the 6 p.m. event

Friday

Handmade Mixed Media Journals
Make hand-bound journals with certified botanical illustrator Beverly Dyer at the North Carolina Botanical Garden at 10:30 a.m. The event teaches you how to make a decorative cover and bind the pages together, as well as add final flourishes.

Eric Genuis Concert
The composer and pianists – who is known for spearheading Concerts for Hope, a nonprofit that brings world-class performances to prisons, rehab units, inner-city schools and institutions for young offenders – performs live at the recently relocated American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6. The show begins at 6 p.m.  

Live Music: Blue Cup Riot
The eclectic rock group, which forged in the chaos of pandemic lockdowns, performs at Vecino Brewing from 7 to 9 p.m.

Limbs w/ Heirloom, and Wiltwither
The hardcore rock band performs live at Local 506 alongside metal groups Wiltwither and Raleigh-based Heirloom. Doors open at 7 p.m., and proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test is required upon entry.

Live Music at Yonder: Love & Valor
This North Carolina native folk band takes the stage at Yonder: Southern Cocktails & Brew to perform their energetic and classically inspired music from 8 to 11 p.m.

Saturday

Chapel Hill Black Film Festival
The movie lineup for this inaugural event at The Varsity Theater includes Chris Everett’s award-winning film, “Wilmington on Fire,” the show stopping one-man tour de force that is Mike Wiley’s “Dar he: The Lynching of Emmet Till,” and the epic men’s health odyssey, “Save the Dad Bod.” Each film is followed by a creator-led panel featuring insight into each project and the future of Black cinema in the Triangle.

UNC Men’s Basketball vs. Florida State
Cheer on the Tar Heels as they play the Seminoles at 2 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center

Valentine's weekend event at Flyleaf Books

Flyleaf Books’ Used Puzzle Swap
Bring in your gently used puzzles to Flyleaf Books to exchange for another one in similar condition. All new puzzles will be 10% off.

Valentine Social
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your friends and family at the Carrboro Century Center from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be music, refreshments and a photo booth to flaunt your festive outfit.

Sunday

Staged: New Play Readings
Theater company OdysseyStage continues its new monthly series, which presents works in progress by North Carolina playwrights, with Keith Burridge’s “Ona” at 2 p.m. at The ArtsCenter.

Valentines Day Chocolate Truffle and Wine Pairing
Celebrate the holiday with specially curated chocolate and wine at the Botanist and Barrel from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The afternoon includes four different hand-rolled truffles paired with four local North Carolina wines.

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