By Ella Price
Both UNC students and faculty can attest to the beauty of the university’s campus, with its classic red-brick collegiate Georgians and stoic Davie Poplars. As autumn settles over Chapel Hill and leaves begin to populate the sidewalks, you can expect UNC to become even more scenic. On top of admiring the fall charm of the North Quad, here’s what to do in and around Chapel Hill during this cozy season.
The Cat’s Cradle: Located at 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro, the Cat’s Cradle is a local concert venue with a constant stream of outstanding artists that perform each week, including tickets for just under $50. Artists performing this fall include Wild Rivers, Whitney, Field Medic and The Stews, all of whom provide excellent soundtracks for walking through campus in the cold. Check out all of the Cat’s Cradle’s upcoming events on their website, catscradle.com.
Festifall Arts Market: If you enjoy browsing handcrafted jewelry, pottery, textiles, and art while listening to live music, the Festifall Arts Market is for you. Presented by Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, the market will take place from 1-6 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15, and 22. Located at 140 W. Plaza on Franklin St., the market will host a variety of local food and dessert trucks, as well as beverage vendors to serve patrons ages 21 and up. Performances such as live painting, drumming and dancing will also be featured. For more information, visit the Community Arts & Culture website, www.chapelhillarts.org/media/festifall-arts-markets-return-to-downtown-chapel-hill-brimming-with-local-artists-artisans-and-performers/
Honeysuckle Tea House Haunted Farm: The Honeysuckle Tea House, an artisan beverage and food venue, is hosting a plethora of Halloween-themed events throughout the month of October. On Saturdays Oct. 8 and 15, the Teahouse will transform into a haunted attraction for people of all ages. Honeysuckle will also be hosting a Halloween Costume Parade from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Enjoy delicious treats, food, and drinks while listening to live music from Popcorn Blue Band. To purchase tickets, visit the Honeysuckle at www.thehoneysuckleteahouse.com/tea-house-events.
Chapel Hill Farmers Market: At 201 S. Estes Dr., you’ll find an impressive collection of fresh produce and artisan treats from local vendors. For all your seasonal produce needs, from pumpkins to apples to homemade challah bread, stop by the market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.
Eat Local: Surrounding the picturesque campus of Chapel Hill is an excellent food scene, with these restaurants offering delicious menu items to satisfy your seasonal cravings.
Epilogue Books and Brews: Epilogue is a local bookstore and coffee shop specializing in chocolate. Epilogue offers something different for everyone; Coffee lovers should opt for the masala spice mocha, and those who prefer tea should try the vanilla spice cacao. Be sure to also check out their brown sugar vanilla sipping chocolate and cinnamon peach empanadas while cozying up to study or even just taking in the essence of fall.
Mapleview Creamery: Although ice cream may seem an unlikely fit for chilly weather, Mapleview Creamery has flavors (and a view) to honor the crisp temperatures, such as pumpkin, rum raisin, turtle, and maple. Enjoy your ice cream while watching the early autumn sunset from the front porch of the store.
Root Cellar Cafe: Located on M.L.K Jr. Boulevard, The Root Cellar is eager to meet your fall needs. Check out their new pumpkin spice latte and pair it with their pumpkin roll holiday log, then wash it down with their apple pie smoothie featuring caramel and graham cracker crusts.
Tandem: If you’re looking for a nicer option at mealtime, Tandem offers an exquisite seasonal menu. Begin with the butternut squash risotto with brown butter foam. For the main course, try the Joyce Farms chicken glazed with a sugar pumpkin veloute and roasted chestnuts. Finish the night with their beignets, served with ginger ice cream, almond praline sauce and mulled cider.
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