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The Ultimate Fall Arts Checklist

This fall, indulge in some culture from the stage and galleries to festivals all over town

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Check out exceptional photography from the CLICK! Photography Festival Show at FRANK Gallery. Sept. 11-Oct. 21


Bring the whole family for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood,” a humorous and vivacious take on the English classic. Sept. 12-30


Visit LIGHT Art + Design to check out their latest exhibit, “The Contemporaries: Hot Takes,” featuring work from more than 20 artists. Through Oct. 5


First Row: Emily Kass.
Second Row: Board members Del Snow, Charles Humble, Tom Henkel and Diana Newton.
Third Row: Tinka Deal, Gianluca Corinaldesi and Bonnie S. Bevan. (Board members not pictured: Gina Reynolds, Bernard Glassman, Mark Barroso, Sara Bent and Dave Haas).
Photo by Beth Mann

Grab a cup of coffee at Joe Van Gogh and head into The Chelsea Theater when the fall temperatures take hold. 


Stroll and see the best of what the Chapel Hill and Carrboro downtown art scene has to offer during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9


Summer doesn’t have to be over yet! Catch a late performance of “In the Heart of the Fire” from the Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the Forest Theatre. Sept. 14-23


Visit UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South for the “Unique As We Are Alike” exhibit, featuring the work of Ashley Minner and Alisha Locklear Monroe, two Lumbee artists. Sept. 14-Dec. 12


Feel the power of emotional piano-pop from acclaimed singer-songwriter Five For Fighting, who brings his chart-topping talent to The ArtsCenter. Sept. 15


Vibe to the soothing melodies of lo-fi and indie rock band LVL UP, based in Purchase, New York, at Cat’s Cradle. Sept. 18


Etel Adnan, Lebanese-American, born 1925: Untitled (detail), 2017; oil on canvas: 21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (55 x 46 cm). Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Promised Gift of John and Marree Townsend in honor of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary. 
Copyright of the Artist; Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co. 

Celebrate the 60th birthday of the Ackland Art Museum with the opening of a special, surprise exhibit. Sept. 20  


Jive to the Brooklyn-based electro-soul artist Shira, performing alongside Colorado-based Seal Eggs at the new and revamped The Cave on Franklin Street. Sept. 21


Photo by Shervin Lainez

Experience the world-renowned Brooklyn Rider string quartet – this time, the Carolina Performing Arts regulars return to Memorial Hall with Mexican-born singer-songwriter Magos Herrera to offer a twist on Latin pieces from Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and more, all while paying tribute to figures such as Octavio Paz and Federico García Lorca. Sept. 28 


Support local artists at the Carrboro Music Festival, which will boast more than 200 acts at 29 different venues, including Carrboro Town Commons, The Station and more. Sept. 29-30


Grab a seat at the inaugural Film Fest 919 at Silverspot Cinema; the fest will spotlight a number of critically acclaimed feature films, as well as culinary artists from the Triangle. Oct. 3-7


Live and laugh a little at The Pit, which hosts comedy shows and musings such as those of Rick Glore’s Taco Kitty Tour, a raucous routine exploring wide-ranging topics. Oct. 6-7


Photo courtesy town of Chapel Hill

Wander down West Franklin Street through the Chapel Hill arts scene at the 45th annual Festifall, which will feature live entertainment and interactive activities in addition to an extensive open market of artist vendors. Oct. 7


Get your dancing shoes on at Cat’s Cradle for Gaelic Storm, a Celtic rock band that dazzles audiences, fusing Scottish, Irish and Santa Monican music. Oct. 14


Take in the period-music concert of Sarah Darling, a prominent violinist and violist from Boston, as part of Preservation Chapel Hill’s annual “Baroque and Beyond” series hosted at the Horace Williams House. Oct. 14


Head out to Hillsborough for the biennial Hillsborough Handmade Parade. The theme of this year’s parade, which typically features colorful costumes, stilt-walkers, marching bands and more, is “Magical Menagerie on the Eno.” The parade will begin at the Hillsborough Town Hall and end at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion. Oct. 14  


Snap along to spoken word poetry at the West End Poetry Festival in downtown Carrboro as poets this year focus on the theme of “intersection.” Oct. 17-20


Photo courtesy Chapel Hill Philharmonia

Take the kids to a Chapel Hill Philharmonia children’s concert featuring Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” as well as Sibelius’s “Finlandia.” Oct. 21


Indulge in outdoor music at the River Park Concert, organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council and featuring a talented lineup that includes the Walker Family Band, The Shoaldiggers, The Wood Brothers and more. Oct. 27


Explore the workspaces of various creatives and craftspeople during the Orange County Open Studio Tour, held by the Orange County Artists Guild. Nov. 3-4 and 10-11


Listen to East Village vibes blended with North Carolina roots, as the band Darwin Deez, led by Chapel Hill native Darwin Smith, brings its indie pop-rock act to Local 506. Nov. 5


“Theater More Like Baseball” by Mark Cornell was directed by Jane Underhill and starred Abby Overton as Gaby, Evit Emerson as James and Drew Gulino as Sean.
Photo by Gabriel Garrity

Witness the dramatic excellence of OdysseyStage Theatre as they put on their 17th annual PlaySlam! at The ArtsCenter. Nov. 10


Turn an ear to Cantari, the Voices – The Chapel Hill Chorus’ select ensemble, for their “Life, Love & Nature” performance, featuring numbers from Dvorák, Brahms and more. Nov. 10  


Photo by Matthew Murphy

Tap into Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance, a brisk and breathtaking display of tap dancing performed at Memorial Hall, courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts. Nov. 12-13


Get your independent movie fix at the 13th annual Carrboro Film Festival, held at The ArtsCenter, with more than 45 films on screen. Nov. 17-18 


Venture into the magical wonderland of Joshua Lozoff, who returns to The ArtsCenter for a re-up of his “Life is Magic” show. Nov. 24


Learn about World War I stereographs at the Orange County Historical Museum’s “Memories and War: Stereographs of WWI” exhibit. Through Nov. 25

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Santul is an intern at Durham, Chapel Hill, and Chatham Magazine and attends Georgetown University, where he writes for student journalism and reminisces about idyllic life in the Triangle.